are some nice places in the region around Mackay
North of Capricorn
Coast is Whitsunday Coast with the famous
Islands off the coast of Airlie Beach,
and the Mackay Region with Cape Hillsborough National Park and the
lovely Finch Hatton in the lush Eungella
National Park - famous as a good place to see platypus.
In the inland are some mining
towns such as Clermont and Moranbah, and further north is the Big
Cape Hillsborough by michael40001 via Flickr.com
Mackay Travel Information Mackay
is a busy city surrounded by tropical rainforests and sugar cane
fields. In the
city centre, there are some beautiful historical buildings such as the
Old Court House and Masonic Lodge. In the Queens Park are the
Botanic Gardens with an orchid house.
Mackay's southern beaches are Harbour Beach, Town Beach and Illawong
Beach, and the northern beaches are along the coast off Dolphin Heads,
Eimeo and Bucasia. Places to stay include holiday apartments
such as Quest
Apartments and The
Shores Holiday Apartments; resorts such as Allure
Resort on the Beach, Comfort
Resort Blue Pacific, Dolphin
Heads Resort and Reef
Resort; hotels such as Clarion
Hotel and Quality
Hotel Ocean International; and motels such as Coral
Sands Motel, International
Lodge Motel and Windmill
Eungella National Park
Inland from Mackay is Eungella
National Park - a pocket of lush
rainforest up in the mountains, which due to its isolation from
other rainforests contain some endemic species such as Eungella
honeyeaters, orange-sided skinks and three species of frog. Eungella is
also famous as a good place to see platypus.
Eungella National Park. by
There are two sections in the Eungella National Park. The northernmost
is Finch Hatton,
is a lovely rainforest swimming hole a
nice rainforest walk away from the carpark. There are also picnic areas
and barbeques, and lots of wildlife.
Finch Hatton. by Gouldy99 via Flickr.com
Broken River -
the Place to See Platypus
The other section, Broken
is where you can see the platypus.
There is a picnic area
from which there are short walks to the Broken River. Near the bridge
over Broken River, there is a platypus-viewing platform where you can
silently wait for the platypus, you’ll also see freshwater turtles
By Stonestreet's Coaches - The Extra Mile via Flickr.com
Moranbah and Clermont
Further inland from Mackay are the mining towns Moranbah and Clermont.
not much more than
a miners’ settlement, but Clermont
got some interesting history.
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It is Queensland’s oldest tropical inland
town, which was moved to higher grounds in 1916, after a flood
killed 65 people. There is a tree stump that shows the levels of
floodwaters, and a piano up in a tree. There is also the Historical
Society Museum, and tours to
Athol Mine. It’s an interesting few hours
driving around the mine site and watching how coal is mined and loaded
on looooong trains to be transported to the coast.
Blair Athol Mine. by lockthegate via Flickr.com
Mackay Queensland Region
North of Mackay is the small but scenic Cape
Park with some short bushwalking tracks that
take you up the
hills where you
have magnificent views over the bright blue waters. Wedge Island is
joined to Cape Hillsborough at the low tide only so don’t get stuck
Cape Hillsborough NP by michael40001 via Flickr.com
Region - Brampton
Off the coast of Mackay is Brampton
Island – another fantastic island
of the Great
Barrier Reef which is excellent to snorkel.
There are also two good bushwalking tracks, one (2km) takes you 219m up
to the top of the island’s central mountain, while the other (7km) goes
all the way around the island. At low tide, Brampton Island is
connected to Carlisle Island which is covered in eucalypt
There are no bushwalking there but there are national parks camping
grounds with barbeques, a rainwater tank and a shelter. The place to
stay is Brampton
Bowen. by Marie Matthews via Flickr.com
The Big Mango and Bowen
North of Mackay and the Whitsundays
are the small towns Bowen, Ayr and Home
was the first
settlement north of Rockhampton when it was
founded, today it is the main fruit picking centre and many backpackers
stay here while working on fruit farms between April and November.
is not surprising then that the town’s 'Big
Thing' is The Big Mango.
Bowen also has a nice boat harbour, the Bowen Historical Museum; and an
old cinema on the beach. But
now most famous as the town where the movie Australia
was filmed in 2007.
Some places to stay in Bowen are Beachside
Holiday Units, Bluewater
Harbour Motel, Coral
Cove Apartments, Harbour
Lights Caravan Park, Port
Denison Motor Inn, Rose
Bay Resort and The
Pearly Shell Motel.
Big Mango in Bowen. by tm-tm via Flickr.com
Burdekin River and Ayr
Further north towards Townsville
are Ayr and Home Hill. Home
is a small town known for its large gem, rock and souvenir shop. Just
north of Home Hill is the famous Burdekin River Bridge.
In Ayr you
can visit the Ayr
Nature Display; and the places to stay include Ayr
Max Motel, Ayr
Travellers Motel and Parkside
Motel. North of Ayr is the Australian Institute of Marine
Science on the top of Cape Cleveland which is protected in the
Bowling Green Bay
Burdekin River Bridge. by robstephaustralia via Flickr.com
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Clermont Not rated yet Clermont is a typical outback town with a few nice pubs, a caravan park, and also places good for metal detecting.
The mine tour was a real insight …
Cape Hillsborough Is Beautiful! Not rated yet We didn't stay over the night but it was a great place to spend an afternoon, there is a nice bushwalk with views, and there were kangaroos on the beach! …
Eungella NP Not rated yet It is such a beautiful national park up in the hills in dense tropical rainforest.
Didn't see any platypus, but the Finch Hatton swimming hole is fantastic!!! …
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