Top 9 Stayz Accommodations In Mackay, Australia - Updated 2024

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Swadeep Singh
Swadeep Singh 
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Mackay is a coastal city in Queensland, Australia, it lies just south of the Northern Queensland region. Mackay and its surroundings is a bundle of natural attraction, including beaches, islands, natural parks, and gorges. The region, however, gets most tourism due to the following three natural wonders. First and foremost is the Eungella National Park, located on the top of the Pioneer River Valley. It is the longest stretch of subtropical rainforest in Australia with 225+ species of birds, 800+ plant species, and Platypus. Another wonder is the Cape Hillsborough National Park, known for spotting kangaroos, wallabies, reptiles and marine life. Finally the Finch Hatton Gorge, freshwater fed waterfalls. Apart from that, the main city has the Bluewater Trail, a 20 km (12.4 miles) pedestrian stretch that runs through all the attractions and points of interest. Mackay Marina Village is at the harbor, attractions are a 130-year-old kerosene powered lighthouse that is still functional in its original style and waterfront properties, about 300 berths are inside yachts and boats, 200 are with apartments. Mackay’s surrounding will give you 31 Beaches and 6 Islands, with Carlisle, Scawfell and Keswick Islands known for its whale spotting and coral reef. Read along because we will give you a list of handpicked Stayz accommodations available in Mackay.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 18, 2024.

1. Rental in South Mackay (from USD 148)

This compact family home is located in the city and it can accommodate six guests, bedrooms are three and bathroom is one. There is a swimming pool in the backyard, which is fairly visible from the inside. Not something that is a utility, but helpful when you’re worried about children staying with you. Restaurants, cinema and shopping areas are less than 3 km (1.8 miles) away. The minimum rental duration for this property is three nights.

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South Mackay, Queensland, Australia
2.94 km (1.9 mi) from Bluewater Lagoon
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
only improvement needed would be a more comfortable couch
the beds were comfortable and air conditioned which was great
it was nice to have foxtel and wifi
our family of five was quite comfortable for our four nights
the beds were very comfortable and the backyard and pool was great
clean well thought out house
the house was clean and nicely renovated
clean neat tidy quiet area close to city and beaches plenty of room and pool was a bonus
the owner loren was extremely helpful
loren was an excellent host and i could not recommend this property more
house is in perfect location for the purpose of our trip close to footy fields and shops
lovely quiet area yet close to all shopping and amenities
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2. Rental for event hosting (from USD 163)

This is a large size fully-furnished and sophisticated modern home that can accommodate eight guests. There are four bedrooms while the bathrooms are two and there is even a half bath. Televisions are plenty and board games are also available in-house. Walking just 100 meters (328 feet) will take you to the beach, whereas a short drive takes you to the Mackay shopping area. Parties are allowed here which makes it a great rental for hosting small events and family gathering, but be aware that the bond fee on this property is $500. Pets are allowed.

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3.57 km (2.3 mi) from Bluewater Lagoon
17 reviews  
House 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8
Minimum Nights: 4
Refund Policy :

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
extra televisions in 3 of the bedrooms
well equipped kitchen and laundry
the kitchen was very nicely equipped with appliances, dishes, and cutlery so cooking there was a breeze
plenty of room for 7 people to spread out
the only drawback i could mention would be the blinds as they still let a tremendous amount of light in around the edges, even when fully closed as the blind comes off the roll away from the window...
the house is very spacious and clean
the street was quiet and lovely, the house was clean and modern, and the host was very easy to communicate with and very accommodating as well
beautiful home
communication was easy and the house was absolutely perfect for us
we even left some items at the house so had to arrange to pick them up several weeks afterward and it was not a hassle at all
it suits our family perfectly, is well situated and the managemt team have always been incredibly helpful in making our stay comfortable and done with ease
a beautiful home with everything you need for an enjoyable holiday in mackay
5 minute walk to beach
location location location, a stones throw from the beach and a short drive to the centre of town
all needs were covered
the process of booking and the coordination of the transaction was very smooth and the staff were very helpful
it was perfect for my son and his grandparents to walk to the beach just a few minutes away (on a foot path)
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3. Beach property in East Mackay (from USD 129)

This property is situated in the East Mackay area, where the shopping centers are a few minutes’ away and health facilities are less than 10 minutes’. The rental has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, five guests can sleep here. The backyard of the property is secured by the wall, so kids cannot leave the safe zone. The beach is at a walking distance and the sea here is quite calm. Guests can even catch crabs when the tide is low. The property is pet-friendly.

