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The Mining Trail

Mackay, Mackay Area

Often the road less travelled is the one which can bring the greatest fortune.

The inland roads of the Bowen Basin create a journey through historical towns, rugged outback mountain ranges, cattle stations and past some of Queensland's largest coal mines.

Begin your journey in the historic town of Clermont and learn how this inland gem has transitioned from devastation to prosperity. Swim in an outback dam, hunt for gold, see the impressive machinery which extracts the region's coal and have a cool ale with a real cowboy.

Follow the coal's journey to the coast and see the scale of the export facility at Hay Point. Keep an eye out for wild kangaroos, camels and emus which are commonly seen in the wide open landscape, and don't forget to catch an outback sunset, where the vibrant orange sky makes way for a dazzling display of stars.

View the impressive Caval Ridge Coal Mine from the Peak Downs Highway during your drive from Clermont to Moranbah. The Isaac Region's newest mine, it was officially opened in 2014 and will initially produce up to 5.5 million tonnes of premium quality metallurgical coal per annum.

Journey Details

Duration
2 Days
Itinerary Type
One Way
Mode of Travel
4x4
Distance
418 Kilometres
Itinerary Route
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
320 Nebo Road
Mackay, Mackay Area
Queensland
Australia

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From AU$20.00 - 79.00
Relax and enjoy the peace and comfort of your own private room or water front caravan site. The park is ideally located on the south side of Mackay, only 10 minutes from Central Business District, five minutes to the airport and five minutes to Paget (Mackay's industrial precinct). The camp kitchen, central bathroom and 24 hour laundromat have undergone extensive renovations and are of a very high standard. Bakers Creek has a reputation for good fishing and is located adjacent to the Black Springs Golf Course, for those who enjoy a hit on weekends. With short term and long term options available, they have a solution to fit your requirements. Rooms are fully equipped with linen, furniture, cooking facilities and cooking equipment. Free Wifi (Mackay), power, gas and water are included in rent. Enjoy a hassle free stay in a relaxing environment, while they take care of all maintenance and general cleaning.

Hay Point Country Bed and Breakfast

Hay Point, Mackay Area
From AU$140.00 - 140.00
Escape to this tropical country retreat located only 25 minutes south of Mackay. Access roads are all sealed - only 10 minutes from the highway. The air-conditioned self-contained unit provides a convenient home-base while you explore the Mackay/Whitsunday region's rainforests, reefs and many other unique tourist attractions. After a day of sightseeing or fishing, unwind with a game of tennis and then cool down in the resort-style pool. You might like to assist with feeding the farm animals or just take a leisurely walk while you absorb the country atmosphere. A full breakfast is included in the tariff and country style evening meals are available with 24 hours notice. The unit has a well-equipped kitchen and the laundry includes a washing machine, iron and ironing board. WIFI is available and they accept Visa and MasterCard.

Central Tourist Park

North Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$30.00 - 75.00
Central Tourist Park Budget Accommodation Centre in the heart of Mackay. Set in a tropical atmosphere with a variety of wild life, just a short drive to the beautiful beaches or a leisurely stroll over the Pioneer River. Ideal base to explore the wonders of Mackay, you can come back to have lunch in their camp kitchen with free barbecues or relax in a fully self contained unit. Stay Central - Your Home Away From Home.

Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina

Mackay Harbour, Mackay Area
From AU$235.00 - 425.00
The Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina is considered as Mackay's premier hotel. Located on the relaxing waterfront setting of the picturesque Mackay Marina, the hotel is only a short drive from Mackay's city centre and 20 minutes from Mackay Airport and is Mackay's only hotel with marina views over the tropical blue waters of the Coral Sea. The hotel provides a selection of high quality accommodation rooms, from Deluxe Studio rooms and 1 Bedroom Apartments through to Executive Suites and Superior Spa suites. All rooms are superbly appointed with all the modern conveniences you would expect to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. Their onsite Latitude 21 Bar and Restaurant provides modern Australian cuisine, room service menu is available daily. The Mackay Marina is also right on the doorstep providing a choice of bars, cafes and restaurants . Harbour Beach is also just a short stroll providing long stretches of golden, sandy beaches. The hotel provides a range of excellent guest services that have built a strong reputation with business travellers and holiday makers.

Mackay Blacks Beach Holiday Park

Blacks Beach, Mackay Area
From AU$30.00 - 190.00
Formerly known as Seawinds Caravan Park, Mackay Blacks Beach Holiday Park guests can relax in a tranquil setting amongst majestic shade trees with absolute beachfront views at Blacks Beach. Recently refurbished and set on five acres with a broad expanse of golden sands and blue seas, Mackay Blacks Beach Holiday Park makes the perfect place to get away from it all. Only minutes to major shopping centres, cinema complexes and sporting facilities. A hotel with bistro dining and other cafes are just two minutes walk away.

The Park

Paget, Mackay Area
From AU$31.00 - 110.00
The Park Mackay is conveniently located off the highway on the south side of Mackay with a short drive to Mackay central business district, airport and beaches. Set on 15 acres with spacious, easy access sites and wide roads, it offers clean amenities and is an ideal base to explore all the attractions the region has to offer including Eungella National Park and Finch Hatton Gorge.

BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$30.00 - 150.00
BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park is situated two kilometres from Mackay Harbour Precinct and only four kilometres for the City Centre. They offer a great range of cabin, caravan and camping accommodation for your family and your furry friends! After a long drive sit on the verandah of one of their new air conditioned Villas and watch the children play on the Jumping Pillow or relax in the clear saltwater pool. All of their cabin accommodation is new or newly refurbished and they have just completed their new waterpark complex and mini golf.

Coral Cay Resort Motor Inn

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$130.00 - 265.00
The Coral Cay Resort comprises of 82 well appointed units (executive, spa and studio suites, as well as two and three bedroom semi self-contained units). All units have broadband access for the business executive and Foxtel television. The majority of the rooms contain an executive workstation and executive chair. Each of the four and a half star suites features at least one 32 inch LCD television, a hair dryer, mini bar, iron and ironing board as well as tea and coffee making facilities. There is ample undercover, off-street car parking for small and large vehicles. For your comfort all of their units are non-smoking.

Shoal Cottage

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$160.00 - 220.00
Shoal Cottage is an absolute beach front property. Walk from the front of the house straight to the beach. It is situated beside huge melaleuca trees which are home to many species of birds. There are three bedrooms. Two have a queen bed and the third has two single beds. There is a well equipped kitchen and an outdoor barbecue. There is a boat ramp close by suitable to launch small boats. It is just a short boat trip to a creek for fishing and crabbing. The beach is ideal for walking, with low tide revealing a small reef in easy walking distance. A four kilometre drive away is a small shopping centre with a Foodworks, butcher, chemist, bottleshop, newsagent and gym.

La Solana Holiday Units

Blacks Beach, Mackay Area
From AU$99.00 - 240.00
Located in the heart of Blacks Beach, Mackay, La Solana Holiday Units offer self contained, self catering holiday apartments in a variety of styles including studios (motel style with kitchenette) or their spacious two and three bedroom styles with choice of ground floor or first floor. All linen is provided and the holiday apartments are serviced weekly. They offer free undercover parking and free wifi to their guests. It's just a half a minute walk to beautiful Blacks Beach where you can stroll what feels like forever on the endless stretch of sand, or throw the fishing line in. Or you may just opt to relax and enjoy the pool and tennis court facilities within the complex. They welcome visitors from one night to six months. La Solana is a small complex ensuring peace and quiet and a relaxing stay yet they are just 15 minutes from the Mackay Central Business District. Let them help plan your day trips with their extensive range of day tour information.
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