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Bluewater Trail

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See highlights of Mackay along the Bluewater Trail, a shared bicycle and pedestrian walkway which connects art, historic architecture and points of interest with natural beauty.

The Bluewater Trail is approximately 20 kilometres in length, linking key attractions, including the picturesque Mackay Regional Botanical Gardens and the Bluewater Lagoon to Mackay's natural features, the Pioneer River and Town Beach.

A feature along the trail is the inclusion of six public art installations, each uniquely representing a piece of Mackay's history and diversity. The public art can be viewed along Bluewater Quay. More impressive public art can be seen above the bank of the Pioneer River.

The Catherine Freeman walk crosses over the wetland adjacent to the Pioneer River and links Mackay's Central Business District with the Botanical Gardens.

The Sandfly Creek Environmental walk stretches from Bluewater Quay, where another fishing pier can be found, and makes its way across grassland toward the Pioneer River mouth, before turning to head toward Town Beach. This conservation area is popular with bird-watchers.

The Bluewater Trail includes the popular Bluewater Lagoon, a three-tier swimming facility with waterslide. Entry is free and lifeguards monitor the pools.

Journey Details

Duration
0.75 Hours
Distance
3.4 Kilometres

Full Itinerary

The Mackay Regional Botanical Gardens is the beginning of the Bluewater Trail. Here you will find a showcase of beautiful and unique plants native to the Central Queensland coast. There are five culturally themed gardens which you can explore on your own or on a free guided tour.

The Catherine Freeman Walk walk winds along the Pioneer River to the old hospital bridge fishing platform. It is used daily by recreational cyclists, walkers and dog owners.

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Route Details

Route Type
Circuit
Level of Difficulty
Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Mode of Travel
Walk

Continue along the Catherine Freeman Walk towards Bluewater Lagoon. Comprising of there-tiered lagoons it is an important attraction for locals and visitors alike. It is a free, family-friendly leisure facility overlooking the picturesque Pioneer River in the heart of Mackay's City Centre.

This part of the trail is an environmental reserve and is visited seasonally by many important migratory shorebird species. The walkway holds high conversation values in the area and is one of the most significant high tide roost sites for shorebird wader birds in Central Queensland. Visitors are able to learn about the wildlife in the area from one of the many informative signs.

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Route Details

Route Type
Circuit
Level of Difficulty
Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Mode of Travel
Walk

The Iluka Park All Abilities Playground was officially opened in 2010, enabling children of all abilities to enjoy and experience all that the parkland has to offer. The focus is on fun as the playground has plenty of interactive attractions from mazes to sensory platforms, musical instruments, climbing structures, water pumps and much more.

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Route Details

Route Type
Circuit
Level of Difficulty
Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Mode of Travel
Walk

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