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Applethorpe

Just 10 minutes north of Stanthorpe on the New England Highway, or via the 'Fruit Run' Granite Tourist Drive, is the hamlet of Applethorpe - home of the "orchardists".

Applethorpe was originally named Roessler, however this German title was changed to appease post WW1 sensitivities and as the new name denotes, this area is literally an apple village. For generations Applethorpe has produced almost 100 per cent of all apples in Queensland. It was in Applethorpe that the first public cold store and packing house was established in 1945 with a capacity to store 20000 cases.

It is a worthwhile trip to leave the highway and drive along the 'Fruit Run', remembering that apples and other local fruits will be available for purchase seasonally. The apple season runs from January to June with different varieties ripening throughout this period.

Applethorpe, Southern Downs Area
Queensland
Australia

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Broken River

Eungella, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Located within the cool tranquillity of Eungella National Park, Broken River is touted as one of the best locations in the world to see a rare marsupial in the wild, a platypus. A little over a one hour drive from Mackay, travel through the picturesque Pioneer Valley and climb the mountain range to Eungella township.

Crediton State Forest

Dalrymple Heights, Mackay Area
Free Entry
This park has been impacted by recent severe weather events in Queensland. Please check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions. In Crediton State Forest, dry eucalypt forests contrast with lush pockets of rainforest and dramatic views.

Cathu State Forest

Yalboroo, Mackay Area
Free Entry
This park has been impacted by recent severe weather events in Queensland. Please check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions. Along the rugged Clarke Range behind the Whitsunday coast is Cathu State Forest.

Eungella National Park

Eungella, Mackay Area
Free Entry
This park has been impacted by recent severe weather events in Queensland. Please check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions. Enriched by dense sub-tropical rainforest with peaks shrouded in mist, a trip to Eungella National Park is both an exciting adventure and an escape to tranquillity.

Platypus Viewing at Broken River

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

Pandanus Creek Track

Proserpine, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
This park has been impacted by recent severe weather events in Queensland. Please check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions. Along the rugged Clarke Range behind the Whitsunday coast lies Cathu State Forest.

Teemburra Dam

Pinnacle, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Located in the picturesque Pioneer Valley, Teemburra Dam is approximately 50 kilometres west of Mackay City on a fully sealed road. The dam is a nature-lover's paradise. Made up of a mass of inlets and coves, it is easy to become entranced with the birds, fish and platypus which inhabit the area.

Mia Mia State Forest

Eungella, Mackay Area
Free Entry
This park has been impacted by recent severe weather events in Queensland. Please check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions. 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.

Eungella Dam

Eungella, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Eungella Dam is 120 kilometres west of Mackay and is one of Queensland's more established freshwater fisheries. Eungella Dam was constructed in 1969 to meet the requirements of a thermal power station at Collinsville and the town water supply of Collinsville and Scottsville.

Finch Hatton Gorge

Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
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A wonderful landscape of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations make Finch Hatton Gorge a must-see attraction. There are many walking tracks which weave through sub-tropical rainforest.
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