Arts and Heritage


Art is at the heart of our region.

As you stroll through Mackay’s city streets, you can’t help but notice the well-preserved 20th Century and art deco architecture, which brings an endearing character and much charm and historical sentiment to the centre.

Buildings of note include the heritage-listed former Pioneer Shire Council building in Wood Street, and the Town Hall in Sydney Street. Built in 1912, the hall – which was once the administration centre for council – features a small exhibition space.

Modern public artworks scattered along the nearby Bluewater Trail (along the Pioneer River) is always a tourist talking point.

The trail is home to six professional installations by artist Fiona Foley, which have been hailed as one of Australia’s most significant public art developments.

These pieces were created with input from local communities in the Mackay region, the Indigenous Yuibera people and the Mackay-based South Sea Islander communities.

After an extensive community engagement process, Cane Fire, by Niche Art is another City Centre icon located in at the Wood and Victoria Street Intersection.

This six-metre sculpture, which represents our city’s transition from an agricultural to an industrial and commercial hub, uses LED technology and innovative digital technology to enable mobile phone users to create their own lighting and water effects.

Located at the Civic Precinct in Gordon Street, the region’s Artspace Mackay is award-winning. Artspace features a range of visual arts and social history works, artists’ books as well as modern digital film exhibitions.


Mackay City Centre has a rich and fascinating history.  Step back in time and take the virtual Mackay City Centre and Waterfront Heritage Trail to adventure into the past in the footsteps of our locals.  The trail is designed to tell the story of Mackay’s pioneering spirit, it’s people, heritage and culture journeying through a range of sites and events that have shaped the city.

Mackay Tourism also runs a guided stroll through Mackay City Centre to view architecturally impressive buildings, many from the 1930’s Art Deco era.  The guided tours run on Wednesday’s between May and September.  The 90-minute walk includes historic structures that are listed with the National Trust, including the Mackay Court House.