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.
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
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 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.