Convenient, clean, welcoming
Reviewed Feb 2016
Mackay Marina is one of the few all-weather shelters along this part of the coast. It is modern, well-run, and in our experience, welcoming. Berths are deep (3.5m @L.A.T.) and range up to 50m capacity. 102 dedicated multihull berths means it's a popular and low-stress stop for cats.
The Marina Village boasts over half a dozen top eateries/restaurants and bars, plus secure parking for berth holders. The adjacent shipyard has a 65 tonne travelift that can lift boats to 9.2m beam, and most services are available on site. Access from sea is simple - just come into Mackay Harbour and follow the breakwater along to the marina. Access to town is by bus, hire car, or you can walk or ride if you're keen on exercise.
Mackay is a large coastal city, with a range of shopping centres and industrial precincts. The only downside to Mackay Marina is that in severe weather it can be animated - yes, even within the breakwater swell can invade and make life uncomfortable. However, it is a rare occurrence. You just need to be aware of the need to double up mooring lines and fit snubbers if leaving the boat for any length of time.