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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Mackay

  • Make sure to check the restrictions on any offers of cheap car hire in Mackay. Some companies restrict you from driving in certain areas, including some parts of Northern Queensland. You may also be restricted from driving on specific surfaces such as beaches or unsealed roads. Additionally, while almost all Mackay car hire companies will allow you to take your hire car between Queensland and New South Wales, some may not permit you to drive into the Northern Territory. Finally, check the restrictions on car ferries. Some companies will allow you to take your vehicle onto car ferries but usually only if you take out additional insurance.
  • Mackay is centrally located on Queensland's east coast, so you'll have multiple options for road trips driving up or down the Bruce Highway (A1). Cairns is roughly 10 hours away heading north and Brisbane is roughly 10 hours south. On the way to Cairns, you can stop at Townsville, Airlie Beach and Cardwell State Forest. You can also consider heading a bit further north to visit the Daintree Rainforest. Heading towards Brisbane, you can stop at Clairview, Hervey Bay and any town on the Sunshine Coast. Continue further south and you'll hit Queensland's famous Gold Coast beaches.
  • If you are planning a long road trip to Cairns or Brisbane, take note of the rest stops available along your route. You may find yourself needing to pull over for a short rest, but in Queensland, sleeping in your car is illegal outside of designated zones. Camping grounds are one area you're allowed to sleep, but they're less common. Rest stops are frequent and you can usually stay in them for 20 hours. They're also often equipped with useful amenities such as toilets, showers and barbecue facilities. Just bear in mind that some rest stops are only for large vehicles like trucks, so stick to the ones signed with a simple white P on a blue background.
  • Balmy throughout the year, Mackay is the perfect destination for a hire car, in order to stay out of the sun. Average monthly temperatures don’t often fall below 20°C and an air-conditioned cabin will be your best friend. A bus to Mackay Aqua Park takes roughly 45min from the centre of town; however, driving yourself requires only 10min. Scenic coastal spots such as Cape Hillsborough National Park, Bucasia Beach and Dolphin Heads are more than 15 km from Mackay and best reached by car if you’d like to avoid inner-city beaches.
  • The reception offices of Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise and Thrifty are in the Arrivals Hall of Mackay Airport (MKY). After collecting your keys, exit the terminal and walk over the pedestrian crossing to find all hire cars on your right.
  • Extended freight trucks, known as road trains, frequent major arterial roads around Mackay, including Bruce Hwy and Peak Down Hwy. Some of the trucks are up to 50 m in length, requiring more space and time to overtake than regular vehicles. Travel at slow speeds if off-roading with a 4WD and avoid contact with saltwater. Native wildlife regularly wander across Mackay roads at night, so extra caution should be taken to avoid collisions. Yellow signs featuring a hopping kangaroo indicate areas where fauna are common.
  • Traffic congestion is mostly negligible in Mackay and it won’t heavily affect your travel plans. Key thoroughfares such as Gordon St and Sydney St can experience banked up cars between 16:00–18:00, though traffic still tends to flow smoothly. It’s recommended to not drive during the middle of the day in summer months, as Mackay can climb to above 35°C and make car cabins swelter.
  • Book your rental car in Mackay at least 2 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Mackay are around 15% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Mackay

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Mackay?

    Thanks to wide open roads and spacious parking, there’s no need to forgo your ideal model when choosing a hire car. 4WDs are the only option if you are thinking about off-roading or beach driving, with compact SUVs and larger makes available. If a long journey up the North Queensland coast is what you’re planning, a fuel-efficient economy car will help save on petrol.

  • What’s the speed limit in Mackay?

    Unless otherwise indicated by signs, the standard speed limit in Mackay is 50 km/h. 40 km/h is enforced in school zones between 07:00–09:00 and 14:00–16:00 on weekdays. Bruce Hwy and other motorways in the region usually have limits of 100 km/h; however, they can reduce to 80 km/h in more built-up areas.

  • Where are the best places to park in Mackay?

    Mid-City Carpark on the corner of Gordon St and Gregory St has hourly parking from approximately A$ 0.70 and daily spaces for roughly A$ 5. Parking restrictions at Wharf Carpark and Riverside Carpark are not enforced after 18:00.

  • How much is gas price in Mackay?

    The average gas price in Mackay is ₪16.20 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₪194 and ₪259, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Mackay?

    Economy (Suzuki Swift or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Mackay.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Mackay?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Mackay?

    An Economy car rental in Mackay costs ₪232 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Mackay?

    A Compact car rental in Mackay costs ₪168 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in Mackay?

    An Intermediate car rental in Mackay costs ₪177 per day, on average.

  • Which electric vehicle chargers are available in Mackay?

    An electric vehicle can be an excellent choice for cheap car hire in Mackay. The Coles Andergrove car park offers free charging and the QESH Mackay car park has paid chargers. You'll need a Chargefox account to use the free options.

  • How can I get booster seats in my Mackay hire car?

    Booster seats or child restraints are required for children under seven or who aren't tall enough to use an adult seatbelt. Luckily, most car hire companies can provide them, but there is often an extra daily fee. 

