Drives


The Mackay Region offers incredible scenery, picturesque drives and lesser-known trails leading you into natural wonders and wildlife habitats. And, you don’t need to be an expert off-roader to explore these changing landscapes.
  • Start your day with a short drive north to Cape Hillsborough where you can admire a beach sunrise. Get there early enough to watch wallabies graze along the sand. Bring your rod and try and catch breakfast - Cape Hillsborough is a popular fishing spot amongst the locals.
  • Got the kids in tow? Head into the hinterland to Eungella National Park and give them the chance to spot the iconic platypus. While they’re exploring, you can enjoy the amazing views.
  • When the day heats up, take a drive to Finch Hatton Gorge and cool off in the waterholes scattered amongst the rainforest.
  • If you’re an avid birdwatcher, pack your camera and drive south to St Lawrence Wetlands. Over 92 bird species have been recorded in the area.
  • Go for gold along the Mining Trail and visit heritage-listed pubs to remnants of abandoned gold mining towns. Discover Queensland’s mining history and be surprised by scenic vistas along the way.
From sunrise to sunset, you can explore the Mackay region and all its natural wonders.

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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.

Pacific Coast Way - Mackay to St Lawrence

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Experience four wheel drive adventures, a coral reef teeming with marine life, beautiful beaches and great camping when you travel the Pacific Coast Way between Mackay and Clairview. This stretch of coast is largely untouched.

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.

Adrenalin Rush - Mackay Itinerary

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If blood-pumping excitement and a hit of adrenalin is what you seek, you're bound to get your adventure fix while visiting the Mackay region! From diving shipwrecks to wake-boarding, flying through the treetops of a rainforest, four wheel driving to riding on horseback.

Mackay to Sarina

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Take a day to discover Sarina and the Isaac Coast, the townships which comprise the Sarina area, south of Mackay. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, coastal panorama lookouts and scenic mountain ranges, visit one of the world's biggest coal terminals right here in Queensland and get a taste of the region's sugar industry.

The Sweetest Journey, Sugar Trail

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Mackay was barely two years old when the first sugar cane was grown in Queensland and it didn't take long to realise that the fertile river plains of the Pioneer Valley were potential sugar growing fields.

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.

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.

Blissful Northern Beaches

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A selection of the Mackay region's most popular beaches can be found dotted throughout Mackay's Northern Beaches. Serene beachside communities with enviable coastlines and carefree lifestyles. Sublime sandy shores, sparkling blue water and the fact that these beaches are usually quiet are what attracts visitors to experience the peaceful nature of these communities.

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.
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