The Mackay Region Visitor Guide 2019

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Visitor Guide 2019



Where nature comes to life Whether you’re waking up with the wallabies and kangaroos at sunrise, spotting platypus within the billabongs of Australia’s longest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest, or taking in the beautiful blue Pioneer River, The Mackay Region has a slice of nature reserved just for you. Relax and unwind at one of the region’s 31 uncrowded beaches, hook a winning catch at a freshwater dam, indulge in fresh, local produce in the City Centre or learn about the rich culture and heritage of the region. Inland, on the coast, or in the City Centre, see where nature truly comes to life in The Mackay Region.

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Nature & Wildlife......................................................................................................06 Fishing & Boating....................................................................................................08 Family Fun..................................................................................................................... 10 Culture & Heritage....................................................................................................12 Local Flavours.............................................................................................................14


Cape Hillsborough & Hibiscus Coast........................................................16 Eungella & Pioneer Valley..................................................................................18 Mackay City & Marina..........................................................................................20 Northern Beaches...................................................................................................22 Sarina & Surrounds................................................................................................24 Isaac Inland................................................................................................................. 26 Isaac Coast.................................................................................................................. 28


Bicycle Tracks


Hiking Trails



Wifi Access

Boat Ramp


Camp Ground




Stinger Enclosure

Pacific Coast Way

Great Inland Way


Events..............................................................................................................................04 Why Mackay?............................................................................................................30 Shopping & Markets..............................................................................................32 Planning Your Trip...................................................................................................33 Membership Directory........................................................................................40 Getting Here & Getting Around.................................................................... BC

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VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES Mackay Region Visitor Information Centre Sarina Field of Dreams, Bruce Highway, Sarina P: 07 4837 1228 E: Open: 9am – 5pm, 7 days (May to October) 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday (November to April) 9am – 3pm Saturday 9am – 1pm Sunday


Melba House Visitor Information Centre Melba House, Eungella Road, Marian P: 07 4954 4299 E: Open: 9 am – 3pm, 7 days Mackay Visitor Information Centre 320 Nebo Road, Mackay P: (07) 4837 1228 E: Open: 9 am – 5pm Monday to Friday Broken River Visitor Information Centre 534 Eungella Dam Road, Broken River P: 07 4958 4745 E: Open: 1 0am – 3pm, 7 days Clermont Visitor Information Centre 17217 Gregory Highway, Clermont P: 07 4983 3311 E: Open: 9 am – 3pm, Wednesday to Saturday 2


Theresa Dam

Lords Table Mountain

Peter Faust Dam



Midge Point Seaforth Net-free fishing zone

Cape Hillsborough

Shoal Point Eungella

Finch Hatton

Eungella Dam


Mackay Eun gella Rd


Marian Broken River Teemburra Dam Kinchant Dam

Melba House

Bucasia Dolphin Heads Eimeo Blacks Beach

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Mackay Regional Council Australia Day events


Ian Moss National Regional Tour

The ABBA Show

ANZAC Day Ceremony

Amateurs Race Day

Women’s Big Bash League


34th Annual Bridal Fair

Kids Day at the MECC

Hello World Travel Expo

MAY Cruisin’ the Coast Fun Run

Wintermoon Festival

Melbourne Comedy Show Mackay Home Show Caravan, Camping & Boating Expo

Zach Mach Mackay Adventure Challenge

Mackay Italian Street Party

Mackay Marina Run

St Lawrence Wetlands Expo

Caneland Central Mackay Turf Girl Race Day

Mackay Sports Expo and Sign on Day


Twilight Run

Nashville Live

AFL GC Suns Men’s JLT Series Game Gold Coast SUNS Vs Western Bulldogs Mackay Cabaret Festival

NRL Pre-season Trial Match – North Queensland Cowboys Vs Melbourne Storm


The Sapphires, MECC

Cliff Richard & The Shadows 60th Anniversary Tribute Concert

Greenmount Heritage Fair

JUN Pioneer Valley Show

Mackay Show

Clermont Show

River Sessions

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Taylors Solicitors Mackay Cup Race Day

River 2 Reef Ride

G&S Wine & Food Day

Mackay Festival of Arts

DBCT Illuminate


Sarina Show

Global Grooves


Airlie Beach Music Festival


Carols by Candlelight, Sarina Beach

Mackay Mountain Marathon


Grasstree Beach Motorcycle Races

Mackay Triathlon Festival

Mackay Inflatable Boat Race

New Year’s Eve Carnival

*Please note, events are true and accurate at time of printing, however may be subject to change. 5


Kilometres of pristine rainforest, cool freshwater gorges and unique wildlife in unspoilt surroundings, The Mackay Region has endless nature and wildlife experiences for those that seek out life’s quieter corners.

TIP How can you spot a platypus in the wild? Be patient and quiet and watch for air bubbles and ripples rising to the surface.


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



Top Nature & Wildlife Experiences  SUNRISE WITH WALLABIES  AND KANGAROOS

Capture some of Australia’s most iconic animals feeding on the shoreline at Cape Hillsborough Beach (also known as Casuarina Beach) as the sun rises over the Coral Sea.

 SPOT PLATYPUS IN THE WILD Broken River at Eungella National Park is the most reliable place to spot a platypus in the wild. See them in action at the platypus viewing platforms, or enjoy a scuba diving experience in rainforest waters at Finch Hatton.


The national parks that are spread throughout The Mackay Region offer something for every bushwalker

from lush, green rainforest to rugged terrain and national parks that border the beach. Guided tours throughout Eungella National Park are an option for those who want further insight.

 SWIM AT FINCH HATTON GORGE Cool off in crystal clear waters after a bushwalk through the rainforest. The most popular spots for swimming are Araluen Cascades or the Wheel of Fire where you will find spectacular waterfalls and large rock pools.


