Pioneer Valley and Eungella

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.

Things to do at Eungella National Park

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.

Things to do at Finch Hatton Gorge 

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.

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Broken River Mountain Resort

Eungella, Mackay Area
From AU$140 - 280
Spend the night with a platypus. Broken River Mountain Resort is an Eco-tourism establishment based at Eungella National Park in the hinterland of the Whitsundays and about 85 kilometres west from Mackay and is accessible on a sealed road.

The Feathered Nest - Luxury Wildlife Retreat

Kuttabul, Mackay Area
From AU$360 - 580
The Feathered Nest - Luxury Wildlife Retreat is a luxury retreat in the heart of the Mackay / Whitsunday region. Nestled in a countryside setting, The Feathered Nest's modern, architecturally designed eco retreats are the perfect destination for a romantic get away, special occasion or mid week break.

Finch Hatton Gorge Cabins

Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
From AU$155 - 155
Experience a restful change in natural lowland riverine rainforest. Finch Hatton Gorge Cabins is in a secluded valley off Pioneer Valley, 80 kilometres west of Mackay, where you will find deep swimming holes and well maintained walking tracks.

Eungella National Park camping

Eungella, Mackay Area
From AU$6.35 - 25.40
Eungella National Park is a mountain refuge for diverse plants and wildlife. Look out for platypus, eels and turtles from the platform at Broken River. Go spotlighting at night for greater gliders, tawny frogmouths, sugar gliders and brushtail possums.

Eungella Mountain Edge Escape

Eungella, Mackay Area
From AU$120 - 140
Eungella Mountain Edge Escape provides one and two bedroom self contained holiday cabins, perched on the edge of Clarke Range and situated 2,400 feet above sea level! Breathtaking views of the picturesque Pioneer Valley and mountain ranges can be seen from the comfort of each private balcony.

Eungella Chalet

Eungella, Mackay Area
From AU$90 - 150
Come and relax in the newly refurbished Eungella Chalet. The outdoor eating area is enclosed so you can take in the beautiful view of the Pioneer Valley below. You can enjoy the fireplace for the cold evenings and the cool mountain breezes in the summer months.
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