Family Fun in Mackay City

Multiple Locations

It's a stress free holiday when you visit the Mackay City, with a huge range of things to keep everyone in the family happy! Mackay City is bursting with fun activities, from nice strolls, picnics and fishing along the river, to swimming in the beautiful Bluewater Lagoon. Discover history and culture, or simply relax in the beautiful parks located throughout the changing landscape of the city.

Journey Details

Duration
24 Hours
Distance
30 Kilometres

Full Itinerary

Bluewater Quay to Sandfly Creek Environmental Walkway

Begin your morning with a stroll along Mackay’s Bluewater Quay past an array of public sculptures. Continue toward the Sandfly Creek Environmental Walkway, where the mouth of the Pioneer River meets the Coral Sea. If your family enjoys fishing, there is a designated fishing platform on the Bluewater Trail to drop a line.

The Sandfly Creek Environmental Walkway will lead to Iluka Park, an all-abilities children’s playground. With disabled access and interactive play equipment for children. The park is located beside Town Beach.

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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
Suggested Stops
Bluewater Lagoon
Bluewater Quay
Mackay Entertainment Centre
Sandfly Creek and Queen's Park
Sandfly Creek and Queens Park to Bluewater Lagoon

The Sandfly Creek Environmental Walkway will lead past mangroves and grasses to Iluka Park, an all-abilities children's playground. With disabled access and interactive play equipment for children, the activities on offer incorporate a range of senses, including sound and touch. The park is located beside Town Beach.

A short 10 minute walk from Town Beach is Queens Park, with a range of playground activities and wide-open spaces to enjoy a family game of cricket. The cool oasis of large trees and tropical gardens provide plentiful shade for a picnic. Visit the enchanting Orchid House, with a colourful array of native, international and hybrid orchid varieties on display.

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 Lagoon to Mackay Central Business District

Escape the heat and prepare for fun in Mackay's Bluewater Lagoon, featuring three age-appropriate swimming pools, a waterslide park, restroom facilities and a cafe, it's a fun and refreshing haven on the waterfront!

If the kids aren't completely exhausted after this adventurous day, finish the evening with a meal in one of Mackay's family-friendly restaurants, followed by a performance at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, or a movie at the local cinema.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car, Walk
Distance 10 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Suggested Stops
Orchid House

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Mount Wooroolin Lookout

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
You'll find great views from Mount Wooroolin Lookout, just over four kilometres west of Kingaroy. Established in 1988 as a bicentennial project by Kingaroy Shire Council, the area features a grassed area with picnic tables and wood barbecues.

Kingaroy

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
Surrounded by picturesque farmlands and low rolling hills, Kingaroy is the central town for the diverse and beautiful region. Well serviced by numerous large retail chains, and many services that you would expect to find in larger towns, Kingaroy offers a variety of accommodation from modern motels, cabins and caravan parks to cosy Bed and Breakfasts, self-contained retreats, vineyard cottages and farm stays.

Benarkin

Benarkin, South Burnett Area
Just 3.5 kilometres east of Blackbutt, the little town of Benarkin also lies adjacent to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, and Bicentennial National Trail. You'll find overnight camping and day use facilities for caravans and trail users in First Settlers Park, and fuel, food and supplies at the general store.

Nanango

Nanango, South Burnett Area
Queensland’s fourth oldest town and the second largest in the South Burnett, Nanango is a vibrant centre steeped in heritage while still retaining its tranquil rural charm. This friendly country town surrounded by vine scrublands and eucalypt forests enjoys cool summers and brisk winters.

Lake Boondooma

Proston, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Peaceful Lake Boondooma is paradise for anglers, campers, bird watchers and water sports enthusiasts. The 1,900 hectare dam was purpose-built across the Boyne River in 1983 to provide a water supply to the Tarong Power Station.

Birdwatching in the South Burnett

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
With more than 350 recorded species, the South Burnett is a bird watchers dream. The region is known for the Black-breasted Button-quail and Glossy Black-Cockatoo, but expect to see the likes of the Red-rumped Parrot, Regent Bowerbird, Rainbow Bee-eater, Dollarbird and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater too.

Kumbia

Kumbia, South Burnett Area
Kumbia is a small town nestled into the foothills of the Bunya Mountains, on the Bunya Highway, between the Mountains and Kingaroy. This picturesque little town offers a great opportunity to stop and stock up on groceries and fuel before you head up into the Bunyas - note there are only basic supplies available at The Bunyas general store and no fuel or bottle shop on the mountain.

Wondai

Wondai, South Burnett Area
Wondai is the ideal place from which to explore local art and craft, museums and Lake Boondooma. Between the towns of Murgon and Kingaroy, Wondai features cattle and grain growing country as well as grasslands interspersed with eucalypt forests.

Lions Park - Nanango

Nanango, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Lions Park is a lovely stop just off the D'Aguilar Highway, on the south side of the township of Nanango. Facilities include toilets, a barbecue, a playground for the kids, shelter and tables. This park is alongside Tipperary Flat, which is a tribute to the Pioneer Days.

Maidenwell

Maidenwell, South Burnett Area
Maidenwell is a charming village at the gateway to the Bunya Mountains. Stop in at the quaint country pub for a beer or relax over lunch and a coffee at the Maidenwell Trading Post (home to locally-grown Yalbury Olive products).
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