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Eungella National Park

Eungella, Mackay Area

Enriched by dense sub-tropical rainforest with peaks shrouded in mist, a trip to Eungella National Park is both an exciting adventure and an escape to tranquillity.

Eungella National Park is one of Queensland's most ecologically diverse parks in Australia, with species from both tropical and sub-tropical groups living in the rainforest.

Walk one of the many well-formed trails that lead to natural wonders, including the Sky Window walk leading through layers of bright palms with dewy fronds, for a spectacular view across the Pioneer Valley. Much of the park is wilderness, dissected by rugged gorges, which can be explored along the Mackay Highlands Great Walk, a 56 kilometre trail starting in Eungella.

Get back to nature with a bush picnic at Broken River or walk the Broken River trail to the viewing platform to see a platypus swimming in its natural environment.

Watch for a colourful array of birds and butterflies, including blue-faced honeyeaters and rainbow lorikeets. At night go spotlighting to see gliders, tawny frogmouths and possums, or visit Eungella dam for sunset fishing.

There are many accommodation options in Eungella National Park which provides the perfect opportunity to extend your stay and witness a spectacular sunrise.

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  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
  • Conference/Convention Facilities

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Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.
Eungella Dam Road
Eungella, Mackay Area
Queensland
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Cathu State Forest

Yalboroo, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Along the rugged Clarke Range behind the Whitsunday coast is Cathu State Forest. Forests and woodlands range from distinctive poplar gum Eucalyptus alba woodlands and exotic Caribbean pine plantations on the creek flats to dense rainforest, hoop pine plantations and tall wet eucalypt forest along the range. The rainforests were selectively logged during the 1960s and 70s. Cathu is west of the Bruce Highway, 72km or one hour north of Mackay or 51km south of Proserpine. Jaxut camping area is 12km off the highway. Registered vehicles, including motor cycles, trail bikes and bicycles may be driven or ridden on roads in this forest. This is a quiet retreat for people who like to relax and enjoy the bush. Go wildlife watching. See Ulysses butterflies, whiptail and agile wallabies and northern quolls. Take your binoculars and go birdwatching. More than 100 species of birds have been seen in the forest. Go for a scenic drive beyond the camping area. Enjoy spectacular views over the beautiful Whitsunday coast from the Clarke Range Lookout, 7km from the camping area. From Windy Point, you can see Eungella National Park to the south. Mountain bike riding and horse riding is allowed in the forest.

Crediton State Forest

Dalrymple Heights, Mackay Area
Free Entry
In Crediton State Forest, dry eucalypt forests contrast with lush pockets of rainforest and dramatic views. Tall, ancient rose gums continue to survive and discover scattered relics from gold mining in the 1800s or take a scenic drive along Cockies Creek Road. Camping is permitted at Crediton Hall, Denham Range, or enjoy bush camping on grassy flats at The Diggings. Camping permits are required prior to arrival and can be obtained by calling or book online. Ensure you observe all safety signs and have detailed maps of the area to ensure the safety of yourself and all company. Experienced walkers can grab a backpack and journey through the changing landscape of the 56 kilometre Mackay Highlands Great Walk (three to five days - April to September usually offering the best weather).

Broken River

Eungella, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Located within the cool tranquillity of Eungella National Park, Broken River is touted as one of the best locations in the world to see a rare marsupial in the wild, a platypus. A little over a one hour drive from Mackay, travel through the picturesque Pioneer Valley and climb the mountain range to Eungella township. Take the Eungella Dam road to Broken River. Broken River is an excellent place to enjoy bush walks within Australia's largest stretch of continuous sub-tropical rainforest. The platypus viewing deck is near Broken River's picnic grounds, where amenities such as public toilets, picnic tables and barbecues can be found. Camping permits and information about Broken River is available from the nearby Ranger's Station. Platypus viewing is best done in the late afternoon or early morning. Look for air bubbles and ripples in the water to watch the platypus quickly surface. Stay still and quiet to improve your chances of seeing one. When visiting a rainforest environment it is wise to carry insect repellent to protect from mosquitoes. Never attempt a river crossing when flooded and exercise caution during the wet season between November and April, as creek levels can rise quickly.

Eungella National Park

Eungella, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Enriched by dense sub-tropical rainforest with peaks shrouded in mist, a trip to Eungella National Park is both an exciting adventure and an escape to tranquillity. Eungella National Park is one of Queensland's most ecologically diverse parks in Australia, with species from both tropical and sub-tropical groups living in the rainforest. Walk one of the many well-formed trails that lead to natural wonders, including the Sky Window walk leading through layers of bright palms with dewy fronds, for a spectacular view across the Pioneer Valley. Much of the park is wilderness, dissected by rugged gorges, which can be explored along the Mackay Highlands Great Walk, a 56 kilometre trail starting in Eungella. Get back to nature with a bush picnic at Broken River or walk the Broken River trail to the viewing platform to see a platypus swimming in its natural environment. Watch for a colourful array of birds and butterflies, including blue-faced honeyeaters and rainbow lorikeets. At night go spotlighting to see gliders, tawny frogmouths and possums, or visit Eungella dam for sunset fishing. There are many accommodation options in Eungella National Park which provides the perfect opportunity to extend your stay and witness a spectacular sunrise.

