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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Peregian Beach

Peregian Beach, Noosa Area
About 13 kilometres south of Noosa Heads, Peregian Beach is one of a string of lovely beaches between Noosa and Coolum. Just over the sand hills at the southern end of the beach you'll find Peregian Environmental Park, an area of wallum heath which bursts into a colourful profusion of wildflowers in spring.

Boiling Pot

Sunshine Coast Area
Boiling Pot lookout is the first place on the Noosa National Park coastal track to enjoy the sweeping views from Noosa North Shore to the surf off Tea Tree Bay. Situated above a rocky outcrop, it offers an excellent vantage point to watch surfers, dolphins and even the occasional whale.

Tea Tree Bay

Sunshine Coast Area
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This stunning beach in Noosa National Park is just a 20 minute walk from Laguna Bay near the park’s entrance. If you don’t have much time to explore, it’s an ideal place to take some time out and appreciate the park’s tranquillity and its stunning seascapes.

Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park

Noosa North Shore, Noosa Area
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In Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park, you can experience the majesty of nature's sculpture in sand. Massive dunes, towering cliffs of coloured sands and wide ocean beaches have been etched by wind and water.

Sunshine Reef

Sunshine Coast Area
Sunshine Reef is a wonderful dive site off Sunshine Beach, just south of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. This rocky reef is deeper than other reefs in the Noosa area, so more suited to experienced divers, as depths vary from 25 metres to 33 metres.

Sunrise Beach

Sunrise Beach, Noosa Area
Just five minutes from one of the most famous streets in Australia, Noosa’s trendy Hastings Street, lies the holiday-makers haven of Sunrise Beach. Sunrise Beach is the perfect destination for a family holiday, getaway with friends or a romantic weekend.

Noosa Heads

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
Combine natural beauty with award-winning restaurants and a sleepy-town atmosphere and you'll get an idea of what Noosa has to offer. Listed as an official Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, Noosa is home to a range of pristine natural environments - from waterways full of birdlife to rocky headlands where you can watch whales swim past.

Castaways Beach

Castaways Beach, Noosa Area
You’ll find delightful Castaways Beach nestled between Sunrise and Peregian Beach, just 30 minutes from the Sunshine Coast airport. Relaxed, local vibe. Castaways has a stack of picturesque walking trails and is home to a koalas and kangaroos and the surf break is favoured by local surfers for its easy access and consistent, good quality waves.

Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
It’s not Everest – but Mount Coolum has its own claim to fame as the second largest rock in the world. A grand volcanic dome that offers 360 degree views of the region, the mountain presides over the landscape of leafy backstreets and this beautiful coastal town.

Tewantin

Tewantin, Noosa Area
Tewantin is a small, friendly village located on the Noosa River and is the launching point for the vehicular ferry to the Noosa North Shore, the Great Sandy National Park and Fraser Island. Historic Tewantin was originally a timber town and the river port for the Noosa area.
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