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Nebo

Nebo has a diverse array of offerings, with significant coal deposits, prime grazing land and crop cultivation. Historical sites in the region include Lake Elphinstone, the Mount Britton Gold Mining site, and the intrepid traveller can find the site where Leichhardt camped as he explored the region in 1845.

In the early 1980's, to celebrate the Shire's Centenary in 1983, a group of locals began the process of gathering many relics of the past and putting them together in a museum collection originally situated in the old Nebo Police Station. Today's relocated museum is a tribute to that effort and to the pioneers of the past and well worth a visit.

The Pioneer Tracks of Queensland Gallery is housed in the Marley Accommodation Centre complex just outside Nebo on the highway. The Gallery houses a photographic collection of the early years of the settlement of the State.

Nebo, Isaac Area
Queensland
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Dugong Sanctuary - Clairview

Clairview, Isaac Area
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In 1997, the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Council established Clairview (a small beach town approximately 1.5 hours south of Mackay) as a dugong sanctuary. Often dugongs can be spotted when they surface to breathe from the shore, or in the water, when in a kayak, boat or other recreational vessel - so keep an eye out for these majestic creatures! Be sure to slow down your vessel in areas dugongs are known to inhabit, don't litter and help us protect these magnificent animals. The fully protected dugong is a large herbivorous mammal which spends its entire life at sea. It has paddle-like forelimbs, no hind limbs or dorsal fin, and its tail is broad and horizontally flattened. Adults grow between 2.5-3.5 metres long and weight about 230-240 kilograms. For more information, visit Isaac Regional Council's web site.

Cape Palmerston National Park

Ilbilbie, Isaac Area
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Cape Palmerston National Park features sandy dunes, unspoilt beaches and rocky headlands, with Mount Funnel towering to 344 metres. Within its 7200 hectare expanse, this park protects a range of plant communities and threatened animals. The false water-mouse lives in the mangroves and beach stone-curlews frequent the shores. Both are considered threatened species. Enjoy nature in this remote, undeveloped park. Scramble up Cape Palmerston for breathtaking views towards the Northumberland Islands and Mount Funnel. Try your luck fishing or crabbing, but remember to be croc wise. Self-sufficient campers can bush camp at Windmill Bay or Cape Creek. Camping fees apply.

Coppabella

Coppabella, Isaac Area
The town of Coppabella is a small community which lies approximately 159 kilometres south-west of Mackay. Recognised for its large mining monument at the entrance of the town, Coppabella was designed to service the junction of two railway lines, one from Goonyella Mine and the other from Saraji Mine. The railway line would then continue on to the sea at Hay Point, Sarina. The Goonyella to Hay Point line was opened on the 5 November 1971 and the Coppabella Railway Station was opened on the same day. The town is wholly owned and operated by Queensland Rail and contains: stations, residences, single-quarters, work depots, hotel, a shop, swimming pool, basketball court, tennis court, football oval, caravan park, school, ambulance, fire brigade and water supply! The town was established in three stages, with the first established in 1971, the second in 1977 and the third in 1984. The population stood at approximately 300 permanent residents and about 30 to 80 that were migratory in 1996 when the town celebrated its 25 year anniversary. Interestingly, the name Coppabella was given by Queensland Railways at the suggestion of the General Manager, Central Division. It is said to be an Aboriginal word meaning “crossing place”.

Grasstree Beach

Mackay, Mackay Area
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Only 15 minutes down the road from Sarina is Grasstree Beach, situated on Zelma Bay. Once you've discovered the spot you'll be hooked. Grasstree Beach has a wonderful climate and is protected by a group of islands. The beach itself is magnificent, and beach walking is a favourite activity. Sarina, with banks, supermarkets and services, is 13 kilometres away. Fishing is a popular pastime, and anglers will find great opportunities for both beach and creek fishing, or even reef fishing if they prefer. The creeks have flathead, whiting and bream, so holiday makers can catch a few good meals during their stay. Boat ramp facilities are available at the creek. Grasstree Beach dates back to the 1880s when gold was found in the hills at the back of the beach.

