Whether you want to snorkel, study, surf or shop, Mackay has something for you. This picturesque city combines a small-town feel with big-city convenience. The city centre forms the heart of the fast-growing Mackay- Isaac-Whitsunday region, and provides the central base for retail, hospitality, financial and business services. The city’s stunning Botanical Gardens, beautiful beaches and world class Mackay Marina Village help promote the region’s growing reputation as Australia’s newest playground.

Study Mackay/Whitsundays

There is a vibrant education sector in Mackay including Central Queensland University, James Cook University, and numerous well known educational institutions. The Mackay International Education and Training Consortium (Edmac) provides fully integrated study packages for select export markets.  They also provide opportunities and services for International students including study tours, primary, secondary, and tertiary studies.

Mackay is also home to the new James Cook University Mackay Education and Research Centre.  The prestigious Health and Medical faculty now offers a larger range of courses, and will give you a strong foothold in one of the world’s oldest demand professions.

Top things to do in Mackay/Whitsundays

If you’re looking for a destination that beings nature to life, then look no further. From beach-lounging wallabies, to the cute platypi on our secluded beaches, it’s got natural attractions all over. 20 minutes in a car, and you’ll be surrounded by art deco buildings, cute cafes, and palm tree lines streets in the city heart of Mackay.  It is here you will find some of Australia’s oldest stretches of sub-tropical rainforest, and you can jump on a boat to explore the Great Barrier Reef.