The Mackay Region

Getting to the Mackay Region is easy and inexpensive, and you can be assured of a warm welcome. Once here, you have an amazing range of natural features and cultural heritage to explore. Mackay City is a vibrant regional service centre set beside the mighty blue Pioneer River. The city’s Artspace, Botanic Gardens, Bluewater Trail, Orchid House and art deco architecture are just some of the attractions worth exploring. Don’t miss Mackay’s impressive Marina and beaches, they face the Coral Sea and the exquisite islands and Great Barrier Reef including Brampton, Keswick and Scawfell islands – all accessible by day cruise, charter boat or air.

Inland are the lush sugar landscape of the Pioneer Valley, Eungella National Park and the home of the platypus, and huge freshwater fishing dams. West of the Mackay Highlands with their breathtaking walks and views, the Mining Trail will lead you through our beef properties to historic towns such as Nebo and Clermont, and the awesome man-made features of the Bowen Basin coalfields.

To the south of Mackay, visit spectacular Hay Point (one of the world’s largest coal export ports), the picturesque beaches and fishing spots of Sarina  and historic St Lawrence. While to the north lies the green Hibiscus Coast including Cape Hillsborough National Park.

Mackay's tropical city centre is a hive of colour and activity. Dine alfresco, shop the boutique stores or for the night owls - mingle with the locals at the busy bars and nightclubs. Take the self guided Heritage Walk past 20 lovingly restored heritage listed buildings, and admire Queensland's best collection of art deco architecture. The mighty blue Pioneer River is a Mackay icon and can be viewed from the Blue River Boardwalk and rotunda. Sunday morning markets are popular and there are plenty of shopping choices at Caneland Central and Mount Pleasant Greenfields Shopping Centres. With the expansion of Caneland Central comes the addition of a Myer store and plenty of other new retailers. The complex will run right down to the Pioneer River, making it a fantastic facility for the region.

Striking Artspace Mackay is the city's modern art gallery and museum. It hosts an alternating range of local, national and international displays. The developing Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is one of Australia's newest and most innovative botanic gardens. Featuring flora and land forms from the Central Queensland bio-region, the gardens surrounds the scenic Lagoons and will continue to grow over the next 15 years. Join a free guided walk or relax on the deck at the casual café, overlooking the lagoons.

 
North Mackay

North Mackay

Located close to the city, North Mackay has affordable housing and a number of schools.

There is a mixture of homes on hills, near mangroves or on the flat in North Mackay with most houses tending to be low set brick and tile, weatherboard or Queenslanders. A number of new rendered homes and townhouses have sprung up by the river with hillside homes usually also of a higher quality.

Mackay is the largest sugar-producing area in Australia and is home to several sugar mills, one of Australia's four sugar refineries and the largest bulk sugar terminal in the world.

The city is also a vital service centre for the mines of the nearby Bowen Basin, which produce 85 per cent of the state's coal. The beef cattle and tourism industries are also important to Mackay's economy.
Mackay offers its residents a relaxed, tropical lifestyle that combines all the facilities of a modern regional city with natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef and nearby rainforests.

North Mackay residents are particularly well serviced with a shopping centre and new Woolworths supermarket located in nearby Beaconsfield.

There is a large number of primary and secondary schools in the area as well as a private hospital, nursing home and three sports grounds.

Source: REIQ

 
Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant

Located only minutes from the CBD, Mount Pleasant is a popular residential area in close proximity to many of Mackay's community and retail facilities.

As well as being close to all the action, Mount Pleasant's elevated position allows many residents to have views down the Pioneer River. Many homes in this area are architecturally designed and rightly classed as prestige properties with their varying colour schemes and landscaped gardens.

Older homes can be found in Mount Pleasant with many being bought by investors due to their renovation potential.

Mount Pleasant is the retail hub of Mackay with every type of outlet available so residents don't have to travel far for all their shopping needs.

There are a number of schools in the area as well as parklands and sporting clubs.

Source: REIQ

 
South Mackay

South Mackay

Brick homes and Queenslanders are the order of the day in South Mackay with renovation making homes more contemporary and upmarket. There are homes from the early days of Mackay in this suburb as well as a number of historic buildings.

There is not much room for further residential expansion in South Mackay itself. South Mackay is home to the Mackay Airport, primary and secondary schools, sports facilities and grounds, hotels and retirement homes.

Source: REIQ

 
Andergrove

Andergrove

One of the largest suburbs in the sugar town of Mackay, Andergrove is home to a wide variety of residents and housing styles.

Also one of Mackay's older suburbs, housing styles in the area range from high-set timber homes to newer brick and tile properties on both standard blocks and acreage.

There are a few executive homes, some backing onto the picturesque mangroves at the back of the suburb.

Andergrove residents represent a large cross-section of Mackay society, but many are baby boomers who bought their first home in the suburb and still live there today.

The area is benefiting from Mackay's renaissance and property values have seen solid increases over the past year.

Andergrove residents are particularly well serviced with a shopping centre and new Woolworths supermarket.

There are a variety of schools in the suburb including the Mary McKillop Primary School, Pioneer High School and Whitsunday Anglican.
Andergrove is only a five-minute drive north from the CBD and a short hop from Mackay's beaches.

