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About Mackay Airport (MKY)

Address: Terminal Building Mackay Airport, Mackay - Airport, Mackay, 4740, Qld

Mackay Airport, Queensland is a major regional airport serving the city of Mackay and the broader Mackay region. It is about 6 km from central Mackay.

Mackay is famous as a cane farming and mining region. It is also the gateway to the Whitsunday coast and islands. With 30 secluded beaches, and easy access to 11 national parks, the Mackay region is a world waiting to be explored.

A short drive from the Mackay Marina is Slade Point, with beautiful views of the southern Great Barrier Reef islands. Mackay’s tropical northern beaches are only 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre, and further north is the paradise of Cape Hillsborough National Park. Alternatively, you can head west for about an hour via Pioneer Valley, to Eungella National Park, which is Australia's longest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest.

  Getting around

Mackay Airport is a short 10-minute drive from the city centre, without much traffic hassles. The Mackay Airport car rental companies have counters located in the Arrivals Hall area and car rental car parks are a short walk from the terminal.

The city is easy to negotiate, and roads are well-signposted. Mackay City Centre has 2,500 free on-street parking bays - timed from 30 minutes to 3 hours. There are also off-street carparks and some coin metered parking areas.

Remember to watch out for cyclists, especially if you are not used to driving on the left side of the road.

  Choosing your car

Your airport car rental is made easy by using our user-friendly booking portal.  Just enter the dates, locations and a few other specifications, and you will get a list of the many options available.

Mackay Airport has an extensive choice of rent a car options, from economic hatches and family sedans to convertibles, but the 4WD rentals are the most popular. You will find all the top car hire brands at Mackay Airport such as Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Alamo and Enterprise, but also some local ones.

If in doubt, feel free to contact us. Wherever you are, we connect you 24/7.

  Tips and advice


Mackay is a laid-back city, but you must adhere to the speed limits. Police officers conduct speed checks via speed cameras and radar along all types of roads.


Although a year-round destination, the best time to visit is between January and April with temperatures in the mid-20s, or during the whale season between July and September. 


If you are planning a long drive at night, make sure you know where and when you will be getting fuel, as fuel stations might be closed even on main roads.


Equally, if you are not used to driving long distances, make frequent stops and keep hydrated, especially in summer.    


Keep an eye out for kangaroos, emus, and other animals when driving along rural roads.


Use a good GPS and don’t rely on your mobile phone. Some remote areas might not have reception where you need it most.


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