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Getting Here

Planes, trains and automobiles; there's plenty of choice on offer to ensure you arrive on cue, all you need to decide upon is whether to take the fast, leisurely or convenient option. 

By Air

Fly direct to Mackay from Brisbane or Sydney to make the most of your time in our delightful piece of Queensland.

Mackay Airport enjoys a host of services provided by Virgin Australia, QantasLink and Jetstar. Short-term and long-term parking is available. Taxis or shuttle services are available and a number of rental car companies operate from the airport terminal. 

Moranbah Airport is serviced by QantasLink and Virgin Australia, providing direct flights to Brisbane. Free short-term and long-term parking is available. Taxis and rental car booths are also located on site through a range of companies.

By Rail

Watch the changing panorama from the comfort of a nostalgic railcar with Queensland Rail Travel, the relaxing way to travel the Queensland coast. Take a journey aboard the Spirit of Queensland to Mackay and choose from Premium Economy seats or the lie-flat meal inclusive Railbed. Mackay Train Station is located at Paget, 5KM south of the City Centre. 

By Road 

Driving to Mackay allows the added pleasure of stopping to enjoy the scenery and sights as you travel. If you want the driving done for you, major coach operators such as Greyhound Australia include Mackay, Nebo, Moranbah and Clermont on their scheduled services from major cities along the coast. 

The travel time from Mackay to Cairns is approximately eight hours and Brisbane is slightly longer at approximately 11 hours. 

Getting Around


Mackay Whitsunday Taxi run taxis throughout the Mackay Region. Call 13 10 08 to book a pick up or look for taxi ranks within the city and at Mackay Airport.


Mackay Transit Coaches provide public urban bus services with pick up points throughout Mackay and surrounding suburbs such as Mackay's Northern Beaches, Walkerston and Sarina. They also provide a Mackay-Emerald service. Visit here to find timetables and more information.

Tours and Transport Services

Capture the best of the region by joining an informative tour, run by local experts who know the area better than anyone else. There are a niumber of tour and transport operators in The Mackay Region, most offering door-to-door pick up and drop off services. It's the relaxing way to see The Mackay Region. Find tours here

Travel and the Environment 

The Mackay Region is a place of unspoilt nature, where you can reconnect with your surrounds and immerse yourself in the rainforest and the reef. Travel can have harmful impacts on the environment, and so please be mindful of the following things when travelling so you can reduce your impact on the environment:Climate Change has the potential to damage the beautiful reef and rainforest in The Mackay Region, and so we need your help to reduce emissions to reduce the change of our climate. Climate Change is simply explained as the change in average temperatures over time. The increase in atmospheric CO2 over the last few hundred years has increased global average temperatures. For more information on Climate Change, see

For more information on environmental sustainability and Climate Change, see the following web addresses:


Download the 2021 Mackay Region Visitor Guide

 visitor guide 2021