The Mackay Region offers some of the world’s best Barra fishing, whether it’s casting in the creeks during winter, or firing up the monster fish in the stocked impoundments over summer.


Approximately 80 kilometres west of Mackay Australia’s longest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest and one of Queensland’s most ecologically diverse parks with 860 plant species and a wonderful variety of wildlife.


Approximately 50 kilometres north of Mackay Dense rainforest meets the ocean in this ruggedly scenic park with rocky headlands covered in hoop pines and volcanic rock formations. Meet the friendly wildlife on the beach at sunrise each morning.

CAPE PALMERSTON NATIONAL PARK 115 kilometres south-east of Mackay

Main Photo: The iconic Platypus can be found within the billabongs of Eungella National Park. A popular spot is the platypus viewing platforms at Broken River. From Left: The start of the Mackay Great Highlands Walk, which begins at Eungella National Park. A wallaby on the beach at Cape Hillsborough.

This uncrowded coastline is best for 4WD enthusiasts, with windswept headlands, rainforest, swamp, sand dunes and beaches, along with the 344 metre Mount Funnel.


70 kilometres south-west of Mackay Dramatic cliffs, peaks and spires, this park is set in a vast dry landscape and protects open woodland, brigalow and key fossil locations. 7


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.

HOOKED? The Mackay Region has a dedicated fishing platform full of useful information for anglers. Visit or Hooked on Mackay on Facebook. 8


Estuaries & Beaches

 Top Spot: The Pioneer River  One of the only true blue rivers in Australia, the Pioneer River is beautiful to look at and produces excellent fishing as well. From the river mouth to further upstream you’ll find Queenfish, King and Blue Salmon, and the jewel in the crown, the Barramundi.  Target Species: Barramundi There’s no more iconic Australian fish than the mighty Barramundi. A true bucket list species, anglers from all over the world come to Mackay to tackle this majestic creature. Barra can be targeted using bait, soft and hard bodied lures, trolling and even fly techniques. Barramundi aren’t just a legendary fighting fish – their table quality can’t be beat.

Freshwater Rivers & Dams

 Top Spot: Kinchant Dam If it’s that magical metre Barra you’re after, then look no further. Kinchant Dam is located just 30 minutes from Mackay, and is renowned for its monster Barra, and stocked Sooty Grunter and Sleepy Cod. Best of all, Barra in Kinchant Dam, like Teemburra and Eungella, can be targeted year-round with a Stocked Impoundment Permit.

Fishing Tips

from Jason of Inshore Fishing Mac


With over 25 years’ experience fishing this region, no one knows the waterways better than Jason Kidd from Inshore Fishing Mackay. An expert in helping make those fishing dreams a reality, Jason shares his tips on fishing The Mackay Region. “Mackay has so much to offer any angler no matter the experience level. For families and those looking for a good time with our bread and butter species, I would recommend along the Pioneer River or from our region’s beaches. If you’re looking for a huge variety of fish, or a feed, try Seaforth, where the net-free zone makes for terrific fishing. Want that magical metre Barra you can brag about? Then it’s got to be Kinchant Dam, the quality and quantity of the fish in there is legendary.”

 Target Species: Sooty Grunter Not as well known as the Barramundi, fishermen travel from far and wide nonetheless for that adrenaline burst of a Sooty Grunter strike. The rivers and creeks west of Mackay are full of Sooties, but if it’s a monster fish you seek, then head to Eungella Dam, which hosts the World Sooty Championships in May each year.

Offshore Islands & Reefs

 Top Spot: Islands of Seaforth Incorporating the net-free zone, the islands scattered off the coast of Seaforth provide spectacular fishing, well within sight of the mainland. Normally offshore species such as Coral Trout, Cobia and Red Emperor can all be caught here. Just be sure to check the Great Barrier Reef Marine zones before you head out.  Target Species: Spanish Mackerel The famous Spaniards are as hard fighting as they are delicious. Fast trolling lures or scented baits will often entice a bite. From that point on, it’s a case of hang on and enjoy the ride as these speedsters take off. To stand a chance against the famous Spanish Mackerel, you’ll need heavy duty gear. Wire trace is also recommended. Main Photo: Blacks Beach is a popular spot for fishing straight from the beach. Top Photo: Jordan Bemet and Dean Silvester hook up double barras at Kinchant Dam. Middle Photo: Dan Grech catches a Sooty at Eungella Dam. Bottom Photo: Jason Kidd, of Inshore Fishing Mackay. 9


Make a splash in the City Centre, try tricks at the multi-sport skate park or enjoy scenic tracks through the Botanic Gardens and enjoy what the family-friendly Mackay Region has to offer.

Mackay Aqua Park’s Lifeguard Tess

Mackay Aqua Park’s lifeguard Tess enjoys meeting new faces at the giant inflatable park.

What’s the best thing about the Mackay Aqua Park? Seeing kids burst with excitement when they arrive at the park. They just can’t wait to get out there. Then hearing all the laughter on the park, it’s priceless, especially from the adults, they have so much fun too. What’s your favourite feature of the Park? The Blast Bag Tower. Sitting on the end of the blast bag waiting to be launched is super nerve racking, then the countdown begins and all of a sudden you are sent flying through the air. Some kids go over 5 metres high. It’s such a thrill! Why would you recommend the Aqua Park to visitors? Laughter is the best medicine and there’s lots of it at Mackay Aqua Park. That’s why I recommend everyone over 4 years should visit the park. Whether it’s with the family, a bunch of your friends, back-packing up the coast or caravanning down, the park is fun for all ages.


Make a splash at the Mackay Aqua Park.



