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Mackay has sunny beaches, lush forests and a great local vibe. Organising meals on holiday can be quite an ordeal, especially when you’re travelling with kids (and especially when travelling with picky kids!), which is why we’ve put together this handy list of family-friendly restaurants in Mackay. Whether you’re a local of the Mackay region or you’re visiting for the first time, make sure you don’t miss these nibbles:

1. The Old Station Teahouse

This place really is a local gem. Hot coffee, delicious sweet treats and a calming atmosphere will make you feel right at home. Nestled in beautiful lush tropical gardens, on the menu you will find snacks, drinks, and light lunches. To get a real feel for Mackay’s local vibe, The Old Station Teahouse is the place to be.

Old Station Teahouse

Photo credit – The Old Station Teahouse

2. Third Ground Coffee House

To guarantee a good start to the day, why not get breakfast and a coffee at Third Ground Coffee House in Sarina? Delicious (and healthy!) sandwiches, pastries, drinks, and more can be found on the menu – there’s something there for everyone.

3. Pancake Bliss at Bluewater Lagoon

What’s better than a sweet treat after a refreshing splash around in the Bluewater Lagoon? Pancake Bliss offers a wide array of different pancakes and other popular cafe foods. There is a kids menu featuring various sweet pancakes to satisfy your little one.

4. Botanic Gardens Cafe

If you enjoy being surrounded by nature, what better way to have brunch than at the Mackay Botanic Gardens? The Botanic Gardens Cafe serves up meals that are simple yet elegant, and will be sure to satisfy your hunger. Dine outdoors on a shady deck and take in the view of the gorgeous gardens, followed by a relaxing walk or play amongst nature.

5. Magpies Sporting Club

Enjoy a delicious juicy steak, Thai salad, chicken parmigiana or serving of pasta with your friends and family while your kids entertain themselves in the partially supervised kids room. With an outdoor playground, 4 playstations, toys, card games and more, you definitely won’t hear “I’m bored!” from your kids during a visit to Magpies.

Magpies Mackay

Who doesn’t love a juicy steak?! Photo credit – Centro Restaurant at Magpies Mackay

6. Souths Leagues Club Mackay

If you’re looking for a fun night out to dinner with the family, Souths Leagues Club Mackay has lots to offer. The ‘Kids Zone’ is a supervised playroom adjacent to the bistro, suitable for ages 2.5 all the way up until 14. The child minding service is completely complimentary, meaning you can enjoy a night out without having to pay for a babysitter! Top it all off with the delicious kids menu and you’ve got the perfect family outing.

7. Shamrock Hotel

Just a short drive from the airport, the Shamrock Hotel offers classics such as chicken parmigianas, fish and chips, Angus beef burgers, creamy carbonara, and chicken cordon bleu, perfect for a satisfying meal in an inviting space. On top of that, there is a $10 kids menu, and each kids meal comes with a bottomless soft drink and scoop of vanilla ice cream – what more could you want?

8. Coco Cubano Mackay

Enjoy flavourful Cuban flavours in a vibrant environment at Coco Cubano. The atmosphere makes for the perfect location to enjoy a meal with friends, or simply spend quality time with your family. The menu features nachos, burritos, burgers, Cuban street sandwiches, fajitas, and much, much more. There is also a kids’ menu with a variety of foods for your little one to choose from.

Coco - 9 Family-Friendly Restaurants in Mackay

Cuban inspired menu. Photo credit – Coco Cubano

9. Ma’s Pizza Kitchen

A good slice of pizza is hard to beat. Ma’s Pizza Kitchen is locally owned and operated and offers a range of classic pizzas such as margherita and pepperoni, but also features a interesting flavours including the ocean feast and heat wave pizzas. Pair it with one (or a few) of Ma’s delicious sides and dinner is served!

Ma's Pizza Kitchen

Nutella & Marshmallow Pizza. YUM! Photo credit – Ma’s Pizza Kitchen

Feature image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. Photographer: Mike Curtain.