A Natural Adventure through The Mackay Region

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Escape the modern world with a rugged and remote adventure to lift your spirits and clear your mind. Soak up splendid isolation, peace and tranquility amongst the remoteness of the Mackay Region's National Parks! See a variety of open woodlands, dense rainforests, mangroves and gullies of paperbark trees all growing towards a beautiful, picturesque coastline.

Journey Details

Duration
168 Hours
Distance
520 Kilometres

Full itinerary

Sarina to Cape Palmerston National Park

From Mackay, drive south on the Bruce Highway, through the charming townships of Sarina, Koumala and Ilbilbie, towards Cape Palmerston National Park. Turn off the Bruce Highway at Ilbilbie and drive east towards Greenhill. Before Greenhill, turn left onto Cape Palmerston Road.

The township at Greenhill is easily accessible by from Greenhill Road, with beach access from the Esplanade, but to venture further into Cape Palmerston National Park, it is recommended that you have a four wheel drive as well as enough supplies to be self-sufficient.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Four Wheel Drive
Distance 12 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Cape Palmerston National Park to Cape Creek Camping Area

Once you enter the Cape Palmerston National Park boundary, allow an hour to get to the Windmill Bay camping area, along the beach in the park's northern section. If you are heading to the Cape Creek area, follow a track that heads inland to the west. The track leads to the sandy spit where Cape Creek camping area and boat ramp are located.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Four Wheel Drive
Distance 32 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Cape Creek to Mount Funnel

From your camping area (Windmill Bay or Cape Creek) you can see the wonderful landscape view featuring Mount Funnel, rising 344 metres above sea level, with a distinctive volcanic cap. Experienced climbers can climb the base, with a circumnavigation providing exquisite views across the Cape. There is no defined walking track, so climbers must take extra care, but the view from the top is well worth it.

Head back to Cape Creek to set up for the night.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Four Wheel Drive
Distance 32 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Cape Creek to Cape Palmerston National Park

Drop a fishing line and relax amongst the serenity. Dense mangroves line the many branches of Cape Creek, but be aware of your surroundings at all times to keep an eye out for crocodiles, which can inhabit the area! Bream, flathead and cod are commonly caught within the inland system of the creek.

Set up camp and watch and listen as the park's native evening fauna go about their night time business.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Four Wheel Drive
Distance 12 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children

Explore the heart of Cape Palmerston National Park. See open eucalypt woodland with ironbark and poplar gum on the ridges, while dense rainforest, mangroves and gullies of paperbark grow towards the coastline! As the canopy clears, the vision changes to sand dunes, soft-sand beaches and rocky headlands.

Head back to Windmill Bay, fronted by a sandy beach and shaded by she-oaks. Explore the surrounding landscape to see traces of shell middens created by Aboriginal inhabitants of the past and find the windmill hidden in the bush, which inspired the name for the area.

Follow the track along the coastline to the cape itself, where a walk to the cliff tops will reward you with views out toward Northumberland Islands National Park.

Look into the water below for the chance to spot a dugong, turtle or passing whales during migration season! You may also see ospreys and sea eagles soaring overhead.

Set up camp at Windmill Bay or find nearby accommodation located close to Greenhill or Ilbilbie. Evening strolls from a nearby camping ground to the beach will give you the chance to see the fascinating fireflies that inhabit the local area!

Route Details
Mode of Travel Four Wheel Drive
Distance 60 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children

Begin the day by travelling back towards Mackay on the Bruce Highway. After passing through Sarina, look for Homebush Road, located between Sandy Creek and Bakers Creek. At the end of Homebush Road, turn right onto the Peak Downs Highway and then left onto Victoria Street, which becomes Mirani-Eton Road.

Continue your journey into the Pioneer Valley, stopping for coffee and morning tea at an old church that has been turned into a cafe in Pinnacle, amongst the canefields. After a spot to eat continue along Mackay-Eungella Road in the Pioneer Valley to Finch Hatton Gorge.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Four Wheel Drive
Distance 14 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Finch Hatton Gorge to Finch Hatton

A wonderland of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations contrast against a tapestry of sugar cane fields as you arrive in Finch Hatton Gorge!