Platypus Viewing at Broken River

Eungella, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Eungella National Park, approximately a one hour drive west of Mackay, is home to one of the most reliable spots in Australia to spot the elusive platypus - in the wild! From the viewing decks at Broken River, spot this shy creature in it's natural habitat, as well as turtles and other wildlife in this beautiful National Park. The best times to see this special monotreme are at dawn or dusk. The Broken River bridge also provides an excellent vantage point to see platypus swimming in the river below. Platypus are quite shy, so remain as still and as quiet as possible to increase your chances of seeing one. Keep an eye out for air bubbles, as the platypus feeds from the bottom, but surfaces to chew its food and breathe. There are 22 kilometres of walking trails in Eungella, as well as accommodation, restaurants and cafes. Try to spot a platypus if you can!

Mia Mia State Forest

Eungella, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Nestled in the foothills of the Clarke Range, 20 kilometres from Pinnacle west of Mackay, the Mia Mia State Forest is mostly open eucalypt forest. Bush camping and swimming is available at Captain Crossings on Teemburra Creek. Vehicular access is by four wheel drive only. Remember that roads may be closed during wet weather or high fire danger.

Pandanus Creek Track

Proserpine, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Along the rugged Clarke Range behind the Whitsunday coast lies Cathu State Forest. Forests and woodlands range form distinctive poplar gum Eucalyptus alba woodlands and exotic Caribbean pine plantations on the creek flats to dense rainforests and tall wet eucalypt forest along the range. At Jaxut, the Pandanus Creek Track winds through lush rainforest upstream along the creek. Look out for the brilliant blue flashes of the Ulysses butterfly. You may also see other wildlife that lives in the rainforest, such as whiptails, agile wallabies and northern quolls.

Teemburra Dam

Pinnacle, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Located in the picturesque Pioneer Valley, Teemburra Dam is approximately 50 kilometres west of Mackay City on a fully sealed road. The dam is a nature-lover's paradise. Made up of a mass of inlets and coves, it is easy to become entranced with the birds, fish and platypus which inhabit the area. The dam was constructed in 1997 to cope with the increasing demand for town water storage and irrigation purposes. The dam itself has a surface area of 1040 hectares, an average depth of 14.2 metres and holds 147 500 mega litres of water at full capacity. The dam is stocked by a local fish stocking group MAFSA with Sooty Grunter and Barramundi, who have also set up their own community hatchery to breed Sooty Grunter. A 25 horse power limit applies to all boats here with no water skiing allowed. A single lane concrete ramp is provided. There is no camping allowed at the dam, however accommodation can be found in Finch Hatton Gorge, Eungella National Park and Kinchant Dam. A Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) is required to fish at Teemburra Dam.

Eungella Dam

Eungella, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Eungella Dam is 120 kilometres west of Mackay and is one of Queensland's more established freshwater fisheries. Eungella Dam was constructed in 1969 to meet the requirements of a thermal power station at Collinsville and the town water supply of Collinsville and Scottsville. From the township of Eungella, take the Eungella Dam Road past Broken River. The last portion of the drive is unsealed, where the landscape turns from rainforest into high country farms. Beware of wandering stock as cows roam free along this road. The dam is stocked with Sooty Grunter, Saratoga, Sleepy Cod and Barramundi and is renowned for producing oversized Sooty Grunter. Fishing permits are required prior to arrival and can be obtained from Mackay Visitor Information Centre and various locations within the region. There are no boating restrictions for the dam and small boats can be launched from the boat ramp. Camping is permitted in the area with facilities available such as cold showers, toilets, barbecues and picnic tables. Camping permits are required and can be obtained by contacting SunWater. A second block of public toilets and more picnic tables can be found across the other side of the water, near the dam itself.

Finch Hatton Gorge

Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
Free Entry
A wonderful landscape of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations make Finch Hatton Gorge a must-see attraction. There are many walking tracks which weave through sub-tropical rainforest. One of the most popular 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 take in the scenery. Take a refreshing dip in one of the nearby rock pools, a cooling haven favoured by locals in summer. Continue 1.4 kilometres to reach the Wheel of Fire Cascades, another beautiful waterfall with a large rock pool at its base, popular for swimming. This second part of the walk is more challenging, with uphill segments and stairs to climb, but the views are well worth it. Keep an eye out among the rainforest for rare and unusual flora and fauna, such as the rare gastric brooding frog, the orange-sided skink, Mackay tulip oak, Eungella spiny cray and Eungella honeyeater. Adventure opportunities are plentiful, with the opportunity to scuba dive in the rainforest waters with platypus, or to zip-line through the tree-top canopy. Accommodation and dining options are available.
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