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THE

MACKAY REGION

Visitor Guide 2018

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WELCOME TO THE

MACKAY REGION

Reserve your spot amongst nature The Mackay Region offers a world of nature waiting to be explored with locations and experiences that will leave you yearning for more. Wake up with the wallabies and kangaroos at sunrise, explore rainforest and freshwater gorges, spot platypus in the wild, or hook a winning catch while taking in the beautiful blue-water views of the Pioneer River. Relax and unwind at one of 31 uncrowded beaches, indulge in fresh, local produce in the revitalised City Centre and learn more about the rich culture and history of The Mackay Region. Whether it’s inland, on the coast or in the City Centre, see where nature truly springs to life, in The Mackay Region.

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EDITORIAL: Melissa Woods COVER: Finch Hatton Gorge, Eungella National Park, Casey Eveleigh LEFT: Sunrise Experience, Cape Hillsborough National Park, Jules Ingall


MAP LEGEND

CONTENTS EXPERIENCES Nature & Wildlife Fishing & Boating Family Fun Culture & Heritage Local Flavours

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Airport

Bicycle Tracks

Restrooms

Hiking Trails

Shopping

Fishing

Wifi Access

Boat Ramp

Lookout

Camp Ground

Swimming

Wildlife

Playground

Jellyfish

Pacific Coast Way

Great Inland Way

LOCATIONS Cape Hillsborough & The Hibiscus Coast Pioneer Valley & Eungella Mackay City & Marina Northern Beaches Sarina & Surrounds Isaac Inland Isaac Coast

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION Events Shopping & Markets Planning Your Trip Membership Directory Living in Paradise Getting Here & Around

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VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES Mackay Visitor Information Centre 320 Nebo Rd, Mackay

Open: 9am – 5pm, 7 days*

Ph: 1300 130 001 E: bookings@mackayregion.com Sarina Tourist Art and Craft Centre Railway Square Bruce Hwy, Sarina

Open: 9am – 5pm, 7 days

Ph: 07 4956 2251 E: sarinainfo@mackay.net.au Melba House Visitor Information Centre Melba House, Eungella Rd, Marian

Open: 9am – 3pm, 7 days

Ph: 07 4954 4299 E: pvtda@pioneervalley.com.au Broken River Visitor Information Centre 534 Eungella Dam Rd, Broken River

Open: 10am – 4pm, 7 days

Ph: 07 4958 4745 E: brkiosk@bigpond.com Clermont Visitor Information Centre 17217 Gregory Hwy, Clermont

Open: 9am – 3pm, Wed – Sat

Clermont

Ph: 07 4983 3311 E: clermont.museum@isaac.qld.gov.au *Weekend hours subject to change

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Cape Hillsborough

Shoal Point Finch Hatton Eungella Dam

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Melba House

Broken River

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NATURE & WILDLIFE

Lush rainforest, crystal-clear freshwater gorges, rugged hinterland peaks and unspoilt surroundings. The Mackay Region has endless nature and wildlife experiences for those that seek out life’s quieter corners. LIFE OF A MACKAY RANGER with Ben Hall What national parks are there in The Mackay Region? Eungella has the longest stretch of subtropical Rainforest in Australia, while Cape Palmerston is significant for its lowland coastal vegetation and long sandy beaches. Cape Hillsborough has geologically diverse volcanic landscapes and the Newry Islands feature rocky headlands, open woodlands and dense rainforest. Tell us about your job as a National Parks ranger? We can be out in the parks building infrastructure, educating the community or protecting the estate by managing fire and pests.

What is a great family-friendly national park? Eungella is great for a family trip! You can view platypus at Broken River, stay in one of the scenic camping areas, cool off with a swim at Finch Hatton Gorge or explore one of the walking tracks through the Mackay Highlands. Where are the best wildlife experiences in The Mackay Region? Enjoy the unique experience of viewing wallabies on the beach at sunrise at Cape Hillsborough. Eungella National Park is one of the best locations in Australia to spot a platypus. During the colder months, humpback whales migrate up the east coast and are readily seen in the waters around Mackay!

DID YOU KNOW?

The Eungella Honeyeater is only found in the rainforest of Eungella National Park and surrounding state forest woodlands.

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NATURE & WILDLIFE

TOP ROW (L to R): Volcanic boulders at Finch Hatton Gorge; meet the locals at Cape Hillsborough National Park; camping with a view at Eungella National Park; incredible views from the Eungella Chalet. BOTTOM ROW (L to R): Go platypus spotting at Broken River; waterfalls at Finch Hatton Gorge; Ulysses Butterfly found at Cape Hillsborough National Park; Barramundi fishing in the creeks. OPPOSITE: Bushwalking at Eungella National Park.

SHARE SUNRISE WITH WALLABIES AND KANGAROOS

SWIM IN FRESHWATER GORGES

Cape Hillsborough National Park. As dawn begins to break and the sun rises over the Coral Sea, you will see some of Australia’s most iconic animals feeding on the shoreline at Cape Hillsborough Beach (also known as Casuarina Beach).

Finch Hatton Gorge. Cool off in the crystal-clear waters of Finch Hatton Gorge after an exciting bushwalk. The most popular spots are Araluen Cascades or the Wheel of Fire for spectacular waterfalls surrounded by large rock pools.

SPOT PLATYPUS IN THE WILD Broken River, Eungella National Park. The most reliable place to spot a platypus in the wild is Broken River, within Eungella National Park. The key to spotting these shy creatures is patience and perseverance. Watch for air bubbles that rise to the water’s surface.Enjoy a scuba diving experience in rainforest waters at Finch Hatton for the chance to see these creatures under water.

BUSHWALKING IN NATIONAL PARKS Eungella National Park, Cape Palmerston National Park, Cape Hillsborough National Park. Whether you’re a seasoned bushwalker or simply want to stretch your legs, The Mackay Region’s national parks offer something for every nature-lover, ranging from 250 metre circuits, to multiple day hikes. Guided tours through the rainforest are an option for those who want further insight into the landscape.

HOOK THE BIG ONE Cape Hillsborough, Seaforth, Eungella, Teemburra, Kinchant and Theresa Creek Dams, and Lake Elphinstone. With some of the best fishing along the east coast of Australia, The Mackay Region’s dams and lakes are stocked to the brim with freshwater species and crayfish, while the net-free fishing zone around Cape Hillsborough and Seaforth ensures everyone’s a winner in the fishing stakes!

LANGUAGES

Platypus pronounced around the world GERMAN: Schnabeltier ITALIAN: Ornitorinco SWEDISH: Näbbdjur CHINESE: Yãzu shòu JAPANESE: Kamonohashi

Top parks in Mackay EUNGELLA NATIONAL PARK Australia’s longest stretch of subtropical rainforest. Eungella is an Indigenous word meaning ‘land of the cloud’.

CAPE HILLSBOROUGH NATIONAL PARK Where dense rainforest meets the ocean and friendly wildlife gather on the beach at sunrise.

CAPE PALMERSTON NATIONAL PARK Uncrowded, undeveloped coastline with windswept headlands, rainforest, swamps and sand dunes; definitely one for the 4WD enthusiasts. mackayregion.com 5


FISHING & BOATING

Within 45 minutes, you could be fishing from a tropical reef, a rainforest stream, a blue water river, a sandy estuary or an inland dam. The options are endless and varied for any angler. REEL FISHING with Jason Kidd of Inshore Fishing Charters When is the best time of year to go fishing in The Mackay Region? The start of August to end of October. Barramundi and other estuary species start firing up in the creeks, and the pelagic species enter our inshore water. It is also a good time of year for our offshore islands and reefs with usually good weather conditions. What’s the key to a successful fishing trip? Planning for suitable tides, having all your fishing tackle and safety equipment, having contingency plans in place, and reading the

conditions are all contributing factors to a successful fishing trip – and a bit a luck doesn’t go astray!

JASON’S TOP FISHING SPOTS Seaforth and Cape Hillsborough’s creeks and islands; the net-free fishing zones provide great diversity of fishing and the scenery is spectacular. Offshore islands and reefs can provide fantastic fishing action, with species like Coral Trout, Red Emperor and Spanish Mackerel being the target. Kinchant Dam provides explosive fishing action when a big freshwater Barramundi strikes.

DID YOU KNOW?

For local tips and inspiring photos, follow local fishing guru Luke Galea via Facebook at Luke’s Fishin Mission

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FISHING & BOATING

TOP ROW (L to R): Ocean fishing at Blacks Beach; releasing a bream at Murray Creek; fishing in the freshwater creeks; boating and watersports at Theresa Creek Dam. BOTTOM ROW (L to R): Local fishing identity Luke Galea hooks a massive catch; Seaforth fishing in the net-free zone; beach fishing in Mackay; special fishing platforms in Mackay City. OPPOSITE: Clairview, south of Mackay.

THE BEST FISHING SPOTS IN THE MACKAY REGION Whiting

Coral Trout

Red Emperor

Flathead

Mangrove Jack

Sweet Lip

Bream

Barramundi

Trevally

Mackerel

Sooty Grunter

Tuna

Salmon

Fingermark

Black King

INSHORE Pioneer River, Bluewater Quay, Mackay. Fish straight off the dedicated fishing platforms in the Mackay City Centre and you could be having fish on the dinner menu. St Helens Creek, Seaforth. Use lures, soft plastics or live bait, with the warmer months being the ideal time for fishing this area. Cattle Creek, Pioneer Valley. It’s popular for kayak fishing with the main target species being Sooty Grunter.

OFFSHORE Mackay and Southern Whitsunday Islands. If you have a boat, head approximately 100 kilometres from the Mackay Harbour for deep-water fishing at its best, including Coral Trout, Red Throat Emperor, Nannygai or Sweet Lip. Newry Island, Seaforth. Coral Trout and Giant Trevally can be caught around the island, it’s easy to navigate and there are also great spots to throw the crab pots in.

FRESHWATER DAMS & LAKES Kinchant Dam, Mirani/North Eton. Approximately 30 minutes’ drive west of the Mackay City Centre, Kinchant Dam is a great spot for camping and fishing.

