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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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

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The Pacific Coast Way links coastal havens, hinterland towns, and major cities all along the east coast, from the Gold Coast to Cairns. The Pacific Coast is a 'big' drive. Take your time: the real journey hides just out of sight, ready to be discovered off the highway.

Outback Heritage and Coal Adventure

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From Mackay’s famous Art Deco architecture, to heritage-listed pubs and the remnants of abandoned gold-mining towns, the Mackay region hosts a treasure-trove of historical destinations. Start your historic journey by joining Mackay Visitor Information Centre volunteers on the Heritage Walk, a guided stroll through Mackay’s central business district to view architecturally impressive buildings, many from the 1930’s Art Deco era.

48 hours in Cape Hillsborough and The Hibiscus Coast

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For a holiday that will immerse you in all kinds of nature, explore what lies to the north of the sugar cane capital with an overnight escape to Cape Hillsborough. Less than 50 kilometres north of the Mackay city centre, you'll find an ancient volcanic landscape, untouched beaches and 1012 hectares of national park that make up Cape Hillsborough.

Cape Hillsborough – A Low Tide Fishing Adventure

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Low tide in Cape Hillsborough often reveals many overlooked land-based fishing spots for visiting anglers. This fishing adventure takes advantage of the low tide and shows you some of Cape Hillsborough’s best tourist attractions.

Queensland Public Gallery Trail

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The Queensland gallery network is abuzz with exciting activities and beautiful art. Experience local and national art while you travel from A to B through Queensland’s culturally vibrant cities and towns.

Explore the Mackay Region in One Day

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Fuel up the car, buckle in the kids and explore more of the Mackay Region with this one day itinerary. Explore walking trails at Eungella National Park and spot a platypus surfacing at Broken River, find fun for the family with a waterfall walk in Finch Hatton and end with dinner in Mackay.

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.

Heritage Walk

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The prosperity and pioneering heritage of Mackay is reflected within the Central Business District, a collection of beautifully preserved buildings and art, which give an insight into the region's diverse history.

Travel the Mining Trail

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From heritage-listed pubs to remnants of abandoned gold mining towns, the Isaac Region's mining corridor offers a fascinating treasure-trove of historical destinations. Head inland on the Peak Downs Highway, where the vivid red soil of the outback contrasts with the ‘black gold’ extracted from the region’s coal mines.
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