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By plane
'''Mackay''' [] is a tropical city on the eastern coast of the [[Australia|Australian]] state of [[Queensland]], some 900 km north of the state capital [[Brisbane]].
The climate is tropical, with daytime temperatures in the coolest month still averaging 72F, and the coolest nights only in the low 50sF. The ocean is also warm year-round. Due to the warm weather, Mackay is noted for its sugar cane industry.
In the last 10 years Mackay and the surrounding region has seen a massive boom in the coal mining industry with many of it's workers and supporting industries setting up shop there. As a result the cost of living has climbed somewhat and is a source of tension between the very well paid mine workers and those working in other industies in the town.
==Get in==
===By plane===
'''Mackay Airport (MKY)''' is 5km south of the city centre. It has services from QANTAS, Virgin Blue and Jetstar have frequent flights from [[Brisbane]]. Qantaslink have services to [[Cairns]], [[Townsville]], and [[Rockhampton]]. Tiger airways now offers direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne (ends 31 July 2011).
===By train===
===By car===
The '''Bruce Highway''' is the coastal highway between [[Brisbane]] and [[Cairns]] and passes through Mackay. The'''Peak Downs Highway''' runs from Clermont North-East to terminate in Mackay.
===By boat===
Mackay has a extensive marina is often the first stop for those exploring the whitsunday islands but no regular passenger ferries run at this time.
===By bus ===
Greyhound buslines have regular services from Brisbane stopping at the airport and in Mackay itself on the way to Carins.
==Get around==
Taxis are available from major shopping centres and individuals can call the service to be picked up from a specified destination.
Bicycles (push bikes) are a good fit for city transportation. Projects are ongoing to expand current bicycle routes, one long route exists from West of the city to the Canelands shopping area.
*Birch Carroll and Coyle Cinema's
'''Caneland Central''' is undergoing expansion, it is located on Mangrove Road and includes major retailers such as
*Big W
*<sleep name="Comfort Resort Blue Pacific" alt="" address="26 Bourke Street, Blacks Beach, Mackay 4740" directions="" phone="+61 7 4954 9090" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">. </sleep>
*<sleep name="Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina" alt="" address="Mulherin Drive, Mackay" directions="" phone="07 4955 9400" url="" checkin="14:00" checkout="10:00" price="" lat="" long="">4.5 star Mackay hotel, close to CBD, on site restaurant, buffet breakfast, room service, fitness centre, business center facilities.</sleep>
==Get out==
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