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East Mackay, QLD, AU
2.43 km (1.6 mi) from Bluewater Lagoon
12 reviews  
House 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beds comfy
very comfortable and relaxing
it is so quiet and nice awesome!!!
it has everything we need and a beautiful yard for our dogs
very homely and like a little paradise
the house was clean and well presented
very happy with the property having two bathrooms and proximity to the town
owner is very helpful
the owner was extremely helpful and accommodating allowing us to check in 2 hours earlier than normal
amy was wonderful to deal with, we appreciated staying in her lovely house
she has it so well set up for families
we felt the house was well thought out and beautifully prepared for guests
nice quiet area
not a beach house at all but a neighborhood spot
very convenient located to beaches, shopping, fishing
walk to the beach and a short drive to the cbd
beautiful place, great location, felt like a home away from home :)
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4. Lakeside rental in North Mackay (from USD 118)

This double deck property is not close to any beach, it is actually situated near the Andergrove area in North Mackay. But that doesn’t mean that the guests can’t have fun. The verandah view from the Lakeside deck holiday house gives you the GoWake Water Park, an aqua park prominent for cable skiing. Mackay city center is just across Pioneer River bridge, beaches are about 2 km (1 mile) away, and every other amenity is within walking limits. The house can accommodate up to eight guests in four bedrooms, baths are two. Pets and smoking are allowed, but the pets must not mess with anything in-house as the security deposit is $500.

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3.56 km (2.3 mi) from Bluewater Lagoon
11 reviews   Wifi Available
townhome 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the view is great and the wake board park is very cool
the apartment itself is very roomy, we had 4 adults and kids staying and had no issues
g table tennis, foxtel & wakeboarding at the cable park
massive benefit that it was pet friendly
great things to do - table tennis, foxtel & wakeboarding at the cable park
it was very clean, comfortable and excellently located
the apartment itself was really clean, great layout, and a good location
the outdoor areas both upstairs and down and brilliant and all appliances where first class
close to the city whilst far enough away not to be to busy
awesome place to stay in mackay, close to cbd
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5. Lovely beach house near a national park (from USD 102)

This beachfront property lies in the Mackay surroundings, between Ball Bay and Cape Hillsborough National Park. Because the area is not very crowded, beaches and the greenery around the property is still very pristine. This rental is an ideal lodging for naturalists. Cape Hillsborough has so many wallabies, and spotting large monitors is always a fun activity. Furthermore, Ball bay beaches witness Turtle hatching during summer dawns. Maximum occupancy is five here but the tariff for five is slightly more than a couple lodging. There are three bedrooms and one bath, and pets are allowed.

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32.16 km (20.0 mi) from Bluewater Lagoon
45 reviews   Wifi Available
House 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were so comfortable and the kitchen facilities were great
we wound down the second we arrived
the windows and screen doors in particular and air vent in the bathroom was very dirty as were the ceiling fans
loved the big fridge / freezer !
loved the sprawling verandah with a fantastic viewand the friendly wildlife
house had everything we needed
beautiful wildlife, beach views, and so quiet
unfortunately the property was not at its best and the gardens were overgrown and require quite a bit of maintenance
the house was great and our baby enjoyed the beach
sue was a good host
well served by ample air conditioning, fans and lighting
the house and beach is dog friendly, the dogs did not want to go home
the home would also benefit to have a dishwasher and dryer
it has polished wooden floors which are overdue for attention, however the property owners cleaner advised the owner to with-hold our security deposit ($150)
beautiful house in a beautiful location right on the beach
great location right across from the beach
the property is located in a beautiful peaceful area and it was a very relaxing stay
such an amazing location with just a few steps to the beach and a fabulous view
this is such a charming location and charming house with all the comforts we needed
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6. Countryside stay (from USD 82)

Hay Point is located in the South Mackay region. It is a one bedroom and one bathroom cottage that can accommodate up to four guests. This cottage is located in the countryside, hence it is some distance away from the Mackay city limits but the experience is quiet and relaxing here, ideal for tourists seeking a getaway from the city life. Mount Hector Park, Hay Reef, and Highwater Reef are near to this location, so one gets to enjoy every bit of pristine nature. And when you get back after touring, you could relax your body in your private pool or you may want to feed the farm animals with the owners. Pets are welcome and smoking inside is also allowed, you just have to keep the ash and butts into the ashtray.

