Mackay hotels for soul-soothing and sun-soaked stays in Queensland

With golden sand beaches and lush sub-tropical rainforests, these Mackay hotels will have you making most of the sunshine and relaxed vibes.

When it comes to exploring the Queensland coast, Mackay hotels make an ideal base. You can watch the passing parade of colourful aquatic life on the Great Barrier Reef, sail the picture-perfect Whitsundays or simply soak up the sizzling city’s palm-fringed beaches, lush tropical gardens and diverse cultural heritage.

Settle into a riverside retreat just moments from an award-winning waterpark or indulge in accommodation with a deep spa bath overlooking the marina. Perhaps you’d prefer a beachy break, where you can take time to unwind on the sand by the Bluewater Trail?

Whether you’re gazing out over glittering waters, chilling with the family in a spacious abode or holidaying in a charming room conveniently located by the airport, Mackay will capture your sun-loving heart from the moment you arrive.

Riverside family accommodation in the heart of Mackay


Riviera Mackay is a waterside retreat that blends the comforts of home with hotel luxury. Check the family into a two-bedroom apartment and enjoy views over the glittering Pioneer River from your private balcony. You might grab a quick brekkie in your fully equipped kitchen before rallying the troops for the two-minute trek to Bluewater Lagoon waterpark where entry is free.

Unwind among three shimmering lagoon pools or get your adrenaline pumping on the thrilling waterslide. When hunger strikes, you can hit the handy on-site café or grab a bite from one of many local eateries as you migrate back to the apartment.

Ease into the afternoon with a game of giant chess on the rooftop terrace, or watch the young’uns play as you soak up some sun. Come dinner, you can fire up the communal BBQ and select a few fresh herbs from the terrace’s herb garden to accompany your steak and sausage sizzle feast. Back in the comfort of your apartment’s lounge, settle into the evening with bedtime stories and soothing mugs of hot chocolate.

Riviera Mackay

9.4 Excellent (1039 reviews)

Sunny family fun in a spacious Mackay apartment with rooftop pool


If you’re setting off for a group holiday in the tropics, you’ll find all the space you need at Quest Mackay on Gordon. Stretch out in a three-bedroom apartment where open plan living and a large dining table encourage social breakfasts.

You might grab your gym bag and make use of the in-house fitness room, or maybe you’ll ease into the day with a gentle 10-minute walk to Queens Park. Venture inside the Orchid House to marvel at the delicate floral displays, or burn off some energy in the large playground before meandering back along Gordon Street for coffee and vanilla bean pancakes at Oscars Café.

Afternoons are made easy back at your hotel, where a sun-drenched outdoor pool awaits. Dive into the deep end or slip into the bubbling spa before seeking out a sunlounger to recline with a good book. There’s a family BBQ area if you fancy flipping burgers for dinner, or maybe you’ll whip up a gourmet feast in your fully equipped kitchen. When your appetite’s sated, cosy up on comfortable couches for an evening of movies and games.

Quest Mackay on Gordon

9.0 Excellent (918 reviews)

Warm and welcoming Mackay hotel with world-class service


Flawless customer service will put the finishing touches to your stay at Coral Cay Resort. Hugging Nebo Road, this welcoming hotel is made up of suites and apartments equipped with decadent amenities like plush queen beds and Austar TV channels.

Indulge in a Spa Suite and enjoy long soaks in a glorious corner spa bath. The in-room toaster makes mornings easy before you breeze outside to immerse yourself in Mackay’s golden sunshine.

Wander 30 minutes to the lush Botanic Gardens and explore Mackay’s cultural heritage in the Malta Garden. Stop at the complex’s laidback café for cake and coffee, then return to your hotel for a bit of downtime in the soothing sauna.

Once suitably steamy, cool off with a dip in the pool before heading back to your apartment for a pre-dinner tipple from the minibar. Days are best finished off at on-site CC’s Restaurant, where pesto-topped garlic Turkish bread is the perfect prelude to halloumi-stuffed chicken breast.

