Mackay lookout upgrades enhance must-see million views

Published: 22 Jan 2021

More than $1.42 million in upgrades to enhance views from the North Mackay Rotary Lookout have been completed thanks to an investment by the Palaszczuk Government.

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert welcomed the tourist attraction’s completed upgrades as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s ongoing plan for economic recovery.

“I’m excited to see that these upgrades have been completed thanks to $694,687 in funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s Building our Regions (BoR) program,” Mrs Gilbert said.

“The iconic tourist attraction is now up and running again, providing 360-degree views of Mackay, with a new architecturally designed pavilion replacing the observation deck.

“Additional works included replacing overhead lighting with underground services, upgrading the entry road and parking facilities, and rebuilding the public walkway to increase site accessibility.”

“The project is helping to drive Mackay’s economic recovery with five local jobs being supported throughout the construction phase.

“The economic benefits will continue as the Lookout bolsters Mackay’s tourism industry at a time when we need it more than ever.”

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said drive tourism was a large financial contributor to the region and the upgraded lookout would increase valuable visitor traffic to Mackay.

“As part of the scenic lookout trail, the Rotary Lookout will allow visitors to check out Mackay’s fantastic scenery in an easy and accessible way,” Mr Williamson said.

“Thanks to funding from the Queensland Government, the upgraded North Mackay Rotary Lookout will be a fantastic spot for residents and visitors to enjoy this summer season.”