Drives


The Mackay Region offers incredible scenery, picturesque drives and lesser-known trails leading you into natural wonders and wildlife habitats. And, you don’t need to be an expert off-roader to explore these changing landscapes.
  • Start your day with a short drive north to Cape Hillsborough where you can admire a beach sunrise. Get there early enough to watch wallabies graze along the sand. Bring your rod and try and catch breakfast - Cape Hillsborough is a popular fishing spot amongst the locals.
  • Got the kids in tow? Head into the hinterland to Eungella National Park and give them the chance to spot the iconic platypus. While they’re exploring, you can enjoy the amazing views.
  • When the day heats up, take a drive to Finch Hatton Gorge and cool off in the waterholes scattered amongst the rainforest.
  • If you’re an avid birdwatcher, pack your camera and drive south to St Lawrence Wetlands. Over 92 bird species have been recorded in the area.
  • Go for gold along the Mining Trail and visit heritage-listed pubs to remnants of abandoned gold mining towns. Discover Queensland’s mining history and be surprised by scenic vistas along the way.
From sunrise to sunset, you can explore the Mackay region and all its natural wonders.

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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.

Mackay Region Drive

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Boasting 31 beaches, one for every day of the month, ancient reefs teeming with life off untouched Great Barrier Reef islands, a lush tropical rainforest and rugged golden hinterland, Mackay is a gem in the Queensland tourism tale.

A Natural Adventure through The Mackay Region

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Escape the modern world with a rugged and remote adventure to lift your spirits and clear your mind. Soak up splendid isolation, peace and tranquility amongst the remoteness of the Mackay Region's National Parks!

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.

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.

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.

How to Holiday on The Hibiscus Coast with your Family

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Above all else, the Hibiscus Coast is a great spot to play I-spy. A big call considering the coast is home to a national park 1012 hectares in size, the site of Australia's youngest volcano and some seriously secluded beaches.

Mackay to Sarina

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Take a day to discover Sarina and the Isaac Coast, the townships which comprise the Sarina area, south of Mackay. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, coastal panorama lookouts and scenic mountain ranges, visit one of the world's biggest coal terminals right here in Queensland and get a taste of the region's sugar industry.

Heritage and Mining Trail, The

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Tracing the passage of coal from Queensland's Bowen Basin mines, to the port of export to overseas customers, those with an interest in resources and minerals will enjoy The Heritage and Mining Trail of the Mackay region.

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.
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