City Culture Trail

Multiple Locations

The prosperity and pioneering heritage of Mackay is reflected within the City Centre, a collection of beautifully preserved buildings and art, which give an insight into the region's turbulent past. This journey can be completed on foot or by bicycle if desired and will showcase a range of Mackay's cultural treasures.

Journey Details

Duration
24 Hours
Distance
9.5 Kilometres

Activities

  • Cycling

Other Information

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

Full Itinerary

Bluewater Quay Heritage Walk

Begin your journey on Bluewater Quay and stroll the waterfront. Discover the impressive public art, a showcase of the pioneering history and current industry sectors of Mackay. The heritage-listed Leichhardt Tree can be discovered in this area.

Join Mackay Visitor Information Centre volunteers on the Heritage Walk, a guided stroll through Mackay's Central Business District to view architecturally impressive buildings, many from the 1930's Art Deco era (tours run on Wednesdays and Thursdays between May and September). This walk can also be done as a self-guided expedition.

The 90-minute walk includes historic structures that are listed with the National Trust, including the Mackay Court House.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Walk
Route Type Circuit
Bluewater Quay, Jubilee Park, Mackay Cemetery and Fine Dining in the City

Rest and take in beautiful blue-water views from a café, restaurant or bar overlooking the picturesque Pioneer River, before continuing your exploration past old warehouses on River Street, where local art can be discovered in a grass-roots art gallery.

Meander across town to Jubilee Park for a cultural feast. View impressive and inspirational artwork at Artspace, take a quiet moment at the regional library, or visit the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre for the chance to book tickets to see a world-class show.

For an insight into the lives of Mackay's early pioneers, a self-guided cemetery walk can be taken at Mackay Cemetery.

The cemetery heritage walk brochure can be found at Mackay Regional Council, or the Mackay Visitor Information Centre on Nebo Road. The informative brochure guides you past some of Mackay's earliest and most historic headstones, while also giving insight into the life they lived.

Complete your cultural indulgence with an elegant dinner at one of Mackay's top-rated, fine-dining establishments, in the heart of the Cental Business District.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Walk
Route Type One Way

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Musgrave Dropoff

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
On the southern side of Lady Musgrave Island the reef edge drops from 10 metres to 25 metres and forms an amazing wall of coral. Often simply called Musgrave Dropoff, this extensive wall is rarely dived, but you can jump in anywhere along its length and have a great dive.

Maori Wrasse Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Maori Wrasse Bommie off Lady Elliot Island is named after the family of Maori wrasse that call the area home. The site is located 14 to 18 metres beneath the surface and is ideal for intermediate divers looking to explore – reef sharks can often be spotted patrolling the reef wall and arches near the bommie, and just north of the wall is Spiders Ledge, named for the number of shells that decorate the outcrop.

Spiders Ledge

Lady Elliot Island,
Spiders Ledge is a good place to see sharks at Lady Elliot Island. The reef at this site slopes from 8 metres to 25 metres and is cut by a series of gutters and ledges. Pretty corals and abundant reef fish are found at the site, as are turtles and schools of pelagic fish.

Three Pyramids

Lady Elliot Island,
The Three Pyramids is a collection of three coral bommies on the sheltered western side of Lady Elliot Island. Rising from the sand in depths from 20m, these coral heads attract a great variety of marine life, with each one home to a good population of reef fish and invertebrates.

Musgrave Channel

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
For those after a fast-paced drift dive at Lady Musgrave Island then try a dive through the Musgrave Channel. Best done on the incoming tide, so you end up in the lagoon, this channel is a sensational dive and only 13 metres deep.

Anchor Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Lady Elliot Island has many wonderful dive sites, but one of its most impressive is Anchor Bommie. This tower of coral sits on the sandy sea floor at 21 metres and stands 10 metres tall, a very imposing sight.

Lighthouse Bommies Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Just off the western side of Lady Elliot Island is a group of small coral outcrops known as Lighthouse Bommies. Descend down the mooring line and drift onto the bommies to discover a vast array of marine life - batfish, stingrays, white-spotted shovelnose rays, green and loggerhead turtles, sea snakes, moray eels, coral trout, reef sharks, trevally, barracuda, and manta rays waiting to be groomed by cleaner wrasse.

Entrance Bommie Dive Site

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Located at the entrance to Lady Musgrave Island lagoon, Entrance Bommie is a large blade of coral sitting in 22 metres of water. This elongated bommie is riddled with ledges and caves, which are usually overflowing with baitfish.

Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Where else in the Great Barrier Reef can you walk less than 100 metres out of your door and slip on a snorkel, mask and flippers and be immersed in one of the seven wonders of the natural world? Lady Elliot Island is the Southernmost island on the Great Barrier Reef and is home to nesting turtles, manta rays, migrating whales, resident and visiting bird populations among the natural and abundant reef life.

Severance Shipwreck Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Quite a few ships have come to grief on the fringing reef around Lady Elliot Island, but only one of these can be dived, that is the Severance. This fully intact yacht sank in 1998 and still has much of its rigging in place that is now covered in glorious soft corals.
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