Eungella National Park

Eungella National Park is west of Mackay.


It is a beautiful national park high up in the mountains in central coastal Queensland, known for a good few endemic animals and as a great place to spot the platypus.


It's a windy road up to the mountains, with some great views over Pioneer Valley.

View of Finch Hatton and Pioneer Valley, Eungella, Queensland, Australia, Pacific
Pioneer Valley. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy

A lot of the area has been cleared but once in the national park, it's thick subtropical rainforest.
There are more than 20km of walking tracks in the park, which is also the starting point to the 56km Mackay Highlands Great Walk.

View of Cattle Ranch, Eungella, Pioneer Valley, Whitsunday Coast, Queensland
Eungella. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy

There are two sections in this national park. Finch Hatton has a great swimming hole with a beautiful waterfall. The spot is a few km walk away from the car park and picnic area. There are good chances to spot goannas and other wildlife along the walk as well as at the falls.

finch hatton
Finch Hatton. by woowoowoo via Flickr.com

Broken River has a picnic area and a national parks camping ground, and some great bushwalking tracks.

broken river
Broken River. by Chip_2904 via Flickr.com

But most famously, it is a great place to see platypus. There is a platypus viewing area near the bridge, and the best hours to see these amazing animals is at dusk and dawn.

platypus
Platypus. by Chip_2904 via Flickr.com

Here's a map of the cape. You can double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.


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