Mackay City is part of the traditional lands of the Yuwibara people.
It first grew into a prominent regional centre in the 1870’s and 80’s with a booming sugar industry. Eighty percent of the township was significantly damaged after the Great 1918 Mackay Cyclone and flooding event, which sparked a huge rebuilding effort through the 1920’s. The high concentration of Art Deco buildings in the city centre is a result of this effort.
The face of Mackay city centre was transformed into what we know today as a result of the mining boom from 2002 until 2013, where the majority of Mackay’s tall buildings have risen in the skyline; the Blue Lagoon was built and Canelands Shopping Centre doubled in size.