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.

Adrenalin Rush - Mackay Itinerary

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If blood-pumping excitement and a hit of adrenalin is what you seek, you're bound to get your adventure fix while visiting the Mackay region! From diving shipwrecks to wake-boarding, flying through the treetops of a rainforest, four wheel driving to riding on horseback.

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.

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.

The Sweetest Journey, Sugar Trail

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Mackay was barely two years old when the first sugar cane was grown in Queensland and it didn't take long to realise that the fertile river plains of the Pioneer Valley were potential sugar growing fields.

Pacific Coast Way - Mackay, Cape Hillsborough and Seaforth

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Serene, sand-strewn shorelines, the rustling of palm fronds in the sea breeze and the gentle lull of the tide; it’s time to leave your worries behind and relax in the tranquil tropics. As you head North from Mackay, a world of adventure awaits.

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.

Art Trail - Inspiration in Mackay

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Discover the Mackay Region's unique art by exploring the Sarina Sugar Shed and visiting some of Mackay's local art galleries. Also discover Mackay's Pioneering history along the Bluewater Trail. Dine in comfort at one of many of Mackay's finest restaurants, cafes and bistros all ranging from different and exquisite cuisines.

Follow the Platypus Trail

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Have you ever wanted to see an Australian platypus in the wild? The Mackay Region offers the best and most reliable locations to see these unusual mammals swimming in rainforest creeks and rivers. Journey to Finch Hatton Gorge and Eungella National Park for a natural adventure the family will cherish.

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.
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