Explore the beauty that is just at our doorstep

Local Attractions

Tropical islands with white sandy beaches stretching off into the distance, lush rainforests teeming with species of wildlife not found anywhere else in the world, and friendly locals who are happy to show you all the good fishing spots: The Mackay and Whitsunday area really is the ultimate holiday destination.

Use The Feathered Nest as a base to discover the wonders of the region—there is something to cater for every interest including tranquil lagoons and wetlands, beautiful islands, amazing fishing and vibrant communities.

Mackay is a short 30 minute drive to the south. Eat at one of the wonderful restaurants or cafes before wandering through some of its galleries, museums or heritage sites. If you head north to Airlie Beach you have easy access to the world-famous Whitsunday islands. Go for a dive on the Great Barrier Reef or simply stroll along the pristine beaches.

We have special packages available with a number of local tour groups and charters. Or, if there is something specific you want to see or do, let us know in advance so we can customise an experience especially for you.

Fishing Tours


Explore some of the best fishing spots around Mackay and the Whitsundays.

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Boat trip to islands

Crystal blue seas and stunning tropical islands are all a short boat trip away.

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Reef to Rainforest Tours

Personalised guided tours of the amazing local sights and native wildlife.

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Find out what's on in Mackay:

Explore some of the great things that Mackay has to offer, just a stone's throw from The Feathered Nest:

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Other local attractions within easy reach of The Feathered Nest:


  • Cape Hillsborough Beach
  • Seaforth Beach
  • St Helens Beach
  • Whitsunday Islands
  • Mackay Marina precinct
  • Shute Harbour
  • Keswick Island
  • Brampton Island


  • Eungella National Park
  • Finch Hatton Gorge
  • Cathu State Forest
  • Bluewater lagoon
  • Bluewater Trail board walk
  • Slade Point wetlands board walk
  • Proserpine River


  • Whitsunday Gold Coffee plantation tours
  • Mackay Botanic Gardens
  • Artspace Gallery
  • Leap Sapphire Centre
  • Mackay, Sarina and Airlie Beach Golf courses
  • Airlie Beach Lagoon
  • Dalyrmple Bay Coal Terminal
  • Sarina Historical Sugar Shack

For more information visit Tourism Whitsundays or Mackay Tourism.

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