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7 Incredible things to do in Mackay - For a memorable vacation!

Mackay has been getting everyone's attention worldwide as it is the best place to catch sight of platypuses. But what more can you do when you are here? Turns out, there are plenty. Read on to find out more.


Platypus spotting

Well, Mackay is widely known for this activity, so let us start this list with that. These are shy little cute creatures that belong to the clear crystal waters of the Eungella National Park. The National Park is located 1 1/2-hour drive away from Mackay. You should arrive here at dusk or dawn in order to watch platypuses feed and frolic in the waters from viewpoints, that are dedicated just for this activity. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, make sure not to miss out on this!


Sunrises with kangaroos

We often see many beaches dedicated to sunsets. How about an epic sunrise with Australia's iconic kangaroos? Your photographic skills are going to receive quite a following on Instagram for sure! The Cape Hillsborough National Park is the best place for this. On top of that, you can take pictures of the incredible changing colours of the sunrise with a wallaby or kangaroo. Once you have had an early morning start, you will want to relax before you set off on another adventure in Mackay. If you're looking for a hotel in Mackay, you can check properties like Oaks Rivermarque, on your way back from the national park.


Zip Lines

For the adrenaline junkies, Mackay has a special surprise. You can try the zip line here that whooshes over the canopy of a lush evergreen tropical forest. Grab your camera, and risk-taking pictures as you cruise over the forest!


Hiker's paradise

Mackay also offers a wonderful experience for the hikers. There are so many brilliant trails you can choose to explore. The Finch Hatton Gorge is one of them, where you will come across brilliant waterfalls, natural swimming pools, and a great walk altogether. The trail is around 4.2 kilometres and winds its way through a dense forest. Make sure to check out the Wheel of Fire and the Araluen waterfalls. You can always cool down in one of the natural pools.


Photographic Views

One of the best places that offer incredible views are the sugarcane fields out here. The Blue sky, reddish earth, and the lush green fields are one of the favourite spots for photographers to take pictures of, when in Mackay. You can check out Pioneer Valley, just for this. If you are here during the harvesting season, which is from May to the month of November, then you can also take photographs and videos of giant machines and equipment that harvest these crops.



Well, Mackay producers more than 1/3rd of Australia's sweet things, and rightfully considered the capital of all things sugar of Australia. So, when here, you need to try all kind of sweets. Check out places like Sarina Sugar Shed, that gives you an interactive tour into the history of sugar as well as its production in Mackay. You can also try out many sweet delicacies, from schnapps, liqueurs, ginger beer, fairy floss to gourmet sauces


Cable Ski

This is the best place to try out wakeboarding, for beginners and pros alike. If this is an experience you want to have, then Mackay will provide this to you too.

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