Mackay might not be at the top of the tourist wishlist, but it makes a fine stop off point in the Queensland region. Throughout this pretty coastal town, there are wide tropical streets to wander down, impressive art deco buildings to marvel at, and a collection of winding mangrove forests to get lost amongst. The eclectic array of scenery is what makes Mackay so attractive, bringing together all the best bits of the tropical region.

Many tourists head here for the peace and quiet after visiting some of the more popular spots in Queensland. Surrounding the town, there is a huge agricultural and mining landscape, which makes for some spectacular countryside and a fascinating history to explore.

The out-of-town experiences are perhaps its biggest draw – it’s set just half an hour from Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays, and a quick drive past the sugar-cane fields will lead you to the stunning Eungella National Park.