Dogs are very welcome on the Mackay but there are some rules about where they can go.
Mackay Fire Service
For emergencies call 000 and for non emergencies call 131 114.
Mackay is a healthy place, just watch out for the sun and remember to apply plenty of strong factor sun screen. The Mackay has a high standard of health and hygiene and it is unlikely that you will face any problems. The water is safe to drink but bottled water is very popular in Australia and you should drink a lot of water. The greatest danger is the sun and slip on a shirt, slap on sunscreen, and slop on a hat. There are a number of hospitals and for information call them.
Crime is not a serious problem, however with such a large number of visitors, incidents do occur including theft . For emergencies dial 000.
Everything closes on Christmas Day. Some of the other public holidays are New Years Day; Boxing Day; Australia Day (26 January); Good Friday; Easter Sunday; Easter Monday; Anzac Day (25 April); Queen's Birthday (12 June).
Beaches can be dangerous and every year there are incidents involving visitors to Australia . Swim between the red and yellow flags at all times and observe the signs on the beach. If you see a red flag do not enter the water, if you see a yellow flag swim with caution. Ask the lifeguards on duty for information.
Beach safety hints:
1. Always swim at beaches that are patrolled by lifesavers
2. Always swim between the red and yellow flags
3. Always obey all warning signs displayed on the beach
4. Do not swim when the beach is closed
5. Do not swim if you are unsure of conditions
6. Do not swim alone if inexperienced in surf conditions
7. Do not swim whilst under the influence of alcohol
8. Do not panic if caught in a current stay calm raise your arm and wait until help arrives
9. Do not struggle against a rip swim diagonally across it.
is not a major problem but like any big city with lots of tourism take care and leave valuables in the hotel safe.
The code for Queensland is 07 but leave off the zero if calling from outside. The country code for Australia is 61.
Mackay Tide Times
Just choose Mackay Outer Harbour from the drop down box or if you need for other ports in Queensland just choose that port. Please click here for Mackay Tide times.
Queensland follows Eastern Standard Time all year. Mackay is ahead of Japan and Korea by on hour. Singapore , Hong Kong and Taiwan by 2 hours. Africa and Greece by 8 hours and 10 hours ahead of the UK . Queensland does not operate daylight saving during summer like other states in Australia.
Mackay Tourist seasons
The high season is the Christmas period until the third week in January and the Easter school holidays. The low season is after the Easter holidays until mid September and the shoulder season from mid January until Easter. The low season is becoming an increasingly popular time to come as the days are sunny, the climate very pleasant with just a chill in the evening, and still possible to swim all year.
Water is safe to drink from the taps.
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