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Eungella

An hour west of Mackay, in the rainforest-clad mountains lies Eungella National Park and the township of Eungella, at the head of the Pioneer Valley. Australia's longest, oldest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest, ranging over 51,700 hectares, the park draws its name from an Aboriginal word meaning 'Land of the Clouds'.

Thousands of years of isolation have allowed the rainforest to nurture an abundance of native life such as the platypus, and is one of the very few places in Australia to spot this shy creature in its natural environment. Be at Broken River's platypus viewing platform at sunrise and sunset for a chance to spot this furry creature.

22 kilometres of existing bushwalking tracks, plus the Mackay Highlands Great Walk, offer increasing access with varying degrees of difficulty and breathtaking views. Wheelchair access is provided at the Sky Window walking track.

225 bird species have been recorded including the Eungella Honeyeater, Wompoo Pigeon, Crimson Rosella and Regent Bower Birds. It is also home to the Gastric Brooding Frog and the Orange-sided Skink plus many other rare natives.

Eungella, Mackay Area
Queensland
Australia

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Rainforest Scuba

Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
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Enjoy this world first experience diving in the rainforest in crystal clear waters where platypus live and play. Will you be one of the few in the water with a platypus in natural conditions? You will see at least four breeds of turtles and heaps of fish. You can also dive in the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef amongst the colourful coral and tropical fish. Do your PADI course with elearning from Junior Open Water to Dive Master or hold a Bubble Blowers Birthday party for your eight (or older) year old. They also offer children over eight years of age, a Seal Team course where they can participate in courses and become a junior open water/advanced diver at age 10. Join their not for profit social club and come diving and camping or join them on an overseas trip. Need diving or snorkelling equipment? They have all the gear you need. They stock Oceanic, Hollis, Ocean Pro, McNett, Princeton Tec, Air Master all with 100 per cent guarantee full back up, service and free parts for life. Ezypay interest free payment plan available. Can't find what you want? Contact them and they will help.
For anyone needing a weekend escape or if you just appreciate Australian wildlife, Broken River Mountain Resort is a need-to-book for your weekend. With its own restaurant boasting a cosy timber atmosphere, enjoy the very best food Queensland has to offer, with everything locally sourced from farms, rivers and oceans. With spacious cabins to stay in, you can completely relax and forget the hubbub of the city.

Forest Flying

Multiple Locations
From AU$60.00 - 60.00
The Forest Flying eco-tourism experience allows you to view the pristine rainforest of Finch Hatton Gorge from a unique angle. Suspended in your personal harness up to 25 metres above the forest floor, you can glide along the cable through the rainforest canopy. This guided serene and educational experience is unique to Australia. Each tour takes approximately one to one and a half hours. Bookings are essential either by phone or email.

Mackay Highlands Great Walk

Eungella, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Stunning scenery including dense rainforest, deep gorges, steep escarpments and tranquil farming communities make the Mackay Highlands Great Walk a very special experience. The track traverses Eungella National Park, Crediton State Forest, and Homevale Resources Reserve and National Park. Eungella National Park is a nature lover's paradise as it is located close to the boundary between subtropical and tropical rainforest, the area supports species from both vegetation types. Starting at Eungella township, some of the walk's highlights include a magnificent rainforest of red cedar, massive Mackay tulip oak, and groves of piccabeen and Alexandra palms. Views of the Pioneer Valley are a feature from several locations along the walk, and you might even catch a glimpse of a platypus from the cool banks of Broken River. Further along, the track will enter mixed eucalypt forests featuring fragrant lemon-scented gums, bloodwoods, ironbarks, banksias and stunning grasstrees.

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).

Cathu State Forest

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Along the rugged Clarke Range behind the Whitsunday coast, Cathu State Forest offers a quiet retreat for nature lovers. Featuring tall eucalypts, dense rainforest and pine plantations, this forest also provides magnificent views over the Whitsunday coastline. Take binoculars to watch wildlife: more than 100 species of birds, exquisite Ulysses butterflies, whiptail and agile wallabies, and northern quolls. Bushwalk or drive scenic tracks. From Clarke Range lookout, seven kilometres from the camping area, enjoy the views. Picnic or camp beside seasonal Pandanus Creek. Before cycling or horse riding, contact Queensland Parks and Wildlife Mackay. Dogs are permitted on a leash and in daytime only.

Platypus Viewing at Broken River

Eungella, Mackay Area
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Eungella National Park, approximately a one hour drive west of Mackay, is home to the most reliable spot 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. 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

Mackay, Mackay Area
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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.

Finch Hatton War Memorial

Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
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The Pioneer Valley sugar towns of Finch Hatton and Netherdale joined forces for their WWI memorial - the popular Queensland choice, a soldier or 'Digger' statue. It was erected on 19 November 1921, paid for through public subscription at a cost of £200, and honours the lives of 16 local men who did not return. North Queensland monumental masons Melrose and Fenwick produced the sandstone memorial, the life-sized soldier, head bowed, a tree trunk supporting his feet. Not often seen in other states, Queenslanders liked the Digger statue, seeing it as personifying the enduring qualities of their 'boys': youth, loyalty, innocence, courage and masculinity. It's thought that the Finch Hatton war memorial was never officially unveiled. The names of seven locals who died in WWII have been added.

Broken River

Eungella, Mackay Area
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Visit Broken River in Eungella National Park for one of the best spots in Australia to see a platypus in its natural environment. The platypus is most active during dusk and dawn or cloudy and overcast days, from the viewing platform or under the traffic bridge. Be sure to call into the Information Centre at Broken River for more information about the platypus and National Park. Four of the nine walking trails can be accessed from Broken River and they all differ in difficulty and distance to suit all abilities. National park camping is available at Fern Flat opposite Broken River. Camping permits are required prior to arrival and can be made online or call.
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