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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Pacific Coast Way - Mackay to St Lawrence

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Experience four wheel drive adventures, a coral reef teeming with marine life, beautiful beaches and great camping when you travel the Pacific Coast Way between Mackay and Clairview. This stretch of coast is largely untouched.

Travel the Mining Trail

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From heritage-listed pubs to remnants of abandoned gold mining towns, the Isaac Region's mining corridor offers a fascinating treasure-trove of historical destinations. Head inland on the Peak Downs Highway, where the vivid red soil of the outback contrasts with the ‘black gold’ extracted from the region’s coal mines.

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.
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