View of Wood Street in the Central
Queensland city of Mackay
is a city on the eastern coast of
Queensland, Australia, about 970
kilometres (603 mi) north of
Brisbane, on the Pioneer River.
Mackay is nicknamed the sugar
capital of Australia because its
region produces more than a third of
Australia's cane sugar.
There is controversy about the
geographic location of the region,
with most people referring to it as
a part of North Queensland, much
confusion still lies within the
Queensland Government, with
Government Services being provided
through both Townsville (North
Queensland) and Rockhampton (Central
Queensland). Generally, the area is
known as the Mackay / Whitsunday
Region. Equally, there has always
been much contention over the
pronunciation of the name Mackay.