Eungella Dam. 27 kilometres along Eungella Dam Road, past Broken River in Eungella National Park. It holds 131,000 megalitres of water and is 890 hectares in size. Lake Elphinstone. 92 kilometres west of Mackay, close to Glenden. It offers good fishing as well as Red Claw crayfish. Free camping is available.

BEACHES The Northern Beaches, Mackay. Child-friendly with easy access to great fishing spots, cast straight from the beach. Mackay Harbour & Marina. With a 1.8 kilometre rock wall you can drive onto, the Mackay Marina is a popular fishing platform. The main and eastern beaches also provide quality fishing opportunities. Clairview Beach, Isaac Coast. Approximately 120 kilometres from Mackay, this quiet seaside community offers great fishing and crabbing.

Permits & Ramps DO I NEED A FISHING PERMIT? A Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) may be required for some Queensland dams. SIPs cost $10 per week for those over 18 years of age. Visit qld.gov.au/recreation or purchase them at the Mackay Visitor Information Centre.

BOAT RAMPS There are more than 20 boat ramps in The Mackay Region. These are listed online, visit mackay.qld.gov.au mackayregion.com 7


FAMILY FUN

Whether it’s making a splash in the City Centre or flying through the rainforest on a zipline, release your inner child and explore what Mackay’s family-friendly destinations have to offer. SWIMMING

EDUCATIONAL

The Bluewater Lagoon – River Street, Mackay With three tiered lagoons, a 19.5 metre water slide and interactive children’s water playground with drop-bucket, the free Bluewater Lagoon is a safe and secure environment for young and old. Platypus Beach – Mirani A pristine freshwater swimming spot on the Pioneer River, the Platypus Beach riverbed has been cleared, refurbished and offers free public amenities. Finch Hatton Gorge – Eungella National Park Follow the 1.6 kilometre trail through lush flora and volcanic boulder formations to the Araluen Cascades. Further along is the Wheel of Fire, another popular swimming hole. Patrolled Beaches Mackay Harbour Beach (365 days), Sarina, Eimeo and Lamberts Beach.

Sarina Sugar Shed – Field of Dreams Parkland, Sarina Discover the history of the region’s sugar cane industry, watch how sugar is extracted from the cane on miniature processing and distilling equipment, then taste a range of sweet delights made onsite with this educational and interactive tour for the whole family. Tour an Organic Farm – Eton, The Pioneer Valley Learn how holistic farming produces healthy, nutritious, tasty food on this pasture-based, chemical-free farm. Kids will love the hay trailer ride and the chance to see and touch real farm animals. Dudley Denny Library – Victoria Street Mackay Boasting the latest technological innovations, robotic teaching aids and dedicated children’s areas, the Dudley Denny City Library is modern, centrally located and interactive for young and old.

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FAMILY FUN

TOP ROW (L to R): The Bluewater Lagoon provides hours of fun; bushwalking through the rainforest; scenic flights across The Mackay Region; parklands near the Mackay Marina Village. BOTTOM ROW (L to R): Scuba dive in platypus waters or see them from Broken River; experience the Sarina Sugar Shed; organic farm tours in Eton; Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. OPPOSITE: Ziplining through the rainforest at Finch Hatton Gorge.

ADVENTURE Scuba Dive in the rainforest – Finch Hatton Gorge. (min. age is 8 yrs) Finch Hatton Gorge is the only place in the world where you can scuba dive in platypus waters. See a range of unique aquatic life, including turtles, eels and a variety of fish species while keeping your eye out for the platypus. Zipline through the trees – Finch Hatton. (min. weight is 18 kgs) Travel 340 metres through the rainforest canopy on a flying fox 25 metres above ground. A safe and exciting experience for young and old; view nature at its finest through the treetops. Take to the skies for a scenic flight – Mackay. Where can you take in views of both the rainforest and the reef in under an hour? From the air, of course! Be amazed by the kaleidoscope of green and blue as you pass over the Pioneer Valley and Mackay’s offshore islands.

Bluewater Trail – Mackay City Centre. The 21 kilometre Bluewater Trail is pedestrian and cyclist-friendly and follows the blue Pioneer River, linking with the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, the Bluewater Lagoon, cafés and shops, and the city’s beaches. See the eye-catching public art along the way.

PARKS & RECREATION Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens – Lagoon Street, Mackay. Stroll along more than 3 kilometres of scenic tracks and boardwalks overlooking the beautiful lagoon. Enjoy the views from the elevated café or find a quiet place of your own for a picnic. Lamberts Beach Lookout – Lamberts Beach Esplanade. With views of Lamberts Beach, the Cumberland Islands and Slade Point, the lookout offers stunning 180 degree views of the Coral Sea. It is also a popular spot to see migrating whales playing off the coast of Mackay. Mulherin Park – Mackay Marina. Featuring huge grassy areas under palm trees, kids’ playgrounds and free public facilities, Mulherin Park is just a stone’s throw from the beach and the perfect spot for a family picnic.

“We had lots of chances to get wet in Mackay, but my favourite spot was the natural pools at Araluen Falls in Finch Hatton Gorge, even though it was so freezing I’m surprised my toes didn’t fall off. It was a big hike to get there and then I made my dad blow up a giant pineapple, so he was a bit exhausted, but my sister and I had loads of fun floating around the waterhole, and playing on the rocks and in the rapids.”

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CULTURE & HERITAGE

From outback gold mining towns in the Isaac Region to Mackay’s inner city art-deco buildings and public art displays, there’s a world of history and culture to be discovered. STEP BACK IN TIME Heritage Walk – Starts from River St, Mackay. Take a free, guided walk each week between May and September through Mackay’s City Centre to learn about the region’s interesting history and unique art-deco buildings. This 90-minute walk can also be done self-guided with a brochure available at the Mackay Visitor Information Centre. Greenmount Homestead – Walkerston. Greenmount was developed by Albert (A.A.) Cook on the cattle run first taken up by Captain John Mackay and contains a number of buildings on the grounds, including a 1915 Queenslander homestead, with a historical collection exceeding more than 20,000 items. Melba House – Marian. The 1882 home of opera singer Dame Nellie Melba is now a historical museum and accredited Visitor Information Centre along the banks of the Pioneer River on entrance to The Pioneer Valley. It displays recordings, photographs, memorabilia, books and furniture from Melba’s life and career. 10 mackayregion.com

Mackay Cemetery – Cemetery Road, Mackay. A self-guided walk can be taken exploring the history of the Mackay Cemetery, believed to have been on the site since 1868, with brochures available at the Mackay Visitor Information Centre. A restoration and identification project to honour over 100 South Sea Islander graves can also be found on this site. Clermont Historical Centre — Gregory Highway, Clermont. Clermont is one of the most historic towns in northern Australia. Learn about the days of the gold-rushes, copper mines, shearers, stockmen and squatters at the Centre.

CREATIVE SPACES Artspace Mackay – Gordon St, Mackay. This large, regional art gallery displays new artwork every six to eight weeks featuring international, national and local collections. There’s also art trails and workshops for children. Browse the amazing collection of creative gifts handcrafted by Queensland artists.


CULTURE & HERITAGE

DID YOU KNOW?

Mackay is renowned for welcoming world class acts, including Sir Elton John. During his 2017 tour, streets were renamed in his honour! Public Art – Mackay City Centre and surrounds. There are over 100 public artworks currently on permanent display through Mackay’s City Centre and along the Bluewater Trail. Find the large fishbones installed at the Bluewater Quay, or stroll further down the river to find a nine-metre-tall Mangrove Cap.

TOP ROW: Artspace Mackay, a regional art gallery; Greenmount Homestead in Walkerston. MIDDLE ROW: Mackay’s old Bank and the old Parish Hall, both buildings are a part of the Heritage Walk. BOTTOM ROW: Display of old mining equipment at Mount Britton; learn more about the sugar cane industry with various tours in the region. OPPOSITE: The Mackay Town Hall, built in 1912.

The Sugar Capital of Australia

MUSEUMS Mackay Museum 4 Casey Avenue, South Mackay Open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 10am – 2pm. Closed December – January. Pioneer Valley Museum Victoria Street, Mirani Open Tuesday to Thursday 9.30am – 2.30pm. Sarina Historical Centre Field of Dreams Parklands, Sarina Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am – 2pm. Nebo Museum Reynolds Street, Nebo Open Tuesday to Thursday 9am – 3pm. Clermont Historical Centre Gregory Highway, Clermont Open Wednesday to Saturday 9am – 3pm.

The Mackay Region has a rich history with sugar cane farming. In the late 1990s, The Mackay Region’s sugar cane crushing reached more than nine million tonnes. Between 1863 and 1904, 62,000 South Sea Islanders were brought to Australia to work in the sugar industry. Find out more with tours of the Sarina Sugar Shed or Farleigh Mill, or a free Heritage Walk.

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LOCAL FLAVOURS

Tantalising fresh produce, hidden cafés in the rainforest and real paddock-to-plate experiences, The Mackay Region has a delightful food culture around every corner. FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD with Trudie Bishop from The Family Table (home of Gather) What is Mackay best known for in terms of local produce? We are best known for our seafood and tropical fruits in summer but the quality and the variety of produce that we have in our region all year round is incredible and it just keeps growing. Why buy food and ingredients from local farmers? You can’t go past the freshness! Most of the produce that we buy is picked that day or the day before so it lasts a lot longer and it also reduces the food miles with less travel. There is also the added benefit of

Museums

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getting to talk directly with the farmers at the Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Markets and by purchasing directly from them, we are keeping the dollars in their pocket as well as helping them to grow their business by introducing new lines of produce that customers ask for. What’s the best thing about cooking with friends at The Family Table’s cooking classes? One word sums this up for me, connection. It’s connecting people with their closest friends and family, connecting them with strangers who become friends and also connecting them with our local farmers and the stunning produce that is grown right here in our region.


LOCAL FLAVOURS

TOP ROW (L to R): The Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Markets are held every Wednesday; fresh local beetroot; pineapples for sale; dine at an Italian café and restaurant in the Pioneer Valley. BOTTOM ROW (L to R): Cocktails and canapés at The Dispensary; Mackay is home to fresh seafood; locally grown produce at the Farmers’ Market; Devonshire Tea and fresh scones at The Old Station Teahouse. OPPOSITE: The award-winning Freckle Farm tours are a delight for young and old.