Walk one of many tracks which wind into the verdant subtropical rainforest.

Search for rare and unusual flora and fauna such as the rare gastric brooding frog, the orange-sided skink, Mackay tulip oak, Eungella spiny cray and Eungella honeyeater.

Take a refreshing swim in one of many clear rock pools found in the rainforest, as water cascades over and around larger boulders upstream!

Walk the well-formed track to Araluen Cascades and enjoy a tranquil picnic. Continue through lush rainforest and between great granite boulders to the lookout above the Wheel of Fire Waterfall! This walk does include a number of stairs, but the view is well worth the effort.

Get to know the locals at Finch Hatton and experience genuine Australian bush hospitality for the evening.

Take in the sights, smells and sounds of this natural paradise amongst the canopy of the rainforest on zipline adventure. Experience the rainforst canopy 25 metres above the ground.

Enjoy a freshly prepared meal amongst the greenery in a Finch Hatton cafe.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Four Wheel Drive
Distance 28.5 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Finch Hatton to Eungella

From Finch Hatton start the drive to Eungella and view the changing vista of the Pioneer Valley at sunset while enjoying a superbly cooked meal.

Wake early and venture to the Broken River trail to the viewing platform for the chance to see the playful platypus swimming in its natural environment! Eels and turtles also can be regularly seen here.

There are number of walks for all levels of fitness including some walks with disabled access. There is over 20km of short walks for you to explore.

The Sky Window walk will lead you through layers of bright palms, with dewy fronds which glisten in the morning light for a spectacular view across the Pioneer Valley. Keep an eye out for signs along the way which give an insight into Aboriginal culture from earlier Eungella days.

For the experienced climber, the 56km Mackay Great Highlands Walk can be accessed here, where dramatic cliffs, rugged peaks, spires and sensational highland views can be experienced.

After a morning of bush walking and platypus spotting, enjoy lunch at a local cafe or restaurant, overlooking the dense sub-tropical rainforest and peaks of the Pioneer Valley, which are often shrouded in mist.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Car, Four Wheel Drive
Distance 30 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Eungella to Eungella Dam

Travel to the tranquil water of Eungella Dam and cast a line in the hope of catching barramundi or sooty grunter. Watch for a colourful array of birds and butterflies who call Eungella home, including blue-faced honeyeaters and rainbow lorikeets!

Immerse yourself in the serenity of a Eungella sunset and dine under the stars! Eungella comes alive at night. Go spotlighting to see gliders, tawny frogmouths and possums, before enjoying another night in the placid rainforest.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Car, Four Wheel Drive
Distance 125 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Eungella Dam to Cape HIllsborough National Park

Drive back to Mackay via Mackay Eungella Road until back on the Bruce High to head towards Cape Hillsborough National Park, where rugged, rainforest hills plunge to rocky headlands of rhyolite boulders, separating divine beaches.

Along your journey, enjoy morning tea amongst lush tropical gardens at the relocated Marian Train Station, now a teahouse popular for delicious home-style baking.

Known as the youngest volcanic area in Australia, Cape Hillsborough is an exciting place to explore by foot. A number of well-formed walking tracks lead you throughout the park, where you can view the dramatic rhyolite rock and cave formations that border both ends of Casuarina Bay!

Route Details
Mode of Travel Car, Four Wheel Drive, Walk
Distance 4 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Cape Hillsborough National Park to Casuarina Beach

As the tide falls, walk the exposed low tide causeway to Wedge Island and enjoy the serenity of Wedge Island beach. Be sure to cross the causeway before the tide comes back in, otherwise bring your own kayak to come and go from the island as you please. Orchid rock is ablaze with colour in late September when the golden orchids bloom, a photographers dream location.

