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Mackay, Queensland

Mackay, Queensland
Skyline of Mackay
Australian Place
Population81148 (21st)
Elevation11.0 m 36.1 ft
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10)
State DistrictMackay
Federal DivisionDawson

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Mackay is a city on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia, about 970 km (602.7 mi) north of Brisbane, on the Pioneer River. Mackay is nicknamed the sugar capital of Australia because its region produces more than a third of Australia's cane sugar.

There is controversy about the geographic location of the region, with most people referring to it as a part of central Queensland, though much confusion still lies within the Queensland Government, with government services being provided through both Townsville (north Queensland) and Rockhampton (central Queensland). Generally, the area is known as the Mackay � Whitsunday Region. Equally, there has always been much contention over the pronunciation of the name Mackay. Correspondence received by Mackay City Library in 2007, from descendants of John Mackay, confirms that the correct pronunciation is -enməˈkaɪ (rhyming with sky), from the Gaelic name "MacAoidh" which is pronounced "i" not "ay".

Mackay, Queensland Video Some great fishing highlights on a day out reef fishing the Great Barrier Reef off Mackay, Queensland. Some quality fish caught including Red Emperor, Coral Trout, Grassy & Redthroat sweetlip and even a nice cobia. Carl had a nice Red Emporer, but the sharks beat him to it, Enjoy and Subscribe!! Cheers Greg http
8.00 min. | 4.76 user rating Mackay fishing charters can be taken with Reefari from Mackay Marina. Check out another awesome fishing trip onboard Reefari, a fishing charter based from Mackay, Queensland smack bang in the middle of the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. Mackay is truly fishig paradise. A great video showing a great selection of reef fish which we regularly catch. Including a Monster 10kg Nannygai, Red emperor, Coral Trout, Goldspot Cod, Redthroat emporer and even Snapper. Quite a mixed bag and filled the Esky once again. Good fishing when you can fill a Spanish Mackerel esky!! So next time you're considering a fishing charter, check out our website and come fishing with us, well worth it. With four charter boats, we offer day trips and overnight liveaboards. Even an 80foot motherboat for extended trips up to two weeks and twenty people for that ultimate fishing adventure. Check out our Hardline Reefari, Mothership charter with Raptor II as a tender, and 3 14 foot dories. Simply unbeatable!! Also a new Charter boat, 24ft Obsession for sports fishing charters which can do 40 knots, so hang on!! Ideal for small groups of 2 - 4, and also for Giant trevally fishing, Spearfishing, gamefishing and a bit more. Mackay is located an easy hour or two flight from Brisbane and Sydney North for some of the best fishing Australia has to offer. Subscribe for heaps more fishing action, tips and news, Cheers Greg Check out our Mackay fishing charters website at
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This video is of Peter Lister on board the charter boat Reefari catching a 14kg Blue Spot Coral Trout using a jig on the Barrier Reef off Mackay, Queensland Australia.
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news coverage of the 15/02/2008 floods in Mackay Queensland
9.50 min. | 4.92 user rating Cyclone Yasi is coming to North Queensland with a rating of 3 at present but building into a Category 4, she's one massive system some 700 kilometres across, now that's massive, so decided to do a running report on it's effect on Mackay, we're on the outer edge of it, and hopefully should come out OK, but Cairns is right in it's path, and that's where I'd rather not be. Fingers crossed for Cairns and all other northern towns and cities. Looks like will cross Wednesday night which is good news at it's co-incides with the smallest of the high tides. Plus add in the storm surge of an expected 1 metre will result in more flooding. Please see reports below and helpful information if you're affected. The web is great and check BOM (bureau of Meterology) websites with all the latest forecasts, will Update again with further video on Mackay, Please subscribe for more great fishing tips, and Cyclone Yasi updates Cheers Greg Check out our website for more great fishing charters from Mackay at North Queensland from Mackay to Cape York, is facing a 'potentially very deadly event', according to Premier Anna Bligh, but emergency services say they are ready for Cyclone Yasi. Forecasters say communities between Cooktown and Townsville are most at risk of a direct hit from Yasi, expected to cross the coast very late on Wednesday as a severe category four system with winds gusting above 250km/h. Anna Bligh met with the state disaster management group, where <b>...</b>
1.92 min. | 4.0 user rating Fishing mackay is just a quick fishing video and slideshow of some of the Highlights of 2009 with Reefari Fishing Charters, and this is only some of the catch. The fishing is truly phenomenal off Mackay and has even blown me away, with some Mega Catches and Mega fish. We've been fishing alot of remote untouched fishing reefs and shoals, and the results speak for themselves. Some of our bests were several Red emperor to 15 Kilograms, and heaps around the 10 kilo mark. Some extra large Nannygai with one going 15 kilos, another 12 kilos, and several around that 10 Kilogram Mark. Massive coral trout with Blue Spot's pushing 10 kilogram or more. We did more deep water work this year with heaps of quality Bar Cheek coral trout up to 5 Kilo's. The Giant Trevally fishing is world class with heaps of GT's around the islands, and outer great barrier Reef and are a fish we'll be seeing alot more of, Our best was two Monster pushing 35 kilo's and numerous fish around the 20 kilo plus mark. Popper and stickbait fishing for these is something you must do, with spectacular surface strikes, and would have to be one of the most adrenaline pumping forms of fishing. Spanish Mackerel are also common and alot of fish are taken around the 20 Kilo plus, with our best pushing 30 Kilo. Don't forget the goldspot cod, Some big fish pushing 20 kg +, with our best at 30 kilos, Just huge and always try and release these big fish as no good for eating. The boating and Fishing in Mackay <b>...</b>
