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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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.

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.

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:

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".

Lake Elphinstone

Nebo, Isaac Area
Free Entry
Lake Elphinstone is a natural lake within Nebo Shire. Water skiing is allowed in one section of the lake when water height allows. The lake attracts an abundance of birdlife making bird watching a popular activity with visitors.

Platypus Lodge Restaurant and Cafe

Broken River, Mackay Area
Platypus Lodge Restaurant and Cafe is run by Austrian, yes not Australian, amiable chef owner Oskar, in the cool mountain tranquillity of Eungella National Park - Broken River section next to the Information Centre, about 80 kilometres west of Mackay.

Diversity Boardwalk

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
Meander through Melaleuca woodland, a mangrove community, open eucalypt forest and vine thicket. The diversity of the unique flora that forms to create the natural paradise of Cape Hillsborough National Park is represented along the popular Diversity Boardwalk.

Slade Point

Mackay, Mackay Area
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Slade Point is a short five minute drive from Mackay Harbour, and is one of the few locations in the region where you can enjoy both a stunning sunrise and sublime sunset. Slade Point Reserve lies at Lamberts Beach, stretching 73 hectares and conserving one of the last remaining areas of coastal dunes and paperbark wetlands in the Mackay region.

How to Holiday on The Hibiscus Coast with your Family

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Above all else, the Hibiscus Coast is a great spot to play I-spy. A big call considering the coast is home to a national park 1012 hectares in size, the site of Australia's youngest volcano and some seriously secluded beaches.

Wallabies on the Beach at Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
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Cape Hillsborough National Park, approximately 45 minutes north of Mackay, is where you'll find rainforest meets the shoreline, volcanic headlands, eucalypt forests home to koalas and kookaburras and prehistoric rock formations.
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