Tigerair Australia has teamed up with Mackay Airport, Mackay Regional Council and Mackay Tourism to launch the ‘101 Things To Do in the Mackay Region’ campaign to help turn outdated perceptions of the Mackay Region.

“The southern perception of Mackay as a mining town needs to be changed and the focus turned on the reality of our amazing 28 beaches, tropical rainforest and wonderful climate,” said Mackay Airport GM, Rob Porter.

“If you are standing in the cold and rain in Melbourne in July and a tropical beach is less than $100 and under three hours way direct, well, I know where I would be booking a weekend away to ease the winter blues,” he added.

These are the 10 things we will definitely be doing when we visit Mackay. To see the full list of 101 things to do click here.

1. Mackay Highlands Great Walk

Stunning scenery including dense rainforest, deep gorges, steep escarpments and tranquil farming communities make the Mackay Highlands Great Walk a very special experience. 

2. Go blokarting

Power down Mackay’s long smooth beaches in a wheeled cart with a sail, powered by nothing but the wind. Awesome fun.

3. Go off-road biking

Explore Pioneer Valley, Eungella National Park, and more while getting seriously muddy on an off-road bike.

4. See miniature animals

Get ready to ‘aww’ over miniature pigs, horses, donkeys and goats at the Jarravale Alpacas and Miniature Animal Farm.

5. Have a pint in a historic pub

Nebo’s Heritage listed Hotel still retains great character and hasn’t changed much since it was built overlooking Nebo Creek in 1862.

6. Swim in Finch Hatton Gorge

Finch Hatton is a popular spot with waterfalls that flow all year round, swimming holes and walking tracks.

7. Climb Wolfgang Peak

Climbers will discover a 360-degree view of the surrounding farmland and National Park, offering some of the most  unique panoramas in Queensland.

8. Spot a platypus

Broken River is recognised as the world’s most certain place to see these crazy critters in the wild. All you need is a bit of patience.

9. Stay on a farm

Enjoy a farm stay and take a leisurely horse ride on meandering trails through grassland and lush rainforest.

10. Hang out with Wallabies on the beach

The closest thing to a crowd at Cape Hillsborough during a beach stroll is a family of friendly wallabies.


Tigerair flies regularly between Melbourne and Mackay four times weekly and offers the only direct air link between the two destinations. To celebrate the launch of the integrated Mackay marketing campaign, Tigerair is offering special airfares from just $65* each way.

As always the key to securing the best value fares with Tigerair is to plan ahead and book early – as demand increases closer into the travel date, so does the price of the fare generally.