Mackay Regional Sports Precinct

Mackay Regional Sports Precinct swimming pool and running track
Mackay Regional Sports Precinct

The proposed $72 million Mackay Regional Sports Precinct will provide a vibrant space with specialised sport and recreational facilities for schools, sporting clubs, community groups, organisations, businesses and the general public. It will assist in hosting national, state and local sporting competitions and will boost tourism, development and liveability in the region. It will encourage future growth and community development in Ooralea.

CQUniversity will use the facilities at the sporting precinct in conjunction with their popular Allied Health and Medical Science programs including Exercise and Sport Science, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Health Promotion, Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic Science and Medical Imaging and Sonography.

The precinct will have the ability to attract, retain and assist with the training regimes of athletes who have previously had no other option than to move away to pursue sporting aspirations.

Development of the Precinct is progressing well with stages 1A and 1B complete and open for business.  Known as the Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex, this $23.9 million facility was officially opened at CQUniversity Mackay’s Ooralea campus on 9 March 2019.  The Mackay ARC was made possible by funding from Mackay Regional Council and the Federal Government through the Building our Future Fund, and provision of land by CQUniversity.

Attention will now be turned to stages 2 to 5 with updates on funding and development given in due course.


Stage 1 – current approved scope

  • Aquatic Centre - 50 metre swimming pool, 25 metre swimming pool and learn-to-swim facilities.
  • Athletics Track and Field - Tartan track and field facilities for a variety of organised athletics with athletics pavilion.
Masterplan for the Mackay Regional Sports Precinct
*Note: Future stages of the Masterplan have no funding commitment currently.

Stage 2

  • Community Clinic - Open to the public and run in conjunction with CQUniversity Allied Health and Medical Science programs.
  • Cafes, Sports Bar and Shops
  • Gymnasium and Training Centre - Cardio, weights and classes.

Stage 3

  • Indoor Sport and Recreation Centre - For sports including netball, basketball, soccer, futsal, volleyball, cricket, hockey and mixed martial arts.
  • Rock-Climbing Facility - For emergency services training, team building and for the recreational needs of sporting clubs, schools and the public.
  • Skating Rink/Events Hall - Available for corporate, community and public events, as well as CQUniversity Graduations.

Stage 4

  • Southern Sports Field

Stage 5

  • Additional Parking and Child Care Centre


The original Mackay Regional Sports Precinct plans were developed courtesy of generous support from our partners:

  • Mackay Regional Council    
  • Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal    
  • North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation    
  • G&S Engineering Services    
  • Hastings Deering    

If you would you like to find out more about supporting the Precinct development, contact or phone 1300 MACKAY (622 529).

Mackay Regional Council, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, Bulk Ports, G&S Engineering Services and Hasting Deering logos


From 2013, eight Olympian and Paralympian Ambassadors from the Mackay region teamed up to show their support for the Mackay Regional Sports Precinct.

Our Hercules Ambassadors are flying the flag in their respective sporting circles to promote the benefits of the Mackay Regional Sports Precinct to provide better facilities for students, sporting clubs and community members in Mackay, Isaac and the Whitsundays.

Hercules Ambassadors:

  • GEOFF HUEGILL - Swimming    
  • LINDA MACKENZIE - Swimming      
  • TRACEY BELBIN - Hockey      
  • NICK FFROST - Swimming      
  • BEAU MENZIES - Soccer      
  • DAVID NICHOLAS - Cycling      
  • DENIS CONSTANTIN - Badminton      
  • ALAN DUFTY - Wheelchair racing      

Download the Hercules Ambassador Program Fact Sheet

CQUniversity invites schools, sporting clubs, individuals and organisations to be a local ambassador as we work towards further development of the Mackay Regional Sports Precinct.  


Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)