What if you could work in the BEST town in Australia

Make the move to Wotif’s 2018 Town of the Year – Mackay.

Hailed as Australia’s sugar capital, Mackay delivers the charm of a country town with the adventure of a tropical paradise.

The region is a hidden gem full of natural attractions, wildlife, national parks, fishing, beaches, great food and exciting events

Careers  welding

There are currently over 1300 jobs available in the Mackay region in a range of sectors.  

We are currently seeking qualified tradespeople in mining and construction industries, administration officers, engineers, as well as positions in retail, education and government, among others.

The following websites may be useful in your job hunt:

Affordable housing

This is the perfect place to raise your family and offers many affordable housing options.

Whether you’re looking for a rural or suburban lifestyle, the Mackay region has it all.

The median price for a three-bedroom house in the Mackay region is $262,500, according to https://www.realestate.com.au/neighbourhoods/mackay-4740-qld.

The median rent is $280 per week.

Accessibility     mackay aerial photo

Travelling to and from work has never been easier. Traffic is rarely a problem in the Mackay region, which gives residents more time to do the things they love.

You will never be far from:

  • A shopping mecca – Mackay has two large shopping centres, which provide access to stores such as Myer, Target, Big W and Kmart. Most suburbs also have access to their own grocery store.
  • A hospital – Mackay has both a public and private hospital. There is also a small, community hospital located in Sarina, 30 minutes south of Mackay.
  • A cinema – Mackay has two cinemas located in the City and North Mackay
  • A gym – Mackay has a variety of gyms that specialise in group fitness, Crossfit, mixed martial arts training, weights and resistance and female-only options.


There is a vibrant education sector in Mackay, which includes access to a university, TAFE and private and public schools. Below is a snapshot of the region’s education sector:

  • 1 university - CQUniversity (including the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music)
  • 1 TAFE – Operated by CQUniversity
  • 12 Private schools
  • 3 State secondary schools
  • 25 State primary schools
  • 20 State pre-schools
  • 27 Day care institutions

Sport and recreation          football team

Mackay is the proud birthplace of some of Australia’s greatest sporting heroes including Cathy Freeman (Athletics), Wendell Sailor (Rugby League), Geoff Huegill (Swimming), Nicole Pratt (Tennis) and Sandy Brondello (Basketball).

It’s no surprise we have an active sporting culture, with opportunities for both juniors and seniors to get involved in their favourite sport locally.

For those who prefer to watch sport, Mackay frequently hosts local, state and national sporting events, with the Women’s Big Bash League and International Pro Darts Showdown Series visiting the region in January and the Australian Opals held a three-day training camp in Mackay in April in preparation for the Commonwealth Games.

It really is a great place to live, work and play, with some of the best fishing in Australia, camping, a cable wakeboard park and for lovers of motorsport there is Palmyra Dragway and Donnybrook Motorsport Complex.  

Mackay will also soon be home to a $25 million dollar Mackay Regional Sports Precinct featuring an Olympic standard aquatic centre and athletics track and a $2.2 million dollar skate park and wheeled sports plaza.

Weekend adventures          kangaroo

The weekends are meant for adventures and our region has plenty to offer:    

  • Share breakfast with wallabies on the beach or go for a hike at Cape Hillsborough
  • Get in touch with nature and explore the rainforests at Eungella and Finch Hatton; you may even spot a platypus
  • Take a dip at the region’s favourite swimming hole, Platypus Beach
  • Head out on a day trip to Airlie Beach or Cedar Creek Falls
  • Experience the food and nightlife of Mackay including a variety of pubs, sports bars and night clubs
  • Spend a day at one of the Mackay region’s 31 pristine beaches or enjoy some fish and chips at Mackay Harbour
  • Spend some time with your loved ones at one of the region’s many family-friendly attractions including Mackay’s most popular playground at Queens Park, the three-tiered Bluewater Lagoon, the state-of-the art Dudley Denny City Library, Artspace Mackay or Sarina Sugar Shed.
  • Or, why not go for a bike ride on the Bluewater Trail, take a trip to see all your favourite animals at Freckle Farm and the Jarravale Alpaca and Miniature Animal Farm, practice your gaming skills at TimeZone or bounce the day away at the Mackay Aqua Park.
  • Attend an event! Mackay has hosted concerts for some world’s most popular entertainers including KISS and Elton John, with Angus and Julia Stone scheduled to visit in May. Other key events on the region’s social calendar include the annual Wine and Food Day, Nebo Rodeo and CQ Bikes Bulls Buggys and Bands, to name a few. The Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) also regularly hosts concerts, theatre and comedy shows.


The Mackay area has a tropical climate and being located on the coast it benefits from cool sea breezes.

Mackay's average annual rainfall is 1585mm. A large proportion falls in the months December through to March with the driest months being August/September.

Maximum daytime temperatures are typically 29-30 degrees during the summer/wet months and 21-25 degrees during the winter/dry months. Minimum overnight temperatures are typically around 23 degrees during the summer/wet months and 13-14 degrees during the winter/dry months.

How we became Wotif's town of the year    wotif logo

The annual Wotif Town of the Year Award recognises Mackay as one of the top Aussie towns to visit in 2018 based on a pricing and demand index.

Wotif is a leading online travel site dedicated to Australian travellers. Established in Australia in 2000, one in two Aussies have travelled with Wotif since it launched. Wotif offers travellers access to accommodation, flights, packages, activities and car hire both locally and overseas, with verified accommodation reviews from almost two million Australian travellers.