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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空中雨林纜車(Skyrail Rainforest Cableway)

Smithfield, Cairns Area
From AU$51 - 210
搭乘空中雨林纜車(Skyrail Rainforest Cableway)是相當獨特的雨林體驗:它將引領您尋訪列於澳洲世界遺產的熱帶雨林,展開難忘的旅程。 空中雨林纜車(Skyrail Rainforest Cableway)位於巴倫峽谷國家公園(Barron Gorge National Park),全線搭建於樹冠上方幾公尺處,滑行距離綿延 7.5 公里,並有舒適的六人座車廂,能夠欣賞到各種壯

黛恩樹探索中心(Daintree Discovery Centre)

Cow Bay, Douglas Area
From AU$32 - 32
曾經多次獲獎的探索中心(Discovery Centre)坐落在黛恩樹河(Daintree River)北方 10 公里處的雨林中心。 這座中心是造訪此地區的旅客絕對不能錯過的景點,您可以在這裏體驗雨林各個高度的面貌─從雨林底層到最高的樹冠層。 您可以在 23 公尺高的樹冠塔(Canopy Tower)頂端欣賞秀麗的蘭花,如果運氣不錯,還可能有機會一瞥巨蟒纏繞在巨大硬葉槲蕨上。 令人讚嘆的空中

梅維爾角國家公園(Cape Melville National Park)

Cooktown,
Free Entry
梅維爾角國家公園(Cape Melville National Park)聚集了梅維爾山脊(Melville Range)的花崗岩巨石,以及阿坦茂伊山脊(Altanmoui Range)和內陸沙丘區的砂岩斷崖。 這些景點組成現在的原住民文化景觀。 在沙灘後面的巴瑟斯特灣(Bathurst Bay)灌木露營。 開車到瓊斯溝(Jones Gap)可以看到阿坦茂伊山脊(Altanmoui Range)和南

棕櫚小峽谷(Palm Cove)

Palm Cove, Cairns Area
在椰子棕櫚下休憩、到大堡礁(Great Barrier Reef)各島泛舟、享受舒適的水療或試嚐熱帶美食風味。 這就是棕櫚小峽谷(Palm Cove)的生活面貌,度假氛圍無所不在,就如置身天堂一般。 當海浪拍打珊瑚海(Coral Sea)綿延的沙灘,浸身在雨林山間環繞的棕櫚小峽谷(Palm Cove),體驗平和寧靜的極致熱帶時光,美得如同明信片一樣。 欣賞日光美景,並靜下心來享受閱讀的完美世界;一

黛恩樹國家公園莫斯曼峽谷(Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park)

Mossman, Douglas Area
黛恩樹國家公園(Daintree National Park)的莫斯曼峽谷(Mossman Gorge)位於濕熱帶世界遺產區(Wet Tropics World Heritage Area)內,是個容易抵達且風景迷人的景點。這裡有許多絞殺榕與附生植物,清澈見底的莫斯曼河(Mossman River)層疊流過花崗岩巨石。 此地區也是色彩鮮豔的博伊德森林蜥的家園。 漫步於 400 公尺長的環河步道前往莫斯曼河(Mossman River)上方的觀景台。 觀賞燦爛的藍色尤利西斯蝴蝶(Ulysses butterfly)與鳥類,例如澳洲黃知更鳥(eastern yellow robin)。 踏上 2.

綠島(Green Island)

Green Island, Cairns Area
綠島(Green Island)是珊瑚岩礁島,位在熱帶北昆士蘭東北方的開恩茲(Cairns)。 這座島嶼擁有未受破壞的熱帶雨林、壯觀的海灘,以及環繞周圍的礁石 - 如此靠近,您甚至可以直接在海灘旁潛水。 綠島(Green Island)是從開恩茲(Cairns)前來一日遊的絕佳選擇,但如果您想在此地多停留一些時間,可以選擇豪華的綠島度假村(Green Island Resort)。 在涼爽氣候

低島(Low Isles)

Low Isles, Douglas Area
坐落在道格拉斯港(Port Douglas)東北 15 公里處的低島(Low Isles),是由四英畝大的珊瑚礁所形成的,周圍並有 55 英畝的珊瑚礁石環繞。 這些珊瑚礁非常接近島嶼,讓浮潛成為一個輕鬆又愉快的體驗。 兩座小島雖是分別獨立的,但卻擁有同樣的珊瑚礁石。 比較大的島嶼是伍迪島(Woody Island),島上無人居住,但有為數眾多的鳥類。 這裡是許多物種重要的棲息地。 較小的島是

旺加海灘(Wonga Beach)

Wonga, Douglas Area
旺加海灘(Wonga Beach),以美麗的托雷斯海峽(Torres Strait)鴿子命名,是摩斯曼(Mossman)北邊一個寧靜的隱密小鎮。 從岸邊就可看到史奈普島(Snapper Island),而且距黛恩樹河(Daintree River)以及熱帶雨林棲息地不遠。 這裡只是一個住宅聚落,僅提供少數住宿及或購物選擇。 當地人熱愛這裡,但如果您追求的是觀光海灘度假村提供的豪華服務,那麼這裡

北大堡礁(Northern Great Barrier Reef)

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
開恩茲(Cairns)和熱帶北昆士蘭(Tropical North Queensland)是澳洲最鄰近且適合探訪大堡礁(Great Barrier Reef)的地點。 提到大堡礁(Great Barrier Reef),遊客就會聯想到熱帶北昆士蘭(Tropical North Queensland)。 除了宏偉的礁石之外,本區也擁有礁石沿岸唯一的國際機場,是抵達昆士蘭(Queensland)此天然

莫斯曼(Mossman)

Mossman, Douglas Area
莫斯曼(Mossman)是一座風景如畫的小鎮,在一片亮綠甘蔗田野中,坐落於山腳之下。 莫斯曼(Mossman)小鎮熱情友善,邀您來此體驗熱帶北昆士蘭(Tropical North Queensland)真正的好客人情味,走在樹蔭夾道的主要道路,探索各處商店、酒吧。 莫斯曼中央磨坊(Mossman Central Mill)為這一帶的蔗糖首府,到了榨甘蔗的季節時(六月到十月),忙碌不歇的工廠將傳來不間斷的機具嗡嗡聲,屆時就是導覽旅行團的工廠參訪好機會。 收割季節一到,就會見到來來往往的古雅甘蔗火車。 走在田野間,說不定還能見到熊熊燃燒的甘蔗營火,景象壯觀。 莫斯曼(Mossman)往西邊五分鐘即可見到莫斯曼峽谷(Mossman Gorge),交通方便,為世界遺產戴恩樹國家公園(Daintree National Park)的風景之一。 當莫斯曼河(Mossman River)一遇上峽谷上巨型花崗岩卵石,流量受阻,形成沁涼的淡水池。 佈滿樹林的高山陡然地矗立在河岸邊,十分令人敬畏。 走上吊橋、橫越河川,或探索長 2.
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