LOCAL PRODUCERS OF WORLD CLASS FLAVOURS

CITY CUISINE

The Mackay Region is proud of its seasonal local produce, innovative chefs and high-quality food experiences. Uncover real ingredients and take part in the region’s food culture. The Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market, Bluewater Quay, River Street, Mackay. Held every Wednesday, The Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market is the showcase of local, fresh and seasonal produce direct from farmers within the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday Regions. Organic Farm Tours, Eton. See how pasture-based, chemicalfree farming procedures have resulted in award-winning produce and healthy, nutritious and tasty food. Micro-Brewery, Paget. Get hands-on experience in the brewing process and choose from over 200 brews including beer, cider and ginger beer, and the famous Mackay Lager. Sugar Shed, Sarina. See the process, and taste the flavours, of award-winning rums, liqueurs and a range of sauces, chutneys and sweet treats made within Australia’s only miniature sugar mill and distillery. High Tea, Cape Hillsborough. Lose track of the time at this delightful 110-year-old former railway station hidden in a beautiful rainforest setting on the road to Cape Hillsborough National Park. Enjoy high tea or a light meal before exploring the lush gardens and antique collectables.

With an attractive streetscape and high-quality restaurants and cafés, The Mackay City Centre rivals major cities with its flourishing food scene. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, tempting tastes can be found in every direction.

UNPRETENTIOUS PIONEER VALLEY Whether it’s a hearty world famous pie served with a side of country charm, a converted-church with the finest Italian cuisine, or organic, gluten-free goodies in the rainforest of Finch Hatton, the Pioneer Valley has tasty delights around every corner.

MILLION DOLLAR VIEWS, NORTHERN BEACHES In addition to the jaw-dropping views, the northern beaches of Mackay also have some hidden gems when it comes to food. Try a hilltop pub serving delicious food all day, or a pretty café in Bucasia serving local produce made fresh daily.

Don’t miss the yodelling Austrian chef at Broken River, who serves some of the best waffles you’ll ever taste!

Top Food Festivals G&S ENGINEERING WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL JULY: Queens Park, Mackay

LAMBERTS BEACH SEAFOOD & WINE FESTIVAL MAY: Seabreeze Tavern, Lamberts Beach

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CAPE HILLSBOROUGH & HIBISCUS COAST

Spectacular sunrises, rocky hills, crescent-moon shaped bays and beaches, and bucket-list wildlife experiences is what makes the rugged scenery at Cape Hillsborough and The Hibiscus Coast unlike any other. ICONIC EXPERIENCES The most famous faces of Cape Hillsborough National Park are the wallabies and kangaroos who feed on Casuarina Beach each morning at sunrise. As the morning sky lights up in spectacular shades, be sure to have your camera handy to capture this truly iconic Aussie experience.

LACE UP THE HIKING BOOTS The Diversity Boardwalk (easy) 1.2 kilometre return. This track travels through melaleuca woodland, a mangrove community, open eucalypt forest and vine thicket. The first 300 metres is accessible to wheelchairs. Yuibera Plant Trail (easy) 1.2 kilometre return. Walk or drive along the gravel road to Hidden Valley. Take this self-guiding trail to learn more about the Yuibera people’s traditional use of plants in the area. Beachcomber Cove Track (moderate) 2.2 kilometre return. Start from the northern end of the Cape Hillsborough picnic 14 mackayregion.com

area, and pass through open eucalypt forest and remnant rainforest with hoop pines, ferns and vines to Beachcomber Cove, with amazing views from the lookout. At low tide, you can return to Cape Hillsborough picnic area along the beach. Andrews Point Track (moderate to difficult) 5.2 kilometre return or 2.8 kilometre return via the beach. Follow the beach to reach the start of this track. After climbing numerous steps at the beginning of the track, you will be rewarded with spectacular views from several lookouts. At low tide, a causeway links the end of this track to Wedge Island. Also at low tide, you can return to the picnic area along the beach.

CAST A LINE Cape Hillsborough and The Hibiscus Coast offer net-free fishing zones where you can try your luck for Bream, Whiting, Flathead, Salmon or Barramundi. The area is part of the Great Barrier Reef marine park, so it’s important to know your zones before you go.


CAPE HILLSBOROUGH & HIBISCUS COAST

DID YOU KNOW?

The wildlife at Cape Hillsborough are a friendly bunch. They sure know how to pose for photos but please don’t attempt to touch or feed them.

Seaforth

Cape Hillsborough

Mount Jukes

Habana

The Leap

Nindaroo TOP ROW: A kangaroo during sunrise; running along the beaches of Cape Hillsborough. MIDDLE ROW: Bird’s eye view of Wedge Island; stunning blue tiger butterflies. BOTTOM ROW: The Yuibera Yuwi Trail is a popular bushwalk at Cape Hillsborough; two wallabies on the beach during sunrise. OPPOSITE: The kangaroos and wallabies feeding on the beach during sunrise at Cape Hillsborough is a bucket-list experience.

Beaconsfield Farleigh

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INDIGENOUS CONNECTIONS The Yuibera people lived in Cape Hillsborough for thousands of years and signs of their special connection to the area are still present. Mount Mandurana, now known as The Leap, was the scene of a dramatic conflict between European settlers and Indigenous inhabitants. Visit the large sculpture on the Bruce Highway to discover the tragic story for yourself.

HIBISCUS BEACH HUBS Smalleys Beach is a popular location for camping and fishing. Halliday Bay has a swimming enclosure and resort with golf course and restaurant right near the beach. Ball Bay is a popular beachside fishing destination with great shells to look out for on the beach. Seaforth is a small coastal community fringed by a beautiful beach. Nearby creeks provide some of the best fishing in the region, with a fantastic boat ramp providing easy access to Newry Islands National Park.

Wildlife Wonders TURTLE LAYING & HATCHING Occurs between September and February.

BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES Hundreds of blue tiger butterflies can be seen during the cooler months in the dense rainforest.

WILDLIFE HABITAT Cape Hillsborough National Park is home to a wide range of wildlife including: 8 amphibian, 22 mammal, 25 reptile and 140 avian species.

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PIONEER VALLEY & EUNGELLA

Eungella’s mountain peaks are often shrouded in mist, and was aptly named by its Indigenous inhabitants with the name translating to ‘land of the cloud’. Travel through the picturesque Pioneer Valley towards Eungella and experience Australia’s longest stretch of subtropical rainforest for yourself.

ROADTRIP THROUGH THE PIONEER VALLEY Marian: Find out about Dame Nellie Melba at the Melba House (an accredited Visitor Information Centre) in Marian. Mirani: This charming town has achieved Recreational Vehicle (RV) friendly accreditation through the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia, offering low-cost accommodation to self-contained RV travellers. You can also take a dip at Platypus Beach, a family-friendly swimming spot along the Pioneer River. Pinnacle: Home of the world famous Pinnacle Pies! Indulge in coffee and cake, or a beautiful dinner at a churchconverted café.

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FINCH HATTON GORGE Take a guided rainforest walking tour and learn more about the flora and fauna within the national park, then fly through the trees on a zipline 25 metres above the ground. Cool down with a swim at Araluen Cascades or Wheel of Fire or scuba dive in platypus waters during a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Don’t forget to treat your tastebuds to tantalising food at one of the cafés in the rainforest.

EUNGELLA NATIONAL PARK Spend some time in the township of Eungella, admiring the views and the fresh air. Visit the Sky Window Circuit for a short walk to a lookout boasting views of the entire Pioneer Valley. Go platypus spotting at the special viewing platforms at Broken River and visit the nearby Visitor Information Centre. Explore Australia’s longest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest, with 860 plant species, 230 bird species and plenty of walking tracks. Stay a night in the rainforest and enjoy a spotlighting


PIONEER VALLEY & EUNGELLA

Finch Hatton Gorge Marian Eungella

Pinnacle

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Mirani

tour to see nocturnal animals. Enjoy breakfast or lunch at a café combining Austrian and Australian cuisine and overlooking platypus waters.

TOP BUSHWALKS IN EUNGELLA NATIONAL PARK Cedar Grove track – 2.8 kilometres. Moderate level of fitness required for short uphill sections and stairs. Walk in rainforest shade and catch glimpses of the Pioneer Valley through tall trees. Take a moment to stand inside the strangler fig tree arch that can be found along the way. Wheel of Fire, Finch Hatton Gorge – 4.2 kilometres return. If you’ve made it to Araluen Cascades, keep walking (there’s some uphill sections) but you will be rewarded with a beautiful waterfall surrounded by sheer cliffs and cascades. Mackay Highlands Great Walk – 56 kilometres (3 – 5 days). This walk is for skilled walkers with high fitness levels. Experience rainforest and palm groves, cliffs and peaks, and quiet roads and farming communities.

TOP ROW: Bushwalking at Eungella National Park; sugar cane fields in The Pioneer Valley. MIDDLE ROW: Taking in the view from the Eungella Sky Window; a platypus at Broken River. BOTTOM ROW: A refreshing dip at Finch Hatton Gorge; driving through Eungella National Park. OPPOSITE: Capturing the flora and fauna of Eungella National Park through the lens.

Must do’s in the Pioneer Valley & Eungella COOL OFF Take a splash in the fresh water of Finch Hatton Gorge.

STUNNING VIEWS Visit the Sky Window Lookout with breathtaking views over the Pioneer Valley.

PLATYPUS VIEWING from the viewing platforms at Broken River.

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MACKAY CITY & MARINA

Take in the balmy breezes over a delicious seafood lunch at the Mackay Marina Village or take in the views of one of Queensland’s only blue water rivers. EXPLORE

SHOP

The Mackay City Centre is full of art-deco inspired buildings, modern streetscapes and beautiful views. Take in the blue Pioneer River with a stroll or bike ride along the Bluewater Trail or step back in time with a Heritage Walk through the City Centre, where you’ll be treated to a range of public art installations along the way.

