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Mackay Town Hall

Mackay, Mackay Area

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Discover a living piece of Mackay's heritage at the Town Hall in Sydney Street, Mackay. Originally built in 1912 the Mackay Town Hall is a beautiful historic building in the centre of the city which has been transformed into a welcome centre assisting new residents in the Mackay region.

The Queensland Heritage Trails about the history of Mackay provides visitors with opportunities to discover the major events and happenings which have affected the Mackay community. Artspace Mackay manages the old Council Meeting Room upstairs as an innovative artists studio space with and a regular program of events including artistic and heritage exhibitions, art classes and workshops. The Town Hall is available for bookings including functions, meetings and events.

The Town Hall was refurbished as part of the Queensland Heritage Trails Network of cultural and heritage attractions by the state and federal governments and was officially reopened in December 2001.

Open Times

Note: Town Hall is open six days a week from 0900 to 1700 Monday to Friday and from 0900 to 1200 Saturdays, closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Facilities

  • Conference/Convention Facilities
  • Tour Desk

Other Information

Accessibility:

Disabled access throughout building is available. There is a ramp to the entrance, disabled toilet and lift access to first floor.
63 Sydney Street
Mackay, Mackay Area
Queensland
Australia

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The Pioneer Valley

Eungella, Mackay Area
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The Pioneer Valley, apart from being one of the richest sugar cane growing areas in Australia, is by far one of the most picturesque valleys in Australia. Travelling through this fertile valley, you will discover a community steeped in pioneering history. The Valley encompasses many quaint townships and Australia's largest continuous stretch of sub tropical rainforest Eungella National Park. Know as 'The Natural Way', the trip along Eungella road through the Pioneer Valley to Eungella National Park is a unique destination with many varying attractions, activities and townships to view along the way.

Lamberts Lookout

Mackay, Mackay Area
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Overlooking Lamberts Beach, the Cumberland Islands and Slade Point, Lamberts lookout offers stunning views especially at sunset. This is also a popular viewing platform to see the migrating whales as they breach and play off the coast of Mackay. Easy parking available at the lookout and shady areas, picnic tables, play equipment and barbecues are all available at Lamberts Beach.

Gooseponds, North Mackay

Mackay, Mackay Area
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The Gooseponds in North Mackay are a popular walking track among locals and an initiative of Mackay Regional Council's 10,000 steps program. As a designated off leash area there is plenty of open space for your pet to play. A total of 5,000 steps taking approximately 50 minutes at a moderate pace. Start your walk at Hicks street, turn left and follow the path under Glenpark street. Follow the path past John Breen Park to Valley Street and cross at Malcomson Street at the traffic lights to continue on the loop keeping the water on your left. Follow the path back to Malcomson Street and back to the start/finish sign.

Far Beach

Mackay, Mackay Area
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Far Beach is a popular walking beach with locals, recognised for its tranquillity and soft white sand. At low tide an expansive sand flat is exposed giving walkers kilometres of beach to meander. The beach provides expansive views, from Hay Point to the south and toward Flat and Round Top Islands. Nearby resorts provide options for accommodation and dining. Far Beach is one of the nearest beaches to the Mackay City Centre, only a five minute drive away. A recreational area, Quota Park, fringes part of the beach at Binnington Esplanade and includes a playground, fitness equipment, picnic tables, barbecues and public toilets. There is also a beautiful flower garden located there, popular for being home to many butterflies. Northern Far Beach between Evans Street and Bridge Road is a designated off-leash dog friendly area. The southern end of Far Beach is accessible through sand dunes via four wheel drive, and it a popular location for fisherman at the Shellgrit Creek mouth.

Shoal Point

Shoal Point, Mackay Area
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Shoal Point is the most northern beach of the Northern Beaches and is approximately 15 minutes from Mackay City Centre. Shoal Point offers a beachfront, shady picnic area with views to the islands, Cape Hillsborough National Park and the Hibiscus Coast. It also provides excellent reef fishing; the more open sections of the beach are the spots for whiting, bream, trevally and flathead.

