The Mackay Region | Things to See and Do

Take advantage of the laid-back lifestyle in Mackay and explore the natural attractions across the region up-close.

  • Cruise off the coast to one of the tropical islands or the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Charter a fishing boat and eat freshly caught fish for dinner.
  • Watch the sunrise while rubbing elbows with resident wallabies at Cape Hillsborough, where the rainforest meets the reef.
  • Hear the wind rustle through the fields of sugar cane heading west from the coast.
  • Walk through clouds in misty, mountainous Eungella or Finch Hatton Gorge and try to spot the elusive platypus.
Between the art deco architecture of the region’s namesake city and the endless variety of Mackay’s nature and wildlife it’s easy to find yourself lost in the surprises that Mackay serves up.

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Pioneer Valley and Eungella National Park, The

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A wonderland of waterfalls, refreshingly cool rainforest and the chance to see a platypus in the wild awaits in Eungella National Park. Australia's longest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest, Eungella, (pronounced young-ge-lah), is a must-see attraction.

Sarina Sugar Shed

Sarina, Mackay Area
There is no greater story in Australia's history than that of Australia's sugar cane industry. This story is ideally showcased, for visitors of all ages, at the Sarina Sugar Shed where you can "take the tour and taste the action".

Artspace Mackay

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Discover the arts and culture of the Mackay region when you visit Artspace Mackay, the regional art gallery and museum in the centre of the city. This architecturally award winning building provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about the people and history of Mackay through the Spirit and Place:

Finch Hatton Gorge

Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
Free Entry
A wonderful landscape of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations make Finch Hatton Gorge a must-see attraction. There are many walking tracks which weave through sub-tropical rainforest.

Forest Flying

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The Forest Flying eco-tourism experience allows you to view the pristine rainforest of Finch Hatton Gorge from a unique angle. Suspended in your personal harness up to 25 metres above the forest floor, you can glide along the cable through the rainforest canopy.

Ulysses Garden Cafe

Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
Ulysses Garden Cafe is an organic garden cafe set in the beautiful lush tropical rainforests of Finch Hatton Gorge, where you can relax and let the world slide by. Treat your ears to the sounds of nature and the amazing unplugged live music.

The Leichhardt Tree

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
After the first supply schooner "Presto" arrived in August 1862 The Leichhardt Tree played a significant part in Mackay's maritime history. As thousands of settlers, ships and cargoes arrived in Mackay the tree was used as an anchor for ships to tie to for access into Mackay.

Lagoons Cafe and Gallery

Mackay, Mackay Area
The Lagoons Gallery is a large premier space for your next dinner presentation, reception or cocktail function with capacity for 40 round table or cocktail style for over 100. A large glass feature wall looks into the rainforest Eungella Cloud Garden and offers glimpses of the Lagoons and surrounding Gardens.

Heritage Walk

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The prosperity and pioneering heritage of Mackay is reflected within the Central Business District, a collection of beautifully preserved buildings and art, which give an insight into the region's diverse history.

The Singapore Shipwreck Dive Site - Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
Free Entry
The Singapore was bound for Sydney from Hong Kong when she struck what is now called 'Singapore Rock' sometime in January 1877. Fortunately, no lives were lost. The Singapore was a 964 ton single screw steamer with a length of 87 metres and a width of 10 metres.
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