What makes the perfect Australian road trip? Is it fishing, bushwalking, nature and wildlife? Or the pristine beaches, cascading natural gorges and great local produce? Whatever your scene, Mackay has something for everyone.
THE BEST SPOT IN THE WORLD TO VIEW WILD PLATYPUS
Just 80km west of Mackay, Eungella National Park has 22 kilometres of walking trails through towering tropical rainforest, with spectacular views over the rolling mountains and sugar cane in the Pioneer Valley. Broken River is heralded as the best spot in the world to view a platypus in the wild; dawn or dusk are the best times for viewing.
CAPE HILLSBOROUGH SUNRISE WITH THE WALLABIES TOUR
Cape Hillsborough National Park is full of stunning scenery, rocky headlands, rugged forests and beautiful bushwalks. The only crowd you’ll see is a friendly family of wallabies and kangaroos who feed on the beach at sunrise each morning. There’s a heap of bushwalking tracks and beaches to explore so it’s the perfect place to set up camp for a few days and relax.
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SOAK UP COUNTRY HOSPITALITY IN OUTBACK ISAAC
You will love the peace and quiet of the country in the Isaac Region. Visit the past in Nebo (90km west of Mackay) by admiring relics at the museum or enjoy a beer at one of the heritage-listed buildings. Go gold fossicking in Clermont or discover what was once a bustling gold mining town at Mt Britton.
EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF FINCH HATTON GORGE
Nestled in the Pioneer Valley, Finch Hatton Gorge is the perfect way to spend a day. Enjoy a bushwalk before cooling off in the crystal clear waters of the gorge. Take in the sights, smells and sounds of the Finch Hatton Rainforest with a zipline adventure experience. Or go scuba diving in platypus waters with Rainforest Scuba.
LEARN HOW CANE IS CRUSHED WITH A MILL TOUR
The multi-award-winning Sarina Sugar Shed will give you an insight into the history and production of sugar cane in the region. Learn how to crush cane and taste some great products unique to the Sarina Sugar Shed.
While in Sarina, don’t forget to pop into the Field of Dreams Parklands which are situated just off the Bruce Highway. The Field of Dreams Parklands is a historical and educational hub, providing the perfect place to recharge and plan a fun-filled adventure in the Mackay Region.
HOOKED ON MACKAY
The Mackay Region is Australia’s premier recreational fishing destination.
From hard-hitting pelagic offshore, iconic barramundi and Sooty Grunter in the dams—to the exciting sports fish right at Mackay’s doorstep. Complete with net-free zones, and something for both the professional angler to those that are fishing for the first time—you’ll find the 365 days a year fishing available will have you Hooked on Mackay!
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MACKAY CITY CENTRE
The Mackay City Centre is full of art deco-inspired buildings, modern streetscapes and beautiful views. Take in the blue Pioneer River with a stroll or bike ride along the Bluewater Trail or step back in time with a Heritage Walk through the City Centre, where you can view a range of public art installations along the way.
The Mackay City Centre comes to life when the sun goes down. Enjoy funky roof-top bars, fine dining or drinks at a local bar. There are also plenty of family friendly offerings to keep everyone happy. The nearby Mackay Marina Village caters for all tastebuds, including fresh seafood straight from the sea. Relax at the Lighthouse and take in the views with a cold drink and delicious meal any time of the day.