Illawong Beach

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Along Illawong Beach you are likely to see windsurfers or avid fisherman casting from the beach. The long stretch of beach offers a relaxing leisurely walk with great views of Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal. At the nearby Quota Park you can find toilets, barbeques and picnic facilities.

The Kommo Toera Trail

Mackay, Mackay Area
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This magnificent walking track allows you to meander under the shade of towering Melaleuca trees to observe a distinctly unique wetland ecosystem. To access the walk, drive 15 minutes north of central Mackay toward the Mackay Marina along Harbour Road. Turn left on Slade Point Road and then left onto Keeleys Road. Also known as paper bark trees, the Melaleuca forest is home to a diverse range of wildlife and plant habitats. The trail is one kilometre long, and takes approximately 50 minutes to complete. Keep an eye out for the tree-top storm debris which embedded itself amongst the tree tops during a wind storm. The debris has been up there for more than 20 years, surviving many wet season cyclones. As it is an active eco-system, watch your footing as snake sightings are common in this area. If you do encounter a snake on the trail, remain still and allow it to pass. Insect repellent is extremely advisable as this area has a very prominent mosquito population. There are no fresh water stations or toilets along this walk. The nearest public facilities can be found further along Keeleys Road at the Andergrove Shopping Centre.

Walkerston

Walkerston, Mackay Area
Walkerston is situated approximately 10 kilometres west of Mackay on the Peak Downs Highway, a small country town with most facilities and services. Be sure to turn off the highway and visit the Historic Greenmount Homestead. The Greenmount site was first settled in 1862 by Captain John Mackay and the homestead was later built in 1912 by the pioneering Cook family. This home is now a beautifully preserved museum that serves as gateway to the region's past, with traditional Queensland Architecture, original furniture, fittings and ornaments, and the original owner’s house maid - Gloria Arrow. Tours around this grand home are open to the public at a small fee. The Greenmount Homestead is open 9.30 am to 12.30 pm Sunday to Friday.

Blacks Beach

Blacks Beach, Mackay Area
Blacks Beach is located just 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of Mackay. It’s the longest of Mackay’s northern beaches, and a great place to base yourself as you explore what this balmy North Queensland destination has to offer. Boasting six kilometres of clean sparkling sand and gentle waters, this palm-lined beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing with a good book. During the school holidays the beach is patrolled by the local life savers making it a safe spot to take the kids. The beach fishing here is some of the best in the state with bream and whiting on the menu. Fire up one of the free barbecues on the foreshore and enjoy a fresh feast of fish as you watch the sun dip below the horizon. Just south of Blacks Beach is Lamberts Beach and Slade Point. It’s a popular spot for surfers when the swell is up and boasts spectacular views out over the ocean and surrounding coastline. The Point is also a great whale watching platform during the winter months. To the north at Eimeo you’ll find a famous pub perched on the side of a cliff. Enjoy a meal and a cold one, but be prepared to be blown away by the knock-out views! Accommodation at Blacks Beach ranges from camping and caravan parks to self-contained and motel style apartments. All accommodation is within easy walking distance to the beach.

Bakers Creek

Bakers Creek, Mackay Area
Bakers Creek is a meat processing town, located near Mackay. Hang about, as this is where some of the best Central Queensland T-bones are 'created'. There are no shops or facilities, but then it is not the sort of place one stops off for a picnic, being located just a few kilometres south of Mackay. It's worthwhile taking a break to inspect the town's war memorial, which pays tribute to a US plane which crashed in the district back in World War II. The town's main claim to fame is the annual Oakenden rodeo, usually held each June, catered by the Dundula School as its major fundraiser. Those in the know also frequent Bakers Creek because of its fishing opportunities. They are also aware that the local tavern depicts a typical Aussie pub.
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