Orchid Rock and Wedge Island provide secluded locations to enjoy swimming and snorkelling. Soft corals, crustaceans and a kaleidoscope of fish can be observed.

Throughout the summer you may be fortunate enough to encounter turtles laying their eggs on the beach, or their hatchlings heading to the water.

Settle into your beachside accommodation for the evening and enjoy the bush turkeys as they wander the area during sunset.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Walk
Route Type One Way
Casuarina Beach to Cape Hillsborough National Park

Wake early to view unique Australian phenomenon and be sure to bring your camera. Before the sun rises, stroll down to Casuarina Beach to view the spectacular sunrise behind the Wedge Island causeway. More often than not, wallabies and sometimes kangaroos will be hopping along the beach, fossicking in the tide for their seaside breakfast. This provides a unique opportunity to capture a wallaby, the sunrise and a beautiful Australian beach together in in one photograph.

San bubbler crabs leave intricate patterns at low tide and many other sea creatures shelter in tidal rock pools.

Meander through Melaleuca Woodland, a mangrove community, eucalypt open forest and vine thicket along the Diversity Boardwalk. Keep a look out for the Aboriginal middens. Discover the 1.6km Juipera Plants Trail for a fascinating insight into local Aboriginal history and then climb the headland on the Andrew's Point walk for sensational views toward the Whitsunday Islands.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Car, Four Wheel Drive, Walk
Distance 1 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Cape Hillsborough to Mackay

Return to Cape Hillsborough and either cast a line at Sandy Bay, or simply enjoy the serenity strolling along the beach or just relax on the coast line as the waves lull you into deep relaxation fills you full of tranquility.

Spend another evening at Cape Hillsborough under a twilight sky full of stars, or head back towards the Bruce Highway and spend the night in the City Mackay.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Car, Four Wheel Drive
Distance 50 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance

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布罗肯河山谷度假村(Broken River Mountain Resort)

Eungella, Mackay Area
From AU$140 - 280
与鸭嘴兽共度美好的夜晚时光。 布罗肯河山谷度假村(Broken River Mountain Resort)是一座生态旅游度假村,位于圣灵群岛(Whitsundays)腹地的伊加拉国家公园(Eungella National Park)内,距离麦凯(Mackay)约 85 公里,可沿着公路到达该度假村。 无论您是寻求令人难忘的自然度假体验,还是希望在大山中放松休闲、恢复活力,度假村的目标都是为您提

希尔斯伯勒角自然度假村(Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort)

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
From AU$29 - 265
希尔斯伯勒角自然度假村(Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort)是一处生态区避风港,提供经济型至中档住宿和设施。 度假村面朝素馨花海湾(Casuarina Bay),三侧环绕着国家公园(National Park),为您创造了放松、钓鱼或在国家公园中散步的安宁环境。 这里拥有丰富的野生动物,可以观察到 150 多种鸟类和几十种蝴蝶。

奎斯特麦凯酒店(Quest Mackay)

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$165 - 285
奎斯特麦凯酒店(Quest Mackay)是一个公寓式酒店,位于麦凯中央商务区中心,临近所有当地景点、餐厅、夜总会和麦凯娱乐会展中心。 他们有一个室外泳池、屋顶花园有烧烤设施供客人使用,可去厂外全方位服务的体育馆。 奎斯特麦凯酒店是麦凯最大的酒店,拥有 96 套公寓,于 2009 年 9 月新开张。 酒店包含了一居室公寓、一室和两室半独立和完全独立式公寓,为短期或长期休闲度假和商务旅行提供厨

芬奇·哈顿峡谷小屋旅舍(Finch Hatton Gorge Cabins)

Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
From AU$155 - 155
感受原生低地河滨雨林的宁静之美。 芬奇·哈顿峡谷小屋旅舍(Finch Hatton Gorge Cabins)坐落在先锋谷(Pioneer Valley)外的一处幽静山谷中,位于距麦凯(Mackay)以西 80 公里处,这里有很深的游泳洞和保持完好的步行路径。 每间独立的度假小屋都配有空调、齐全的厨具并且全部安有纱窗。 所有客房均提供全套床品。 从带遮棚的烧烤区能俯瞰源自山泉的小溪,烧烤区