Full of funky fashion boutiques, trinket stores and stylish homewares, you’ll be guaranteed to pick up a unique item for a bargain price in the City Centre. Nearby Caneland Central offers over 100 speciality and service stores and is the largest in the region.

WINE AND DINE

The popular Bluewater Lagoon features three swimming lagoons, kids’ water park and slides and provides hours of fun for the whole family. Visit the Orchid House at Queens Park, one of the largest display houses in Australia. Open weekdays from 10am to 11am and 2pm to 3pm and Sundays from 10am to 2pm. The nearby playground is the biggest in The Mackay Region, with a seven-and-a-half-metre-tall sky tower and two smaller play towers for younger children.

The Mackay City Centre comes to life when the sun goes down. Enjoy funky roof-top bars, fine dining at chic restaurants or wind down with friends at a local wine bar. There’s also a bunch of family-friendly offerings to keep everyone happy. The nearby Mackay Marina Village offers fresh seafood, authentic Italian, tasty Thai and everything in between, catering for all tastebuds. Relax by the Lighthouse and take in the views with a cool drink and a delicious meal any time of the day.

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MACKAY CITY & MARINA

DID YOU KNOW?

Discover East Mackay’s city beaches, less than five minutes from the City Centre. Motel and resort-style accommodation is available within walking distance from the beach.

Mackay Harbour

Bluewater Lagoon TOP ROW: An aerial view of Mackay City; Fashions on the Field during the Mackay Airport Beach Horse Races. MIDDLE ROW: The Orchid House at Queens Park; Slade Point is a popular spot to enjoy sunsets. BOTTOM ROW: Standup paddle boarding at Mackay Marina; the Bluewater Lagoon is a popular water park in the City Centre. OPPOSITE: The Mackay Marina is a popular location for dining, fishing and relaxing.

Mackay Airport

STAY Whether it’s an inner-city hotel, family tourist park, holiday apartment or luxury hotel right on the waterfront, the Mackay City Centre and Marina has accommodation to suit every budget.

FISH Throw a line off the Marina Breakwater for reef fishing including Mackerel or Tuna. If you have no luck, you can always tuck into a tasty seafood meal afterwards and reflect on ‘the one that got away’.

EVENTS The Mackay Harbour Beach and Marina hosts some of the region’s biggest events, including the popular Mackay Airport Beach Horse Races and the Offshore Superboat Championships. Find out more about these exciting events via the Events Calendar (page 28).

Lamberts Beach A short drive north to Lamberts Beach will offer the same summery vibes on a smaller scale.

GIANTS OF THE SEA Check out the Whale Watching Platform at the top of the Lamberts Beach lookout.

PICTURE PERFECT Be sure to bring your camera for amazing views over the Coral Sea.

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NORTHERN BEACHES

Uncrowded beaches, golden sand set off by tropical palm trees and the best sunrise and sunset locations in the region, Mackay’s Northern Beaches offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. GETTING HERE

DOLPHIN HEADS

From the Mackay City Centre, drive north on the Bruce Highway and turn right onto the Mackay-Bucasia Road. It will take about 20 minutes to reach the first beach. Good signage will direct you to the beach of your desire but we guarantee you’ll want to try them all. Once you enter the Northern Beaches, you won’t need a reason to leave. With a host of shops and takeaway restaurants, it’s easy to be prepared for a long stay. In fact, you may never want to leave.

This pretty headland provides a beautiful backdrop for photos while a family-friendly resort offers accommodation, recreation activities and cocktails by the pool with live music. The area is also home to spectacular real estate.

BLACKS BEACH The longest stretch of beach in Mackay, with approximately 6 kilometres of pure golden sand. Blacks Beach offers great beachside accommodation, perfect for relaxing with a book under the palm trees.

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EIMEO BEACH Eimeo Beach is a popular choice for swimming and is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months. An esplanade with children’s playground, barbecue facilities and amenities make it a popular area for families. Travel through the canopy of heritage-listed Mango trees to the historic pub on the hill with ‘million-dollar views’ or watch the sun go down at popular Sunset Bay, touted by local photographers as one of the best spots in the region to capture sunset.


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Shoal Point

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TOP ROW: Enjoy sunset at Sunset Bay, Eimeo; family fun at Dolphin Heads. MIDDLE ROW: Watching the sunset from a hammock at Eimeo Beach; fishing at Blacks Beach. BOTTOM ROW: A million-dollar view from a hill-top pub in Eimeo; sunrise through the palm trees at Blacks Beach. OPPOSITE: An aerial view of Eimeo Beach and surrounding areas.

MACKAY

BUCASIA BEACH This stretch of beach has great facilities along the picturesque esplanade and is a popular spot for fishing, with a nearby boat ramp. Discover the beauty of seaside living with a drive or walk along the esplanade or enjoy a bite to eat at the nearby café.

SHOAL POINT With sand that stretches for hundreds of metres at low tide, Shoal Point provides a close-up view of Green Island just off the coast. The picnic area along the esplanade is a popular place for families to gather, featuring children’s playground, barbecue, toilets and showers.

There are two dog off-leash areas in the Northern Beaches: Camilleri Street in Eimeo and Bucasia Beach.

Top tips for a Driving Holiday ww Take regular breaks ww Allow extra time ww Pack some snacks ww Prepare car games and sing-a-longs ww Record your journey with photos or write down the interesting things you see and do along the way.

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SARINA & SURROUNDS

From breezy coastal living to sugar cane and cattle farms, the Sarina and surrounding areas packs a punch with its diverse and picturesque offerings. FIELD OF DREAMS PARKLAND Situated just off the Bruce Highway, the Sarina Field of Dreams Parkland is a historical and educational hub, providing the perfect place to recharge and plan a fun-filled Mackay Region adventure.

These buildings offer accredited visitor information services and high-quality arts and crafts from local artisans. A state-of-the-art Mackay Region Visitor Information Centre will be open at the Field of Dreams Parkland in the second half of 2018.

SARINA HISTORICAL CENTRE

SWEET EDUCATIONAL FUN

Built in 1923 as a Presbytery for the Catholic Church, the building was later turned into a convent for nuns until 1987 and went on to become a parish centre, respite care centre and now historical centre. The Centre holds several collections including reflections on the region’s sugar cane, gold, coal and rail industries, as well as a look back at the school system, old furniture and fashion displays and more.

The Sarina Sugar Shed is a multi award-winning attraction and Australia’s only miniature sugar mill and distillery. The tours are an educational and interactive way to learn about the pioneers of the sugar cane industry, watch how sugar is extracted from cane and taste a range of sweet delights including fairy floss, rum, speciality liqueurs, chutneys, sauces, fudge and more.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

A small exhibition space for local artists or groups, it opens during exhibitions and collections range from paintings to hand-woven silk and other artworks.

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SARINA ARTS GALLERY


SARINA & SURROUNDS

MACKAY

Ooralea Bakers Creek

Chelona Dunnrock Hay Point Balberra Salonika Beach Grasstree Beach

Sarina Beach

Campwin Beach

SARINA

TOP ROW: Turtle sculpture at Salonika Beach; farmland in the Sarina region. MIDDLE ROW: The Sarina Sugar Shed; the Sarina Arts & Craft Centre. BOTTOM ROW: Sarina Beach surf lifesaving club; Buffy the cane toad is found in the main street of Sarina. OPPOSITE: Uncrowded and spacious Sarina Beach.

Armstrong Beach

LOCAL ICON You may notice Buffy the cane toad, a statue on the main street of Sarina. Buffy’s nickname is the shortened version of its scientific name, Bufo Marinus.

TOP BEACHES Armstrong Beach. A picturesque stretch of coastline, where you can visit Freshwater Point, named by Captain Cook in 1770 when he was searching for fresh water. Sarina Beach. Fringed by an esplanade with park and barbecue facilities, Sarina Beach has sweeping gold sand, gentle waves and is a popular spot for nesting turtles. Nearby beachside accommodation and restaurants make this a great spot to stay for a few days. Grasstree Beach. Grasstree Beach gives off a wonderful beachside feel, with sweeping trees, a nice shallow bay for swimming and plenty of public facilities adjacent to the beach.

Campwin Beach. Campwin Beach shares the same stretch of coastline as Sarina Beach, with Leeper Reef and adjoining rock flats separating the two at low tide. Oysters and mussels can be found on the rocks and it’s popular for fishing straight from the beach. Salonika Beach. This 2 kilometre stretch of beach is ideal for swimming and relaxing with views out to Victor Island, just offshore. The area is well preserved, meaning plenty of wildlife experiences including black cockatoos, sea eagles and bush turkeys.

CURIOUS ABOUT COAL? One of the largest coal exporting ports in the world, the Port of Hay Point is located halfway between Sarina and Mackay and services many coal mines in the Bowen Basin. The Port of Hay Point administration building (off Hay Point Road) features a lookout over the two terminals, with information on the 24/7 operations of the port. mackayregion.com 23


ISAAC INLAND

Brimming with country hospitality, intriguing history and unspoilt nature, the Isaac Region’s inland areas provide incredible outback experiences you won’t find anywhere else. OUTBACK HERITAGE Giddy up in Nebo. In the cattle-grazing town of Nebo, the heritage-listed pub built in 1862 is the ideal place to get some great tucker or visit the Historic Nebo Musuem for an insight into the town’s history. Grab your hats, dust off your boots and roll up your swag for the annual Nebo Rodeo. It’s the town’s largest event, attracting competitors from across the country and has been touted as one of the best rodeo events in Australia. Ghosts of the past. Visit the abandoned mining town of Mount Britton, a 35-minute drive northeast of Nebo. Founded in 1880, Mount Britton was once a thriving town with a population of 1500. Isaac Regional Council maintain markers on the original streets, and display historic photographs on information boards to give you a glimpse of the town in the 1880s. Fossick for gold in Clermont. Clermont is one of the most historic towns in northern Australia, with a colourful past, rich in drama and laced with tragedy. 24 mackayregion.com

Visit the Clermont Historical Centre to hear of the region’s interesting past, and tour the town to discover the 1916 Flood Memorial areas (including the Piano in the Tree), an eerie reminder of the height of one of Australia’s worst floods. Go for a fossick on one of Clermont’s General Permission Areas and try your luck at striking gold.

