Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre

Alfred Street, Mackay, QLD 4740

The Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) is the largest convention and banqueting facility between Cairns and Brisbane.

The MECC Complex is in the heart of Mackay City Centre and is just a short stroll away from a plethora of restaurants, an award-winning regional art gallery Artspace, shopping centres, a state-of-the-art library complex and our magnificent blue water Pioneer River. The centre is easily accessible via foot, car, bike or bus and approximately 10 minutes via taxi from Mackay Airport.

Things to do in Mackay

Artspace Mackay

Where our diverse culture starts, Mackay’s architectural award winning art gallery. Enjoy local arts on display, touring exhibitions and public art located in the City Centre and along the Bluewater Trail.


The Mackay region boasts over 31 beaches - a different one for every day of the month, so finding somewhere to lay your towel is never a problem. Eimeo Beach was awarded as one of the best beaches in Australia’s 101 beach search, and boasts sweeping panoramic views of the Coral Sea.

Bluewater Lagoon

This free family-friendly leisure facility overlooks the picturesque Pioneer River in the heart of Mackay’s city centre. Comprising three tiered lagoons, a kid’s corner, water slide and cafe, this lagoon offers a full day of safe fun in the sun for everyone.

Cape Hillsborough

Walk along the beach with wallabies at sunrise in this spectacular coastal national park, full of dramatic headlands, rainforests and nature walks. Cape Hillsborough is a wonderful place to take the family on your time off and enjoy the serenity.

Mackay Marina

Dine at one of several alfresco restaurants overlooking the marina or enjoy live music and entertainment on a Sunday afternoon. There’s a lot to see and do at this entertainment hub.

Mackay’s Islands

Extend your holiday in Mackay with a stay on Keswick Island. Pristine beaches, virgin forests and vibrant coral. This well kept secret houses some beautiful accommodation with views you only dream about.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

A magnificent scenic walk through flora and fauna with free guided tours for visitors. Enjoy the peaceful surrounds of one of Australia’s newest and most innovative botanical gardens.

Pioneer Valley & Eungella National Park

Scenic Finch Hatton Gorge is a leisurely hour’s drive inland through the Pioneer Valley and located 2,500 feet above sea level - where the locals enjoy rainforest walks and a refreshing swim in fresh water pools. Travel further inland to Eungella National Park and Broken River - the best place in Australia to spot platypus in the wild. Enjoy afternoon tea then visit the viewing platform to watch the platypus weave through the water. You may like to spend a few nights at one of the many accommodation providers so that you can explore more of this unique area.

Sarina & the Serenity Coast

Known as the heart of Australia’s sugar cane industry, you can get your own taste of the sweet stuff at Sarina Sugar Shed, Australia’s only miniature sugar mill and distillery. Whilst in town, check out the untouched beaches for a swim or a spot of fishing, visit the Sarina Tourist Art and Craft centre or if there on a Saturday, stop by the local markets.