布卡夏海滩旅行车度假村(Bucasia Beachfront Caravan Resort)

Bucasia, Mackay Area
From AU$30 - 45
布卡夏海滩旅行车度假村(Bucasia Beachfront Caravan Resort)地处真正的海滨位置,正对着麦凯(Mackay)最美丽的沙滩之一。 想象一下,您的门前就是绵延数英里的金色沙滩! 地处半岛的优越位置让您仿佛置身于热带岛屿之上;但只需几分钟,便可抵达麦凯中心腹地、商店、餐厅和其他娱乐场所。 度假村坐落在一个安静的热带天堂:一侧是生机盎然的自然公园,另一侧被风景如画的海滩所

海滨假日公寓(The Shores Holiday Apartments)

Blacks Beach, Mackay Area
From AU$120 - 250
海滨假日公寓(Shores Holiday Apartments)提供宽敞的两卧套房,设施完善,环绕在美丽的天体海滩(Blacks Beach)前面的热带花园周围。 如果您想要慢跑、垂钓、或沿着六公里的原始沙滩漫步,那么这里将是您的理想之所。 公寓和海滩之间坐落着一个大型娱乐区,可进行大量的户外活动,包括大型泛光照明网球场、排球网、电烧烤设施、桌椅、长条座椅和游泳场馆(设有两个泳池,一个幼儿泳池和一

你好公路汽车旅馆(Hi-Way Units Motel)

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$110 - 180
你好公路汽车旅馆(Hi-Way Units Motel)位于麦基(Mackay)的正中心。 从这里可以轻松前往多个景点,包括植物园。 旅馆距离机场和市中心仅三公里,距离火车站和医院仅两公里。 运动设施、商店和银行也都在不远处。 你好公路汽车旅馆提供干净、宽敞的独立家庭公寓,可以过夜住宿,也可以短长期预订。 旅馆由主人亲自经营,为您提供友好的家庭式服务。

伊加拉山边缘度假屋旅舍(Eungella Mountain Edge Escape)

Eungella, Mackay Area
From AU$120 - 140
伊加拉山边缘度假屋旅舍(Eungella Mountain Edge Escape)坐落在伊加拉(Eungella)心脏地带,驾车东行 80 公里便是麦凯(Mackay);这里拥有干净整洁、设施齐全的单卧和双卧小屋。 伊加拉山边缘度假屋旅舍毗邻伊加拉国家公园(Eungella National Park)、鸭嘴兽观看点、雨林步行道、观鸟点、网球场、商店、餐厅以及酒店。 站在您的阳台上就

BIG4麦凯海洋旅游公园(BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park)

Mackay Harbour, Mackay Area
From AU$35 - 200
BIG4麦凯海洋旅游公园(BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park)距离麦凯港管辖区(Mackay Harbour Precinct)仅两公里,距离市中心仅4公里。公园为您和家人、朋友提供各种小屋、房车和露营住宿。长途驱车后,坐在我们新安装了空调的别墅的阳台上,看着孩子们在大蹦床上蹦来蹦去,或是到清澈的海水游泳池里放松一下。我们这里所有的小屋都是新的,或是最近才翻新的。我们还刚

公园旅馆(The Park)

Paget, Mackay Area
From AU$31 - 110
麦基公园旅馆(The Park Mackay)坐落在麦基(Mackay)南面,位于高速公路旁,交通便利,距麦基中心商业区、飞机场和海滩只有很短车程。 旅馆占地 15 英亩,具有宽阔、便利的停车场和宽广的马路。它提供清洁的便利设施,是游览周边所有景点(包括伊加拉热带雨林国家公园(Eungella National Park)和哈顿雀鸟谷(Finch Hatton Gorge))的理想大本营。
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