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Attractions & Activities in Mackay

- Atul Chopra, General Manager
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When you stay Rydges, you stay local, and there’s nothing quite like a truly local experience.

Known as sugar capital of Australia, Mackay has rich history and culture. It is surrounded by pristine rainforest and beautiful vast beaches.

In the vicinity, one can explore Wood Street & Victoria Steer offering arrays of cafes, restaurant & bars. My recommendation is to explore and take a cool dip in contemporary designed Bluewater Lagoon, located on the banks of the Pioneer River and only 12-minute walk from the hotel.

Also close to the hotel is the pleasing Mackay Botanical Gardens, with stunning lakes, trails and wildlife. It also encompasses stunning Orchid Display House for nature lovers and enthusiasts alike.

For explorers, Mackay offers some of the most stunning nature in Queensland. Inland from Mackay is Eungella National Park, which is a habitat for rare frogs and platypus, and little closer to Mackay city, located 50k North is Cape Hillsborough, famous for its awe inspiring sunrise with Kangaroos and Wallabies on the beach. Not to mention, a beautiful drive.

Be sure to tag us on social media @rydgeshotels to share your local experiences with us.

- Atul Chopra, General Manager

There are so many things to do near Rydges Mackay Suites, and sitting in the heart of the city, it’s the perfect locale to explore all that the sugarcane capital of Australia has to offer.

Perfectly placed on Wood Street amongst various bars and eateries, Rydges Mackay Suites is within walking distance of numerous local shopping destinations and local attractions, like the marina, Harbour Beach, Bluewater Lagoon, Bluewater Trail and Mackay Aqua Park.

A short drive will take you north to the soft sand and pristine waters of Mackay’s 31 uncrowded beaches. And when you want to venture a little further, our boutique accommodation in Mackay is the gateway to the stunning rainforests of Cape Hillsborough and Eungella National Park, freshwater cascades of Finch Hatton Gorge, dugong sanctuary of Clairview, and a host of breathtaking tropical islands.

From the spectacular sunrise overlooking Wedge Island to indulging in scones at Old Station Teahouse, spotting platypus in Broken River, Pioneer River fishing and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of Keswick Island’s Basil Bay, our friendly staff will provide you with all the local knowledge.

There is so much to do in the Mackay region, the hardest part is trying to squeeze it all in. And while days can be spent exploring one of Australia’s favourite towns and adventuring across unspoilt tropical islands, through sub-tropical rainforests and over the Great Barrier Reef, guests can unwind of an afternoon and enjoy luxurious nights within the hotel itself.

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