Long weekends provide perfect platform for tourism support

The Mackay region’s tourism industry is looking to benefit from upcoming long weekends as Queenslanders are encouraged to invest money into regional communities impacted by ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Mackay Tourism and Mackay Regional Council are working together through the Economic Disaster Recovery Sub-Group to ensure the community supports local businesses.

Mackay Tourism’s Tas Webber said the school holidays and upcoming public holidays made it the perfect time for locals, and those within the four-hour drive radius to see more of the region.

“The Mackay region has some of the best nature experiences on the east coast of Australia so we urge people to stay local and within Queensland when holidaying in order to reactivate regions impacted by severe weather,” Mr Webber said.

“Now is the time for locals to be ambassadors for the region and share why Mackay is such a fantastic holiday destination.”

Mackay Regional Council’s Deputy Mayor Cr Amanda Camm said it was important that residents supported local businesses during the cyclone recovery process.

“That includes the tourism businesses in our region,’’ Cr Camm said.

“We have some wonderful holiday spots here, so it is important that residents wanting a bit of a getaway consider doing so in our own backyard,’’ she said. 


Top 5 Experiences in The Mackay Region

  • Cape Hillsborough: Have you stayed at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park? The facilities are second-to-none and provides you with the perfect opportunity to enjoy sunrise on the beach with the wallabies and kangaroos.
  • Eungella and Finch Hatton: Rainforest, waterfalls and a cool climate, Eungella National Park is a beautiful place to escape on your holidays. Spot the platypus from the viewing decks or make a splash at Finch Hatton Gorge. The food options are also part of the experience!
  • Sarina Sugar Shed: This multi-award winning agri-tourism attraction is for young and old. See how sugar is grown, processed, milled and distilled in the unique miniature mill then taste the products produced on site include sauces, liqueurs, schnapps and fairy floss.
  • Mackay Northern Beaches: Lunch with a million-dollar view, drinks by the pool at Dolphin Heads, fishing on the beach or hours of fun on the playground, there’s plenty to do all day at the northern beaches
  • The Mining Trail: The Isaac Region provides plenty of cultural experiences alongside small mining communities. The Mining Trail and Serenity Coast drive is a 300 kilometre unique self-drive experience taking in historic towns, vibrant communities and beautiful landscapes.

Upcoming Holidays and Long Weekends

  • Good Friday: 14 April
  • Easter Monday: 17 April
  • Anzac Day: 25 April
  • Labour Day: 1 May 




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Published: 13 April, 2017


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