This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Mackay. To help you make friends with Mackay before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Mackay is a city on the Australian East Coast, in the state of Queensland. Home to a bit over 80,000 people, Mackay hostels are popular among backpackers traveling the East Coast, because there are seasonal work opportunities in the area within the large sugar production industry in the city. Mackay is often referred to as the sugar capital of Australia.
Mackay is served by the Mackay Airport, (MKY) and also a variety of bus lines. There is also a train line. However, some visitors to the area rent their own cars, which is a great option to travel the East Coast, especially if you're not traveling alone.
Hostels in Mackay are in the same price range as other spots in Australia: about 25 dollars for a dorm bed. You can also look for weekly deals which will save you some money. If you're looking to make a little spending money while in the city, Mackay hostels can often help arrange work with the local industries who employ backpackers. This can be the best option to get a job in the area, even though you might have to wait in the hostel for a bit before getting to work (if the season is already going etc.).
If you're looking for entertainment and relaxation when you're staying at a Mackay hostel the marina area offers some great eating possibilities and there are many good pubs scattered throughout the city. There is also a nice beach close to the marina, called Harbour Beach and there are two large shopping centers in the city if you're looking for souvenirs or other gear.
Written by local enthusiast for Mackay hostelsMiika