Featuring three tiered lagoons, a 19.5 metre water slide and interactive children’s water playground with dropbucket, the lagoon also has barbecue facilities and is a safe and secure space for young and old.


It’s the only place in the world where you can scuba dive in platypus waters and the whole family can enjoy searching for unique aquatic life, including turtles, eels and fish species, as well as the platypus.


Jump, bounce, slide and race on this giant inflatable fun park, providing hours of entertainment for young and old. Whether it’s fun, fitness or relaxation you’re after, the Park has it all.

 BOTANIC GARDENS – LAGOON STREET, WEST MACKAY Fun for the kids at the Bluewater Lagoon.

Did you know The Dudly Denny Library on Victoria Street in the Mackay City Centre is a high-tech, state-of-the-art learning facility with children’s areas and robotic teaching aids.

With over three kilometres of scenic tracks and boardwalks overlooking a beautiful lagoon, you can spend hours enjoying the views, learning more about the plant and wildlife or enjoying a bite to eat at the elevated café.

 SUGAR BOWL MACKAY – NORRIS ROAD, ANDERGROVE This state-of-the-art skate park features a three metre competition bowl, intermediate bowl and street run. The park also features multi-sports court, grassed play area, climbing wall, parkour equipment, ping pong and barbecue areas.


Featuring the region’s biggest and best playground, as well as an Orchid House, plenty of picnic space and a huge oval, this area is also the site of many local festivals and events.

 SARINA SUGAR SHED – FIELD OF DREAMS PARKLANDS, SARINA Join an educational and interactive tour to discover the history of the region’s sugar cane industry, watch how sugar is extracted from the cane on miniature processing and distilling equipment and taste a range of sweet delights and liqueurs made on site.


A state-of-the-art whale watching platform overlooks stunning Lamberts Beach, with 180 degree views of the Coral Sea. It’s a popular spot to watch migrating whales as they breach and play off the coast of Mackay.


Learn how holistic farming produces healthy, nutritious and tasty food on a pasture-based, chemical-free farm. Children will love the hay trailer ride and the chance to see and touch real farm animals.


Cool off in the crystal clear waters of Finch Hatton Gorge after a bushwalk through the rainforest where you will enjoy lush flora and volcanic boulder formations. Popular swimming spots are Araluen Cascades or Wheel of Fire for spectacular waterfalls.

Enjoy bushwalking and swimming in the crystal clear waterfalls of Finch Hatton Gorge. 11


Discover historical outback gold mining towns in the Isaac Region or lose track of time exploring Mackay’s inner city art-deco buildings and public art displays. There’s a world of history and culture just waiting to be discovered in The Mackay Region.

“Fish Bones” at the Bluewater Quay.


Artspace Mackay, located near the City Centre.

The historic Nebo Hotel.

The Old Parish Hall, opened in 1938, is a recognisable building in Mackay’s City Centre.

Top Spots for Culture & Heritage  STEP BACK IN TIME 

Heritage Walk: Enjoy a self-guided tour through Mackay’s City Centre and learn about the history of the region and the unique art-deco buildings. This 90-minute walk can be done using a brochure available at local Visitor Information Centres. Greenmount Homestead: Greenmount Homestead features a heritage-listed Queenslander homestead and historical collection of more than 20,000 items dating back to the early 1900s. Melba House: The home of opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, built in 1882, is now a historical museum and Visitor Information Centre overlooking the Pioneer River on entrance to the Pioneer Valley. It displays memorabilia from Melba’s life and career. Clermont Historical Centre: Learn about one of the most historical towns in northern Australia, including its gold rushes, copper mines, shearers, stockmen and squatters.


 QUENCH YOUR ARTISTIC THIRST Artspace Mackay: One of the largest regional art galleries, Artspace Mackay displays new artwork every six to eight weeks and features international, national and local collections. It also conducts art trails and workshops for children, as well as an amazing collection of creative gifts handcrafted by Queensland artists. Public Art: Discover over 100 public artworks on permanent display through Mackay’s City Centre and Bluewater Trail. Scattered along the Pioneer River, you will find large fishbone structures, as well as a nine-metre Mangrove Cap.


The Mackay Region is known as the Sugar City Capital of Australia and has a long and rich history of sugar cane farming. Find out more about the large South Sea Islander population at the South Sea Islander Hut at the Mackay Region Botanic Gardens, or take a tour of Australia’s only miniature sugar mill to get a hands-on insight into how sugar cane is harvested, crushed and processed.


4 Casey Avenue, South Mackay Open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 10am – 2pm Closed December – January


Victoria Street, Mirani Open Tuesday to Thursday 9.30am – 2.30pm


Field of Dreams Parklands, Bruce Highway, Sarina Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am – 2pm

Did you know The heritage-listed Nebo Hotel was built in 1863 and is full of charm, character and country hospitality. The hotel offers food, beverage services and accommodation.


Field of Dreams Parklands, Bruce Highway, Sarina Open 9am – 5pm, 7 days


Reynolds Street, Nebo Open 9am – 5pm, 7 days


Gregory Highway, Clermont Open Wednesday to Saturday 9am – 3pm 13


Buy direct from local farmers with real paddock-to-plate experiences, indulge in tantalising fresh produce and explore the food culture that is present in every corner of The Mackay Region.

Delightful dessert in a sweet teahouse in the rainforest, Cape Hillsborough.

Tantalising Food Trail   SARINA SUGAR SHED

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.


Held every Wednesday, these markets are a true showcase of local, fresh and seasonal produce direct from farmers within the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions.


See how pasture-based, chemicalfree farming procedures have resulted in award-winning produce and healthy, nutritious and tasty food. 14

 COOL AIR, WARM COFFEE AND TASTY TREATS, PIONEER VALLEY Enjoy a hearty Pinnacle pie, dine alfresco alongside platypus in the rainforest at Broken River, or indulge in great food overlooking the Pioneer Valley at a 1930s Chalet.