Mackay car rental reviews and directory

Budget

7.6

Cleanliness

8.3

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

6.3

One location in Mackay

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Terminal Building

+61 7 4967 3921

Monday07:30 - 20:45
Tuesday07:30 - 20:45
Wednesday07:30 - 20:45
Thursday07:30 - 20:45
Friday07:30 - 20:45
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10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2022

KAYAK
Extremely helpful and friendly staff

8.4 Very good

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was great, nice that it had the back up camera.

Cons:

We specified that we would return the car at 9 pm. When we arrived everything was closed at the airport, and we didn't know where to drop it off or what instructions to follow, would have been nice to be informed that they wouldn't be there when we arrived to drop the car off.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2023

KAYAK
I'd haven't got my refund back

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2022

KAYAK
Of course I’m going to say cheaper 🤷🏻‍♂️, but otherwise friendly helpful staff 👍

6.0 Okay

Jul 2022

KAYAK
Thought the rate was high, and insurance was very high.

8.0 Very good

May 2022

KAYAK
Unlimited km available to locals

1 out of 2

Europcar

4.9

Mediocre

2 reviews

Cleanliness

8.9

Comfort

8.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.9

Value for money

1.9

One location in Mackay

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Terminal Building

+61 7 4952 6269

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8.0 Very good

Sep 2022

KAYAK
I feel the car rental is over priced in Mackay

1.9 Poor

Sep 2021

KAYAK
Prices need to be in USD or AUD not just $. The insurance is a scam. $5000 excess unless you pay more per day is extortion. Rental service used to be good now its what service?

1 out of 1

Thrifty

2.0

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

3 locations in Mackay

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Locations in Mackay

8 Longwall Place

+61 7 4998 5202

Monday08:00 - 21:45
Tuesday08:00 - 21:45
Wednesday08:00 - 21:45
Thursday08:00 - 21:45
Friday08:00 - 21:45

Boundry Rd

+61 136139

Monday07:00 - 21:30
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Wednesday07:00 - 21:30
Thursday07:00 - 21:30
Friday07:00 - 21:30
Saturday09:00 - 17:30
Sunday09:00 - 17:30

Mackay Ap

+61 7 4957 5868

Monday08:00 - 21:45
Tuesday08:00 - 21:45
Wednesday08:00 - 21:45
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Friday08:00 - 21:45

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2.0 Poor

Aug 2022

KAYAK
Price changed so much, when i would go back and check the price it would be lower and then when I booked it would go up and the went up again at pick up

1 out of 1

Firefly

9.0

Wonderful

No reviews available

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One location in Mackay

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Boundry Rd

+61 749 514 685

Monday07:00 - 21:30
Tuesday07:00 - 21:30
Wednesday07:00 - 21:30
Thursday07:00 - 21:30
Friday07:00 - 21:30
Saturday07:30 - 20:45
Sunday08:00 - 21:45

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Alamo

8.5

Very good

No reviews available

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In Terminal Boundary Road

+61 7 4998 5799

Monday00:00 - 00:00
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Sixt

8.5

Very good

No reviews available

One location in Mackay

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Terminal Building

+61 7 4957 5868

Monday08:00 - 21:45
Tuesday08:00 - 21:45
Wednesday08:00 - 21:45
Thursday08:00 - 21:45
Friday08:00 - 21:45

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Avis

8.4

Very good

No reviews available

One location in Mackay

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Terminal Building

+61 7 4967 3900

Monday07:30 - 20:45
Tuesday07:30 - 20:45
Wednesday07:30 - 20:45
Thursday07:30 - 20:45
Friday07:30 - 20:45
Saturday07:30 - 20:45
Sunday08:00 - 21:45

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Hertz

7.4

Good

No reviews available

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Boundry Rd

+61 7 4953 6790

Monday07:00 - 21:30
Tuesday07:00 - 21:30
Wednesday07:00 - 21:30
Thursday07:00 - 21:30
Friday07:00 - 21:30
Saturday09:00 - 17:30
Sunday09:00 - 17:30

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National

7.0

Good

No reviews available

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Boundary Road East Mackay

+61 7 4998 5799

Monday00:00 - 00:00
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Enterprise Rent-A-Car

6.9

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Mackay

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In Terminal Boundary Road

+61 7 4998 5799

Monday00:00 - 00:00
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keddy by Europcar

6.0

Okay

No reviews available

2 locations in Mackay

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174 East Boundary Road

+61 749 526 269

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Terminal Building, Mackay Airport

61 7 49526269

Monday07:30 - 20:45
Tuesday07:30 - 20:45
Wednesday07:30 - 20:45
Thursday07:30 - 20:45
Friday07:30 - 20:45
Saturday07:30 - 20:45
Sunday10:00 - 18:00

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Sunnycars

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2 locations in Mackay

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Boundry Road

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Terminal Building

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Red Spot

No score available yet

One location in Mackay

Locations in Mackay

Mackay Airport

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Shouqi

No score available yet

One location in Mackay

Locations in Mackay

Terminal Building

+86 10 6064 1387

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10 travelers who rented a car in Mackay gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.1

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Most popular car type

Economy

When to book a rental car in Mackay

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Mackay car rental information

Pick-up locationMackay
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Rental locations18
Airport locations16