Heritage planning

The Mackay region is home to many significant historical buildings and landmarks.

Over the years council has undertaken various projects to identify and research historical buildings and land marks in the Mackay City and the wider Mackay- Pioneer Valley region.The most recent is the fact sheets and virtual tour below.


Mackay Region Heritage Discovery Trails

Adventure into the past, in the footsteps of our locals and enjoy a series of self-guided Heritage Discovery Trails from around our region. The heritage trails are presented on a digital platform, displaying multi-media including some fantastic historic images and fascinating stories of our rich historic and cultural heritage. Click here to access the trails.


Mackay Region Local Heritage Register

Mackay boasts and extensive collection of art deco and historically significant buildings. It is unique due to the intactness and extent of the collection in the city centre. Click here for information on each building through our interactive map.


Conserving heritage houses in the Mackay region

Do you own a property you would like to restore? Supporting information for home owners in our character areas and beyond is here.


Historical planning schemes

Mackay City had the first planning scheme in the State, developed by town planner R.A McInnis and adopted in 1934. Historical planning was influenced by prominent Queenslanders including architect Karl Langer. Historical planning schemes available can be found here.


Registered heritage places

The region hosts a number of heritage properties which are listed or protected in a variety of formats. Read more about registered places and heritage protection here.


Heritage planning and studies

The Planning scheme protects local heritage and is underpinned by numerous background studies. Read more here.


Important links

Helpful resources to find out more about heritage planning


Heritage brochures

Council maintains numerous brochures to assist visitors to navigate notable heritage in the region.

Heritage Awards 

Heritage Awards

Our Heritage Awards, first celebrated in 2004, are a biennial event which pays tribute to those individuals, schools and organisations that make an outstanding effort to keep our region's heritage alive. The awards are now open until January 28 and everyone is encouraged to participate. Entry is free,
and winners can receive up to $1000.