Bluewater Trail

Multiple Locations

See highlights of Mackay along the Bluewater Trail, a shared bicycle and pedestrian walkway which connects art, historic architecture and points of interest with natural beauty.

The Bluewater Trail is approximately 20 kilometres in length, linking key attractions, including the picturesque Mackay Regional Botanical Gardens and the Bluewater Lagoon to Mackay's natural features, the Pioneer River and Town Beach.

A feature along the trail is the inclusion of six public art installations, each uniquely representing a piece of Mackay's history and diversity. The public art can be viewed along Bluewater Quay. More impressive public art can be seen above the bank of the Pioneer River.

The Catherine Freeman walk crosses over the wetland adjacent to the Pioneer River and links Mackay's Central Business District with the Botanical Gardens.

The Sandfly Creek Environmental walk stretches from Bluewater Quay, where another fishing pier can be found, and makes its way across grassland toward the Pioneer River mouth, before turning to head toward Town Beach. This conservation area is popular with bird-watchers.

The Bluewater Trail includes the popular Bluewater Lagoon, a three-tier swimming facility with waterslide. Entry is free and lifeguards monitor the pools.

Journey Details

Duration
0.75 Hours
Distance
3.4 Kilometres

Full Itinerary

Mackay Regional Botanical Gardens to Bluewater Lagoon via  Catherine Freeman Walk

The Mackay Regional Botanical Gardens is the beginning of the Bluewater Trail. Here you will find a showcase of beautiful and unique plants native to the Central Queensland coast. There are five culturally themed gardens which you can explore on your own or on a free guided tour.

The Catherine Freeman Walk walk winds along the Pioneer River to the old hospital bridge fishing platform. It is used daily by recreational cyclists, walkers and dog owners.

LINESTRING (149.1595584154129 -21.159270065088023, 149.1589093208313 -21.1566285882711)
Route Details
Mode of Travel Walk
Route Type Circuit
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Bluewater Lagoon to Sandfly Creek Environment Walkway

Continue along the Catherine Freeman Walk towards Bluewater Lagoon. Comprising of there-tiered lagoons it is an important attraction for locals and visitors alike. It is a free, family-friendly leisure facility overlooking the picturesque Pioneer River in the heart of Mackay's City Centre.

This part of the trail is an environmental reserve and is visited seasonally by many important migratory shorebird species. The walkway holds high conversation values in the area and is one of the most significant high tide roost sites for shorebird wader birds in Central Queensland. Visitors are able to learn about the wildlife in the area from one of the many informative signs.

LINESTRING (149.1589093208313 -21.1566285882711, 149.15891000000002 -21.156630000000003, 149.15896 -21.1567, 149.15904 -21.15679, 149.15919000000002 -21.15696, 149.15948 -21.157380000000003, 149.15962000000002 -21.157600000000002, 149.15964000000002 -21.15772, 149.15958 -21.15784, 149.15951 -21.15801, 149.15955000000002 -21.158140000000003, 149.15963000000002 -21.15828, 149.15967 -21.1583, 149.15979000000002 -21.15828, 149.15981000000002 -21.158240000000003, 149.16007000000002 -21.15809, 149.15962000000002 -21.15735, 149.15901000000002 -21.156360000000003, 149.15901000000002 -21.156360000000003, 149.15835 -21.15528, 149.15794000000002 -21.15463, 149.15766000000002 -21.154220000000002, 149.15667000000002 -21.15302)
Route Details
Mode of Travel Walk
Route Type Circuit
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Sandfly Creek Environment Walkway to Iluka Park

The Iluka Park All Abilities Playground was officially opened in 2010, enabling children of all abilities to enjoy and experience all that the parkland has to offer. The focus is on fun as the playground has plenty of interactive attractions from mazes to sensory platforms, musical instruments, climbing structures, water pumps and much more.

LINESTRING (149.15632667724617 -21.15313006515747, 149.15236473083496 -21.149394302546145)
Route Details
Mode of Travel Walk
Route Type Circuit
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children

Find What's Nearby

Displaying 1-10 of 10
Sort by:
Show:

Rip Curl Grom Search

Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
11 – 15 December 2017
The Rip Curl GromSearch is a worldwide series of events designed for grommets. The GromSearch Series runs in 10 different countries with over 5,000 competitors worldwide. The Australian series is made up of five events as well as a National final.

Noosa Summer Swim Festival

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$19.50 - 64.50
3 – 4 February 2018
The Noosa Summer Swim, Presented by Milk and Co, is a bucket list event for any keen ocean swimmer. In 2018, the festival offers a range of distances for every ability, from junior events to a new five kilometre marathon distance where seasoned swimmers can push their limits.

Laguna Real Estate Noosa Festival of Surfing

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
Free Entry
3 March 2018
Now in its twenty-seventh year, the Noosa Festival of Surfing has firmly established itself as the leading surf cultural event in the world. It is also the biggest surfing event in the world by competitor numbers (more than 900 entries from 20 regions in 2017).

Ultraman Australia

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
Free Entry
12 – 14 May 2018
Ultraman Australia is a multi day ultra distance triathlon. The event runs over three days and consists of a 10 kilometre swim and 145 kilometre bike ride on day one. On day two there will be a 276 kilometre bike ride and on day three there will be a 84.

Noosa Food and Wine Festival

Sunshine Coast Area
17 – 20 May 2018
Celebrate great Australian food, wine and lifestyle in one of Australia's leading food destinations, Noosa. They're excited to bring back some great events including tipis on Noosa Main Beach, the Long Lunch on Hastings Street, Hinterland Food Trails, events in some of Noosa's favourite restaurants and an exciting Festival village!

Runaway Noosa Marathon

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
26 May 2018
Runaway Noosa Marathon will be as much about achieving your running goals as it is escaping to a weekend filled with sunshine and good times. Running social with a flat, fast and friendly multi-lap on road course that starts and finishes in the heart of Noosa township so you’re never far from fellow runners, supporters and the on-course entertainment.

Noosa Long Weekend presents Noosa Alive! 2018

Sunshine Coast Area
20 – 29 July 2018
Ten Incredible days and nights in one of the best festival locations imaginable! Presenting the Best of the Best in terms of artists, performers, authors, visual arts, film, food and fun! Their 2018 festival is already in the planning phase and promises something for all ages, tastes and price ranges.

Noosa Open Studios

Noosaville, Noosa Area
Free Entry
17 – 26 August 2018
Noosa Open Studios is a unique experience for creative and visual art lovers to engage with and view professional artists in their place and time of creativity. Over 50 artists and artisans in their personal studios in the Noosa region, from the trees to the sea, will be open to the public over ten days.

Noosa Jazz Party

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$40 - 140
24 August – 2 September 2018
The Noosa Jazz Party is on again in 2018 with 10 days of fabulous jazz, presented by Noosa Heads Jazz Club. The party starts with two concerts featuring The Australian Jazz Ensemble in conjunction with Noosa Chorale, at The J, Noosa Junction at 7 pm on Friday August 24 and at 2.

Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
31 October – 4 November 2018
Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is a five-day hallmark event, based in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and includes a stacked line-up of events for all ages and abilities. The schedule includes a Breakfast Fun Run and a Run Swim Run event.
No Results Message
Displaying 1-10 of 10
Sort by:
Show:

Explore the Region

Note: Information on listed products and services are provided by the operator and were correct at the time of publishing. Rates are indicative based on the minimum and maximum available prices of products and services. Please visit the operator’s website for further information. All prices quoted are in Australian dollars (AUD).