Pioneer Valley, The

Eungella, Mackay Area

A wonderland of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations contrast against a tapestry of sugar cane fields as you head through The Pioneer Valley and Eungella National Park.

Apart from being one of the richest sugar cane growing areas in Australia, this valley is by far one of the most picturesque in Australia, encompassing many rural townships where warm hospitality and delicious food can be enjoyed. Small towns to stop in along the way include Marian, Mirani, Pinnacle, Finch Hatton and finally, Eungella.

Marian, the gateway to the valley, is home to the region's largest sugar mill. Call into Melba House, an accredited Visitor Information Centre on the banks of the Pioneer River, to discover the house of famous Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba. Stop in at the popular swimming hole, Platypus Beach, just past Mirani.

A trip to Finch Hatton Gorge is a must-do. Walk the well formed tracks to Araluen Cascades and the Wheel of Fire Waterfalls and swim in clear rock pools as water cascades from above. Also available here is zip lining over rainforest canopy and scuba diving in platypus waters.

Explore the Pioneer Valley via self-drive or with a guided tour.

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
  • Conference/Convention Facilities
  • Kiosk
  • Public Telephone
  • Restaurant - Licensed
  • Shop
Mackay Eungella Road
Eungella, Mackay Area
Queensland
Australia

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