While it may be in the outlying areas of Mackay, Ooralea is only five minutes from the CBD.
The area boasts easy access to schools, the coast and community facilities as well as has plenty of land, in the form of existing cane fields, nearby that will one day probably become residential enclaves.
The Mackay campus of the Central Queensland University is located in Ooralea with a number of primary and secondary schools and shopping centres in surrounding suburbs.
The area is currently expanding with new subdivisions consisting of brand new modern homes. Homes in this area tend to be on larger than average blocks, given Ooralea's rural setting. Older fibro or weatherboard homes are still available in the area.