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Getting There

Taking place at the Mackay Showgrounds which is located in the heart of Mackay, QME is the event that takes over the city.  There are a number of accommodation options in Mackay but we do recommend you book in advance.

Arranging Transportation from Mackay Airport

Taxis and Uber will be in high demand during QME, and expect delays when you arrive at the airport. Here are options for attendees:

  • Wake House and Mackay Adventure Tours are running bus transfers from Mackay Airport to pre-determined drop-off locations. Pick up will be from the bus pick up area of the airport, next to baggage terminal. Bookings can be made online. FIND OUT MORE >>
  • You can rent a car through our fleet sponsor NQ Car and Truck Rental. NQ Car & Truck Rental are a local family-owned and operated business that have been servicing Mackay and the Coalfields since 2001. FIND OUT MORE >>

Car Hire

There is an extensive choice of car hire options are available for travellers at Mackay Airport. This includes Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty, Redspot plus many more. We encourage visitors to pre-book their car hire in advance. You can book online directly at www.mackayairport.com.au/car-hire or via your preferred car hire company website.


There are a number of bus services around Mackay. Mackay Transit Coaches operate throughout the Mackay area. For the full list of routes, click here.


Taxi ranks are situated outside the airport, simple follow the signage inside the terminal. They are also located in the city centre, or phone 131 008.


Get exclusive rates on accommodation through our partner Ozaccom.


Mackay has numerous dining and entertainment options.


ibis Mackay is perfectly positioned for the business or leisure traveller, providing a premium experience with comfort and convenience at an economy price. When you choose ibis, you are guaranteed maximum comfort, flawless service, 24-hour reception and friendly team members, all at an unbeatable price.

Ibis Mackay features ibis Sweet Beds in every room, complimentary car parking, complimentary WiFi, a fully equipped gymnasium and modern Tavern. TurBARlence offers gastro pub food and craft beverage offerings with a great outdoor beer garden.

Ibis Mackay is conveniently located beside the Mackay Airport terminal and is only a 5-10 minute drive to Mackay CBD and Mackay Showgrounds.


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