Sarina

Sarina, Mackay Area
Located at the foothills of the Connors Range south of Mackay, Sarina is a relatively unspoilt area. It has retained much of its natural charm, while having developed into a thriving business area. Enjoy the country hospitality, beautiful beaches, scenic mountain ranges, prime fishing and prawning. Sarina Tourist Art and Craft Information Centre will provide you with friendly local advice. It also carries a host of beautiful locally made arts, crafts and souvenirs. A few of the beachside communities surrounding Sarina include Sarina Beach, Grasstree Beach, Salonika Beach and Freshwater Point. They are popular areas for fishing, prawning, boating and picnicking. There's a range of accommodations with licensed restaurant facilities, takeaways and local convenience stores. Lake Barfield, which adjoins Salonika Beach, is a great place to stop as it is now a bird sanctuary - home to black swans, white herons and egrets. Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminals are the largest coal export facilities in the world with a throughput of 44 million and 68 million tonnes per annum respectively. The administrative building at the Hay Point Coal Terminal operates a viewing platform where the handling and export activity can be viewed.

St Lawrence

St Lawrence, Isaac Area
St Lawrence, south of Mackay, is one of the oldest towns on the coast of Queensland. Interesting sites include the recently refurbished meatworks site and the Centenary Pavilion. There is one General Store, a hotel, post office, bowls club, golf course, swimming pool, library/internet access centre and an arts and craft shop. Campers and caravans enjoy free use of the recreation reserve with access to clean amenities and great fishing and crabbing spots close by. From the sleepy coastal towns of Greenhill and Carmila, to the outback townships of Dysart and Middlemount, there's much to see in the Broadsound Shire. Take a four wheel drive and travel the countryside along the Bicentennial National Trail, starting from the coastal town of St Lawrence. Visit the historical buildings and sites around St Lawrence, enjoy a spot of fishing or play a game of bowls with the locals on Sunday.

Carmila

Carmila, Isaac Area
Carmila is situated approximately 96 kilometres south of Mackay on the Bruce Highway. Carmila offers a 24 hour roadhouse, caravan park, general store, post office and library, and is a major sporting and social centre for the surrounding cane farms. Carmila beach is only six kilometres from the town, with camping facilities including amenities blocks, barbecues, playgrounds and a boat ramp.

Clairview

Clairview, Isaac Area
Clairview is approximately 123 kilometres south of Mackay city. Wet a line at Clairview Beach while sitting back and enjoying the view… you might even see a dugong or two. Clairview is a popular fishing and crabbing village with camping permitted in designated areas and a caravan park with full facilities. During the winter months, local groups sell arts and crafts and offer morning teas and soups.

Eton

Eton, Mackay Area
Eton is situated on the Peak Downs Highway and is approximately 25 kilometres west of Mackay city. This little sugar town has a popular country hotel, lovely catholic church, butcher, general store and showgrounds where the local pony club is regularly seen practising and competing. Just past the township of Eton, you can enjoy country life to the full at Stoney Creek. Go horse trail riding or join a cattle muster, complete with a barbecue lunch including damper and billy tea. Budget and cottage accommodation is also available.

Armstrong Beach

Armstrong Beach, Mackay Area
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Armstrong Beach is a gentle 12 minute drive from the township of Sarina. From Sarina head south along the Bruce Highway and turn left onto Armstrong Beach Road, signposted from the highway. Armstrong Beach is renowned for its fishing and prawning, both of which are best attempted from the beach. A Four Wheel Drive is required to launch a boat from the beach so be prepared for the launch. There is a small community at Armstrong Beach and accommodation is available at the local caravan park. From Armstrong Beach head to Freshwater Point, which is where Captain Cook first landed in 1770 looking for fresh water, hence its name. Armstrong Beach facilities including a picnic area.
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