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Mackay Region

A world of discovery is illuminated with the dawn of each new day, from the glistening sand of one of Mackay's untouched beaches, to the raw outback beauty of the Isaac District.

The Mackay Region has so much to those wanting 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. largely untouched, the Mackay Region offers a unique holiday experience that is a natural and diverse escape from the crowds.

Located midway between Brisbane and Cairns, the Mackay Region coastline stretches 200 kilometres from St Lawrence in the south to Midge Point in the north, as well as inland west 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 vivacious 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 Seaforth and outback communities such as Clermont and Nebo.

Stroll superb golden beaches, take a fishing charter to the Great Barrier Reef or discover the spectacular inner islands, such as Keswick Island.

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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.

Grasstree Beach

Grasstree Beach, Mackay Area
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Grasstree Beach is one of the most picturesque and beautiful beaches in the Mackay Region, located within a 15 minute drive from Sarina. Nestled in sheltered Zelma Bay, the shallow beach is a popular swimming destination, although it is not patrolled.

Sarina Beach

Sarina, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Sweeping golden sand, gentle crashing waves and a popular location for nesting turtles is what makes Sarina Beach a hot-spot for visitors and locals alike. Only a few minutes from the town of Sarina, this beautiful beach is fringed by an esplanade park with barbecue and picnic facilities.

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.

Lake Elphinstone

Nebo, Isaac Area
Free Entry
Lake Elphinstone is a natural lake which once supported the town of Elphinstone - long since disbanded. The lake is located within the Nebo Shire, approximately 92 kilometres west of Mackay, and can be accessed via the Sutter Developmental Road on your way to Glenden.

Serenity Coast, The

Sarina, Mackay Area
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Take an opportunity to explore a relatively unspoiled area that has retained much of its original historic charm while having developed into a thriving business area. Collectively known as the Serenity Coast, the townships that stretch from Hay Point to St Lawrence enjoy a selection of beautiful beaches and prime fishing locations.

Sarina

Sarina, Mackay Area
Located at the foothills of the Connors Range south of Mackay, Sarina's town centre is a blend of natural country charm, while having developed into a thriving business area. Enjoy the friendly hospitality, beautiful beaches, prime fishing and prawning available nearby.
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