Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
A wonderful landscape of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulders make Finch Hatton Gorge a must-see attraction.
There are many walking tracks which weave through sub-tropical rainforest. One of the most popular walking trails starts at the Finch Hatton picnic area, and takes you on a 1.6 kilometre journey to the beautiful Araluen waterfall.
The granite boulders and surrounding vegetation make this an ideal place to pause and take in the scenery. Take a refreshing dip in one of the nearby rock pools, a cooling haven favoured by locals in summer.
Continue a further 1.4 kilometres to reach the Wheel of Fire Cascades, another beautiful waterfall with a large rock pool at its base. This second part of the walk is more challenging, with uphill segments and stairs, but the views are worth the effort.
Keep an eye out among the rainforest for rare flora and fauna, such as the gastric brooding frog, the orange-sided skink, Mackay tulip oak and Eungella honeyeater.
Adventure opportunities at Finch Hatton are plentiful, with the opportunity to scuba dive in the rainforest waters with platypus, or to zip line through the treetop canopy.
Accommodation and dining options are present in Finch Hatton.