Family Fun in Mackay City

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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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Hebel

Hebel, Balonne Area
In the little town of Hebel it feels like time has stood still, leaving behind tales of the Ned Kelly gang, Cobb & Co and dance halls. Hebel Hotel is a gem of a country pub. Colourful artwork by John Murray adorns the front of the pub, with the interior decked out in recycled furniture made from reclaimed bush finds.

Bollon

Bollon, Balonne Area
The soil gets redder as you approach the great little western town of Bollon, sitting on the banks of the peaceful Wallam Creek. At the free caravan and camping area there are toilets and showers and plenty of shady spaces to park the van for a few days on the edge of the picturesque creek.

Thallon

Thallon, Balonne Area
Thallon was gazetted in 1911 and was named after the Commissioner of Railways, Mr JF Thallon. The town is surrounded by prime grain growing country and draws grain in from Weengallon, Nindigully, Mungindi, Dirranbandi and Thallon.

Mitchell

Mitchell, Maranoa Area
Soaking in the soothing mineral springs at Mitchell is just one of the surprises that awaits you in this quaint town on the edge of the outback. Just 87 kilometres west of Roma via the Warrego Highway, Mitchell sits peacefully on the banks of the Maranoa River.

St George

St George, Balonne Area
From the moment you arrive to the time you leave, St George relaxes the senses in all the right ways. Perched on the banks of the mighty Balonne River, its just the place from which to explore the beautiful Balonne Shire.

Mungallala

Mungallala, Maranoa Area
Mungallala, said to mean 'food and water' is the site of a cypress sawmill, located about half way between Mitchell and Morven where the Warrego Highway crosses the Mungallala Creek. Mungallala originated as a railway town and is a wonderful place to stop for lunch and experience the workings of an outback town.

Dirranbandi

Dirranbandi, Balonne Area
En route to Hebel, stop for a coffee, a shop and a look around Dirranbandi, the town that marks the end of the South West rail line. As you enter town you'll pass by the levee bank, which is famous for having saved the town from flooding on more than one occasion.

Nindigully

Nindigully, Goondiwindi Area
Just 45 kilometres south east of St George, Nindigully or "The Gully" as it's locally known, is pretty much four houses and a pub on a riverbank. But what a pub, what a view and what characters you'll find!

Wallam Creek, Bollon

Bollon, Balonne Area
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The soil gets redder as you approach this great little western town, and sitting on the banks of the peaceful Wallam Creek is the tranquil town of Bollon. At the free caravan and camping area there are plenty of shady spaces to park the van for a few days on the edge of the picturesque creak, and an easy 1.

Amby

Amby, Maranoa Area
Amby, originally called Amby Creek, became a township in 1883 and forms part of the eastern boundary of the Outback region. It can best be described as where the grain and the grazing belts meet. The Old Stage Changeover Shanty - known to the locals as Netting Hole - dates back to 1875 and is located on the northern side of town, along the Warrego Highway near Amby Downs waterhole.
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