The Port of Mackay is a multi-cargo port, predominantly facilitating the export of sugar and grain.

The Port of Mackay is located five kilometres north of the city of Mackay and comprises an artificial harbour formed by rock breakwaters. Land areas behind the Port accommodate over 100 industrial and commercial businesses with substantial areas of vacant land suitable for further development.

In January 2014, Cyclone Dylan caused significant damage to the Mackay Harbour breakwaters resulting in repairs and upgrade works being undertaken until it was reopened to the public on 23 August 2015.

As part of the repair works, a safer access for pedestrians and cyclists has been provided along the full length of the breakwater, as well as 25 car parking spaces. The width of the lanes has been reduced to reflect the lower speed limit and to enable pedestrian access to the end of the breakwater. The speed limit is 40 kmh and speed humps are in place to discourage speeding.  Please note access is limited to vehicles weighing no more than four tonnes.  Trailers and caravans are not allowed to access the breakwater.

The breakwater access road is a private road but road rules apply, and the police are permitted to fine road users for any infringements.  Anyone visiting the breakwater should exercise due care, not climb on the rocks and be mindful of the impact of their actions on others.








NQBP is proud to support its local community in Mackay. Through the Corporate Communities Program, NQBP has demonstrated its commitment by recently providing support to the following local organisations and events:
NQBP EcoPorts Grant

NQBP has provided a number of NQBP EcoPorts grants to schools and kindergartens in our port communities.

The winning schools from the Mackay region have included Beaconsfield State School, Mirani State High School, Eimeo Road State School, Mackay State High School, Slade Point State School, C7K Mackay North Community Kindergarten, Mercy College Mackay, Glenella State School, Carlisle Adventist Christian College and South Mackay Kindergarten Association Incorporated.

NQBP is proud to help schools implement initiatives that support a healthy environment.

For more information on this program, visit our Communities page.

Pink Ribbon Charity Fair

NQBP is a proud supporter of the annual Pink Ribbon Charity Fair held in Mulherin Park on the 3rdSunday of October.

The Pink Ribbon Charity Fair is a registered Cancer Council Queensland event, raising money and awareness to help conquer cancer. The fair includes rides for the kids, art and craft stalls, local entertainment, food and displays.

Mackay Marina Run

The Mackay Marina Run is the premier community running event for Mackay which raises much-needed funds for the local branch of the Leukaemia Foundation. NQBP has supported the event through sponsorship and use of land for the past three years.

Mackay Boat Show

NQBP sponsored the Mackay Boat Show held at the Harbour in June 2014. The boat show is a great community event which includes catch displays, demonstrations, presentations and entertainment from marine dealerships, wakeboarding, PWCs, marine tourism, marine manufacturers and fishing.


North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) is committed to a sustainable and responsible environmental approach that seeks to, where possible, prevent, and always to reduce and manage its impact on the environment.


The Port of Mackay has an extensive history, undergoing significant developments over its near 150-year history.
For a full timeline of the Port of Mackay’s history, click here.