Five nature experiences near Mackay

Do you love the outdoors? Then get ready to fall in love with the central Queensland town of Mackay. The region offers scenic drives, tropical rainforest walks, waterfalls, unique encounters with Australian wildlife along with a touch of history. Here are five natural experiences to put on your bucket list.

Sunrise on the beach with the wallabies

No trip to Mackay would be complete without a visit to Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park, where there are countless bushwalks, beaches and fairy floss sunsets to enjoy. Visit the beach at sunrise to see wallabies and kangaroos on Casuarina Beach, right behind the park. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime, must-do experience. Find out more.

Platypus encounters at Eungella National Park

Head to the Broken River Mountain Resort in Eungella National Park. The drive alone makes the trip worthwhile, with stunning mountain views on either side of the twisty terrain. Next door to the resort is Platypus Lodge Restaurant & Café, where diners can eat native Australian meats like crocodile and kangaroo while watching platypuses swim in the waters below.

Flying through the rainforest at Finch Hatton George

Fly through lush tropical rainforest like Tarzan at Forest Flying – a 25 metre flying fox at Finch Hatton Gorge. The tour takes about an hour and offers a bird’s eye of view of the region while darting through the tree tops. The Finch Hatton George has some fine hiking trails, with several options catering to all fitness levels. Here you can swim in the crystal-clear water on the Araluen and Wheel of Fire Cascade trails.

Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef at Keswick Island

Tourists can travel to Keswick Island – just 32km north-east of Mackay – via boat or plane to enjoy beaches, snorkelling and adventures on the Great Barrier Reef. Divers can explore shipwrecks, spot manta rays, Humpback whales, Maurie Wrasse and Queensland Gropers.

Northern Beaches

There are several stunning beaches with wildlife just 20 minutes from Mackay. Look out for turtle tracks in the sand as many turtles make their way onto the beach from October to January to nest. The Northern Beaches include:

  • Busasia Beach
  • Eimeo Beach
  • Mango Avenue
  • Dolphin Heads  
  • Shoal Point
  • Blacks Beach


RACQ Travel can help you plan your getaway to Mackay and other great destinations in Queensland. Contact one of our travel consultants on 1300 096 166 today.