Mackay | Things To See and Do

You’ll find nature at its best in the Mackay region. Walk through misty mountains in a national park, see wallabies on the beach at Cape Hillsborough, spot a platypus in the rainforest or charter a boat and reel in a trophy fish just offshore.

Unspoiled Nature

Behold the point where rainforest meets ocean in the rugged Cape Hillsborough National Park, swim in crystal-clear rock pools at Finch Hatton Gorge and search for the elusive platypus in the rivers of the Eungella National Park. On the water, spot dugongs in the designated sanctuary at Clairview or snorkel right from the beach on Keswick Island, one of the southernmost of the Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef. 

Fishing

A Net Free Fishing Zone runs from Cape Hillsborough to St Helens, meaning commercial fishing is banned, making it ideal for recreational anglers. Fish right on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, hook up a monster on a deep-sea expedition or troll around one of the islands just offshore. Inland, head for estuaries or dams in search of freshwater fish. 

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Sun, Surf and Sand - Blissful Beaches in Mackay

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Blessed with an abundance of breathtaking tropical shoreline, Mackay’s Northern Beaches are the perfect day-trip destination to soak up the sun, surf and sand. The Northern Beaches feature beautiful stretches of golden sand and warm waters to enjoy a dip in the ocean.

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.

Beachfront Bliss

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The Mackay Region is home to some of the most spectacular coastal waters in Queensland. From the glistening shores of the Serenity Coast to the rugged rainforest retreats on the Hibiscus Coast, there is enough sand and space to treat submerge yourselves into Mackay's picturesque landscapes and create everlasting memories.

Drive Electric - Queensland's Electric Super Highway

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Drive into the future in an electric vehicle (EV), using the world’s longest EV charging network in a single state! The Queensland Electric Super Highway (QESH) stretches from Coolangatta to Cairns and from Brisbane to Toowoomba, enabling Queenslanders and tourists to visit the amazing natural assets and lively regional communities in an EV.

Mackay Region Drive

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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.

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.

48 hours in Cape Hillsborough and The Hibiscus Coast

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For a holiday that will immerse you in all kinds of nature, explore what lies to the north of the sugar cane capital with an overnight escape to Cape Hillsborough. Less than 50 kilometres north of the Mackay city centre, you'll find an ancient volcanic landscape, untouched beaches and 1012 hectares of national park that make up Cape Hillsborough.

The Heritage and Mining Trail

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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.

Alligator Falls Track, Bowling Green Bay National Park

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In the Mount Elliot section of Bowling Green Bay National Park, Alligator Creek flows through the landscape in a series of cascades, deep pools and waterfalls. The Alligator Falls track starts from the southern end of the Alligator Creek day-use area.

Bushwalking on Keswick Island

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Keswick Island has many trails along which you can walk to explore the island. Trails wind through tropical vegetation, up hilly climbs that reward you with spectacular views, or along sandy beaches and fringing reef at low tide.
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