Mackay | Things To See and Do

You’ll find nature at its best in the Mackay region. Walk through misty mountains in a national park, see wallabies on the beach at Cape Hillsborough, spot a platypus in the rainforest or charter a boat and reel in a trophy fish just offshore.

Unspoiled Nature

Behold the point where rainforest meets ocean in the rugged Cape Hillsborough National Park, swim in crystal-clear rock pools at Finch Hatton Gorge and search for the elusive platypus in the rivers of the Eungella National Park. On the water, spot dugongs in the designated sanctuary at Clairview or snorkel right from the beach on Keswick Island, one of the southernmost of the Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef. 

Fishing

A Net Free Fishing Zone runs from Cape Hillsborough to St Helens, meaning commercial fishing is banned, making it ideal for recreational anglers. Fish right on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, hook up a monster on a deep-sea expedition or troll around one of the islands just offshore. Inland, head for estuaries or dams in search of freshwater fish. 

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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".

Finch Hatton Gorge

Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
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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.

Artspace Mackay

Mackay, Mackay Area
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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:

The Pioneer Valley and Eungella National Park

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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.

Pioneer River, Marian

Marian, Mackay Area
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The Pioneer River, one of the few 'blue water' rivers in Queensland, and its main tributary, Cattle Creek, flow through the heart of the Pioneer Valley, from the Clarke Connors Ranges in the South and West to the Pacific Ocean at Mackay.

Connie Bay on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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At the far north end of Keswick Island, Connie Bay is a secluded beach of sweeping white sand, turquoise water and fringing coral. Connie Bay boasts uninterrupted views towards the northern Whitsunday islands.

Mackay Harbour Beach

Mackay, Mackay Area
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Adjacent to Mackay's multimillion dollar Reef Marina development, popular Harbour Beach is a favourite beach with locals and visitors alike. Only a five minute drive from Mackay's Central Business District, it is home to the Mackay Surf Lifesaver Club and is seasonally patrolled.

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.

Illawong Beach

Mackay, Mackay Area
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A serene and peaceful coastline awaits at Illawong Beach. Kilometres of sandy shoreline as well as off and on dog leash areas make Illawong Beach a popular choice for sunrise strolls. At low tide, the ripples in the sand stretch for kilometres, where small blue soldier crabs can be seen scuttling across the surface.

Whale Watching on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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Humpback Whales can be frequently seen around Keswick Island during their annual migration through the Whitsundays between the months of July to September. Seeing the whales frolicking nearby, or guiding a newborn calf through the protected waters of Egremont Passage, is a truly magical experience.
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