Pioneer Valley and Eungella National Park, The

Multiple Locations

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.

Travel through the lush lowlands of the Pioneer Valley, surrounded by sugar cane, stop in at Platypus Beach just after Mirani or visit the beautiful Finch Hatton Gorge. Scuba dive with the platypus, fly among rainforest canopy on a zipwire or take a stroll to one of Finch Hatton's waterfalls, before driving up the range to Eungella.

See a diverse range of flora and fauna on a rainforest walk and experience breathtaking views of the Pioneer Valley, truly spectacular at sunrise and sunset. Travel to Broken River for the chance to see a platypus in the wild. Eungella National Park can be experienced as a day trip, or extend your visit to enjoy warm hospitality from one of the rainforest's many accommodation and dining establishments.

Journey Details

Duration
24 Hours
Distance
131.2 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking/Trekking
  • Swimming

Other Information

Accessibility:

Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.

Family Friendly:

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

Full Itinerary

Pinnacle Pub to Finch Hatton Gorge

Travel along the Mackay-Eungella Road, taking in views of the rolling hills and sugar cane fields.

Finch Hatton Gorge is in the foothills of the Eungella Range and has excellent rainforest walking trails that take you to the Araluen and Wheel of Fire waterfalls where you can take a refreshing dip in the deep natural swimming holes. The River Rock Cafe in Finch Hatton Gorge is great for a casual lunch to refuel for bushwalks and swimming.

Take part in a world-first experience where you can dive in platypus waters at Rainforest Scuba or fly high above the rainforest canopy on a zipline with Forest Flying.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Coaster, Four Wheel Drive, Motorcycle
Distance 16 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Finch Hatton Gorge to Eungella National Park Walks

Eungella National Park provides a lush, cool environment in which to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Covering over 51,700 hectares of rugged land, the walking tracks lead to varying mixes of tropical and temperate rainforest.

Camp at Fern Flat (walk-in) or Crediton Hall, or along various points on the Mackay Highlands Great Walk.

Spot the platypus at various locations along the Valley, but most commonly at early morning or late afternoon from the viewing platform at Broken River.

With a ducklike snout, the platypus feeds on freshwater molluscs, crustaceans and other small invertebrates.

Broken River Information Centre is located beside the Platypus Lodge Restaurant and Cafe, and is a great spot to get valuable information while enjoying a bite to eat within the rainforest.

Eungella National Park is also home to 225 species of birds and over 860 plants.

The Eungella markets are a great local market with a variety of stalls. Held the first Sunday of each month at the Eungella Hall, North Street from 9am to 1pm.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Four Wheel Drive
Distance 34 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Nebo Road VIC to Melba House VIC

Follow the Peak Downs Highway and turn right on to Mackay-Eungella Road. The Melba House is on the right, just past the township of Marian.

Originally the home of Dame Nellie Melba, Melba House dates back to 1882. It was moved twice and now stands in Edward Lloyd Park at Marian, overlooking the Pioneer River.

The house contains a selection of Melba memorabilia, handicrafts for sale, as well as offering the full services of a Visitor Information Centre. Staff will be delighted to provide helpful friendly advice and bookings. You can also purchase your fishing and camping permits here.

The Marian markets are held on the third Sunday of the month, 8am to 12pm at the Catholic Church Grounds on Anzac Avenue, Marian.

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Mode of Travel 4x4, Bicycle, Bus, Car, Caravan, Coach, Coaster, Four Wheel Drive, Minibus, Motorcycle, Mountain Bike
Distance 24 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Melba House VIC to Kinchant Dam

The region is home to three spectacular impoundments - Eungella, Teemburra and Kinchant Dams, each well-stocked with barramundi, sooty grunter, and sleepy cod.

Popular for water-skiing and other water sports, these dams can be enjoyed as family holiday locations for camping, picnicking and recreational pursuits.

Fishing permits are required and may be purchased at the accredited Visitor Information Centres. Water-skiing and camping are not permitted at Teemburra Dam.

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Distance 16.2 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Kinchant Dam to Pinnacle Pub

On your way out to Eungella National Park, try a pie at the famous Pinnacle Pub or enjoy a taste of Italy in the sugar cane with the The Church Cafe next door.

In most of the towns along the way there are plenty of country pubs offering genuine country hospitality.

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Mode of Travel 4x4, Bus, Car, Caravan, Coach, Four Wheel Drive
Distance 25.6 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children

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Walkerston

Walkerston, Mackay Area
Walkerston is situated approximately 10 kilometres west of Mackay on the Peak Downs Highway, a small country town with an array of facilities and services, including a supermarket, bakery and pub. A key attraction in the area is the Historic Greenmount Homestead.

Edward Lloyd Park, Marian

Marian, Mackay Area
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Named for the Clerk (1921 to 1954) of the former Mirani Shire, Edward Lloyd, who was instrumental in preserving and maintaining parkland in the Shire, the park recently had a major make-over by Mackay Regional Council.

Pioneer Valley, The

Eungella, Mackay Area
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A wonderland of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations contrast against a tapestry of sugar cane fields as you head through The Pioneer Valley and Eungella National Park. Apart from being one of the richest sugar cane growing areas in Australia, this valley is by far one of the most picturesque in Australia, encompassing many rural townships where warm hospitality and delicious food can be enjoyed.

Eimeo

Eimeo, Mackay Area
Eimeo Beach is sheltered and picturesque, a popular choice for swimming. During the summer months the beach is patrolled by lifeguards. The soft sand is paralleled by an esplanade park with a children's playground and barbecue facilities, the perfect location for a pretty beachside picnic.

Mackay Region

Mackay, Mackay Area
A world of discovery is illuminated with the dawn of each new day, from the glistening sand of one of Mackay's untouched beaches, to the raw outback beauty of the Isaac District. The Mackay Region has so much to offer those wanting to get off the beaten track and explore.

Blacks Beach

Blacks Beach, Mackay Area
Blacks Beach is located just 15 minutes' drive from the centre of Mackay. It's the longest of Mackay's northern beaches, and a great place to base yourself as you explore what this balmy North Queensland destination has to offer.

Dolphin Heads

Dolphin Heads, Mackay Area
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A beautiful part of Mackay's Northern Beaches, Dolphin Heads is a rocky and sandy headland, popular with photography enthusiasts. It can be reached by car within 15 minutes from Mackay's Central Business District.

Gooseponds, North Mackay

Mackay, Mackay Area
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The Gooseponds in North Mackay are a combination of popular walking tracks around a large central wetland lagoon, an initiative of Mackay Regional Council's 10,000 steps program. There are also a number of exercise stations along the walk giving fitness fanatics a varied workout.

Bakers Creek

Bakers Creek, Mackay Area
Bakers Creek is a small town, seven kilometres south of Mackay. The creek itself is home to some of Mackay's best fishing opportunities, however anglers are advised to stay alert as the creek is also home to wild crocodiles.

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.
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