OUTBACK NATURE Wolfang Peak. At 572 metres, Wolfang Peak is one of the most popular peaks of the range and takes approximately one hour to summit. Once there you will experience a 360° view of the surrounding farmland and National Park offering some of the most unique panoramas in Queensland. Lord’s Table Mountain. Take in the sweeping views of the 320-metre high Lord’s Table Mountain with its flat-topped plateau. There’s a picnic table and rest area at the scenic base. Lake Elphinstone. A short drive from Glenden, Lake Elphinstone is one of the region’s best natural highlights. It’s


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a popular spot to set up camp, or try fishing, bushwalking, kayaking or water sports. The lake also offers bird-watching and wildlife encounters. Take advantage of free camping and public facilities, including toilets, showers, barbecues, boat ramp and picnic tables. Theresa Creek Dam. Just 20 kilometres southwest of Clermont, Theresa Creek Dam is popular for skiing, swimming, fishing, camping or a scenic lunch at the kiosk.

COUNTRY TOWNS The Town of Nebo was originally known as Fort Cooper, however in 1923 the name was changed by popular demand to Nebo, derived from the nearby Nebo Creek. Moranbah is the newest town in the Isaac Region and boasts modern facilities. Visit the refurbished town centre with water feature and child’s play area, follow the Federation Walk to the town’s Big Red Rhino Bucket, or visit the Coalface Art Gallery.

TOP ROW: Engine restorers with a historic Aveling & Porter traction steam engine at the Clermont Historical Centre; bushwalk at Wolfang Peak. MIDDLE ROW: The historic Nebo Hotel; St Lawrence Wetlands. BOTTOM ROW: The old shearing shed at Clermont Historical Centre; 4WD-ing at Cape Palmerston. OPPOSITE: Lake Elphinstone is the perfect spot for fishing, camping and outdoor activities.

The Mining Trail Drive Route A 300 kilometre unique self-drive route from Mackay to Clermont will introduce you to wide, beautiful landscapes, historic towns, vibrant mining communities, and impressive man-made works.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Clairview is the Bruce Highway’s first and only view of the ocean between Bowen and the Gold Coast.

ISAAC COAST

Stretching from the south of Sarina to St Lawrence, the Isaac Coast is home to rustic beachside communities, ancient rainforest and interesting wildlife. ST LAWRENCE

CAPE PALMERSTON NATIONAL PARK

It’s worth a drive through the quaint, historic town of St Lawrence to see the heritage-listed Anglican Church and cemetery with graves dating back to the mid 1800s. A major attraction is the St Lawrence Wetlands before arriving in the township. The area has abundant birdlife and is a freshwater fish habitat. Visitors enjoy camping at the St Lawrence Recreation Grounds with views to the wetlands.

This rugged off-road paradise boasts windswept rocky headlands, mangroves, swamps, rainforest and sand dunes. The massive 7,200 hectare park protects a range of flora and fauna, making it a nature-lover’s dream location. The distinctive Mt Funnel stands at 344 metres high and offers breathtaking views towards the Northumberland Islands.

Don’t miss the St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend, an annual event being held in June 2018.

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CARMILA The charming community of Carmila is a blend of beachfront bliss with country character. Camp near the ocean and reel in fish for dinner (well known for Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Trevally and Flathead).

GREENHILL AND ILBILBIE An idyllic location with wonderful views of the ocean and surrounding district. Visit Yarrawonga and Notch Point Reserves to go camping, fishing and crabbing.


EXPERIENCE THE ISAAC COAST Discover an untouched, unspoilt land

Exquisite marine life

From Dugongs to Sea Turtles, explore our marine life.

Bird watchers paradise

St Lawrence and surrounding areas boast beautiful bird life. In fact, did you know a once-thought extinct bird called the Capricorn Yellow Chat is found in this area?

Join us as nature’s finest wetlands bursts into life

St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend | June 8 - 10 isaac.qld.gov.au 1300 ISAACS (472 227)


EVENTS CALENDAR 2018 JAN

Women’s Big Bash League Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars

APR

Mackay City Centre Easter Carnival

Tour de Cure

Velos in the Valley

Mackay Italian Street Party

Australia Day Citizen Ceremony & Celebrations

FEB

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Helloworld Travel Expo

Deadly Six Down Under

Pro Dart Series

30th Anniversary of the MECC

MECC Music Series with Ash Grunwald

MAR

Queens Baton Relay

32nd Bridal Fair Expo

Offshore Super Boat Championships

MAY

Mackay Home Show Caravan, Camping & Boating Expo

Lamberts Beach Seafood and Wine Festival

Angus & Julia Stone

Zach Mach Mackay Adventure Challenge

Wintermoon Festival

Greenmount Homestead Heritage Fair

Oyster World Rally 2018

JUN

Pioneer Valley Show

North Queensland Games

Jimmy Barnes Working Class Man Tour

Mackay Amateurs Race Day

Clermont Show 150 Years

Australian Wagyu Week

Mackay Marina Run

CQ Masters 8 Ball Tournament

Bangarra: Our Land People Stories

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St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend

Mackay Show

Queensland Ballet Swan Lake


For more information on events in The Mackay Region, please visit www.mackayregion.com/events

JUL

Mackay Cup Race Day

Né:roi Selections: A World Premiere

OCT

Global Grooves Cultural Festival

Queensland Mining Exhibition

Grasstree Beach Motorbike Races

Mackay Festival of Arts

AUG

Mechanos Mackay

G&S Engineering Wine and Food Day

Sugar City Con Pop Culture Expo

16th Annual Bush Poet’s Smoko – Nebo Museum

Mackay Swap Meet

NOV

Arlie Beach Music Festival

DEC

4MK/Zinc’s Carols at the Bluewater Quay

Mackay Mountain Marathon

Opera Queensland

Australian Ballet

SEP

Mackay Airport Beach Horse Races

Little Tribe Festival

Sarina Show

Timberfest Music, Art & Lifestyle Festival

Sarina Beach Coconut Festival

Mackay Triathlon Festival

CQ Bikes, Bulls, Buggy's & Bands

Wintermoon Spring Festival

Rio Tinto River 2 Reef Charity Ride

Eungella Bird Week & Bushwalking Festival

New Year’s Eve River Party Mackay City Centre

*Please note, events are true and accurate at time of printing, however may be subject to change.

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SHOPPING & MARKETS Weekdays Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Markets

Every Wednesday

Paxton’s Night Markets

Fridays, once a Month

Saturday

Mackay City Centre Gregory, Wood, Sydney, Brisbane and Victoria Streets Parking: Some free parking Caneland Central Corner of Victoria Street and Mangrove Road Parking: Free Moranbah Fair St Francis Drive, Moranbah Parking: Free Mt Pleasant Shopping Centre Phillip Street, Mt Pleasant Parking: Free

Showground Markets

Every Saturday

Clermont Markets

First Saturday of the Month

The Leap Markets

First Saturday of the Month

Sarina Beach Markets

Every second Saturday

NQ Babies & Kids Markets

Every three months

Sunday Seaforth Markets

Every Sunday of the Month

Eungella Markets

First Sunday of the Month (Apr – Dec)

Midge Point Markets

First Sunday of the Month

Sarina Tourist Art & Craft Centre Markets

First and Third Sunday of the Month

Troppo Treasure Markets

Second Sunday of the Month

Finch Hatton Markets

Second Sunday of the Month

Marian Markets

Third Sunday of the Month

Sarina Showground Markets

Last Sunday of the Month

Moranbah Markets

Last Sunday of the Month (Feb – Nov)

Louisa Creek Markets

Last Sunday of the Month

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Eco Certified Advanced Ecotourism

Fish and explore the Mackay region’s picturesque waterways and dams on board a 460 Renegade. Fish for all varieties of species, guided by a skipper with over 30 years’ experience in the area.

17 Langer Drive, Eimeo QLD 4740 P: 0457 254 740 E: kiddyj.73@gmail.com Facebook: Inshore Fishing Mackay

RAINFOREST SCUBA Unique experience .. no certification required WORLD 1ST diving in the RAINFOREST in crystal clear waters where PLATYPUS live and play. Will you be one of the few in the water with a PLATYPUS in natural conditions? Multiple Tourism Award Winner 2015, 2016 and 2017. We are pet friendly.

55 Anzac Parade, Finch Hatton QLD 4756 P: 0434 455 040 E: luanaroyle@y7mail.com www.rainforestscuba.com

TOURS & ATTRACTIONS

PLANNING YOUR TRIP

INSHORE FISHING MACKAY


TOURS & ATTRACTIONS

VISIT MACKAY’S REGIONAL ART GALLERY

artspace mackay

~ A dynamic, ever-changing program of exhibitions ~ Foodspace cafe + Artspace Gift Shop ~ Workshops, public programs & special events for all ages ~ A nationally recognised collection of artists’ books www.artspacemackay.com.au

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TOURS & ATTRACTIONS

REGIONAL AIR CHARTER SERVICE

THE FAMILY TABLE

Based at Mackay Airport, Regional Air Charter Service provides a comfortable, safe, reliable service to your chosen destination. Experience our Scenic Flights, showcasing Mackay’s endless beaches, countless islands, stunning Pioneer Valley and sugar-cane fields. Island Transfers, Private Charter, Group Bookings – our fleet can cater for you! Visit us at: Facebook – RegionalAirQLD Instagram – RegionalAir_QLD

The Family Table specialises in connecting people to our local produce. Whether it be at a cooking class, grabbing a local food hamper to nourish you while exploring our region or sitting down and feasting on our seasonal menus at Gather.

