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"A city of diversity in this tropical paradise."

Mackay is a town that has grown out of the need for exporting rural products, sugar from the largest sugar cane producing area of Australia and the nearby product of coat in the Bowen Basin. The diversity in this region helps keep the region on a reasonably even keel economically and now tourism is becoming more and more popular in the area.

Is that because of the 'grey army'? Come April when the tropical rains have eased there is a constant flow of the 'grey army' heading north with their caravans. And you can not blame them. The whole coastal area around Mackay is almost seething with fish AND the ever so popular prawns. You can walk out from the beach with a net, hook it round and you will get more than you will need for a feed. True! For the best areas check out the beach areas around Sarina.

Not only that, the weather through April - August is PERFECT!

If you are considering living there, go for a holiday and check it out.
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motel-accommodation-mackay As a new resident of Mackay it appears to be a nice place with good access to beaches. I have on my list Cape Hillsborough and Eungella National Park of things to do. If you are moving into Mackay the rental market is pretty heated. If you are looking for a short place to stay there are plenty of Mackay Motel Accommodation available and you can normally negotiate a reasonable rate.

Casa Nostra Motel Mackay
Address: 30 Nebo Rd, Mackay QLD 4740
Phone: (07) 4951 1288
Feb 28, 2021
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5


I only had the privilege of staying in Mackay for a month, but was thoroughly impressed.

The people are friendly, the roads are brilliant, the scenery is breathtaking, the shopping was wonderful. There was always something on and something to do.

It has to be one of the most beautiful, livable cities in Australia.
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"Mackay -Beautiful spot to retire to ."

Mackay is in North Queensland midway between Brisbane and Cairns. Situated on the coast Mackay has some great dive spots such as Llewellyn Dive Spot about 35 kms east of the city. There are many beaches offering all kinds of water sports and some great parks for sightseeing and picnics. Bluewater lagoon is a favorite for families and is in the heart of the city Mackay has every going for it, great climate, plenty of shopping and a large variety of restaurants, bistro and al fresco cafes. Accommodation in MacKay ranges from caravan and camping sites to resort style stays. Home prices are really still quite affordable depending on area with rental prices holding steady and reasonable.
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