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Hay Point, Queensland, Australia
19.25 km (12.0 mi) from Bluewater Lagoon
cottage 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the space was private and comfortable, enjoyed by all, including our pets
very comfortable and roomy accommodation
stopped the night here
room is clean and has everything you could need
the place was beautiful and everything we needed, even catering for our large 1 year old german shepherd! with the beach only a 5 minute drive away it was perfect
very clean and easy stay
the unit was clean, presentable and had everything we needed (and more!)
highly recommend hay point country b and b
made very welcome
the hosts were very friendly and accommodating, without being intrusive
the hosts were very helpful and made us feel very welcome
the setting was very peaceful with delightful farm animals
you can only imagine how long that drive would have been but what made all the difference was being able to rest and recouperate at this wonderful haven along the way
located in a nice and quiet area just out of sarina
dogs loved it
so quiet and peaceful
a beautiful place to stay with charming hosts
loved walking the grounds and watching the visiting wildlife
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7. Glasstree Beach property (from USD 149)

This apartment is an ideal rental for anglers. Vacationers can rent a boat from the ramp and fish by the reef/creek or even better simply head to the beach. The beachfront property has two bedrooms and a bathroom, a family of six can stay here. This property is dog-friendly, but a note here, that only dogs are allowed and that too outside the house.

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28.29 km (17.6 mi) from Bluewater Lagoon
27 reviews   Wifi Available
House 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5
Minimum Nights: 1
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi for the teenage boys and working remotely for me was ideal
the unit is clean modern well equipped and the bedding extremely comfortable
highly recommended for families boaties and those looking for clean well appointed accommodation
thank you to the owner
remote host anthony was responsive and exceptional
what a wonderful location?
we booked both units and found the location ideal
everything we needed for a great time away excellent host and location
compact tidy unit in a great location straight across the road from the beach
nice quiet neighborhood great having a barbeque
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8. Holiday home for fun-loving lodgers (from USD 198)

Very near to the Pioneer River, this holiday home is suitable for fun loving teenagers or college friends. There are three bedrooms and three televisions and even a PlayStation-3 with eight popular titles. Bluewater lagoon water park is also only 100 meters (328 Feet) away. This rental can accommodate six guests but they must share one bathroom.

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Mackay Caneland, Queensland, Australia
191 meters (0.2 ft) from Bluewater Lagoon
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful layout, aircon in all living / bedrooms, and great bed 4 poster beds
the owners have worked hard to provide everything you could possibly need and more
on top of that, the fridge was stocked with food and drinks which was a great bonus!
definetly better then staying tiny motel room with 3 active little boys
yes it is not modern but it is very clean and comfortable and we all would stay again
very clean and tidy
it was also really clean and the owners are so friendly and helpful
usually we have 2-3 people on the trip and having a house with 3 rooms, kitchen and lounge was awesome
great host, nice touch with the included breakfast after a long drive from brisbane
rob was great, taking the time to greet us and show us around his house, even though our arrival was late in the evening
great house for a good game of hide and seek too
owners communication was wonderful
the whole family felt happy and relaxed here
great house in a great location
location is amazing
this cottage is very well located in the city of mackay, with walking distance to restaurants
well supplied for travellers and close to everything
so close to everything and really feels like a home away from home
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9. In the heart of Mackay

The Platypus is a modern amenity rental located in the heart of Mackay. Beaches, shopping areas, pubs and everything in Mackay is within proximity. The 20 km (12.4 miles) long iconic Bluewater Trail Route is a two-minute stroll away. The rental is suitable for tourists who seek to enjoy both Mackay and its surroundings and not just the beach view. The Platypus has three bedrooms and two baths and can accommodate six guests. Pets are welcome here.

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South Mackay, QLD, AU
1.64 km (1.1 mi) from Bluewater Lagoon
7 reviews  
House 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very comfortable 3 bedroom house with ensuite in the main bedroom
our stay at this property was very comfortable and very clean
very clean and comfortable - it has all the basic necessities for a great stay
we had such an amazing stay rob and leah were very easy to deal with and helpful
close to mackay city and also easy drive to get onto main roads
was the perfect place to stay for our trip to mackay
very handy location well equipped and spotlessly clean
very tidy nice and new comfy beds 3 x queen close to everything perfect for our stay
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Something for everyone

Mackay is not just beaches and jungle fun, the city also holds cultural festivals all year round. The River Session Festival and Festival of Arts are some of them. The city has an art-deco style architecture, the town-hall itself is an example, and you get to see lots of attractions when you follow the trail. If you are into bushwalking, the Pioneer River Valley could give you days of trekking experience. Mackay has something for everyone, hope our holiday home listings help you with your vacation planning.

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