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Mackay Airport is the usual first stop for Queensland tourists on their way to the legendary Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands. Mackay's city centre lies just three miles away with car hire in Mackay Airport. In 2009, nearly 950,000 visitors entered this airport, which is Australia's 14th busiest. Brisbane can be reached directly from the airport via Virgin Atlantic, Qantas or Jetstar Airways.
Mackay Airport facilities
Northern Queensland's famed barramundi fish frolic in a pond next to the airport's scenic outdoor observation area. Six booths allowing passengers to compare car hire are open during departure and arrival periods. The Flavors Café and the departures lounge's kiosk both sell beverages and light meals, but hot beverages cannot be taken into passenger security screening.
Mackay Airport excursions
Although many of Mackay's annual 750,000 visitors immediately head for the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef, no fewer than 31 small beaches lie close by with car rental in Mackay Airport. Australia's oldest and longest subtropical rainforest towers over Eungella National Park, among the world's few places where platypuses swim in the wild.
Best time to visit
Pioneer River floods and cyclones during the December to April cyclone season are the biggest weather dangers Mackay visitors will face. Afternoon sea breezes from the northeast add welcome coolness during hot and wet summers, while southeast winds travel along the coast during late summer and autumn. The late winter months of August and September are Mackay's driest and coolest, but still provide pleasant beach weather.
Car rental in Mackay Airport
Mackay's two main roads are the A1, otherwise known as the Bruce Highway, and the Peak Downs Highway, also called Highway 70. The Bruce Highway leads south to Brisbane and Rockhampton as well as north to Cairns and Townsville. The Peaks Down Highway travels southwest to Emerald, Clermont and Moranbah. Driving in Mackay is set to become easier once the city's four major road construction projects are complete.
The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).