Oktoberfest in Mackay

Hostel guests, backpackers, travellers and locals, don't miss out!! The Oktoberfest 2014 in Mackay starts tomorrow at 1pm at the old Rivers store on Gregory Street. Most of our hostel guests are going to enjoy the great German cuisine, excellent chilled wines and cold tasty beers. See you tomorrow at 1pm at the old Rivers store in Mackay.


Gecko's Rest Blog

Welcome to the new Gecko's Rest Backpackers homepage. Are you looking for affordable accommodation in Mackay? Don't look any further. Our hostel offers great rates, spacious rooms, fully equipped kitchen, huge rooftop terrace, TV room and free DVD hire. Free towels and linen, free tea and coffee making facilities. 

Check out all the new features, including Things to do, Job Board and Event Calendar.

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October Specials

Dorm Bed $28 per person/night
Private Double or Twin Room $65 per room/night
Private Single Room $45 per night

Call our friendly hostel staff on +61 7 4944 1230

or use the booking form.

Visit us at Gecko's Rest Budget & Backpacker / Hostel / Travel Accommodation in Queensland, Australia! Meet amazing people from all over the world and enjoy a beautiful holiday in Mackay. Our hostel is located in the city centre, close to the Greyhound and Premier bus stop.


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Things to do in Mackay

The Perfect Getaway




Fun for Everyone

Time to Relax

  • Chill out by the Bluewater Lagoon on a hot summer’s day. Free entry is a bonus.
  • Explore the beauty of the Northern Beaches (e.g. Shoal Point, Bucasia, Eimeo, Blacks Beach).
  • Visit the Mackay Marina. It is truly a nice place to enjoy a cold drink or delicious meal. Highly recommended also for a Sunday sesh - enjoy life music and scenic harbour views.

MaCKAY Surrounding

  • There is plenty of things to do in the Mackay Region. Explore the for instance the picturesque Pioneer Valley and escape the hustle of the city. Finch Hatton Gorge with its tropical rainforest and waterfalls stands out with fresh-water swimming holes. The Eungella National Park offers great walking trails and Broken River gives you the unique opportunity  to spot the elusive platypus.

Love the sea? Then book a day trip to Keswick Island and go snorkelling, hire a kayak or buggy, go on a hike or do some whale-watching.

Kangaroos on the beach? Check out the Cape Hillsborough National Park, observe the wildlife, explore one of the walking trails, enjoy scenic ocean views and watch kangaroos on the beach.

Something totally different? Contact the friendly owners of  Stoney Creek Farmstay and get on a horse today.