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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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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Mooloolaba Beach Festival | Mooloolaba Mile Ocean Swim

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$19.50 - 59.50
17 – 18 February 2018
Welcome to the new Mooloolaba Beach Festival! The new-look weekend of events is a celebration of sand, surf and beach culture on the Sunshine Coast. We’ve put together a program of events that offer a range of experiences, including ocean swims (some old and some new!

Saltwater Pamper Day Retreat

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$180 - 180
Weekly from 21 February 2018
The Saltwater Retreat Pamper Day is the perfect one-day luxury health boost. This day is just for you, come on your own or with friends and celebrate your senses with a blend of Massage, Facial, Art Class, SUP Boards, Kayaks and /or relax by the pool, or indulge in a Waterfront Hot Spa.

Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships

Alexandra Headland, Sunshine Coast Area
2 – 4 March 2018
The Queensland youth surf life saving championships is the blue-ribbon junior surf sports event in the state and showcases future champions in the making. The largest and most prestigious event for u11-u15 age categories, the Queensland youth surf life saving championships sees the finest talent from around the state go head to head.

Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$195 - 195
11 March 2018
Experience Mooloolaba Tri and Swim, Bike, Run, Party! Located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival remains been a standout event on the Australian Triathlon Calendar. The Olympic distance triathlon provides a course that is known and loved for it's ocean swim along with the electric buzz in the atmosphere as thousands of triathletes descend on this popular beach town.

Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships

Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast Area
16 – 18 March 2018
The pinnacle event on Surf Life Saving Queensland’s sporting calendar, the Queensland surf life saving championships see more than 2000 competitors from all across Queensland line up each year to battle the surf, sand and each other in their quest for state glory.

Opera at the Castle - Sunshine Castle

Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$49 - 85
23 – 25 March 2018
Opera at the Castle - Presented by the Underground Opera Company. The Underground Opera Company returns to the Sunshine Castle, Bli Bli, (just a five minute drive from Maroochydore) for their next "Opera in the Castle" concerts.

Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink - Sunshine Coast

Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast Area
29 April 2018
Triathlon Pink is open and available to children aged seven to 14 and ladies of all ages. For those of you who want bring the whole family and have a spunky male who wants to get involved, they also have Fun Run Pink which is for everyone!

Sunshine Coast Relay For Life

Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$20 - 40
5 – 6 May 2018
The Sunshine Coast Relay For Life will be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast Athletics Track at 2pm Saturday 5 May and 9am Sunday 6 May 2018. Relay For Life is a chance for the Sunshine Coast community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.

Sunshine Coast Anywhere Theatre Festival

Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$0 - 20
10 – 11 May 2018
Discover the nooks and crannies of the Sunshine Coast in a way you never expected at the Sunshine Coast Anywhere Theatre Festival. Over 18 days experience comedy in alleys, drama in backyards, poetry in bowling clubs, music in basements and much more.

Island Charity Swim

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
12 May 2018
The Island Charity Swim is a test of endurance for the participants and a major fundraiser for the amazing and inspirational children at the Nambour and Currimundi Special schools. It is a unique challenge, not only for a very worthy cause but its completion guarantees your inclusion in swimming folklore, an exclusive club reserved for those who meet the sponsorship requirements and complete the course.
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