Enjoy jaw-dropping views at a hilltop pub overlooking Eimeo Beach, or sip cocktails pool-side and marvel at the coastline at Dolphin Heads.

Explore the City Centre’s wide variety of bars.


Step back in time at a 110-year-old former railway station converted into a teahouse. Hidden within the rainforest at Cape Hillsborough, you can enjoy a range of tasty bites, high tea or wood-fired pizza.

Creative cuisine using fresh local produce.


Mary-Ann Refalo is a regular at the Greater Whitsunday Farmers Markets.

Q&A with local growers MARY-ANN REFALO OF NANNU JOHNNY’S FARM, RETROSPECT LIFE AND PASTA CUCINA What do you sell at the Greater Whitsunday Farmers Markets? Beetroot, radish, beans, shallots, pumpkin, eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, celery, homemade jams, chutneys, sauces, pasta, pasta sauces and smoked tomato. What are some of the best local produce to get in Mackay? Seafood, fresh meat and tropical fruits.

Fresh produce is available at many local markets.

What do you enjoy about being a local grower? Knowing we can provide a fresh product and a short travel time to the community. What is your tip for visitors to The Mackay Region who want a taste of “local Mackay food”? Come to the Farmers Markets on a Wednesday or try Ibis Mackay, who provide some local produce on the menu.

Farm to Plate Experience Pumpkins for the picking at the Farmers Markets.

Held annually in June, the Greater Whitsunday Food Network’s Farm to Plate bus tour and dinner is a celebration of the region’s local producers. 15

Halliday Bay Smalleys Beach Ball Bay



Mount Jukes

Unique wildlife experiences, glorious sunrises over the beach and a rugged national park to explore, Cape Hillsborough and the Hibiscus Coast offers bucket-list experiences like no other.


The most famous faces of Cape Hillsborough National Park are the wallabies and kangaroos that feed on Casuarina Beach each morning at sunrise. A unique tour allows visitors to get up close and personal with these iconic animals and if you’re camping at the nearby Tourist Park, you can roll straight out of bed and witness this amazing experience each morning.

uibera Plant Trail (easy) Y 1.2 kilometre return Walk or drive along the gravel road to Hidden Valley. Take a self-guided trail to learn more about the Yuibera people’s traditional use of plants in the area.

Embark on several hikes around the Cape Hillsborough area and enjoy spectacular views along the way.

Beachcomber Cove Track (moderate) 2.2 kilometre return Start from the northern end of the Cape Hillsborough picnic 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.

The Diversity Boardwalk (easy) 1.2 kilometre return This track features melaleuca woodland, mangrove and open eucalypt forest and vine thicket. The first 300 metres is accessible to wheelchairs.

Andrews Point Track (moderate to difficult) 5.2 kilometre return or 2.8 kilometre return via 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



Cape Hillsborough


The Leap

with spectacular views from several lookouts. At low tide, walk to Wedge Island or return to the picnic area along the beach.


The net-free fishing zones off the coast of Cape Hillsborough provide spectacular fishing year round. The area is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, so ensure you know your zones when fishing in the area.


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, 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 learn more about the tragic story.



Occurs between September and February.


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



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

Farleigh Glenella


Kangaroos on the beach, an iconic Australian experience.

Fishing is popular along this pristine coastline.

Bushwalks provide spectacular scenery.

The Diversity Boardwalk.

The Yuibera Yuwi Trail.

The wallabies and kangaroos at sunrise.

Cape Hillsborough sunrise with the wallabies and kangaroos is a popular activity for travellers.

HIBISCUS COAST 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 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. 17


Travel alongside rolling green hills in the Pioneer Valley and make your way to Eungella, with its mist-shrouded mountain peaks, cool air and unique nature and wildlife.

Travelling up the Valley   MARIAN Find out about famous opera singer Dame Nellie Melba at the Melba House (also a Visitor Information Centre) in Marian.

 MIRANI This charming town has achieved Recreational Vehicle (RV) friendly accreditation and offers low-cost accommodation to self-contained RV travellers. Take a dip at the popular swimming spot, Platypus Beach, while in Mirani.

 PINNACLE Home of the world famous Pinnacle Pies and hearty lunch meals, you can also indulge in coffee and cake, or a dinner at a church-converted café.


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 and scuba dive during a once-in-alifetime experience.

Australia’s longest stretch of subtropical rainforest, Eungella National Park, with 860 plant species, 230 bird species and plenty of walking tracks. Stay a night in the rainforest and enjoy breakfast or lunch at a café overlooking platypus waters.


Spend some time in the township of Eungella, admiring the views from a popular Chalet, which offers hang gliding for the experienced flyer. Visit the Sky Window Circuit for a short walk to a lookout boasting views of the entire Pioneer Valley. Travel along the picturesque and green Eungella Range road to Broken River where you can spot platypus at the special viewing platforms. Visit the Broken River Visitor Information Centre for advice on the various walks available within

Sky Window Lookout, Eungella National Park.


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.


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.


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.

Bushwalking near the Tree Arch, Eungella National Park. Main Photo: Enjoy a picturesque journey through the Pioneer Valley towards Eungella.

Finch Hatton Gorge Marian Eungella


Pristine waterfalls at Finch Hatton Gorge.



Platypus spotting at Broken River. 19


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

Slade Point Lamberts Beach

Mackay Harbour

Bluewater Lagoon

Mackay Airport



The popular Bluewater Lagoon.


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 can view a range of public art installations along the way.


