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Heart Reef

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area

Heart Reef, in the Great Barrier Reef of the Whitsundays, is a stunning composition of coral that has naturally formed into the shape of a heart. Located in Hardy Reef, Heart Reef is best experienced from the air by helicopter or seaplane, as visitors are unable to snorkel or dive there due it's protected status.

Many tour companies will combine a scenic flight over Heart Reef with other breathtaking spots in the Whitsundays, including Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. A certain highlight of any visit to the Whitsundays.

Heart Reef was discovered in 1975 by one of Air Whitsunday's pilots and is now an internationally-recognised attraction of the Whitsundays and features on many postcards and brochures promoting the Whitsunday region and the Great Barrier Reef. Many an amateur photographer has been amazed by the fact that their own photos look just like the brochures!

Heart Reef has been the site of many proposals and declarations of love over the years. If planning on making the ultimate romantic gesture, let your pilot know your plans and they'll be able to help you with some extra flight time over the famous icon.

Great Barrier Reef
Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Queensland
Australia

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Travellers Rest Caravan and Camping Park

Midge Point, Mackay Area
From AU$85.00 - 120.00
Travellers Rest is about 100 kilometres north of Mackay. Set on 60 hectares of semi-tropical forest, the park is well shaded under the large canopy. The property runs onto the beach offering hours of fishing, walks and fossicking. There is a walk leading to the lagoon where there are many species of water birds and animal life. The whole area is a haven for bird watchers and other wildlife abounds. Travellers Rest has five cabins and ample caravan and camping sites.

Keswick Island Cabins and Store

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$162.50 - 250.00
Keswick Island Cabins are located on Keswick Island, The Treasured Island which is located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The waters surrounding Keswick Island house the Reef with beautiful tropical fish, turtles and an abundance of marine life a snorkelling delight. The Cabins face the Egremont Passage providing a great location to watch the Humpback Whales passing through in August and September. A great location to sit and watch the whales when season. Their Keswick Island Store is open when they have guests (upon demand). They have ice creams, coffee, chips, lollies, cold drinks, snacks and souvenirs. The Treasured Island is a small island at the southern tip of the Whitsundays, 32 kilometres north east of Mackay. It boasts three sandy beaches each accessible on foot, great for fossicking or you can dive the wreck of the Cremer or the Singapore with ease. All the cabins have a fan, fridge, air conditioning and ensuite. There are two triple bunks, two twin bunks and eight king single beds. There are 12 rooms in total. Each room includes three meals for the day in their self-catered kitchen.

Campwin Beach House Bed and Breakfast

Campwin Beach, Mackay Area
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From AU$100.00 - 140.00
If you are looking for a beachside holiday Campwin Beach House Bed and Breakfast is your destination. Located just 35 kilometres south of Mackay and 13 kilometres east of Sarina, the self-contained, two bedroom guesthouse has everything you need to make your stay a pleasure. A short stroll down the side of your hosts home has you on the edge of the beautiful Coral Sea. Fishing (they supply the rods), crabbing, walking the amazing unspoilt beaches, eating oysters straight from the rocks, maybe spot a whale in migration season or perhaps some of the playful dolphins - all of this in your own front yard. Barbecue beachside or perhaps sleep in and enjoy your breakfast hamper at your leisure. Do as little or as much as you like in their piece of paradise.

Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
From AU$29.00 - 210.00
Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park is a haven in an ecological setting, providing budget to mid-range accommodation and facilities. The resort fronts Casuarina Bay with National Park on three sides, creating a secluded environment where you can relax, go fishing, or take a walk in the National Park. Wildlife is abundant and more than 150 species of birds and dozens of butterflies can be observed. Wake to the sounds of nature. Enjoy peace and tranquillity, fresh air and a sky full of stars. Discover the delights of being 'far from the maddening crowd'. Laze on the beach or by the pool, set amongst lush tropical vegetation. Watch the birds make friends with wallabies and kangaroos, and share the evening with possums. Throw in a line, catch a crab or simply relax with a good book. For stress-free breaks, bird watchers, nature lovers, photographers and artists, family getaways, paradise is within easy reach at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park.
From AU$27.14 - 59.00
If you are working in Sarina, Mackay or at one of the nearby Hay Point Coal Terminals, than this property provides an excellent accommodation solution. Suitable for both individuals or companies looking to house their employees. Relax and enjoy the tranquility of this secluded hillside retreat on the edge of Sarina Township. This 100year old newly renovated Queenslander is set amongst a stunning bush landscape, with views looking back over the Sarina township, extending to the nearby coast. Contained within the property are many large mature trees, a dry creek and an abundance of Australian native wildlife. This property offers the best of both worlds, a destination to seek respite from the pace of everyday living, whilst being located only one minute from shops, supermarkets and local pubs.

Sarina Beach Motel

Sarina Beach, Mackay Area
From AU$135.00 - 180.00
At Sarina Beach Motel directly located on the beach, guests need only stroll 50 metres from their doorstep to the splendid unspoilt beach and amble along the picturesque southern shores of the Coral Sea. The fully licensed Restaurant offers an ever popular and extensive variety of delicious, freshly prepared home style meals, guests can choose to dine in, or have meals delivered to their room. Breakfasts include a choice of both cooked and continental style meals delivered to the room. There is an extensive wine selection and their Cocktail Lounge provides an intimate escape destination. There is a pool, barbecue area and half court tennis.
From AU$150.00 - 175.00
The Beach House is located at beautiful Salonika Beach which is situated just a 25 minute drive from Mackay. Specifically the house is located on Pacific Drive, a 200 metre walk to the beach or an even shorter walk to Salonika Creek. The Beach House is a new three bedroom home and is fitted out with modern fittings and furnishings. The house is fully self contained, with linen and beach towels supplied. The house will sleep up to six people. Whilst 'The Beach House' is an ideal holiday home, they also cater for corporate guests working at Hay Point, Mackay or Sarina.

Cape Hillsborough National Park Camping Ground

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
From AU$11.90 - 11.90
Basic camping is available at Smalleys Beach camping area, which can be reached via a signposted gravel road off Cape Hillsborough Road. This small camping area has picnic tables, toilets, town water and some sites suitable for caravans. Fires are permitted only in off-ground fire containers and within the camping area. Bring your own clean, milled timber. Fuel stoves are preferred and recommended. Fires are not permitted anywhere else in the park, including on the beaches. All campers must carry sturdy rubbish bags to remove all rubbish from the park. Generators are not permitted anywhere in the park. Camping permits are required and fees apply.
From AU$11.90 - 11.90
Cape Palmerston National Park is one of the few remaining areas of natural coastline in the Mackay area. Windswept headlands, rainforest, swamps and sand dunes are shadowed by the imposing peak of Mount Funnel. Middens throughout Cape Palmerston are a reminder of the special connection Indigenous people have with this place. Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
From AU$11.90 - 11.90
Alligator Creek camping area is in the Mount Elliot section of the park and is the only established camping area with facilities. Camp sites here are only suitable for tents and small campervans. There are no sites available for caravans or camper trailers (all sizes) or motorhomes. Camping areas are also located at Cocoa and Salmon creeks in the Cape Cleveland section, and at Baratta Creek in the Bowling Green Bay section. These camping areas are near the coast and are set in coastal woodland and mangrove environments beside intertidal creeks. Facilities are not provided at these camping areas and campers must be completely self-sufficient, carrying food, water and a fuel stove. Opportunities for remote bush hiking in the park also exist. Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
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