(Sailing Into Mackay Marina courtesy tourism Queensland)
Journey to the Mackay region and surround yourself in Queensland's natural beauty. Australia's largest continuous stretch of subtropical rainforest, spectacular National Parks, breathtaking mountains and gorges, historic townships, miles of golden beaches, tropical islands and, of course the enchanting world of the Great Barrier Reef.
Great Barrier Reef and Islands
The Mackay Region is the perfect place to experience the Great Barrier Reef, surrounding tropical islands and some of the world's most prized island resorts. The Region's close proximity to all of these attractions means that visitors spend less time travelling and more time enjoying - in just a one weekholiday it is possible to explore the reef, experience the excitement of an international resort and discover uninhabited islands.
A range of diverse and beautiful National Parks are scattered throughout the Mackay region. Try your luck spotting a platypus in the tropical rainforest of Eungella National Park. Other popular national parks with locals and holiday makers are Cape Hillsborough National Park and Cape Palmerston National Park.
The Hibiscus Coast
Beyond the town beaches, approximately 25 km north of Mackay, lies the Hibiscus Coast. Enjoy a day trip that takes you through a cradle of fertile sugarcane and unique mountain formations to these isolated beaches. Surrounded by the delightful seaside towns of Seaforth, Halliday Bay, Ball Bay and Cape Hillsborough, this area provides accommodation, restaurants, shops and friendly, warm welcomes.
The Australian Platypus
The area's star attraction, the platypus, certainly has a heart and home in the Mackay Region. Broken River, in the Eungella National Park, is one of the few remaining areas in Australia where the platypus still exists in its natural habitat. Living in burrows below the waterline, the platypus spends most of its time hunting in the National Park's rivers and streams.