The Mackay City Centre comes to life when the sun goes down. Enjoy funky roof-top bars, fine dining or drinks at a local bar. There are also plenty of family-friendly offerings to keep everyone happy. The nearby Mackay Marina Village caters for all tastebuds, including fresh seafood straight from the sea. Relax at the Lighthouse and take in the views with a cold drink and delicious meal any time of the day.


Top Row: Public art displays scattered throughout the City Centre. Slade Point sunsets. Kommo Toera Trail. Bottom Row: The Mackay Marina. The Mackay Orchid House, Queens Park. The Mackay Region Botanic Gardens.

The popular Bluewater Lagoon features three swimming lagoons, water park and slides and will provide hours of fun for the whole family. Visit one of the largest orchid houses in Australia at Queens Park (open weekdays from 10am to 11am and 2pm to 3pm or Sundays from 10am to 2pm) and while you are there let the kids play on the biggest playground in the region with a seven and a half metre tall sky tower.


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


The City Centre offers funky fashion boutiques and trinket stores where you will be sure to pick up a unique item for a bargain price. Nearby Caneland Central is the largest shopping centre in the region with over 100 speciality stores. Main Photo: The Lamberts Beach Lookout provides facilities for whale watching and photography.


Throw a line off the Marina Breakwater for reef fishing or enjoy a quiet spot of fishing along the Bluewater Trail. If you have no luck, tuck into some tasty seafood at the Marina Village and reflect on ‘the one that got away’.


Lamberts Beach is the perfect spot to watch migrating whales playing off the coast. A purpose-built Whale Watching Platform offers magnificent views over the Coral Sea any time of the year, but is extremely popular for whale watching during migration months, between June and November. The Lamberts Beach area offers stunning sunrises over the ocean, and equally spectacular sunsets across Mackay and the Pioneer Valley. 21


Uncrowded beaches, serene, sandy shorelines set off by tropical palm trees and the best sunrise and sunset locations in the region, Mackay’s Northern Beaches offer an escape from the hustle and bustle.



Eimeo Beach and surrounding areas.

Shoal Point


Bucasia Dolphin Heads Eimeo Blacks Beach

The longest stretch of beach in Mackay, with approximately six kilometres of pure golden sand, Blacks Beach offers great beachside accommodation, perfect for relaxing with a book under the palm trees. Or try your luck at fishing near the creek mouth at the southern end of the beach.


This pretty headland provides a beautiful backdrop for photos, while a family-friendly resort nearby offers accommodation, recreation activities and cocktails by the pool with live music.



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 great place 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 the popular Sunset Bay, touted by local photographers as one of the best spots in the region to capture sunset.


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.


With sand that stretches for hundreds of metres at low tide, Shoal Point provides easy access to 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, toilet and showers.

Are you up for the challenge? Main Photo: Eimeo Beach sunsets.

Blacks Beach is home to “Hell’s Stairs”, a fun challenge for fitness fanatics involving 100 stairs up a steep incline.

Top Row: Sunset at Shoal Point. Family fun at Dolphin Heads. Looking out amongst the palm trees at Blacks Beach. Bottom Row: Travel through heritage-listed mango trees at Eimeo. Sunrise through the palm trees at Blacks Beach. Low tide at Bucasia Beach.

How to get there From Mackay City Centre, head north on the Bruce Highway, turning right onto the Mackay Bucasia Road. Continue until you reach the Eimeo Road roundabout. From here, turn right to head to Blacks Beach, Dolphin Heads and Eimeo Beach, or continue straight to visit Bucasia Beach or Shoal Point. 23




Keep an eye out for Buffy the Cane Toad as you drive through Sarina.

Bakers Creek

Chelona Dunnrock Hay Point Balberra Salonika Beach Grasstree Beach

Sarina Beach

Campwin Beach


Armstrong Beach

The multi award-winning Sarina Sugar Shed, located in the Field of Dreams Parklands.


There’s more than meets the eye in Sarina and surrounding areas; the gateway to The Mackay Region in the south. Featuring breezy coastal living alongside sugar cane and cattle farming properties, this area is both diverse and picturesque.  VISITOR INFORMATION  CENTRE

On entrance to Sarina, you will be given a friendly welcome at the state-of-the-art accredited Mackay Region Visitor Information Centre located within the Field of Dreams Parklands. Based in the original 1950s Railway Station, the information centre is equipped with the latest technology including interactive touch table where visitors can research and book tours and accommodation.

 FIELD OF DREAMS PARKLANDS Situated just off the Bruce Highway, the Sarina Field of 24

Dreams Parklands is a historical and educational hub, providing the perfect place to recharge and plan a fun-filled adventure in The Mackay Region.


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 and purchase a range of sweet delights, including fairy floss, rum, speciality liqueurs, chutneys, sauces, fudge and more.


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

CURIOUS ABOUT COAL One of the largest coal exporting ports in the world, the Port of Hay Point, features a public lookout over the two terminals. It’s located halfway between Sarina and Mackay.


A picturesque stretch of coastline, where you can visit Freshwater Point, named by Captain Cook in 1770 when he was searching for fresh water.


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. Wide, spacious farm land is a key feature of Sarina and surrounding areas.


Grasstree Beach gives off a wonderful beachside vibe, with sweeping trees, a nice shallow bay for swimming and plenty of public facilities adjacent to the 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. It’s a popular spot for fishing straight from the beach.


Salonika Beach is one of five pristine beaches in the area.

This two kilometre stretch of beach is ideal for swimming and relaxing with views out to Victor Island, just offshore. The area is well preserved, meaning you will spot plenty of wildlife including black cockatoos, sea eagles and bush turkeys. 25


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.






Lake Elphinstone.