14 Mike Jones Street, Mackay Airport, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 1300 359 734 (1300 FLY REG) E: info@regionalair.com.au www.regionalair.com.au

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Dining with a Million Dollar View House-made desserts and scones baked daily Catering for Small or Large Functions + huge Function Room with Ocean Views Join us for Full Moon OPEN 7 DAYS: Cafe & Bar Open from 10am | Mon–Thurs: Lunch 122pm; Dinner 6-8pm | Fri–Sat: Brunch 10-11:30am; All Day Dining from 12-8:30pm | Sun: Brunch 10-11:30am; All Day Dining from 12-8:30pm

1 Mango Avenue, Eimeo QLD 4740 P: 07 4954 6106 E: eimeohotel@westnet.com.au www.eimeohotel.com.au

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8/839 Mackay Bucasia Road, Bucasia QLD 4750 P: 0449 167 152 or 07 4954 7757 E: events@familytable.com.au www.familytable.com.au

MACKAY FISH MARKET Supplying the general public with Fresh Local Seafood from the pristine waters of Mackay and Surrounds including Barramundi, Mudcrabs, Banana, King, Tiger Prawns, Bugs, Coral Trout and Red Throat Emperor. Want to take some Mackay-caught seafood home? Ask about our airline packs. Open 7 Days: Mon–Fri 8.30am to 5.30pm Sat 8.30am to 5.00pm Sun 9.00am to 5.00pm 2 River Street, Mackay QLD 4740 (Boat Ramp end of River Street) P: 07 4953 2498 E: sales@mackayfishmarket.com.au www.mackayfishmarket.com.au or www.mackayreeffish.com


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Best Sports Club 2017 (Clubs Queensland Awards) Centro Restaurant, Hub Cafe & Bar Largest Gaming Room in Mackay open until 4am Sportsbar, TAB & Keno, bigscreen TVs Pee Wee’s Kids Room Courtesy Bus service subject to availability

1 Glenella Road, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4965 6100 E: members@magpiesmackay.com.au www.magpiesmackay.com.au

A haven nestled in the natural surrounds of the beautiful Cape Hillsborough National Park Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park is the ultimate destination to seek respite from the pace of everyday living. Wake up to see kangaroos on their morning beach hop and keep an eye open for turtle and whale sightings during migration season.

Fresh food made daily. Homemade cakes, scones, soups and pies. Wood fired pizza available on weekends. Located 8klms from Cape Hillsborough National Park, it’s the perfect spot to stop for a break.

231 Cape Hillsborough Road, Cape Hillsborough QLD 4740 P: 07 4959 0528 E: michele.shea02@bigpond.com www.facebook.com/The-Old-Station-Teahouse-229561107124878

THE FEATHERED NEST Sometimes you just need to escape the rush of modern life and breathe in fresh country air. A place to getaway and take in some stunning surroundings. Nestled in a countryside setting, The Feathered Nest – Luxury Wildlife Retreat offers just that in the heart of the Mackay and Whitsundays region.

51 Risley Parade, Cape Hillsborough QLD 4740 P: 07 4959 0152 E: enquiries@capehillsboroughresort.com.au www.capehillsboroughresort.com.au

125 Royston Park Drive, Kuttabul QLD 4741 P: 07 4954 0387 E: relax@the-feathered-nest.com.au www.the-feathered-nest.com.au

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Well appointed large sites Nice peaceful tropical paradise Close to bowls, golf and sporting clubs Close to Northern Beaches and shopping centres Clean amenities, well appointed camp kitchen Self contained villas

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THE OLD STATION TEAHOUSE

LOCAL FLAVOURS

MAGPIES SPORTING CLUB

MACKAY

BROKEN RIVER MOUNTAIN RESORT 524 Eungella Dam Road, Eungella QLD 4757 P: 07 4958 4000 E: enquiries@brokenrivermr.com.au www.brokenrivermr.com.au Have you felt the quiet excitement of spotting a platypus in the wild? Want to marvel at the hundreds of different flora and fauna that call Eungella National Park home? Experience this and more just minutes from your doorstep at Broken River Mountain Resort, offering clean and comfortable lodge-style accommodation set in the mist-shrouded mountains of Eungella. Our licensed Restaurant, Possums Table, offers excellent A Là Carte dining. Spotlight tours, guided walks and daily transfers to a variety of bushwalks are also available. Contact us to truly get away from it all and experience unspoilt nature at its best.

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40-68 Beaconsfield Road East, North Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4942 4922 Toll Free: 1800 484 922 www.andergrovevanpark.com

BIG4 MACKAY MARINE TOURIST PARK Free Night… book 4 and pay for 3* Modern villas, children’s water park, mini golf, 2 pools and slide, bouncing pillow, barramundi fishing, closely located to the harbour and city – your family are sure to enjoy their stay here. Mention this ad to get 4 nights for the price of 3! (Offer ends 30/11/18 – Ts & Cs apply, 1 & 2 bedroom cabins only) 2

265 Harbour Road, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4955 1496 E: info@mmtp.com.au www.mmtp.com.au

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ACCOMMODATION MACKAY

CLARION HOTEL MACKAY MARINA

IBIS MACKAY

Premium Accommodation in Mackay’s Best Location The Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina is located on the relaxing waterfront setting of the picturesque Mackay Marina with views over the tropical blue waters of the Coral Sea.

ibis Mackay, a two time winner of Mackay Tourism’s best Standard Accommodation features ibis sweet beds in every room, complimentary car-parking, fitness facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi and offers the TurBARlence Tavern and outdoor Terrace. Serving delicious locally sourced food for not only hotel guests but locals to enjoy!

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40 Mulherin Drive, Mackay Harbour QLD 4740 P: 1800 386 386 E: res@clarionmackay.com www.mackayaccommodation.com.au

Mackay Airport, Christensen Circuit, South Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4898 0000 E: h9266-re@accor.com www.ibismackay.com.au

LANAI RIVERSIDE APARTMENTS

POTTER’S OCEANSIDE MOTEL

20 River Street, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4957 4401 E: info@lanaiapartments.com.au www.lanaiapartments.com.au

2C Gordon Street East, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 1800 188 133 or 07 5689 0388 E: stay@pottersoceansidemotel.com.au www.pottersoceansidemotel.com.au

Stay 3 Nights – Get the 4th FREE Super specials on stylish 2 & 3 bedroom fully furnished self-contained apartments. Superior location alongside the Bluewater Lagoon, Canelands Shopping Centre and Pioneer River. Feel truly at home with Lanai’s quality facilities and services including: ■ Resort style pool ■ Room service & Austar ■ Traditional sauna ■ Secure undercover parking ■ Poolside BBQ ■ Friendly attentive service ■ Small gymnasium ■ Free Wi-Fi (500Mb per day) Specialists in short/long-term stays – visit our website for more great deals.

“More than you would expect from a motel” Potter’s Oceanside Motel is a new generation motel having a modern chic exterior and hotel style rooms luxuriously furnished with king size beds, large flat screen televisions and corporate work stations. Relax, relax, and relax on your private balcony with a cup of Twinings tea, or rejuvenating in the pool or enjoying a poolside breakfast with a freshly brewed cappuccino coffee. Airport and CBD transfers available. FREE ■ NBN Wi-Fi ■ Ice machines ■ Bike hire ■ Poolside barbeques ■ 20 Foxtel channels

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MACKAY RESORT MOTEL

OCEAN INTERNATIONAL

‘Turning Business into Leisure’

Ocean International is a peaceful and relaxing hotel, ideally positioned on beautiful Illawong Beach in Mackay. Unwind with a king bed and balcony with Ocean Views, beach walks, pool and spa. Indulge with room service or experience a delicious meal and great service dining in Galleons, one of Mackay’s most popular Restaurants.

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Fully refurbished (2016) 40 quality 4 Star Suites Central location Resort style swimming pool Blue Gecko Bar & Restaurant with poolside, alfresco dining Competitive Rates from $110 (direct bookings) Self-contained units available 1

154 Nebo Road, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4944 7944 E: reservations@mackayresortmotel.com.au www.mackayresortmotel.com.au

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1 Bridge Road, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 1800 635 104 E: admin@oceaninternational.com.au www.oceaninternational.com.au


Quiet and centrally located with a fantastic restaurant and bar, our friendly staff will make your stay memorable. Just a short walk to City Centre, MECC and showgrounds, great for corporates and tourists alike.

309 Shakespeare Street, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 1800 075 057 E: admin@shakespearemotel.com.au www.shakespearemotel.com.au

RIVIERA MACKAY 5–7 Nelson Street, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4914 2460 E: info@rivieramackay.com.au www.rivieramackay.com.au The moment you step into the Palm Springs inspired Riviera Mackay boutique serviced apartments, you’ll know that you’ve stepped in somewhere magical. Boasting 64 fully equipped serviced apartments, all windows and private balconies celebrate views of either the Pioneer River, Coral Sea, Eungella Hinterland or Mackay CBD. Within each apartment a Samsung tablet offers all guest services at the touch of a button as well as FREE Wi-Fi for all guests’ devices, or enjoy using our Help Yourself Rooftop Herb Garden and Giant Chess Board. Riviera Mackay is nothing like any serviced apartment you’ve stayed in. We’re confident, but don’t take our word for it, book now and enjoy Mackay’s newest premium accommodation.

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WINDMILL MOTEL AND EVENTS CENTRE Positioned on the quiet banks of the Pioneer River, the Windmill Motel and Events Centre features onsite restaurant ‘The Mill’, a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. If you’re looking for somewhere to hold a classy function, our landscaped gardens and large entertainment area are the perfect place to celebrate, entertain or remember. 1

5 Highway Plaza, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4944 3344 E: reception@windmillmotel.com.au www.windmillmotel.com.au

DOLPHIN HEADS RESORT

Imagine spectacular beachfront views and the soft sands of Blacks Beach being just metres’ walk from your spacious accommodation in Mackay’s Northern Beaches. Set in 3 acres of lush tropical gardens – tropical beach houses, self-contained studios and 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Ask for your MT rate.

The perfect destination for your next holiday, weekend retreat, conference, function or wedding. Stylish, comfortable accommodation, full ocean front views and delicious cuisine means that your visit will be memorable.

