Cheapest car hire in Mackay

  • Economy
    Toyota Yaris
    5 |
    2 |
    3 |
    From € 18.55
  • Compact
    Toyota Corolla
    5 |
    2 |
    3 |
    From € 19.17
  • Mini
    Mitsubishi Mirage
    4 |
    2 |
    3 |
    From € 21.22
  • Standard
    Kia Cerato
    5 |
    4 |
    4 |
    From € 28.29
  • Suv
    Nissan Qashqai
    5 |
    3 |
    5 |
    From € 28.93

*daily rates in Mackay based on a 1 day rental (24hr period) and for guidance purposes only.

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*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for todays best prices.

Useful things to know about Mackay

  • Mackay is known as the sugar capital of Australia producing one third of its supply.
  • There, in 1770 was the first sighting of the Australian Aboriginal people.
  • The beautiful Whitsunday Islands are off the coast of Mackay and it's close to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Three quarters of a million tourists visit the area each year and this figure is rapidly growing.
  • It's the home of the Bluewater cycling trail that links all the major tourist attractions in the area.

Mackay Mini Guide

Mackay in a Nutshell
Mackay is a town on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia and 900km north of Brisbane, the state capital. It is known for its natural beauty and laid back lifestyle.

Mackay Beach

How do I get There?
You can fly from Brisbane to Mackay Airport or travel by train with Queensland Rail. Greyhound has coach services to Mackay from most cities in Queensland. You can also drive along the whole coastline from Brisbane through Mackay to Cairns, using the Bruce Highway. Once you are there, use the bus service or hire a car to get around and really explore the area.

What Can I See in Mackay?
Take a Heritage Walk around the town centre, it takes 90 minutes and you will see the local architecture and find out more about the town’s history. For a little more history and culture head for Artspace, the town’s museum and art gallery or take a tour of Farleigh Mill to discover how sugar cane is produced. Go for a wander around the harbour and Marina Village or stroll through the Mackay Botanical Gardens.

Anything Else to do?
Head to the beach, there are 31 beaches in the Mackay area! Go bushwalking and explore the flora and fauna in Eungella National Park - you will see platypus in their natural environment and don’t miss Araluen Falls.

What Can I See, out of Town?
Of course, you must take a trip to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and see the Great Barrier Reef. Back on dry land, Nebo and Clermont are well worth a visit, they are historic bush towns with open cast mines set in ancient landscapes. Most people come to Mackay to see the Great Barrier Reef or enjoy the beaches but the tourist board are now trying to encourage people to enjoy the near deserted inland national parks which have spectacular scenery.

Mackay Marina

I’m Hungry…
The Marina has some of the best places to eat, try George’s Thai Restaurant for authentic Thai cuisine, al fresco. You can also join in the weekly cookery class he offers.

Where can I buy Souvenirs?
Head for the mall at Mount Pleasant Greenfields or Caneland Central. If it’s the weekend, browse the market stalls for something unusual at Victoria Street and Milton Street.

Where Would I Stay?
There are so many types of accommodation in Mackay – you can stay in a caravan, log cabin or a motel or lodge house, the choice is yours!

Latest Update from Mackay:

22/04/12 - Game fishing is a growing tourist industry in Mackay. You can join a fishing party or take a boat to yourself for the day and hook marlin, barracuda and more. Look out for the boards of the boats down by the harbour or ask at your hotel.

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See a completely different part of the country now with a visit to Mackay. There, almost a third of Australia’s sugar is produced and you’ll pass fields which could have been transplanted from the Caribbean.

The air is thick with the sweet smell of the cane, especially around harvest time and roadside stalls sell cane to chew – an interesting experience for those with a sweet tooth. Organise a hire car from Rhino at the same time you book your holiday and then explore this very different part of the country.

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