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Manta Ray Drop Off Dive Site (Bait Reef)

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area

Manta Ray Drop Off, in the Bait Reef area of the Whitsundays on the Great Barrier Reef, boasts spectacular underwater cliffs and a plunging wall that drops off to 30 metres. The wall is covered with gorgonians, soft coral trees, sponges and sea whips.

The Manta Ray Drop Off site is great for snorkelling as well as diving. Best known for the soaring manta rays found cruising the wall in winter (May to September), reef sharks and schools of pelagics are common any time of year.

Site is exposed to southerly winds and is very prone to strong currents. Best to dive during slack water, neap tides.

Visibility: 12 - 30 metres
Diving depth: 3 - 36 metres
Bottom: Total coral cover in shallow water to five metres, wall dropping to 30 metres cut with crevices. From 30 metres down, bottom is made up of coral rubble, sand and scattered coral heads.

Great Barrier Reef
Southern edge of Bait Reef
Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Queensland
Australia

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  • Free WiFi
From AU$20.00 - 79.00
Relax and enjoy the peace and comfort of your own private room or water front caravan site. The park is ideally located on the south side of Mackay, only 10 minutes from Central Business District, five minutes to the airport and five minutes to Paget (Mackay's industrial precinct). The camp kitchen, central bathroom and 24 hour laundromat have undergone extensive renovations and are of a very high standard. Bakers Creek has a reputation for good fishing and is located adjacent to the Black Springs Golf Course, for those who enjoy a hit on weekends. With short term and long term options available, they have a solution to fit your requirements. Rooms are fully equipped with linen, furniture, cooking facilities and cooking equipment. Free Wifi (Mackay), power, gas and water are included in rent. Enjoy a hassle free stay in a relaxing environment, while they take care of all maintenance and general cleaning.

Hay Point Country Bed and Breakfast

Hay Point, Mackay Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$140.00 - 140.00
Escape to this tropical country retreat located only 25 minutes south of Mackay. Access roads are all sealed - only 10 minutes from the highway. The air-conditioned self-contained unit provides a convenient home-base while you explore the Mackay/Whitsunday region's rainforests, reefs and many other unique tourist attractions. After a day of sightseeing or fishing, unwind with a game of tennis and then cool down in the resort-style pool. You might like to assist with feeding the farm animals or just take a leisurely walk while you absorb the country atmosphere. A full breakfast is included in the tariff and country style evening meals are available with 24 hours notice. The unit has a well-equipped kitchen and the laundry includes a washing machine, iron and ironing board. WIFI is available and they accept Visa and MasterCard.

Central Tourist Park

North Mackay, Mackay Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$75.00 - 75.00
Located approximately two kilometres from the Mackay City heart, The Central Tourist Park offers budget accommodation from van and camp sites with campers kitchen, through to self contained air conditioned villas. Van and tent sites are offered at discount rates for weekly stays. All villas have parking adjacent to each unit. Free wi-fi is also provided, along with their 80 foot pool surrounded by swaying palms and free barbecues. The park is situated within walking distance to nearby shops which include a supermarket, post office, bakery, service station, butcher, Subway, newsagency, doctors and pizza. Situated on an historical land site, the Central Tourist Park is your home away from home.

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.

Explorers' Haven Eungella Edge

Eungella, Mackay Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$25.00 - 250.00
Spectacularly located on the edge of the Clarke range, Explorers' Haven offers relaxing accommodation with magnificent views over Eungella National Park and the Pioneer Valley. This unique, secluded, little park, formerly known as Eungella Holiday Park also offers grassed, powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites which also have breathtaking views of the valley below. Eungella is approximately 85 kilometres inland from Mackay, at the top of the range and 686 metres above sea level. The property borders on the lush rainforest of the Eungella National Park and is 500 metres from the first walking track which is part of the Mackay Hinterland Great Walks. The park is five kilometres from the platypus viewing platform at Broken River which is home to a sizeable platypus population. Explorers' Haven is ideally located to access the rainforest scenery of Eungella National Park and is a short drive from Mt Dalrymple, Queensland's second highest mountain at 1280 metres above sea level.

Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina

Mackay Harbour, Mackay Area
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From AU$235.00 - 425.00
The Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina is considered as Mackay's premier hotel. Located on the relaxing waterfront setting of the picturesque Mackay Marina, the hotel is only a short drive from Mackay's city centre and 20 minutes from Mackay Airport and is Mackay's only hotel with marina views over the tropical blue waters of the Coral Sea. The hotel provides a selection of high quality accommodation rooms, from Deluxe Studio rooms and 1 Bedroom Apartments through to Executive Suites and Superior Spa suites. All rooms are superbly appointed with all the modern conveniences you would expect to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. Their onsite Latitude 21 Bar and Restaurant provides modern Australian cuisine, room service menu is available daily. The Mackay Marina is also right on the doorstep providing a choice of bars, cafes and restaurants . Harbour Beach is also just a short stroll providing long stretches of golden, sandy beaches. The hotel provides a range of excellent guest services that have built a strong reputation with business travellers and holiday makers.

Mackay Blacks Beach Holiday Park

Blacks Beach, Mackay Area
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From AU$30.00 - 190.00
Formerly known as Seawinds Caravan Park, Mackay Blacks Beach Holiday Park guests can relax in a tranquil setting amongst majestic shade trees with absolute beachfront views at Blacks Beach. Recently refurbished and set on five acres with a broad expanse of golden sands and blue seas, Mackay Blacks Beach Holiday Park makes the perfect place to get away from it all. Only minutes to major shopping centres, cinema complexes and sporting facilities. A hotel with bistro dining and other cafes are just two minutes walk away.

The Park

Paget, Mackay Area
From AU$31.00 - 110.00
The Park Mackay is conveniently located off the highway on the south side of Mackay with a short drive to Mackay central business district, airport and beaches. Set on 15 acres with spacious, easy access sites and wide roads, it offers clean amenities and is an ideal base to explore all the attractions the region has to offer including Eungella National Park and Finch Hatton Gorge.

BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$30.00 - 150.00
BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park is situated two kilometres from Mackay Harbour Precinct and only four kilometres from the city centre. There's a good range of cabin, caravan and camping accommodation for your family and your furry friends. After a long drive sit on the verandah of one of the air conditioned Villas and watch the children play on the Jumping Pillow, or in the new water splash park, or just relax in the clear saltwater pool. All of the cabin accommodation is new or newly refurbished and a new waterpark complex, mini golf and tyre maze has been installed recently.

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.
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