The Mining Trail

Mackay, Mackay Area

Tracing the passage of coal from Queensland's Bowen Basin mines, to the port of export to overseas customers, those with an interest in resources and minerals will enjoy The Heritage and Mining Trail of the Mackay region.

A tourist route less travelled, the journey will introduce you to wide, beautiful landscapes, historic towns, vibrant mining communities, impressive man-made works, and the friendly folk of our prosperous hinterland. You're urged to take a few days to discover and enjoy this very special part of Australia.

Journey Details

2 Days
Itinerary Type
One Way
Mode of Travel
418 Kilometres
Itinerary Route
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 2: Suitable for families with young children


  • Animal Viewing
  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Fishing - Estuary
  • Fossicking
  • Lessons/Tutorials
  • Off Road Driving
320 Nebo Road
Mackay, Mackay Area

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  • Free WiFi
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.

Central Tourist Park

North Mackay, Mackay Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$75.00 - 75.00
Located approximately two kilometres from the Mackay City heart, The Central Tourist Park offers budget accommodation from van and camp sites with campers kitchen, through to self contained air conditioned villas. Van and tent sites are offered at discount rates for weekly stays. All villas have parking adjacent to each unit. Free wi-fi is also provided, along with their 80 foot pool surrounded by swaying palms and free barbecues. The park is situated within walking distance to nearby shops which include a supermarket, post office, bakery, service station, butcher, Subway, newsagency, doctors and pizza. Situated on an historical land site, the Central Tourist Park is your home away from home.

Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina

Mackay Harbour, Mackay Area
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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
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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
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From AU$30.00 - 150.00
BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park is situated two kilometres from Mackay Harbour Precinct and only four kilometres from the city centre. There's a good 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 the air conditioned Villas and watch the children play on the Jumping Pillow, or in the new water splash park, or just relax in the clear saltwater pool. All of the cabin accommodation is new or newly refurbished and a new waterpark complex, mini golf and tyre maze has been installed recently.

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.

Coral Cay Resort Motor Inn

Mackay, Mackay Area
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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 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.

La Solana Holiday Units

Blacks Beach, Mackay Area
  • Free WiFi
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.

Cool Palms Motel Mackay

Mackay, Mackay Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$79.00 - 119.00
Cool Palms Motel is the closest motel on the strip to Mackay city centre. Not only is it centrally located but it's also the best value too. All rooms are air conditioned and come with ensuite, fridge, microwave, tea and coffee making facilities, free Wi Fi and Foxtel. There are standard, self contained and family rooms to choose from and some rooms are fitted for disabled access. The beautifully landscaped pool area comes complete with a covered barbecue area which is perfect for making the most of Mackay's ideal climate. This motel has covered, off street parking, a laundry service and you can even get breakfast delivered to your door. Why not book your next stay at Cool Palms Motel, Mackay? It's just what you need.
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