mackay beaches
Great Beaches
Unspoilt quiet beaches
melba house
Melba House
Eungella Range -
Eungella - for canoeing and watching the platypus

Relatively undiscovered, at the heart of Queensland’s coastline, lies an intriguing destination that should be on everyone’s holiday itinerary.

The region boasts some of Queensland’s most inspiring natural wonders- spectacular rainforests, tranquil beaches, pristine coral reefs, tropical islands, and authentic bush experiences. It is little wonder the Mackay Region, a delightfully undisturbed piece of Australia, is rapidly becoming a popular destination for visitors seeking a convenient and friendly contrast to overcrowded tourist destinations elsewhere. Located midway between Brisbane and Cairns on the magnificent Queensland coast, Mackay is easily accessible by road, air, rail or sea.

The Mackay Region coastline stretches 200 km north from St Lawrence to Midge Point, and inland to the town of Clermont. The region’s rich and colourful past is economically founded upon sugar, coal, beef and tourism.

The Mackay Region has the largest Bulk Sugar Terminal in the World exporting over 1000,000 tonnes of sugar annually. Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminals is the largest coal export facility in the southern hemisphere- over 43 million tonnes of coal is moved through the terminal annually, with the help of 526 coal ships.

Melba House

Few know that the acclaimed opera singer spent the first year of her married life in a small house right here in the heart of the Pioneer Valley, in Marian.

And the house where the diva with the golden voice lived, is now open to the public for free. It shows a beautiful array of her photos , books and furniture of her time. All this has been lovingly reconstructed by members and supporters of the Pioneer Valley Tourism and Development Association.


The Mackay Region is home to one of Queensland’s most spectacular wilderness areas, Eungella National Park. It is recognised as the longest stretch of subtropical rainforest in Australia reaching 2,500 feet above sea level, and is one of the few places in the world where you can spot a platypus in the wild- you’ll be enchanted by these elusively shy creatures.

The Pioneer Valley is also a fisherman’s dream- Eungella and Teemburra Dam offer great Barramundi fishing, and Red Claw is also available for catching (freshwater fishing licenses are required). If fishing’s not your style, scenic Kinchant Dam is a fantastic place for picnics, watersports and camping.

Eungella and Finch Hatton Gorge are scattered with more than 22km of walking tracks, winding their way past waterfalls, deep rock pools, crystal clear streams, and breathtaking views of the Pioneer Valley. Get physical on a fully guided rainforest eco-safari with one of our many expert tour operators, or visit the Mackay Visitor Information Centre for your free self-drive map to discover it all just for yourself.

Cape Hillsborough National Park

Cape Hillsborough National Park is one place where the rainforest literally meets the sea! There’s plenty of walking paths, one of the most popular walks is the Juipera Aboriginal Trail, which is a 1.2km self-guiding trail that showcases how Aboriginal people used the park’s native plants to survive.

The National Park is also popular with the local kangaroos and wallabies, so make time to enjoy a walk along the beach with this local wildlife.

There are many serene beach side townships along the Hibiscus coast; further north to Midge Point and south of Mackay on the Serenity Coast – perfect for those family holidays when you want to really get away from it all.


For the traveller with a taste for adventure, there are a variety of tours in the Mackay Region that will excite your senses.

Snorkel or dive the pristine coral gardens off the nearby islands of Keswick, Brampton and Scawfell- a number of small personalised boat operators depart from the Mackay Marina

Discover local arts and major exhibitions at Artspace Mackay, or visit our Regional Botanic Gardens- the newest and one of the most innovative in Australia! Dine alfresco whilst enjoying the views over our world class Mackay Marina, take a tour through the Pine Islet Lighthouse – the only remaining working kerosene lighthouse of its kind left in the world today.

The Mackay Region boasts 31 golden, secluded beaches- perfect for a quiet evening stroll, swimming, fishing or a game of beach cricket! For breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean visit the popular Eimeo Hotel for a cold drink and great counter meals. ....

And when the sun goes down, the palm lined streets of the city heart come alive- with its busy clubs, bars, cocktail lounges, coffee shops and restaurants; there is something to keep everyone entertained! Don’t miss the nightly performance on dusk as hundreds of noisy rainbow lorikeets settle into their favourite trees.

Embark upon a journey of discovery into one of Queensland’s most unspoilt destinations- blessed with pristine beaches, ancient rainforests, picturesque off shore islands and coral gardens, historical country towns and outback personalities. Be sure to set aside a few days out of your journey to discover the many wonderful attractions within the beautiful Mackay Region- the Heart of Queensland!



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