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Cedar Grove Track

Eungella, Mackay Area
The Cedar Grove Track is located within the Eungella National Park. High above the surrounding plains, this mist-shrouded and forest-clad mountain refuge is one of Queensland's most ecologically diverse parks with 860 plant species and a wonderful variety of wildlife. The 2.8 kilometre (including the Pine Grove section) Cedar Grove Track requires a moderate level of fitness for short uphill sections and stairs. Walk in rainforest shade and catch glimpses of the Pioneer Valley through tall trees. Stop at the lookout to take in the valley floor view-a patchwork of green and brown cane fields with a steep mountain backdrop. Continue from the Pine Grove track to feel dwarfed by towering red cedars and tulip oaks. Take a moment to stand inside the strangler fig tree arch. After crossing bridges over gentle creeks and brushing past livistona palm fronds, stay a while and relax at the Sky Window visitor area. Allow 45 minutes to one hour to complete this walk of a moderate grade. The Cedar Grove Track is part of the Mackay Highlands Great Walk.

Beachcomber Cove Track

Seaforth, Mackay Area
Beachcomber Cove track is located within Cape Hillsborough National Park. This ruggedly scenic park includes rainforest, eucalypt forest, beaches, rocky headlands covered in hoop pines, and volcanic rock formations. The 2.2 kilometre return Beachcomber Cove track starts from the northern end of the Cape Hillsborough picnic area and passes through open eucalypt forest and remnant rainforest with hoop pines, ferns and vines. The track ends at Beachcomber Cove, where walkers can enjoy pleasant views from a lookout on top of the ridge. At low tide, you can return to Cape Hillsborough picnic area along the beach. Near the picnic area, you can often see kangaroos on the beach in the late afternoon. At high tide, you will need to retrace your steps along the track. Check tide times before setting out and allow one and a half hours to complete this walk of a moderate grade.

Pine Grove Circuit

Eungella, Mackay Area
Pine Grove Circuit track is located within the Eungella National Park and is part of the Mackay Highlands Great Walk. High above the surrounding plains, this mist-shrouded and forest-clad mountain refuge is one of Queensland's most ecologically diverse parks with 860 plant species and a wonderful variety of wildlife. The Pine Grove Circuit is in the Clark Range-Broken River area and is a 1.6 kilometre return track of a moderate grade. It is a fairly level circuit suitable for most visitors. Walk in the rainforest shade and catch glimpses of the Pioneer Valley through tall trees. Allow one hour to complete this walk.
Newry Island Circuit and Resort Trail is located within the Newry Islands National Park. Newry Islands National Park lies within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, an area of outstanding natural beauty and irreplaceable value to all the people of the world. Pearl-coloured beaches, exposed rocky headlands, open woodlands and dense rainforest, all surrounded by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef-Newry Islands National Park is truly world class World Heritage. Wander through open eucalypt forest and dry rainforest as the 2.8 kilometre return Island Circuit track loops across Newry Island. Lookouts along the way offer spectacular views of nearby islands and the mainland. Allow 1.5 hours to complete this walk of a moderate grade. Newry Island was once home to one of the earliest resorts in the greater Whitsunday area. The 300 metre one way trail travels through the resort remains on a self-guided walk drifting back to a bygone era. Allow 40 minutes to complete this easy walk.

YUiberi Plant Trail

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
Yuibera Yuwi Trail is located within Cape Hillsborough National Park. Rock-strewn, sandy beaches and hoop pine-dotted hillsides that plunge towards the sea contrast with sub-tropical rainforest and mangrove-fringed wetlands, making Cape Hillsborough one of the most scenic national parks along the Central Queensland coast. The Yuibera people lived in this area for thousands of years and signs of their special connection to the area are still present. Explorer James Cook named Cape Hillsborough during his voyage up the Queensland coast in 1770. The Yuibera Yuwi Trail 1.2 kilometre return track starts from Hidden Valley. To reach Hidden Valley, walk or drive 1.2 kilometres along the gravel road that starts from the southern end of the picnic area beside the resort. Once there, take this self-guiding trail to learn more about the Yuibera people's traditional use of plants in the area. Please note, the gravel road to Hidden Valley is not suitable for buses or caravans. Allow 40 minutes to complete this walk of an easy grade.

Diversity Boardwalk

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
The Diversity Boardwalk is located within Cape Hillsborough National Park. This ruggedly scenic park includes rainforest, eucalypt forest, beaches, rocky headlands covered in hoop pines, and volcanic rock formations. Visitors can camp and bushwalk. A marine park adjoins. This 1.2 kilometre return track meanders through melaleuca woodland, a mangrove community, open eucalypt forest and vine thicket. Appreciate the diverse plant communities and their unique wildlife. This walk also highlights the importance of such diversity for the Yuibera people and their culture. The first 300 metres of the walk is accessible to wheelchairs. Allow 40 minutes walking time to complete this walk of an easy grade.

Brampton Island Track

Mackay, Mackay Area
The Brampton Island Peak Track is located in the Brampton Islands National Park. This park protects Brampton and Carlisle islands and is a natural haven for diverse plants and animals. Rocky headlands dotted with hoop pines, open grasslands, woodlands, sheltered bays, and long sandy beaches make Brampton Island one of the most scenic islands off the Queensland coast. Explore the island with an invigorating hike up Brampton Peak, 214 metres above sea level. The walk from the jetty to Brampton Peak is steep in places, but you will be rewarded with splendid views of the mainland and Carlisle Island's steep forested slopes. Enjoy the surroundings and catch your breath at one of the bench seats along the way. Allow three hours for this 6.6 kilometre moderately challenging hike.

Mount Oldfield Walk

Lindeman Island, Mackay Area
Mount Oldfield Walk is located within the Lindeman Islands National Park. Prolific birdlife, diverse plants and scenic walks feature strongly in this group of peaceful islands. The Ngaro Aboriginal people named Lindeman Island 'Yara-kimba', the place of snapper-bream fish. Lindeman Islands National Park protects 14 islands featuring a variety of vegetation types including rainforest in sheltered pockets, open forest in drier areas, grasslands and wetlands. Frequent burning by the Ngaro Aboriginal people maintained the grasslands in the area. The 7.2 kilometre return Mount Oldfield Walk (Lindeman Island) involves a steady climb and features some of the most diverse vegetation on the island. You will be rewarded with spectacular views on reaching the peak. Remember water and your camera. Access the walk from the airport hut near the resort. Allow 3.5 hours to complete this walk of a moderate grade.
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