Whether you are a local, a traveller or someone who just wants to know more about Mackay, the following list of blogs are sure to provide you with some enlightening facts about the sugar city.

From the best places to explore, hidden gems, Instagram-worthy cafes and tips from locals, these blogs are a lighthearted way for you to discover Mackay.

5 amazing things to do in the Mackay Region

In the Mackay Region and looking for something to do? Fear not, because we have you covered. Check out these 5 amazing things to do in Mackay that will make you never want to leave!


Bluewater Trail

There’s no better way to explore Mackay than walking the Bluewater Trail. Incorporating picturesque sites including the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Cathy Freeman Walk, Bluewater Lagoon, and Sandfly Creek Reserve - this is the perfect introduction to the city sights. Walk a section in an hour or spend a day on the 20km loop - the choice is up to you!

Rating: Very easy

Discover: Between October and April, Sandfly Creek Reserve hosts around 20,000 migratory shorebirds.

Kommo Toera Trail

This magnificent walking track allows you to meander under the shade of towering Melaleuca trees, to observe a distinctly unique wetland ecosystem diverse in wildlife and plant habitats. Located 15 minutes north of the CBD on Keelys Road, the Kommo Toera Trail is an easy 1km walk suitable for most families. Just be sure to pack insect repellent and watch out for snakes.

Rating: Very easy

Discover: Storm debris embedded amongst the treetops, as a result of past cyclones.

Cape Hillsborough

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Visit Cape Hillsborough at sunrise to see the wallabies as they come to the beach for food.  Four stunning bushwalks are available at the national park, sure to suit any family. Diversity Boardwalk (1.2km) and the Beachcomber Cove Track (2.2km) showcase spectacular plants and wildlife. Yuibera Plant Trail (1.2km) provides a glimpse into the Yuibera peoples traditional use of plants. Andrews Point Track (5.2km) rewards with breathtaking views.

Rating: Very easy to Moderate

Discover: On low tide, walk over to Wedge Island and check out the stunning rock pools.

Finch Hatton Gorge


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A wonderful landscape of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations make Finch Hatton Gorge a must-see attraction. Many walking tracks weave through the sub-tropical rainforest. Most popular is the journey to Araluen Falls (2.8km) and Wheel of Fire Cascades (4.2km). Two beautiful waterfalls with large rock pools that are ideal for swimming.

Rating: Moderate to hard

Discover: Unusual flora and fauna, such as the rare Eungella honeyeater.

Unique Platypus

World renowned as one of the best places to spot the illusive Platypus, The Mackay Region is a must for visitors. Nowhere else in the world are wild platypus more common than the regions rivers and streams. Head west to explore Eungella National Park and watch from several dedicated viewing areas these adorable creatures. Whether it be a day trip, or overnight stay, Broken River campground has the facilities to maximize your chances of spotting a Platypus, set amongst beautiful scenery.

Rating: Easy

Discover: Although you may be lucky enough to spot Platypus throughout the day, dawn and dusk are when they are most active. Remember Platypus are skittish creatures so try and keep noise to a minimum.

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