Welcome to the Mackay-Isaac Region
Enjoy the year-round, near perfect climate in a place far from the crowds. From the growing urban landscape with its local culture, dining and the arts, to the outback experience and heritage of our hinterland and rich 'black gold' country; the Mackay Region offers a range of destinations for you to create your own memorable holiday experience. Be sure to drop into one of the Visitor Information Centres for helpful local advice in planning your journey through our region.
From Mackay as your base you are ready to explore a bit further afield, there are four fantastic scenic self drives to choose from with an option of a day trip or overnight stay.
Enjoy the relaxed and tropical atmosphere of Mackay, with a peaceful stroll along the Bluewater Trail and Bluewater Quay, beside the blue Pioneer River. The Bluewater Lagoon is fun for the whole family, located right at the river's edge and comprises of a three tiered lagoon, BBQ and picnic facilities. Take a Heritage Walk past historically significant and heritage listed Art Deco buildings for an insight into the history of the city. Between May and September FREE Heritage Walk guided tours are run by volunteers of the Mackay Visitor Information Centre, telling the rich and interesting tales behind the beautiful buildings.
Pioneer Valley to Eungella National Park
Heading west you can spend a relaxed day winding through the sugar cane fields of the Pioneer Valley to Eungella National Park. Eungella is one of Queensland’s most ecologically diverse national parks and the best place in Australia to spot a platypus in the wild. Within the national park there are a number of well-maintained walking trails ranging in distance and difficulty to suit all abilities.
Memorable Photo Opportunity: Be sure to stay quiet and wait patiently at Broken River viewing platform for your chance to spot a platypus in its natural habitat.
Hibiscus Coast and Cape Hillsborough National Park
Travelling north of Mackay along the Bruce Highway, you will stumble across some spectacular scenery on the Hibiscus Coast through to Cape Hillsborough National Park.
Memorable Photo Opportunity: Meet the friendly wallabies on the beach at sunset or sunrise for a close encounter photo with the locals.
Southwest of Mackay, the 300 km Mining Trail follows the journey of coal - from the mines in the famous Bowen Basin to its final export destination at the large coal terminals at Hay Point, linking small towns full of history along the way. Get up close with the working operations of Peak Downs Mine at Moranbah. Free tours run once a month and bookings are essential through Isaac Regional Council. Or try your luck at gold fossicking in Clermont and visit the iconic ‘piano in a tree’, a remnant of the 1916 floods.
Memorable Photo Opportunity: At the awe-inspiring Peak Downs Mine get a photo of yourself beside one of the dump trucks – otherwise no-one will believe you when you tell the story about just how big they are!
Head south on the Bruce Highway for a day of charming seaside towns, national parks and spectacular man-made attractions. It’s only a 30 minute drive to Sarina for a short tour through Australia’s only working miniature sugar mill and distillery at the Sarina Sugar Shed.
Useful Contacts & Things to See & Do
Sarina Sugar Shed
Ph: 07 4943 2801 W: www.sarinasugarshed.com.au
Multi Wueensland Tourism Award winner conducts tours of the distillery. There is a gift shop, Cafe & Gourmet Kitchen to make your day a wonderful experience.