Pioneer Valley and Eungella

Spot shy platypus and swim in crystal-clear waterholes within the fertile Pioneer Valley, 80 kilometres (1.5 hours) west of Mackay.

Change of scenery

  • Zipline 25 metres above the rainforest canopy of Finch Hatton Gorge or slide into a swimming hole n the forest floor below.
  • Hike the Mackay Highlands Great Walk within Australia’s largest subtropical rainforest in Eungella National Park, complete with towering red cedar, Mackay tulip oak and groves of piccabeen and Alexandra palms.
  • Watch the sugar cane be harvested from the valley during June to November in preparation for crushing at the riverside Sugar Mill at Marian.

Tranquil waters

  • Wait patiently on the banks of Broken River for elusive platypus and turtles to pop their heads above water.
  • Swim, water-ski or fish in Eungella Dam and overnight in a comfortable mountain chalet or camp under the stars.

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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.

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 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 - 160
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.

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.

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.
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