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Mackay Region

The Mackay Region has so much on offer those willing to get off the beaten track and explore. Discover spectacular rainforests and national parks, secluded islands and beaches, coral reefs, genuine country hospitality and historic townships. Relatively undiscovered, the Mackay Region offers a unique holiday experience that is an affordable and diverse escape from the crowds.

Located midway between Brisbane and Cairns, the Mackay Region coastline stretches 200 kilometres north from St Lawrence to Laguna Whitsundays, and inland to the town of Clermont. The region's rich and colourful past is economically founded upon sugar cane, mining, beef and agriculture.

The Mackay Region is becoming popular as a holiday destination for travellers seeking an unspoilt, friendly contrast to more developed destinations. Holiday-maker 'must-sees' include: the palm fringed city centre, set beside the mighty blue Pioneer River; the Pioneer Valley, Finch Hatton Gorge and the famous Eungella National Park. Artspace Mackay - gallery and museum, Regional Botanic Gardens, the impressive Mackay Marina Village, spectacular scenery of Cape Hillsborough National Park. Historic seaside townships such as Sarina and Midge Point, and outback communities such as Clermont and Nebo. There's superb golden beaches, the Great Barrier Reef and local islands such as Brampton and Keswick.

Mackay, Mackay Area
Queensland
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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.

Far Beach

Mackay, Mackay Area
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Far Beach is a popular destination for locals and visitors for late afternoon walks, fishing and watching the impact of Mackay's huge tides, which can go out for miles during peak times. Far Beach is only a five minute drive from Mackay's city heart. Far Beach also offers great views of Flat and Round Top Islands and Dalrymple Bay, the area is also well equipped with playground facilities and shady barbecue and picnic areas. Northern Far Beach between Evans Street and Bridge Road is a designated off-leash dog friendly area. Once the tide has gone out there is plenty of space on the beach for you and your dog to play.

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
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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 one kilometre boardwalk system provides a close view of almost every habitat found in this coastal environment and awe-inspiring wildlife. The walks takes approximately one hour. Please note that there are no refreshments or toilet facilities available on site, with the nearest public facilities at Mackay Marina. Please do not leave behind any rubbish as this is a wildlife area. Drive 15 minutes north of central Mackay towards the Mackay Port along Harbour Road. Turn left on Slade Point Road and once you reach the Melaleuca forest, the entrance to the trail is on the left on Keeleys Road.

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.

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.

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.

Marian

Marian, Mackay Area
Marian is the gateway to the Pioneer Valley and is situated approximately 30 kilometres west of Mackay. This riverside town is home to the region's largest sugar mill; all sugar cane grown in the Valley is now crushed at this mill. The crushing season extends from mid June to November each year. Melba House is the Pioneer Valley’s Visitor Information Centre and also the house in which famous Australian opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba, lived during her time in the area. It is an excellent spot to stop off for local information, check out craft by talented locals and buy local produce like Honey and Dried Mango. Marian is also serviced by a hotel, convenience and takeaway stores, bowls club and a service station.
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