Sarina Cape Palmerston Ilbilbie


Carmila Clairview St Lawrence


Main Photo: Lord’s Table Mountain. Top Row: Engine restorers at the Clermont Historical Centre. Moranbah boasts great public facilities. Golden hinterland during sunset. Bottom Row: Clermont Historical Centre. Nebo sale yards. Bushwalking at Wolfang Peak.



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 Museum for an insight into the town’s history.

Wolfang Peak At 572 metres, Wolfang Peak is one of the most popular peaks of the range and takes approximately one hour to summit.

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 north-east 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 displays 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. 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.

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 a popular spot to set up camp, or try fishing, bushwalking, kayaking or water sports. The lake also offers birdwatching and wildlife encounters. Theresa Creek Dam Just 22 kilometres south-west of Clermont, Theresa Creek Dam is popular for skiing, swimming, fishing, camping or a scenic lunch at the kiosk.

About the Region The Isaac Region encompasses 58,862 square kilometres of fertile plains, rich soils, beaches and coal mines in the mineral-rich Bowen Basin. 27



Cape Palmerston



Carmila Clairview

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


The tiny town of St Lawrence supplies Sydney Fish Market with 5% of its total mud crab each year. Clairview boasts a beautiful coastline, without the crowds.


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 palm tree-lined stretch of golden sand is famous for fishing and crabbing. The waters off Clairview 28

are also a protected sanctuary for dugongs; an endangered marine mammal. You may be lucky enough to see one from the beach.


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.


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).


An idyllic location with wonderful views of the ocean and surrounding district. Visit Yarrawonga and Notch Point Reserves to go camping, fishing and crabbing. Turtles nest on local beaches from around midOctober to January.


Tantalise your taste buds, invoke creativity and make friends with nature.

Fresh produce Mud crab, free range pork, fish and fresh produce from the local region.

Wetlands and Wildlife

St Lawrence and surrounding areas boast beautiful bird life and freshwater fish habitats. It is also home to a nationally significant coastal wetlands.

Join us as one of nature’s finest wetlands bursts into life!

St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend | June 7 - 9 1300 ISAACS (472 227)


The Mackay Region is a great place to visit and an even greater place to live. Find out why the Trone family love to call The Mackay Region home.

Nicole and Grant Trone, with their boys Jaxon and Xavier explore the Mackay Region Botanic Gardens.


How long have you lived in Mackay? 32 years.

There’s more than 101 reasons to call The Mackay Region home and that’s why the locals just love it here.

What made you choose Mackay? I was raised in Mackay and while I have considered moving closer to Brisbane, Mackay offers a great work/life balance to raise my own family.

Whether they’re spending weekends exploring national parks, finding a stretch of sand at one of 31 beautiful beaches, enjoying a lively events calendar or revelling in the endless job opportunities, Mackay locals will tell you the region offers a relaxed and enjoyable pace of life.

What makes it a great, family-friendly town? Mostly the lifestyle as we love the outdoors and have so many great options right on our doorstep. We always find wherever we choose to go the kids make friends almost instantly.

Nicole Trone and her husband Grant, with their two boys Xavier (9 years old) and Jaxon (6 years old) share their tips on how to make the most of your visit to The Mackay Region, and why they love calling it home.


Where are your favourite spots to visit in The Mackay Region with your family? Cape Hillsborough and the many swimming holes in the Pioneer Valley. Where is your favourite place to eat? The Church Cafe at Pinnacle. If you could give a Top Local Tip for visitors to The Mackay Region, what would it be? Take the drive to Eungella, making sure you stop along the way for a Pinnacle Pub pie, a dip at Finch Hatton Gorge and finish up with some platypus spotting at Broken River.



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WORLD 1st diving in the RAINFOREST in crystal clear waters where PLATYPUS live and play Lasting memory – NO experience needed Will you be one of the few in the water with a PLATYPUS in natural conditions? Multiple Tourism Award Winner Pet friendly

55 Anzac Parade, Finch Hatton QLD 4756 P: 0434 455 040 E:


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Private Personal Platypus Land Tour Design your own tour of the region to suit your interests Finish with a platypus education while spotting platypus at Broken River, Eungella National Park Add on’s available Multiple Tourism Award Winner Pet friendly

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Waterpark fun for ages 4yrs+ Inflatable slides & trampoline Race on the giant obstacle course Awesome fun for large groups Adults @ kids prices Tickets from $20pp Check online for session times

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An unforgettable experience

Home of Sarina’s award winning Sugar Shed Rum


SARINA SUGAR SHED Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina QLD 950km north of Brisbane - Open 7 days (closed public holidays)

Info and bookings: 07 4943 2801

Image: East Coast Encounter, on show at Artspace Mackay 2016.

Visit Mackay’s regional art gallery Artspace Mackay has an ever-changing program of inspiring exhibitions, a refreshing cafe overlooking the green spaces of Mackay’s Civic Precinct and Gallery Shop for wonderfully creative gifts. Find us cnr Gordon & McAlister Sts and for the latest info, see Facebook and visit



Cape Hillsborough Sunrise with the

Wallabies Tour

With Queensland’s Cape Hillsborough as a stunning natural background, experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture a magical Australian sunrise on the beach with our iconic wallabies. Learn and reflect on our role in preserving and protecting Australia’s natural beauty with your experienced guide.

