Mackay Region Drive

Multiple Locations

Boasting 31 beaches, one for every day of the month, ancient reefs teeming with life off untouched Great Barrier Reef islands, a lush tropical rainforest and rugged golden hinterland, Mackay is a gem in the Queensland tourism tale.

Enjoy the year-round, near perfect climate, which blends a laid-back lifestyle with a cosmopolitan culture. Wander the city streets for a taste of the historic architecture of Mackay or head to Artspace Mackay for one of Queensland's finest regional galleries.

Drive out to the Marina for some fresh seafood and ocean breezes, or visit the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. Cool off at the Bluewater Lagoon or walk the riverside Bluewater Trail.

Journey Details

Duration
24 Hours
Distance
36 Kilometres

Other Information

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Full Itinerary

Mackay Marina to Eimeo Hotel

The Marina Precinct boasts an array of restaurants, bars and shops, as well as the luxury Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina.

A short stroll from the Marina precinct is Harbour Beach, lush parks with barbecue facilities and a thriving Yacht Club, where on weekends you can join in the fun of social sailing. Harbour Beach is also a favourite fishing spot with the locals who catch jew, mackerel, trevally, bream and tuna here. Picturesque and patrolled Eimeo Beach is popular with locals, beach goers and anglers.

After spending some time at Eimeo Beach, head to the Eimeo Pacific Hotel on the cliff top for a cool drink or meal. Overlooking Eimeo Beach, the Coral Sea and islands, it's known as the pub which serves "lunch with the million-dollar view". Owned by the same family for more than 70 years, patrons have the best views in town overlooking Brampton, Keswick and St Bees islands.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Car
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Mackay Orchid House to Mackay Marina

Relax and enjoy the beautiful Orchid House, intricately placed in the historic Queens Park gardens, boasting a broad collection of unique and exquisite orchids. The Orchid House is one of the largest and finest orchid display houses in Australia. Built in 1988, the orchids are displayed in a natural type-setting around circular walkways. Stroll through the large collection of stunning orchids in all shapes and sizes, from the bizarre to exotic looking.

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Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens to Bluewater Lagoon

Enjoy a walk through to the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, followed by a bite to eat at the Lagoons Gallery and Cafe. Located at the southern entrance to the city, the gardens are a showcase of the Central Queensland bio-region.

You'll see spectacular themed gardens, wetland species and wildlife habitats. The Gardens offer free guided tours for visitors to explore the peaceful surrounds of one of Australia's most innovative botanic gardens.

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Artspace Mackay to Mackay Orchid House

Housed in a quirky, modern building, Artspace Mackay is a regional art gallery and museum operated by the Mackay Regional Council. Enjoy local arts, heritage, and an ever-changing program of international-standard visual arts and social history exhibitions. While you're there, grab a gourmet treat at Foodspace Cafe.

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Bluewater Lagoon to Artspace Mackay

Comprising three tiered lagoons, the Bluewater Lagoon is a free family-friendly leisure facility overlooking the picturesque Pioneer River in the heart of Mackay's city centre. Covering an area equivalent to three 50-metre swimming pools, Bluewater Lagoon provides a safe year round stinger-free swimming environment.

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The Burnett Circle

Multiple Locations
This is the stuff Australian landscape paintings are made of. With craggy mountain ranges, bottle and grass trees, waterways, picturesque picnic spots, untouched vast stretches of land and blue sky as far as the eye can see, this is the Burnett Circle.

Military and Memorabilia Museum

Childers, Bundaberg Area
From AU$5 - 5
The Military and Memorabilia Museum is "unquestionably one of the best displays of military memorabilia outside the Canberra war memorial" as was the 'wrap' placed on the collections at the Military and Memorabilia Museum by the judges when Childers won Queensland's Best Heritage Town in 2010.

Bundaberg Country Weekend Drive

Multiple Locations
Wind your way out of delicious Bundaberg and through the colourful countryside to towns where the names roll around your tongue like Biggenden, Gayndah, Mundubbera before you end in charming Childers. This journey measures some 350 kilometres long and lends itself to a leisurely weekend drive full of country pastures, ranges, bush walks, history and heritage.

Gin Gin Day Trip

Multiple Locations
This historical town, about 50 kilometres from Bundaberg, is peppered with trees, flowers and picnic beaches and is renowned as an international fishing destination with nearby Lake Monduran. This delightful drive route takes in the Mystery Craters near South Kolan and explores Lake Monduran before heading on to Gin Gin, Goodnight Scrub National Park, and Wallaville.

Coongarra Rock

Biggenden, North Burnett Area
Free Entry
For Four Wheel Drive enthusiasts, Coongarra Rock and Falls provide an opportunity to explore rocky outcrops, caves, rock pools and natural vegetation. It is possible to climb the rock but should only be attempted by fit and experienced bushwalkers.

Brooweena War Memorial

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Brooweena War Memorial, found in the Woocoo Historical Museum's grounds, has a one-off soldier statue erected by the residents in late 1922. The origin and designer of this soldier statue is unclear, although produced by Maryborough monumental masonry firm FW Webb.

Apple Tree Creek War Memorial

Apple Tree Creek, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Australia's participation in WWI had an immense impact on the population. Almost one in five men who went to fight, died. That was certainly the experience in the Wide Bay's tiny farming community of Apple Tree Creek.
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