Endless sandy beaches, ancient reefs teeming with life off untouched Great Barrier reef Islands, the tranquility of lush tropical rainforest and the warmth of the rugged golden hinterland.
This place is full of awesome spots to visit.
Here are my 4 top places to visit:
Eungella National Park
The Broken River is the best place in Australia to spot platypus in the wild. Scenic Finch Hatton Gorge is a wonderful landscape of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations. There are many walking tracks which weave through sub-tropical rainforest. One of my favourite trails starts at the Finch Hatton picnic area and takes you on a 1.6 kilometre journey to the beautiful Araluen waterfall.
The granite boulders and surrounding vegetation make this place special. I can not resist to take always a dip in one of the nearby rock pools – heaven!
The Wheel of Fire Cascades is another beautiful waterfall with a large rock pool at its base and also a great spot for swimming. This second part of the walk is more challenging, with uphill segments and stairs to climb, but the views are well worth it.
Keep an eye out among the rainforest for rare and unusual flora and fauna, such as the rare gastric brooding frog, the orange-sided skink, Mackay tulip oak, Eungella spiny cray and Eungella honeyeater.
Cape Hillsborough National Park
Dramatic headland, rainforests, nature walks and wallabies that come down onto the beach at sunrise. What else can we ask for?
Cape Hillsborough National Park, approximately 45 minutes north of Mackay, is where you’ll find rainforest meets the shoreline, volcanic headlands, eucalypt forests home to koalas and kookaburras and prehistoric rock formations. Wallabies and kangaroos scour the morning tide for mangrove seed pods, seaweed and coral sand dollars.
Brampton and Keswick Islands
Brampton Island’s golden beaches, coral gardens and meandering walking tracks are a delight here. Almost entirely National Park, Brampton is so close to neighbouring Carlisle Island, where camping is permitted at Sandy Pt. make sure you walk across the reef at low tide – it’s stunning!
South to Sarina and to the coast, there is a delightful selection of beaches for swimming and fishing . The undeveloped wilderness surrounding Cape Palmerston’s camping areas provides access to excellent fishing locations and rugged bush walks. One of my favourite things to do here is to experience magical glimpses of elusive fireflies which inhabit the bushland area in the evening.