For booking enquiries visit: Daily Tours Meet 30 minutes before Sunrise

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Best Club in CQ 2018 Centro Restaurant, Hub Cafe & Bar Largest Gaming Room in Mackay open until 4am Sportsbar, UBet & 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:

Experience unique wildlife and unspoilt nature just minutes from your doorstep Clean and comfortable lodge-style accommodation set in Eungella National Park with licensed restaurant, Possums Table, offering excellent à la carte dining Spotlight tours, guided walks and daily transfers to a variety of bush walks

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–Sun 8.30am to 5.00pm Sun Open Market (next door) 8.30am to 1.30pm 2 River Street, Mackay QLD 4740 (Boat Ramp end of River Street) P: 07 4953 2498 E: or


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Historical 1933 guest house with magnificent views overlooking the Pioneer Valley Restaurant and bar, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with allweather outdoor dining deck Accommodation includes hotel rooms with ensuite and fully selfcontained cabins Live music Sunday lunch Follow us on FB: The Eungella Chalet







524 Eungella Dam Road, Eungella QLD 4757 P: 07 4958 4000 E:

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COMFORT RESORT BLUE PACIFIC 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.

A haven nestled in the beautiful, tranquil surrounds of a National Park and situated on absolute beach frontage, Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park invites you to come ‘Together. Naturally.’ We encourage you to get back to nature, unwind, disconnect from the everyday and reconnect with friends and family in our pristine natural environment. . 1

51 Risley Parade, Cape Hillsborough QLD 4740 P: 07 4959 0152 E:


26 Bourke Street, Blacks Beach QLD 4740 P: 07 4954 9090 E:



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.

“A place to relax and revisit” ■ Quiet, peaceful, beachfront location ■ Fully self-contained apartments ■ Spacious 1 & 2 bedroom units ■ Full size kitchen with dishwasher ■ Washing machine & clothes dryer ■ Fully air conditioned ■ Free WiFi, 2 TVs with Foxtel ■ Pools, tennis court, BBQs etc ■ Walk to shops, restaurants & hotel


6 Beach Road, Dolphin Heads QLD 4740 P: 07 4944 4777 E:

9 Pacific Drive, Blacks Beach QLD 4740 P: 07 4954 9444 E:

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:

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.

125 Royston Park Drive, Kuttabul QLD 4741 P: 07 4954 0387 E:


SEA EAGLES BEACH RESORT 149 Rasmussen Avenue, Salonika Beach, Hay Point QLD 4740 P: 07 4956 3322 E: 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


10% discount Top Parks, Big 4, Discovery & CMCA Memberships (up to $40)

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 30/11/19 – Ts & Cs apply, 1 & 2 bedroom cabins only)


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265 Harbour Road, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4955 1496 E:

Wide range of accommodation from van and tent sites to fully self-contained villas with airconditioning and ensuite Ideally located, just 2km from Mackay City heart New camper’s kitchen to fit 150 people with four free barbecues, large fridge/freezer, Free WIFI and flat digital TV 24 metre salt water pool surrounded by coconut palms Dump point on site

15 Malcomson Street, North Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4957 6141 E:

WINDMILL MOTEL AND EVENTS CENTRE Whether you need a relaxing place to sleep, a delicious meal to eat or a fabulous space to hold your next event we can help here at Windmill Motel and Events Centre. We’re one of Mackay’s best event facilities and have beautiful grounds, a great restaurant and comfortable rooms to match – plus plenty of parking, a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi!

IBIS MACKAY ibis Mackay, a two time winner of Mackay Tourism’s best Standard Accommodation features ibis sweet beds in every room, complimentary fitness facilities and WiFi. TurBARlence Tavern located on the ground floor offers a comfortable dining experience, great daily specials and free car parking when you spend $25 or more. Serving delicious locally sourced food for not only hotel guests but for the local community too.


5 Highway Plaza, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4944 3344 E:

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Rydges Mackay Suites includes conference and event centres which are in prime locale and accommodates up to 400 guests for a conference, wedding, reception or elegant cocktail party.

Step into a world of first class services and comfort at Rydges Mackay Suites. This 4.5 star hotel is located in the bustling CBD. Moss on Wood is our onsite restaurant which offers a range of delicious food and beverages.

Phone: (07) 4969 1000




20 River Street, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4957 4401 E:

2C East Gordon Street, Mackay QLD 4740 P: +61 07 5689 0388 E:

Discounts on Extended Stays 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.

“Stay, Sleep, Relax” Winner of the best hotel in Mackay 2017 as awarded by TripAdvisor, and Trivago.



Guests can relax and stretch out in the spacious suites all with luxurious king-sized or twin beds. Guests can also enjoy a short walk to the beach or relax by the pool. The hotel is located close to the heart of Mackay and a short distance to the airport and restaurant area. FREE ■ Wi-Fi ■ Ezestream Movies on Demand ■ Parking ■ Airport shuttle bus 1


‘Turning Business into Leisure’

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.

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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

Outdoor pool, guest laundry and undercover parking with free WIFI included. Perfect for groups.


154 Nebo Road, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4944 7944 E:


309 Shakespeare Street, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 1800 075 057 E:



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.

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.


40 Mulherin Drive, Mackay Harbour QLD 4740 P: 1800 386 386 E:




1 Bridge Road, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 1800 635 104 E:

WHITE LACE MOTOR INN The Victorian style façade sets us apart. A warm welcome by friendly staff awaits. Free under cover parking and easy access for larger vehicles. Onsite swimming pool. Complimentary continental breakfast. Variety of room styles to suit any traveller. A great base to explore the region’s natural beauty and just minutes away from the airport, railway station, hospital, CBD and major shopping centres.

73 Nebo Road (Bruce Hwy), Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4951 4466 E:

MINERS LODGE MOTOR INN Spend some time – not a fortune ■ 29 Modern Quality Queen and Family Units ■ 16 Channel Foxtel ■ Licensed Restaurant with Room Service ■ Fully Air conditioned ■ Free WiFi ■ In-ground Salt Water Pool ■ 1.5km from Mackay Base Hospital ■ Close to Shopping Centre – CBD and Airport

RIVIERA MACKAY 5–7 Nelson Street, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4914 2460 E: 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.

