One of Queensland’s most ecologically diverse spots, a visit to Pioneer Valley is both an exciting adventure and an escape to tranquility only an hour west of Mackay.
Eungella National Park, sitting high above the surrounding plains, is a mist-shrouded and forest-clad mountain refuge harbouring diverse plants and wildlife.
Follow walking tracks ranging from 30 minute easy walks to half day and day walks and enjoy spectacular views down the Pioneer Valley, along with rainforest gullies and river pools.
Enjoy a picnic at Broken River and then wander along the banks watching the platypus in the gently-flowing water. Camp overnight in a tranquil river-side camping area.
Explore the far reaches of the park along the 56 kilometre Mackay Highlands Great Walk.
Waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations make Finch Hatton Gorge a must do for the avid adventurer.
There are many walking tracks which weave through sub-tropical rainforest to hidden waterfalls. One of the most popular trails starts at the Finch Hatton picnic area and takes you on a 1.6 kilometre journey to the beautiful Araluen waterfall.
The granite boulders and surrounding vegetation make this an ideal place to take in the scenery. Take a refreshing dip in one of the nearby rock pools, a cooling haven favoured by locals in summer.
Or, change the pace, with a zipline 25 metres above the rainforest canopy or slide into a swimming hole on the forest floor below.