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Explore Mackay Like a True Local with These 5 Thrilling Activities - Discover the local tips and tricks

Long popular among home-grown tourists, the North Queensland town of Mackay has been expanding its horizons, drawing travellers from all around the world. While a dip in the Bluewater Lagoon or a stroll on the Bluewater trail is nothing but lovely, these activities will help you explore Mackay like a true local.


Hike and swim at the scenic Finch Hatton Gorge

Set amid a dense tropical forest just outside of Mackay, Finch Hatton Gorge is the perfect escape to get in touch with nature. The beautiful waterfalls and natural water pools make for an ideal place to cool yourself off on a hot summer day. Aside from admiring the spectacular Araluen and Wheel of Fire waterfalls and having a splash in the clear rock pools, the adventurous trek that leads to them also guarantees to deliver an exhilarating experience.


Spot kangaroos and wallabies on the beach at Cape Hillsborough National Park

Kangaroos and wallabies are two furry, must-see icons that complete your trip to Mackay. Rise and shine at the crack of dawn and jump into your car, and head to Cape Hillsborough National Park to spot the kangaroos and wallabies that come down to the beach. The gorgeous and tranquil sunrise also adds to the scene of observing these furry creatures up close, creating a picturesque backdrop for your pictures. An early morning visit to Cape Hillsborough National Park can definitely tick off your dream to snap a selfie with a wallaby.


Get back to nature by camping at Eungella National Park

Embark on an hour-long journey to the west of Mackay to arrive at Eungella National Park, one of the best spots in the area to camp out amid an abundance of flora and fauna. All campsites are positioned alongside the Broken River, allowing you to spot the unique Australian creature, platypus.

Camping out under the skies of Mackay with millions of stars promises to deliver a memorable experience that no star-hotel can ever provide. However, if you are going in search of a hotel in Mackay, there are many fine places to choose from, including the likes of Oaks Mackay Rivermarque Hotel.


Set up your line to indulge in some fishing

As one of the best fishing locations on the east coast of Australia, any day outspent in Mackay wouldn't be complete without fishing on the itinerary. Pack your hook and line and head to one of many land-based fishing locations around Mackey, and try your luck in reeling in a good perch.


Pack a picnic to soak up scenic Mackay

If you fancy a lovely picnic under the golden sun of Mackay, there are tons of stunning picnic locations around the city. From the endless stretches of white sand of the Eimeo Beach to the Shoal Point lookout and the green grassy lawns of Queens Park, there are enough and more places to choose from that cater to your idea of a grand picnic.