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City CodeMKY
Popular Airlines-
Flight Time18~23 hours

The flight time to Mackay is approximately 18~23 hours. Find out more about the history, economy, climate and transportation options before you visit Mackay.


Located on the eastern coast of Queensland, Mackay is a city in the Mackay Region of Australia. Based on a 2015 estimate, Mackay has a population of more than 85,000. Because of high production of cane sugar, with more than a third of sugar produce, Mackay is dubbed as the sugar capital of Australia. Mackay was named after John Mackay who headed an expedition into the Pioneer Valley. With a humid subtropical climate, Mackay experiences sunny and dry winters, and usually dry springs.

Voice of Travelers to Mackay

Kangaroo watching at Cape Hillsborough

My name is Hugh from Brisbane. I have been to several parts of Mackay when I booked a plane ticket for a 2-day trip to the city, but I failed to visit its most iconic attraction, the Cape Hillsborough National Park because I already lacked time. This time, I have specially booked a ticket to the city to visit such attraction. I booked a ticket via Jetstar Airways whose services were remarkable thanks to their flight staff. I did not experience anything bad on board. When I have arrived at Mackay, we drove to the national park with the help of my friends who live there. I love the beaches, but mornings were different in Cape Hillsborough due to the influx of kangaroos and wallabies. It was a fun experience watching these animals in their natural state. I enjoyed this short tour to Mackay, but I am pretty sure I am going to book a ticket back to Mackay.

Visiting Eungella National Park at Mackay

I am Donna from Townsville. Late last year, my friends and I decided to book a ticket to Mackay for a short vacation. Having planned our itinerary, we booked a ticket for a direct flight through QantasLink. I appreciated their accommodating staff and crew. It was a good flight experience to Mackay. When we have landed at Mackay, we explored several natural attractions including the Eungella National Park. The place was breathtaking, it’s a great place to escape from the rustle and bustle of the city. We walked through the national park until we discovered some platypus bathing on a river. It was a fun experience being able to witness such. We planned to camp in the area, but one of my friends reminded us of our hotel accommodation. It was a funny moment. Overall, I enjoyed my trip to Mackay. It was worth it, and I am already planning on a plane ticket back.

Mackay Travel FAQs

Q. How do I book a ticket to Mackay?

A. In a variety of ways, you may be able to book a ticket bound to Mackay. First, you may secure a plane ticket to Mackay by inquiring for an available ticket from the airlines stationed in Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton, and Townsville. If you live far from the aforementioned cities, you may have to ask for a ticket for a connecting flight to Mackay from the airlines near you. You may even seek assistance from travel agencies with regards the processing of the ticket to Mackay. Additionally, you may check online for a ticket to Mackay sold cheaply.

Q. Do I need a visa to enter Mackay?

A. If you are a citizen of Australia and New Zealand, you may only be needing a plane ticket to be able to travel to Mackay. Otherwise, you would be needing a valid Australian visa to enter the city. For citizens of New Zealand, you can apply for a visa once you have booked a plane ticket and have arrived safely to Mackay. All other citizens may need to apply for a visa, together with a plane ticket, before flying to Mackay. Application of visa may be accomplished from Australian Embassies and Consulates near you.

Q. What are good things to do in Mackay?

A. If you are planning to book a ticket to Mackay, here are certain things you should do while in the city. You may visit Cape Hillsborough National Park, one of the top attractions in Mackay. The National Park is teeming with wildlife, including kangaroos and wallabies. You may also spot other local wildlife including a platypus at Eungella National Park. You may also drive to Finch Hatton Gorge to discover freshwater swimming holes and waterfalls, among others. The city of Mackay offers a lot more natural attractions perfect for nature lovers to visit.

Mackay - Direct Flights to Major Airports

Airports handling direct flights to Mackay Airport • Brisbane Airport (Queensland, Australia) • Cairns Airport (Queensland, Australia) • Rockhampton Airport (Rockhampton, Queensland) ・Townsville Airport (Garbut, Queensland) etc.

Flight Routes to Mackay

In availing of a ticket to Mackay, identifying the air routes available to and from Mackay would be helpful. For those who are seeking for a ticket for a direct flight to Mackay from Brisbane, you may avail of a ticket from Jetstar Airways, and Virgin Australia, among others. For those who also seek a ticket for a direct flight from Cairns, Rockhampton, and Townsville to Mackay, you may avail of a ticket from QantasLink.