Source: REIQ

 
Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield

You can still find affordable housing Beaconsfield, which is home to the Mackay Golf Course, and is characterised by a lot number of cu-de-sacs.

While new development has taken place in the Beaconsfield area, ex Housing Commission homes abound, making the area ripe for renovation.

The Beaconsfield area is benefiting from Mackay's renaissance and property values have seen solid increases over recent times.

There are a number of schools in the area, including a special school, as well as numerous sporting clubs and green spaces. The Village Shopping Centre is also located in Beaconsfield.

The suburb is only a five-minute drive north from the CBD and a short hop from Mackay's beaches.

Source: REIQ

 
Glenella

Glenella

Located only minutes from the CBD, Glenella is a popular residential area in close proximity to many of Mackay's community and retail facilities.

Glenella has older-style fibro and weatherboard houses, as well as brand new properties where no expense has been spared in their construction.

New estates have also been developed in Glenella, with Northview Gardens in particular creating a family-friendly community in a picturesque setting.

The nearby suburb of Mount Pleasant is the retail hub of Mackay, with Glenella having its own stores as well.

There are a number of schools in the area as well as parklands & sporting clubs.

Source: REIQ

 
West Mackay

West Mackay

West Mackay was one of Mackay's first suburbs to be settled so a number of Queenslanders can be found in the area - many have been tastefully renovated.

There are also brick and tile, as well as older fibro or weatherboard houses available in West Mackay, while there is a small enclave with acreage property as well as newer homes.

Mackay is the largest sugar-producing area in Australia and is home to several sugar mills, one of Australia's four sugar refineries and the largest bulk sugar terminal in the world.

The city is also a vital service centre for the mines of the nearby Bowen Basin, which produce 85 per cent of the state's coal. The beef cattle and tourism industries are also important to Mackay's economy.

Mackay offers its residents a relaxed, tropical lifestyle that combines all the facilities of a modern regional city with natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef and nearby rainforests.

West Mackay is home to a primary and second school as well as a shopping centre.

Source: REIQ

 
East Mackay

East Mackay

Home to longstanding Mackay residents, East Mackay is a popular suburb with two beaches and ample parkland.

Many houses are older brick or Queenslanders with a number of streets being home to larger, more upmarket properties.

Many of the older homes have been renovated, which has had impact on values in the area. New developments have been built in East Mackay and have proved popular with families. However, a lack of available land has curtailed any further development.

There is a mixture of older residents and young families in East Mackay.

The coastal lifestyle provides just the spot for early morning or late afternoon walks, as does nearby Queens Park. The 64-hectare Sandfly Creek site is to be preserved by council and will include restored wetland areas, environmental education, recreational activities and ecotourism projects

There is one primary school in East Mackay. The suburb's close proximity to the CBD ensures residents are just minutes away from all their shopping and retail needs.

Source: REIQ

 
Rural View

Rural View

Despite its name, the northern suburb of Rural View is actually a well-established residential area.

Developments in Rural View include the Premier Gardens, released in the last 90s, and home to about 250 properties. This number is likely to increase with more lots scheduled for release in the near future.

Lots in Premier Gardens are larger than usual as are the homes with a covenant in place requiring houses have at least 130sq m of living space. The homes in Premier Gardens have been creatively designed and thus have yielded solid growth over recent times.

Older properties can still be found in Rural View, with brick homes of varying ages available.

Rural View has a retirement village, a kindy, emergency services, a school and recreational facilities.

Source: REIQ

 
Ooralea

Ooralea

While it may be in the outlying areas of Mackay, Ooralea (historically known as Planlands) is actually only five minutes from the CBD.

The area boasts easy access to schools, the coast and community facilities as well as has plenty of land, in the form of existing cane fields, nearby that will one day probably become residential enclaves.

Homes in this area tend to be on larger than average blocks, given Ooralea's rural setting, and be constructed of brick. Older fibro or weatherboard homes are still available in the area.

The Mackay campus of the Central Queensland University is located in Ooralea with a number of primary and secondary schools and shopping centres in surrounding suburbs.

Source: REIQ

 
Habana

Habana

Acreage is not easy to find in Mackay unless of course you live in Habana. Some of the acreages found in this suburb north of Mackay even have ocean views and thus are deserving of their prestige property tag.

The picturesque Habana locale and wide open spaces ensures Habana residents are a relaxed bunch with hobby farms quite often the order of the day.

Source: REIQ

 
Slade Point

Slade Point

The quiet coastal community of Slade Point is ideally located on the Mackay peninsula with the Slade Point Nature Reserve to its south and wetlands to its west.

Older brick, weatherboard or fibro homes are common along Slade Point Road; however, the homes dotting the coast are prestige properties with spectacular water views.

There are a few older homes still remaining along the coast, but developers realised their potential long ago. Many of the homes in Slade Point have views and highrise apartments have been built to take advantage of these.

There is one primary school in Slade Point and several shops that provide residents with the essentials.

