Natural Wonderland

Multiple Locations

Abundant in natural beauty, Mackay is home to a plethora of parks, gardens and nature walks that showcase its unique subtropical flora and fauna. You don’t even need to travel out of the city to experience the beauty of nature.

Begin your nature discovery amongst the stunning flora at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. Weave your way through more than three kilometres of trails through unique gardens and wetlands, a mix of Australian native and exotic international plants.

Journey Details

Duration
1 Hours
Distance
45 Kilometres

Full Itinerary

Mackay Botanic Gardens to Bluewater Trail

Begin your nature discovery amongst the stunning flora at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. Weave your way through more than three kilometres of trails, unique gardens and wetlands, offering a mix of Australian native and exotic international plants. The garden also includes a lot of native birds - perfect to spot for birdwatchers to visit.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car, Walk
Distance 5 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Bluewater Trail to Kommo Toera Trail

More than 350 bird species have been identified in the Mackay Region, and a great place to see a selection of shorebird species is on the Bluewater Trail, at the Sandfly Creek wetlands.

Another leisurely walk can be taken at North Mackay’s Gooseponds, where a selection of water birds can be viewed.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car, Walk
Distance 5 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Kommo Toera Trail to Lambert's Beach

Continue to North Mackay towards Slade Point to reach the Kommo Toera Trail, a walk through wetlands and Melaleuca Rainforest.

Helpful hint: take a good supply of insect repellent with you, and apply liberally before commencing the walk. The trail is one kilometre in length, but can take an hour to complete at a leisurely pace, taking in the sights along the journey. A wonderland for discovering a unique combination of flora and fauna.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car
Distance 10 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Lambert's Beach to Ram Chandra Park

Continue your drive to Slade Point, and take a stroll along the golden sand of Lambert’s Beach. The Slade Point Nature Reserve stretches 73 hectares and conserves one of the last remaining areas of coastal dunes and paperbark wetlands in the Mackay region.

Ram Chandra Park provides picnic tables and barbecue facilities, overlooking beautiful Slade Bay, for a relaxing beach barbecue dinner.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car, Walk
Distance 1 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Ram Chandra Park to Lambert's Lookout

Ram Chandra Park provides picnic tables and barbecue facilities, overlooking beautiful Slade Bay, for a relaxing beach barbecue dinner. Time your dinner so you can stroll to Lambert's Lookout afterwards, and catch the sunset.

Lambert's Lookout, perched above Lambert's Beach, provides an excellent vantage point to view the spectacular coastline, and setting sun.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car, Walk
Distance 1 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Lambert's Lookout to Mackay

Lambert's Lookout, perched above Lambert's Beach, provides an excellent vantage point to view the spectacular coastline, and setting sun. With a picturesque landscape, it is a perfect way to end the evening.

This beautiful location is one of the few places in Mackay you can watch both a sunrise and a sunset, and is a popular location for photography.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car, Walk
Distance 11 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance

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