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26 Bourke Street, Blacks Beach QLD 4740 P: 07 4954 9090 E: reservations@bluepacificresort.com.au www.bluepacificresort.com.au

LA SOLANA HOLIDAY UNITS ‘Your Quiet Retreat’ .. small resort complex adjacent to beautiful Blacks Beach ■ Self contained studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units ... from $110 (pay 5 stay 7) ■ Small complex with resort facilities incl. 1/2 sized tennis court and BBQ facilities ■ Free WI-FI ■ Walk to restaurants and tavern ■ Off street parking

6 Beach Road, Dolphin Heads QLD 4740 P: 07 4944 4777 E: reception@dolphinheadsresort.com.au www.dolphinheadsresort.com.au

THE SHORES HOLIDAY APARTMENTS Spacious, beachfront, one and two bedroom, fully self-contained and air-conditioned apartments, in a quiet, peaceful, tropical setting, fronting beautiful Blacks Beach. Pools, tennis court, BBQs, free Wi-Fi, volleyball, fishing and much more.

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15 Pacific Drive, Blacks Beach, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4954 9578 E: lasolana@mackay.net.au www.lasolanaholidays.com.au

9 Pacific Drive, Blacks Beach QLD 4740 P: 07 4954 9444 E: info@theshores.com.au www.theshores.com.au

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BARRACRAB CARAVAN PARK BarraCrab Caravan Park is in Clairview, Queensland – just off the Bruce Highway. Barracrab is a family owned/operated caravan park, has absolute beach frontage and provides travellers with a unique and friendly holiday experience. If you enjoy relaxing walks along the beach, amazing fishing or simply want to stop and enjoy the view, Barracrab is the place to visit.

1 Colonial Drive, Clairview QLD 4741 P: 07 4956 0190 E: bookings@barracrabcp.com.au www.barracrabcp.com.au

HAY POINT COUNTRY BED & BREAKFAST Relax in our quiet, spacious, PET FRIENDLY self-contained unit set in tropical gardens. Enjoy cooling off in the landscaped swimming pool followed by a relaxing stroll in the picturesque countryside. A delicious hot country-style breakfast, using fresh local ingredients is included in the tariff – only 10 minutes from the highway. 1

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45 Droughtmaster Drive, Hay Point QLD 4740 P: 0407 756 567 E: haypointcountrybnb@gmail.com www.haypointcountrybedandbreakfast.com

SEA EAGLES BEACH RESORT 149 Rasmussen Avenue, Salonika Beach, Hay Point QLD 4740 P: 07 4956 3322 E: reservations@seaeaglesresort.com.au www.seaeaglesresort.com.au Sea Eagles Beach Resort is 30km south of Mackay beachfront facing onto Salonika Beach, with (19) two storey self-contained two (2) bedroom townhouse apartments, fully equipped kitchen, fridge/ freezer, stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher, laundry/washing machine, clothes dryer, bathroom, bath and showers, two toilets, main bedroom queen bed, second bedroom (2) single beds or double and single bed, dining room, LCD TV, DVD player, Foxtel, fully air-conditioned with fans, facilities, restaurant and bar, conference facilities, two pools and spas, barbecues, tennis, playground, volleyball, great fishing, close to Whitsundays islands and reefs, local boat ramp, corporate rates available. Free Wi-Fi available restaurant/ reception area. 2

DISCOVER WHAT RELAXATION IS ALL ABOUT ABOARD THE SPIRIT OF QUEENSLAND Step aboard and discover the contemporary and comfortable design of the Spirit of Queensland as it journeys the Queensland coast to Mackay from Brisbane or Cairns, five times a week. Relax in modern seating, whether a generously spaced Premium Economy leather seat or a RailBed – a spacious seat by day, lie-flat bed by night. With modern seating and entertainment options, the Spirit of Queensland will have you relaxed from the moment you step aboard to the moment you arrive at your destination.

75 *

Premium Economy Seat to Mackay

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ex Townsville Per Adult One-Way

285 *

RailBed with all-inclusive meals to Mackay

$

ex Brisbane Per Adult One-Way

visit queenslandrailtravel.com.au or see your local travel agent *Conditions apply. Prices are per person based on B-Quick fare conditions, subject to availability. RailBus Coach Connections are included in the fare price where applicable. Other concession discounts are available for applicable card holders. Queensland Rail Travel reserves the right to make changes without notice, for full booking terms and conditions visit queenslandrailtravel.com.au

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MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ACCOMMODATION Andergrove Van Park +61 (0) 7 4942 4922 andergrovevanpark.com Armstrong Beach Caravan Park +61 (0) 405 448 100 caravanpark.wixsite.com/ armstrongbeach Ball Bay Campground +61 (0) 7 4959 0695 mackay.qld.gov.au/ community/council_facilities2/ council_facilities/camping BarraCrab Caravan Park +61 (0) 7 4952 2488 barracrabcp.com.au BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort +61 (0) 7 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au BIG4 Airlie Cove Van Park +61 (0) 7 4948 5400 airliecove.com.au BIG4 Mackay Blacks Beach Holiday Park +61 (0) 7 4954 9334 mackayblacksbeach holidaypark.com.au BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park +61 (0) 7 4955 1496 mmtp.com.au Broken River Mountain Resort +61 (0) 7 4958 4000 brokenrivermr.com.au Bucasia Beachfront Caravan Park +61 (0) 7 4954 6375 bucasiabeach.com.au Bush Village Budget Accommodation +61 (0) 7 4946 6177 bushvillage.com.au Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park +61 (0) 7 4959 0152 capehillsboroughresort.com.au Central Tourist Park +61 (0) 7 4957 6141 centraltouristpark.com.au

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Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina +61 (0) 7 4955 9400 mackayaccommodation.com.au

La Solana Holiday Apartments +61 (0) 7 4954 9578 lasolanaholidays.com.au

Comfort Resort Blue Pacific +61 (0) 7 4954 9090 bluepacificresort.com.au

Lanai Riverside Apartments +61 (0) 7 4957 4401 lanaiapartments.com.au

Coral Cay Resort Motor Inn +61 (0) 7 4957 7677 coralcayresort.com.au

Mackay Resort Motel +61 (0) 7 4944 7944 mackayresortmotel.com.au

Coral Sands Motel +61 (0) 7 4951 1244 coralsandsmotel.com.au

Miner’s Lodge Motor Inn +61 (0) 7 4951 1944 minerslodge.com.au

Direct Hotels - Pacific Sands +61 (0) 7 4843 3333 directhotels.com.au/ pacificsands

Mirani Caravan Park & Swimming Pool +61 (0) 7 4959 1239

Dolphin Heads Resort +61 (0) 7 4944 4777 dolphinheadsresort.com.au EconoLodge Beachside +61 (0) 7 4953 0011 econolodgebeachside.com.au Eimeo Pacific Hotel +61 (0) 7 4954 6805 eimeohotel.com.au Finch Hatton Gorge Cabins +61 (0) 7 4958 3281 finchhattongorgecabins.com.au Hamilton Island +61 (0) 7 4946 8505 hamiltonisland.com.au Hay Point Country Bed and Breakfast +61 (0) 407 756 567 haypointcountry bedandbreakfast.com Hi-Way Units Motel +61 (0) 7 4952 1800 mackaymotel.com Ibis Mackay Hotel +61 (0) 7 4898 0000 ibismackay.com.au Illawong Beach Resort +61 (0) 7 4952 1800 illawong-beach.com.au Island Gateway Holiday Park +61 (0) 7 4946 6228 islandgateway.com.au Keswick Island Developments +61 1300 889 290 keswickisland.com.au

MyCow Pty Ltd +61 (0) 7 4952 2806 mycowaccommodation.com.au Ocean International +61 (0) 7 4957 2044 oceaninternational.com.au Peppers Airlie Beach +61 (0) 7 4962 5100 peppers.com.au/airlie-beach Potter’s Oceanside Motel +61 1800 188 133 pottersoceansidemotel.com.au Premier Caravan Park +61 (0) 7 4957 6976 premiercp.com.au Quest Mackay +61 (0) 7 4829 3500 questapartments.com.au Quest Mackay on Gordon +61 (0) 7 4842 1800 questapartments.com.au Riviera +61 (0) 7 4914 2460 rivieramackay.com.au Rover Holidays Units +61 (0) 7 4951 3711 roverholidayunits.com.au Sandpiper Motel +61 (0) 7 4956 6130 sandpipermotel.net.au Seabreeze Tourist Park Airlie Beach +61 (0) 7 4946 6379 theseabreezepark.com.au SeaEagles Beach Resort +61 (0) 7 4956 3322 seaeaglesresort.com.au

Seaforth Camping Reserve +61 (0) 427 373 358 mackay.qld.gov.au/ community/council_facilities2/ council_facilities/camping Shakespeare Motel +61 (0) 7 4969 0200 shakespearemotel.com.au Shamrock Gardens Motel +61 (0) 7 4963 2333 shamrockmackay.com.au St Helens Beach Camping Area +61 (0) 7 4952 2677 mackay.qld.gov.au/ community/council_facilities2/ council_facilities/camping Sun Plaza Motel +61 (0) 7 4951 2688 facebook.com/ sunplazamotelmackay The Feathered Nest +61 (0) 7 4954 0387 thefeatherednest.com.au The Park Mackay +61 (0) 7 4952 1211 theparkmackay.com.au The Shores Holiday Apartments +61 (0) 7 4954 9444 theshores.com.au Toscana Village Resort +61 (0) 7 4946 4455 toscanaairliebeach accommodation.com Travellers Rest Caravan & Camping Park +61 (0) 7 4947 6120 facebook.com/Travellers-RestCaravan-Park Tropic Coast Motel +61 (0) 7 4951 1888 tropiccoastmotel.com.au White Lace Motel +61 (0) 7 4951 1888 whitelace.com.au Windmill Motel and Reception Centre +61 (0) 7 4944 3344 windmillmotel.com.au


TOURS & ATTRACTIONS Cruise Whitsundays +61 (0) 7 4846 7000 cruisewhitsundays.com Explore Whitsundays +61 (0) 7 4946 4999 explorewhitsundays.com Forest Flying +61 (0) 7 4958 3359 forestflying.com Freckle Farm +61 (0) 7 4954 1724 frecklefarm.com.au Goanna Brewing +61 (0) 7 4914 2661 goannabrewing.com.au Helloworld +61 (0) 7 4969 3600 helloworld.com.au Inshore Fishing Charters +61 (0) 457 254 740 facebook.com/InshoreFishing-Mackay Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) +61 (0) 7 4961 9777 themecc.com.au Mackay Historical Society & Museum +61 (0) 7 4953 0002 mackayhistory.org

