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Mackay, Queensland, 22–25 October 2018 2018

Delegate Fact Sheet

We hope that the following information will assist in your travel arrangements and attendance at SEGRA 2018.

Getting To Mackay

Mackay is one of Queensland’s most accessible regional destinations by air, road or rail.


Affordable and frequent air services into Mackay Airport enhance the destination’s appeal as a Business Events destination, with more than 110 flights weekly. Airlines Jetstar, Qantaslink and Virgin Australia provide regular services in and out of Mackay to Brisbane, Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns and Sydney. 70 flights per week provide the easy 1.5 hour connection between Mackay and Brisbane. Mackay Airport is located seven (7) kilometres from the Mackay CBD.

Short-term and long-term parking is available at the airport. Taxis or shuttle services are available and a number of rental car companies operate from the airport terminal.


Greyhound Australia - Operates a fleet in excess of 60 vehicles based in the Central Queensland region. The fleet includes minibuses, commuters through to 50-seater modern coaches. For timetables and bookings, visit

Mackay Transit Coaches - Operates a fleet of over 70 vehicles ranging from 11 to 61 seaters. Mackay Transit Coaches, together with TransLink provide quality public transport to the majority of Mackay. For current timetable information for Mackay and surrounding regions, visit TransLink.

The travel time from Mackay to Cairns is approximately 8 hours and Brisbane is slightly longer at approximately 11 hours.


Sitting astride the Bruce Highway, Mackay also has excellent road connections. Rail access is also available via Queensland Railways ‘Spirit of Queensland’ train service which travels the state’s coastline from Cairns to Brisbane and all regions in between. With five return services per week, it offers an alternative mode of transport for delegates from nearby regional areas. Mackay Train Station is located at Paget, 5KM south of the City Centre.

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Getting Around Mackay


Mackay Whitsunday Taxi run taxis throughout the Mackay Region. Call 13 10 08 to book a pick up or look for taxi ranks within the city and at Mackay Airport.


Mackay Transit Coaches provide public urban bus services with pick up points throughout Mackay and surrounding suburbs such as Mackay’s Northern Beaches, Walkerston and Sarina. They also provide a Mackay-Emerald service. Visit here to find timetables and more information.


Capture the best of the region by joining an informative tour, run by local experts who know the area better than anyone else. There are a niumber of tour and transport operators in The Mackay Region, most offering door-to-door pick up and drop off services. It’s the relaxing way to see The Mackay Region. Find tours here.

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Conference Venue

The Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC), Alfred Street, Mackay, QLD 4740

Phone: (07) 4961 9777

The MECC’s administration operating hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00am - 4.30pm.

For more information on the conference venue, visit The MECC.

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Conference Registration Desk

Conference Registration
The registration desk will be located in the South Foyer of the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) throughout the conference. This is where you will receive your delegate name tag, handbook and satchel.

Pre-Conference Forum Registration, Monday 22 October
Industry Forum: Please visit the registration desk located in the South Wing foyer at the MECC, where you will receive your delegate name tag, handbook and satchel.

Place-Based Solutions Forum & Building Regional Startups Forum: Please visit the registration desk located in the refectory (building 5) of Central Queensland University (CQU), Mackay Ooralea Campus, where you will receive your delegate name tag, handbook and satchel.

Conference Dress Code

During the conference program, welcome drinks and networking dinner, smart casual dress is appropriate.

The dress code for the conference dinner is generally semi-formal.


For recommended accommodation in Mackay, where you will receive special delegate rates, please click here.

Delegate Transport

A coach will be organised to take delegates from our recommended accommodation providers to and from the conference venue and function venues.

If you require transport during the conference, please ensure to select transport when completing the registration form.

Bus Timetable


The Mackay area has a tropical climate. Summers are generally hot and wet, though the coast has the benefit of a regular afternoon sea breeze. Winter days are generally warm and sunny, while winter nights can be cool away from the coast.

The average temperatures in October range from 19°C to 27°C.

Things to do in Mackay

Mackay Attractions
Explore the attractions in the Mackay region including cultural and heritage attractions, natural attractions, wildlife wonders, driving itineraries, see what’s on and much more here.

Top 10 Things to do in Mackay
Click here for a top 10 list of things to see and do in the Mackay region.

Bluewater Trail Self Guided Walk
Delegates can take advantage of the warm weather and take a stroll along the Bluewater Trail. The trail can be accessed from the city centre accommodation properties, and we suggest a short walk ‘north’ along the trail to the city shopping centre “Caneland” – or ‘south’ along the trail to the “Sandfly Creek Environmental Walk”.

A pamphlet with maps is available for download here and brochure here.

What’s on in Mackay
The Mackay Region can offer natural experiences, fun-filled adventures or pure relaxation with a backdrop of gorgeous scenery and amazing sunsets. Whether inland, on the coast or the City Centre, see nature come to life with unique and rare experiences in the Mackay Region.

Please visit the following link to see what is on in Mackay in October:

SEGRA Walks the Talk

As part of the hands-on commitment of SEGRA, we will be exploring virtual reality and augmented reality. To fully prepare you for this session, which is held during the morning plenary session on Tuesday 23 October, please download the app via the appropriate link below.

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