Mackay is a small, tropical and relaxed town (90,000 inhabitants). Half way between Brisbane and Cairns the town is experiencing a recent boom due to his wonderful climate and stunning nature.
The local economy is based on sugar cane cultivation and farming and is currently enjoying a dramatic economic growth thanks to the nearby mining industry. These days Mackay is one of the best destinations for those who absolutely need to work: there are opportunities for everyone and local schools provide jobs to our students (see below).
Mackay’s climate is tropical, this means warm sunshine (average water temperature 22 ° C) throughout the year, except for the rainy season (December / January).
Mackay is the perfect gateway to the islands, beaches, coral reefs and the rainforest.
If you want to do scuba diving and snorkeling this is the place. The islands – ranging from Northumberland Island to Brampton Island (dream destination for honeymooners) up to the Whitsunday Islands with its famous Great Barrier Reef.
Just 30 km north of Mackay is the Hillsborough National Park, where you can camp between mangrove forests and beaches.
Moving inland there is the Eugenella National Park, a wonderful virgin rainforest.