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Best things to do in Mackay

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Amusement Park
“the blue water lagoon is great for the kids it has 1 water side for the bigger kids and adults and has about 4 slides for the little kids plus 2 big lagoon pools to swim in. it is only 150m from our holiday house in the mackay cbd”
10local recommendations
Art Gallery
“Be inspired by the highest standard of contemporary art at Artspace Mackay, with three impressive gallery spaces and an ever-changing exhibitions program. Artspace hosts a diverse range of travelling exhibitions from national and regional gallery collections, and also curates shows from its own Mackay Regional Council Artists Book Collection. Public and educational programs for all ages including art classes, workshops, master classes, lectures, seminars, performances, presentations, guided tours and events all take place at this cultural venue. Location: Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon Street, Mackay Contact: Phone > (07) 4961 9722 www.artspacemackay.com.au Opening hours: Tuesdays – Fridays from 10am – 5pm and Saturdays – Sundays from 10am to 3pm Admission is free.”
10local recommendations
Shopping Centre
“Largest Shopping Centre in Mackay. Large Food Court and specialty restaurants. River views.”
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Point of Interest
“The MECC is a well known Performing Arts Centre of the Mackay Region and hosts a wide range of special events and visiting artists throughout the year”
4local recommendations
Bar
““THE DISPENSARY” established in 2013 would not be out of place in downtown Manhattan, inner-city Melbourne, or the latest James Bond movie. This funky eclectic bar is the perfect complement to BURP.eat.drink as the place to be, pre and post dinner. It’s the Social Space to go with friends or work colleagues for a light bite and a drink in a relaxing and contemporary environment. With an extensive wine list, boutique beers, whiskies and cocktails THE DISPENSARY has all tastes covered.”
3local recommendations
Cinema
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Meal Takeaway
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“Great Food Great Service and reasonable priced open till 9.30pm to 10 pm approx. Call 49578300 to book ”
4local recommendations
Bus Station
“This is Mackay's largest Shopping Centre and well appointed with a fantastic variety of stores, including Myer, Target, Big W, Best & Less. ”
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Bar
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“You really can't go past Burp Eat Drink and The Dispensary. Best to book ahead. The owners are a long time Mackay local family and they have put their heart and soul into this place. Burp is modern Australian cuisine and right next door is the Dispensary bar which also serves a tapas style menu / cheese platters with premium drinks and a wine cellar to match. They have some quirky themed specials midweek.... Tuesday nights are “Roast + Red” Wednesday night “Paella + Pinot (this may change to Pinot and Pies) for $21 (don't get too excited it's only one glass) Best to check out their Facebook page / website to find out what is on whilst you are in town.”
4local recommendations
Bar
“Marias Donkey Tapas Bar on River street, little more relaxing set right on the river front. Get there mid afternoon to catch a good spot and get a glimpse of the beautiful Mackay sunsets. ”
4local recommendations
Coffee Shop
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“ Woodmans Axe (the owners Steve and Merryn were Amanda's very first bosses and they make phenomenal craft coffee in Mackay) ”
3local recommendations
Bar
“STEAK HOUSE, The Austral, right in town and is renown for being a steak house. It’s a pub with pokies, TAB in the public bar area and a couple of pool tables. ”
2local recommendations
Asian Restaurant
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“Great Asian Food for both Eat In or Take Away. This is my favourite Chinese food and the Fried Rice is delicious.”
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Shopping Centre
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Restaurant
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“Classy dining at a reasonable price. Really good food, lovely atmosphere, good service. Their lunch prices are very attractive. ”
1local recommendations
Restaurant
“Bings Nomiya, the only Japanese tapas restaurant in town but we love this little place. It's a little quirky decor wise but the food is great! ”
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