Mackay is a metropolis and its centre suburb inside the Mackay Region at the japanese coast of Queensland, Australia. It is positioned about 970 kilometres north of Brisbane, at the Pioneer River. Mackay is nicknamed the sugar capital of Australia because its location produces extra than a 3rd of Australia's sugar. There is controversy about the region of the vicinity for administrative functions, with most of the people regarding it as part of either Central Queensland or North Queensland. Indeed, tons confusion lies in the Queensland Government, with authorities services being furnished thru both Townsville and Rockhampton.
Generally, the vicinity is known as the Mackay–Whitsunday Region. The location that is now Mackay City became at the beginning inhabited through the nearby Yuibera people. One of the primary white settlers to travel via the Mackay vicinity become Captain James Cook, who reached the Mackay coast on 1 June 1770 and named numerous nearby landmarks, consisting of Cape Palmerston, Slade Point and Cape Hillsborough. It was throughout this ride that the Endeavour's botanist, Sir Joseph Banks, briefly recorded seeing Aboriginal humans. In 1860, John Mackay led an excursion to the Pioneer Valley and turned into the first European to visit the vicinity now named after him.