Region: Mackay Coast and Hinterland

The Tropical Coast of Queensland is known for its small townships, pineapple and sugar cane plantations, beautiful beaches, great river and ocean fishing and the many picturesque offshore islands that form the southern section of the Great Barrier Reef. It well known for its superb swimming and dive locations and an idyllic climate where year round the average daily temperature is 25 degrees Celsius.

The climate is warm, moist and amazingly equable, verying little in temperature between winter and summer, but because of the rainfall distribution, May to October is the best time of the year for visitors.

How To Get There

The Mackay Region is serviced daily by the Tilt Train from Brisbane and coastal regions between Rockhampton and Brisbane.
The region is accessed by road via Bruce Highway which passes north from Brisbane through the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast and South Burnett regions.
The Whitsundays, which are centrally located to the north of Mackay, are around 1,100km north of Brisbane (15 hours drive by road). Rockhampton is 616km north of Brisbane. Both Rockhampton and Gladstone are located on the main North Coast Railway between Brisbane and Cairns. By road the Coral Coast is accessed via the Bruce Hwy from the North & South, and the Capricorn Hwy from the West.

Best Time To Go

The climate is subtropical. From November to March humidity is generally high, but sea breezes bring relief along the coast. Winter is mild and sunny with cool nights (July and August). The best time to visit is from September to November. Tropical storms can occur from November to April (mostly during January to March).

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