Whitsunday Crocodile Safari +61 (0) 7 4948 3310 crocodilesafari.com.au Whitsunday Jetski Tours +61 (0) 459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au Whitsunday Sailing Adventures +61 (0) 7 4940 2000 whitsundayssailing adventures.com.au

Mackay Airport +61 (0) 7 4957 0201 mackayairport.com.au

House Call Doctor +61 (0) 7 3310 8718 housecalldoctor.com.au

Bushmans Bread +61 (0) 7 4953 4500 bushmansbakery.com.au

Mackay Transit Coaches (MTC) +61 (0) 7 4957 3330 mackaytransit.com.au

Isaac Regional Council +61 (0) 7 4954 9444 isaac.qld.gov.au

Caneland Central +61 (0) 7 4944 7102 canelandcentral.com.au

Mackay Whitsunday Taxi +61 (0) 7 4944 4999 mackaytaxi.com.au

Church Café Pinnacle +61 (0) 490 694 972 churchcafépinnacle.com.au

QantasLink +61 13 13 13 qantas.com/travel/airlines/ qantaslink/global/en

SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE

Cloudbreak Lowlines +61 (0) 7 4958 4601 lowlinecattleqld.com.au Harrup Park Country Club +61 (0) 7 4944 0000 harruppark.com.au Mackay Reef Fish Supplies +61 (0) 7 4957 6497 mackayreeffish.com

Paronella Park +61 (0) 7 4065 0000 paronellapark.com.au

NE Food Café Pty Ltd +61 (0) 7 4951 3546 nefood.com.au

Rainforest Scuba +61 (0) 434 455 040 rainforestscuba.com

Pinnacle Family Hotel +61 (0) 7 4958 5207 facebook.com/PinnacleFamily-Hotel

Sarina Golf Club +61 (0) 7 4956 1761 sarinagolfclub.com Sarina Sugar Shed +61 (0) 7 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au Stryker Sports Fishing +61 (0) 427 863 474 strykersportsfishing.com.au/ airliebeach That Sapphire Place +61 (0) 7 4954 0011 harringtonsaustralian gemstones.com

Eungella Business Group +61 (0) 7 4958 4751 eungella.com.au

TRANSPORT

Magpies Sporting Club Inc. +61 (0) 7 4965 6100 magpiesmackay.com.au

Regional Air +61 (0) 7 4941 5335 regionalair.com.au

Uneek Industries +61 (0) 497 007 136 uneekindustries.com.au

Drop Bear Entertainment +61 (0) 437 062 926 timberfest.com.au

Events by Ramona +61 (0) 403 237 728 eventsbyramona.com.au

Ocean Rafting +61 (0) 7 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

Reeforest Adventure Tours +61 (0) 7 4959 8360 reeforest.com.au

Ulysses Garden Café, Finch Hatton +61 (0) 7 4958 3572 facebook.com/ ulyssesgardencafé

Plattered Up +61 (0) 419 744 306 platteredup.com.au Platypus Lodge Restaurant & Café +61 (0) 7 4958 4785 platypuslodgerestaurant.com.au Sorbello’s Italian Restaurant +61 (0) 7 4957 8300 sorbellos.com.au The Family Table +61 (0) 7 4954 7757 familytable.com.au The Old Station Teahouse +61 (0) 7 4959 0528 facebook.com/ theoldstationteahouse

Queensland Rail +61 13 16 17 queenslandrail.com.au

MEDIA Channel Seven

+61 (0) 7 4959 8360 7queensland.com.au/mackay/

Jayco Mackay +61 (0) 7 4942 1292 jaycomackay.com.au Kelly Legal +61 (0) 7 4911 0510 kellylegal.com.au Mackay Marina Run +61 (0) 417 203 530 mackaymarinarun.com Mackay North State High School +61 (0) 7 4963 1666 macknortshs.eq.edu.au/ Pages/default.aspx

Core Publishing & Events Pty Ltd +61 (0) 409 577 282 corelife.com.au

Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce +61 (0) 7 4953 1603 mackayregionchamber.com.au

Media Whitsunday +61 (0) 7 4946 1594 mediawhitsunday.com.au

Mackay Regional Council +61 1300 622 529 mackay.qld.gov.au

The Daily Mercury +61 (0) 7 4957 0444 dailymercury.com.au

Pacific Petroleum Products +61 1300 366 245 pacificpetroleum.com.au

Southern Cross Austereo +61 (0) 7 4953 5353 southerncrossaustereo.com.au

Payne Print +61 (0) 7 4957 4288 payneprint.com.au

GENERAL SERVICES/OTHER

P. Comino & Sons +61 (0) 7 49 57 4370 pcominoandsons.com.au

BB Print +61 (0) 7 4957 6588 bbprint.com.au Brooke Miles Photography +61 (0) 419 941 162 brookemiles.com.au CQUniversity +61 (0) 7 4940 7872 cqu.edu.au Department of National Parks, Sports and Recreation +61 (0) 7 4999 8520 npsr.qld.gov.au DR Tourism +61 (0) 427 531 278 drtourism.com.au

Pioneer Valley Show Society +61 (0) 448 003 857 facebook.com/ pioneervalleyshow Purple Betty Productions P/L +61 (0) 7 4846 1138 purplebetty.com.au Think Office Technology Mackay +61 (0) 7 4842 8100 thinkoffice.com.au Tourism and Events Queensland +61 (0) 7 3535 3535 queensland.com

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LIVING IN PARADISE

Mackay and Isaac locals are spoilt for choice, with endless career and lifestyle opportunities around every corner. For many people, it’s not unusual to visit the region and never leave! Ask a local why they live in The Mackay Region and the answer is often the lifestyle. In fact, there’s more than 101 Things to Do in The Mackay Region. It’s home to Australia’s longest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest, 31 beautiful beaches, delicious local produce and friendly locals who make you feel part of the community as soon as you arrive. Top this off with captivating events, significant heritage and history, and a cultural scene to rival any location and you’ve got the perfect place to call home. Career and investment opportunities are also boundless, without the crowds, traffic or stress of metropolitan living. It’s a great place to raise a family. On weekends, be spoilt for choice, with nature’s playground in your backyard, kilometres of bikeways, parks, playgrounds, sporting fields, freshwater lakes and a warm Queensland climate. Plus, with access to the Great Barrier Reef and some great inland lakes and dams, it’s one of the best fishing locations on the east coast of Australia. Need more convincing? Visit www.mackay.qld.gov.au for inspiration.

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INTERVIEW WITH MACKAY MAYOR GREG WILLIAMSON How long have you been living in Mackay? I am a fifth generation Mackay local and have always lived here. I spent 12 out of the last 20 years working out of Brisbane and doing the weekly commute, but the family has always lived here. Why do you choose to live in Mackay? My ancestors were amongst the earliest settlers in the hamlet that came to be known as Mackay. Great, Great Grandfather Robert Williamson was a stone mason from Edinburgh who arrived in Mackay around 1870, and on the other side Great, Great Grandfather Patrick McKenney was a saddler from County Tyrone Ireland. McKenney arrived in Mackay in 1864 – just two years after the township was established – and was on the first Mackay Council in 1869. Both sides of the family selected Mackay as the start of their new life, and obviously stayed. What makes Mackay such a great place to live? It is, in my opinion, the most liveable regional community in Australia with 31 beaches, ideal climate, friendly people, all the facilities you need, a sporting culture and inclusive community focus. What does the perfect weekend in The Mackay Region look like? Clear blue skies, balmy breeze, lots of sport on Saturday, beach lazing on Sunday, punctuated by one or two free community events.


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GETTING HERE

SWIMMING

By Air Mackay Airport is serviced by major carriers; Virgin Australia, QantasLink and Jetstar. Short-term and long-term car parking is available. Taxis can be located upon arrival and a number of rental car companies operate from the airport terminal. Charter services from Mackay Airport provide a 25-minute direct flight to Hamilton Island.

Marine stingers (dangerous jellyfish) can be present in the ocean. The high-risk season is from October to May. Please observe warning signs and swim at patrolled beaches. Where possible, wear a protective stinger swimsuit. If in doubt, ask a lifeguard for advice.

Moranbah Airport is a 10-minute drive from the town of Moranbah and is serviced by QantasLink and Virgin Australia, providing direct flights to Brisbane. Short-term and long-term car parking is available. Taxis and rental cars are available at Moranbah Airport. By Rail Take a journey aboard the Spirit of Queensland with Queensland Rail Travel to Mackay. Choose from premium economy seats or the lie-flat, meal inclusive Railbed. The Mackay Train Station is located at Paget, 5km south of the City Centre. By Road Major coach operators include Mackay in their scheduled services from other destinations throughout Queensland

CLIMATE

Temperature

Temperature

Summer (Dec — Feb)

23 – 30

73 – 86

Autumn (Mar — May)

20 – 27

68 – 81

( ˚Celsius )

( ˚Farenheit )

Winter (Jun — Aug)

14 – 22

57 – 72

Spring (Sep — Nov)

20 – 28

68 – 82

*Temperature ranges are approximate averages only. Source: www.bom.gov.au/climate from Mackay Aero Station

and major cities along the coast.

The drive time to Mackay from Cairns is approximately 8.5 hours, and from Brisbane is approximately 11 hours. GETTING AROUND By Taxi Taxis are available throughout The Mackay Region, call 131 008 to book a pickup, or look for the taxi ranks within the city and at Mackay Airport. By Bus Mackay Transit Coaches operate a public bus schedule, linking Mackay city with outer suburbs, including Mirani, Sarina, Walkerston and the Northern Beaches. Tour Services Capture the best of the region by joining a tour, with information from local experts. Contact your nearest Visitor Information Centre for local tour recommendations.

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Mackay Region Visitor Guide 2018  
Mackay Region Visitor Guide 2018  

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