Source: REIQ

 
Bucasia

Bucasia

Ideally located on Mackay's northern beaches, Bucasia has become a popular residential area. One of Mackay's most frequented beaches Bucasia is protected from winds due to its northerly aspect.

Homes in Bucasia are a mix of old and new. Some older holiday-home fibro homes are still available, but on the whole most homes tend to be low-set, brick and tile or rendered.
There is one primary school in Bucasia however a new high school has been just been built in the Northern Beaches area. There are a number of primary and secondary schools in the surrounding areas.

The Hibiscus Shopping Centre has a post office, grocery store, chemist, doctor's surgery and post office.

Source: REIQ

 
Eimeo

Eimeo

Popular with buyers who are after a home close the beach, most of Eimeo is either newly developed or just about to be.

Located near Blacks Beach, family-friendly Eimeo has it all - mangrove wetlands, beaches and a gently sloping terrain environment. Many new housing estates have been built upon Eimeo's slopes with investors also eyeing the suburb's potential for rental properties.

There is one primary school is Eimeo with buses connecting to schools in surrounding areas. Conveniences stores are located Blacks Beach while serious shopping can be undertaken at Woolworthes & Coles in Rural View.

Source: REIQ

 
Shoal Point

Shoal Point

Ideally located on Mackay's northern beaches, Shoal Point was once a holiday destination but now boasts its own residential community. The beach has stunning views north, while the area's natural environment is a haven for rainbow lorikeets.

There are a mix of old and new homes in Shoal Point. The new Shoals development is home to many contemporary, creatively-designed dwellings while the smaller Royal Sands Estate has near-now homes. The older part of Shoal Point has homes of varying styles and values.
There is one primary school in nearby Bucasia however a new high school has just been built in the Northern Beaches area. There are a number of primary and secondary schools in the surrounding areas.

The Hibiscus Shopping Centre has a grocery store, gym, chemist, newsagent, doctor's surgery and takeaway.

Source: REIQ

 
Blacks Beach

Blacks Beach

Gloriously positioned, Blacks Beach, offers jagged cliffs, leafy walkways and tropical gardens. The area's longest stretch of beach, about six kilometres, Blacks Beach is unsurprisingly very popular with anyone who enjoys spectacular views and premium coastal living.

Homes in Blacks Beach are a mixture of old and new, with many of the architecturally designed houses now fetching more than one million dollars.

Some of the older homes have generous blocks and are close to the beach, while the new White San Blue development is home to a small group of premium properties that have been creatively designed in a variety of building materials, bold colours and forms.

Many of Blacks Beach's residents are young professionals and young families, while retirees have also staked a claim on their own little piece of paradise.

There are a number of primary and secondary schools in the area with a new high school just built in the northern beaches. Conveniences stores are located at Blacks Beach while serious shopping can be undertaken at Woolworths & Coles in Rural View.

Source: REIQ

 
Walkerston

Walkerston

Walkerston has grown substantially over the past few years as more and more people cotton on to the ideal location and easy lifestyle of this suburb 10km west of Mackay.

Located at the entrance to Pioneer Valley, Walkerston is close enough to the CBD and beaches for the keenest fisherman, but far enough away to retain its rural feel.

Homes are slightly more affordable here than other parts of Mackay with many set on small and large acreage-lots. Brick, fibro or weatherboard older homes are available as are new homes.

Walkerston is home to Walkerston Primary, St John's Catholic and Pre-School as well as a supermarket complex and a variety of retail outlets.

Source: REIQ

 
Seaforth

Seaforth

Half an hour north of Mackay lies the small community of Seaforth. Located on the Hibiscus Coast, the suburb is next to the Cape Hillsborough National Park and close to a plethora of tropical beaches.

Seaforth, like nearby Haliday Bay and Ball Bay, was once merely a holiday destination, but over recent times has become a permanent residential area. Larger, more modern homes have replaced the holiday homes, but the relaxed atmosphere has been retained as have the great views.

There is a primary school in Seaforth with high school students needing to commute to Mackay. There are general stores in the suburb, plus a bank agency, post office and petrol station. A produce market is held every Sunday morning.

Anything to do with the water - fishing, diving or swimming - is the name of the game for recreational pursuits in this area.

Source: REIQ

 
Marian

Marian

Riverside Marian is located 30kms north of Mackay and is the gateway to the Pioneer Valley. It is a small rural township that has older, near-new and new homes. Marian boasts some historic buildings and is home to the largest sugar mill in the region.

The north coast town of Mackay in the heart of Queensland's sugar country is experiencing a development renaissance as local and southern investors discover its vibrant economy and comparatively affordable property.

There is one pre-school and one primary school in Marian.

Source: REIQ

 
Sarina

Sarina

Sarina is located about 35km south of Mackay just inland from the Sarina Beach, and is a farming community that has also embraced mining over recent years.

The township itself is home to the Sarina Distillery, which opened in 1927, and processes industrial strength alcohol from sugar bought from surrounding mills.

The region is home to the Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay coal terminals which are the largest coal export facilities in the world.

The Sarina region remains relatively unspoilt and there are a number of environmental parks in the area.

The region remains one of the most affordable in the Mackay district and often features on the REIQ's best gross rental yield list.

Source: REIQ

 
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