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A Mackay Mum shows how it's done. High speed spinning for mack tuna off Mackay Harbour, Queensland. Not big fish but very fast and powerful. released to fight another day.
1.45 min. | 4.2 user rating Another awesome day fishing the Great Barrier Reef of Mackay,Queensland. Some great reef fishing action with heaps of quality Nannygai, coral trout and heaps more. Great action by the young fella Dane, who'll be a great fisherman in the future. Note the weather, Glass calm all day, hard to beat, hope you enjoy, cheers Greg http
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Here is another nice Cobia (Black Kingfish) caught aboard the charter boat "Reefari" off Mackay, Queensland, Australia.
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So, It is now Category 5 and it's forecast to do it's worst at about 4PM in Mackay. I will post another update in about 2 hours. If you are in the warning zone. Please follow advice, and don't do I what I do, and attempt to film it and put it on YouTube. :)
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Fullnoise--Fresh from representing Victoria at the Australian Four Day Enduro in -Mackay-, -Queensland- last weekend Alex Bolton will look to improve on his already-impressive form - and speed - when Broadford hosts Rounds 8 & 9 of the 2011 Yamaha - Date : Thu, 14 Jul 2011 01:36:28 GMT+00:00
Time running out for fly-in, fly-out protest - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--BMA last week lodged an application to increase the rate of fly-in, fly-out workers for the proposed Caval Ridge mine near Moranbah, south-west of -Mackay-, from 70 to 100 per cent. -Queensland- Mining Communities (QMC) is holding a public mee - Date : Thu, 14 Jul 2011 23:33:06 GMT+00:00
Dispute at QLD coal mine puts 400 jobs at risk - Australian Mining Tweet this news
Australian Mining--The coal stockpile at the Isaac Plains mine has been building since November as the dispute between Aquila and Vale about how separate coal shipments can be made from the mine fail to reach a conclusion, according to the -Mackay- Daily - Date : Thu, 14 Jul 2011 21:58:40 GMT+00:00
Mackay's carbon tax reaction - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--Voices opposing the details of the carbon tax have been heard throughout the -Mackay- and surrounding mining regions. The -Queensland- Resources Council (QRC) says it is bad for mining, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry -Queensland- (CCIQ) - Date : Mon, 11 Jul 2011 07:02:57 GMT+00:00
North Queensland airports seek A$529M - TVNZ Tweet this news
TVNZ--North -Queensland- Airports Group, which operates the Cairns and -Mackay- airports, has tapped its lenders for A$529 million to refinance the buy-up of assets when the gateways were privatised in 2008. The Australian company, which counts Auckland . - Date : Fri, 15 Jul 2011 00:00:59 GMT+00:00
Something to smile about: More dentists for regional Qld - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--Regional and rural Queenslanders have something to smile about with a growing number of dental graduates heading our way in the near future. Rockhampton dentist and former Vice President of the Australian Dental ... - Date : Fri, 15 Jul 2011 02:03:08 GMT+00:00
Carbon tax benefits outweigh the costs for sugar industry, says minister - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--In northern -Queensland-, the sugar industry has started producing bioethanol from waste at a pilot plant in -Mackay-. It's projects like this that Innovation Minister Kim Carr says will benefit from the new $200 million Clean Technology - Date : Thu, 14 Jul 2011 00:35:38 GMT+00:00
Youth violence on rise - Mackay Daily Mercury Tweet this news
Mackay Daily Mercury--Professor Ross Homel said the level of youth crime in the -Mackay- region was low compared to other areas of -Queensland-. “Youth crime, as has other forms of crime, has been coming down quite significantly in the last few years. . - Date : Fri, 15 Jul 2011 16:05:54 GMT+00:00
Officer attack sparks call for prison terms - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald---...- penalties for anyone who assaults an officer after a female constable was attacked in north -Queensland-. The constable was pushed and hit twice in the face by a teenage boy after she attended a dispute at a house in -Mackay- - Date : Sat, 09 Jul 2011 14:30:09 GMT+00:00
Donation puts help in reach - Mackay Daily Mercury Tweet this news
Mackay Daily Mercury--Autism -Queensland- chief executive officer Penny Beetson takes -Mackay- Motorcycles principal dealer Peter Baldwin for a spin after the business donated $3000 to the new autism early intervention centre in -Mackay-. So -Mackay- Moto - Date : Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:16:24 GMT+00:00

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Cities of Queensland, Australia

Capital: Brisbane |Metropolitan: Gold Coast * Ipswich * Logan * Redcliffe * Caloundra | Regional: Bundaberg * Cairns * Charters Towers * Gladstone * Hervey Bay * Mackay * Maryborough * Mount Isa * Rockhampton * Toowoomba * Townsville
Metropolitan: Gold Coast * Ipswich * Logan * Redcliffe * Caloundra | Regional: Bundaberg * Cairns * Charters Towers * Gladstone * Hervey Bay * Mackay * Maryborough * Mount Isa * Rockhampton * Toowoomba * Townsville
Regional: Bundaberg * Cairns * Charters Towers * Gladstone * Hervey Bay * Mackay * Maryborough * Mount Isa * Rockhampton * Toowoomba * Townsville

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