60–62 Nebo Road, Mackay QLD 4740 P: 07 4951 1944 E: 39

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Mackay Historical Society & Museum 07 4953 0002

Sarina Beach Motel 07 4956 6266

Museum Of Tropical Queensland 07 4726 0604

Sarina Motor Inn 07 4943 1431

Sarina Tourist Art & Craft Centre 07 4956 2251 www.sarinainformation.wordpress. com

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SeaEagles Beach Resort 07 4956 3322

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Miners Lodge Motor Inc 07 4951 1944

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Mirani Caravan Park & Swimming Pool 07 4959 1239 fitness_and_health/aquatic_ facilities/mirani_swim_centre

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Peppers Airlie Beach 07 4962 5100

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Sandpiper Motel 07 4956 6130

Lanai Riverside Apartments 07 4957 4401

Ocean International 07 4957 2044

Tropicana Caravan Park 07 4956 1480 www.tropicanacaravan

Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre 07 4961 9777

Sarina Palms Caravan Village 07 4956 1892

MyCow Accommodation 07 4952 2806

Tropic Coast Motel 07 4951 1888

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Island Gateway Holiday Park 07 4946 6228

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The Feathered Nest Luxury Wildlife Retreat 07 4954 0387 The Park Mackay 07 4952 1211 The Shores Holiday Apartments 07 4954 9444 Toscana Village Resort 07 4946 4455 www.toscanaairliebeach

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Council Isaac Regional Council 1300 472 227 Mackay Regional Council 1300 622 529

Event Mackay & District Italian Assoc. Italian Street Party 0428 316 924 Mackay Marina Run 0417 203 530

Pioneer Valley Show Society Pioneer Valley Show 0448 003 857 Facebook: Pioneer Valley Show Society Sarina Beach Coconut Festival 0421 341 330

Food and Drink

Bushmans Bakery 07 4953 4500

Mackay North State School 07 4963 1666

Porters Mitre 10 07 4967 3333

Channel 7 07 4959 8360

Mackay Regional Chamber of Commerce 07 4953 1603

That Sapphire Place 07 4954 0011 www.harringtonsaustralian

Mackay Transit Coaches Pty Ltd 07 4957 3330


Clean Feeling 07 4998 5250

Breakwater Bar and Restaurant 07 4955 4950

Conservation Volunteers Australia 07 4951 0933

Church Café Pinnacle 0490 694 972

Core Publishing & Events Pty Ltd 07 4945 4429

Eimeo Pacific Hotel 07 4954 6805

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Harrup Park Country Club 07 4944 0000

DR Tourism 0427 531 278

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Magpies Sporting Club 07 4965 6100

Events by Ramona 0403 237 728

Pinnacle Family Hotel 07 4958 5207 Facebook: Pinnacle Family Hotel

Extrastaff 1300 662 511

Plattered Up 0409 051 246

Finch Hatton Gallery 0437 558 145

Platypus Lodge Restaurant & Café 07 4958 4785 www.platypuslodge

Gallagher Insurance Broker 07 4753 5321

Sorbellos Italian Restaurant 07 4957 8300 The Dispensary Mackay 07 4951 3546 The Old Station Teahouse 07 4959 0528 Facebook: The Old Station Teahouse Twenty50 Nice Cream + Espresso Bar 07 3495 7342

General Services Aidforce 1300 347 278 Facebook: Aidforce

Helloworld 07 4969 3600 Institute for Tourism Leadership 0438 712 738 Jayco Mackay 07 4942 1292 Kelly Legal 07 4911 0500 Linked Group Service Pty Ltd 07 4998 5300

BB Print 07 4957 6588

Mackay & District Australian South Sea Islander Association Inc. 0488 113 181 Facebook: Mackay & District Australian South Sea Islander Association Inc.

Black Owl Design 0467 552 382

Mackay Airport 07 4957 0201

Mackay Whitsunday Taxi 07 4944 4999 North Queensland Bulk Ports 1300 129 255 Pacific Petroleum 07 4898 7000 Payne Print 07 4957 4288 Qantas 13 13 13 Queensland Rail 13 16 17 Queensland Tourism and Hopsitality Brokers 07 4953 1611

Cruise Whitsundays 07 4846 7000 Explore Whitsundays 07 4946 4999 Freckle Farm 07 4954 1724 Goanna Brewing 07 4914 2661 Inshore Fishing Mackay 0457 254 740 Facebook: Inshore Fishing Mackay Mackay Aqua Park 1300 500 261 Ocean Rafting 07 4946 6848 Paronella Park 07 4065 0000

Sarina Golf Club 07 4956 1761

Rainforest Scuba 0434 455 040

Southern Cross Austereo 07 4953 5353

Red Cat Adventure Tours 07 4946 4444

Think Office Technology 07 48428100

Reeforest Adventure Tours 07 4959 8360

Torgas 07 4842 6005

Sarina Sugar Shed 07 4943 2801

Tourism Events Queensland 0419 662 933

Whitsunday Crocodile Safari 07 4948 3310

Bennett Partners 07 4951 1455

Whitsunday JetSki Tours 0459 538 754

Shopping Caneland Central 07 4944 7111

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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.

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.

Charter services from Mackay Airport provide a 25-minute direct flight to Hamilton Island. 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 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.

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.


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. Temperature


Summer (Dec — Feb)

23 – 30

73 – 86

Autumn (Mar — May)

20 – 27

68 – 81

Winter (Jun — Aug)

14 – 22

57 – 72

Spring (Sep — Nov)

20 – 28

68 – 82


( ˚Celsius )

( ˚Fahrenheit )

*Temperature ranges are approximate averages only. Source: from Mackay Aero Station

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