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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Route Details
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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From AU$80 - 165
Cheltenham Apartments offers modern and clean holiday accommodation with stunning ocean views and just a three minute walk to Kings Beach. At Cheltenham apartments you can relax and spoil yourself in one of their impressively appointed two bedroom apartments.

Sunshine Valley Cottages

Woombye, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$145 - 220
The charming secluded air-conditioned cottages at Sunshine Valley Cottages are set amidst beautiful tropical gardens and cater for anyone who is looking for private self-contained accommodation. As they're situated in the heart of the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland, it is the perfect location to enjoy all this area has to offer.

The Country House at Hunchy Luxury Bed and Breakfast Accommodation near Montville

Montville, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$270 - 310
The Country House at Hunchy is perfect for romantic getaways, honeymoons, anniversaries, birthday celebrations or just a relaxing stay in the Sunshine Coast hinterland after a busy day shopping, browsing, bushwalking, sightseeing or even at the beach.

BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Park

Forest Glen, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$49 - 329
BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Resort is kid heaven! This Sunshine Coast resort style holiday park has a 20 metre long bouncing cushion, heated pool and waterslide, 40 seat indoor cinema and a large outdoor movie screen, mini golf, two tennis courts and a shade covered playground area.
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