Coral Cay Resort

Top rated
8.6 Excellent (1680 reviews)

A sparkling family motel in Mackay that won't bust the budget


Mackay Rose Motel proves accommodation in Mackay doesn’t have to break the bank. Offering friendly service and quality facilities, this family-run Nebo Road gem has interconnecting rooms to comfortably accommodate groups. The on-site restaurant ensures everyone is easily fed, and the fabulous free brekkie – think pancakes loaded with butter and sticky syrup – gets each day off to a hassle-free start.

If you’re keen to explore a little further afield, catch a boat from Mackay Harbour and sail 32 kilometres to the paradise-like Keswick Island. You’ll meet steely grey monitor lizards and technicolour butterflies as you explore the walking trails.

After sunbathing on one of the pristine beaches, return to the hotel for a dusky dip in the outdoor pool. As the setting sun bathes your apartment in a rose-tinged glow, gather the family and order room service for a relaxed evening feast.

Mackay Rose Motel

8.4 Very good (223 reviews)

Balmy beachside break in a Mackay hotel by the Bluewater Trail


For breezy beach accommodation in Mackay, look no further than Mackay Oceanside Central Hotel. Located a five-minute walk from balmy Town Beach and Iluka Park, it’s the ideal base for a holiday by the glittering Coral Sea.

The soft, colourful furnishings in your studio deluxe room set a tropical holiday tone, and a sumptuous sofa bed can accommodate extra guests if your brood is on the larger side. You can start the day with coffee on your private balcony before a hearty cooked-to-order breakfast of eggs in the on-site Centro Bar and Café.

Beyond a bit of blissed-out beach time, you might enjoy a hike along the Bluewater Trail just a few minutes from your door. Take advantage of the hotel’s free bicycle hire and cycle along the waterfront up to Bluewater Quay, where unique public artworks pepper the banks of the Pioneer River.

If you carry on down to Wood Street, you’ll hit The Grazing Goat Café where you can devour a lunch of quinoa and pumpkin salad. Drift back to your accommodation for a few languid laps of the outdoor saltwater swimming pool before stretching out on a sunlounger.

Mackay Oceanside Central Hotel Official

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (1072 reviews)

Serene and stylish stay by Mackay's airport


With its tranquil interiors and whisper-quiet rooms, you’d never know you were conveniently located just a stone’s throw from the airport at Ibis Mackay’. Core-filled blocked walls and high-end double glazing ensures you’ll sleep like royalty in a Standard King Room so you can awake refreshed and ready to explore Mackay and its surrounds.

A nine-minute drive will deliver you to Illawong Park, a lush oasis where you can meander through lofty paperbark trees and dip your toes in the ocean. If you’d like to adventure farther, you can take a scenic 10-minute flight over the Great Barrier Reef to the rolling green of Keswick Island.

You’ll find delicious local produce at the hotel’s own airy TurBARlence Tavern. Graze on wasabi crumbed calamari and fries with cheesy beer sauce, washing it all down with a crisp lager or salted caramel shimmy shake. Hit the on-site fitness centre to counterbalance any overindulgence, then get cosy in your calming abode for a movie marathon on the smart TV.

Ibis Mackay

Top rated
8.8 Excellent (872 reviews)

Stylish waterfront accommodation overlooking the Mackay marina

If you’re keen to stay north of the Pioneer River, settle yourself in at Mackay Marina Hotel. Watch the boats come and go from the glittering harbour as you sip morning coffee on the private balcony of your Superior Spa Suite.

Your handy in-room kitchenette makes breakfast a simple affair, or you can let someone else do the work and call room service for hot, sizzling bacon and eggs. If you’re in need of some indulgence, take a long morning soak in the generous corner spa bath to start your day.

Venture out for a relaxing afternoon browse of the marina’s shops. You might savour a fruity cocktail at Breakwater Bar and Restaurant before hopping aboard a twilight cruise to see the reef-fringed islands of Flat Top and Round Top. Once back on dry land, seek out the hotel’s Latitude 21 Restaurant for smoked salmon and scallop tagliatelle and toast the approaching night with a refreshing glass of pinot.

Mantra Mackay

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (1559 reviews)