Mackay Things to Do

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    The Mackay Marina

    by lou31 Updated Jul 25, 2007

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    Once upon a time this was simply called 'The Harbour' and it was a pretty enough place in it's own way. Now it is called the Marina and it is gorgeous! A whole new harbour was built. A long wall that you can drive along protects the many boats and yachts from the elements. The coast line now boasts condos which have sprouted up in no time. Along the shore front there is a nice landscaped walkway with numerous eateries and pubs. It truly is a nice place to enjoy a meal or a drink.
    Try Sachmo's, The Light House or The Deck to name a few.

    Mackay Marina

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    Pioneer Valley

    by lou31 Updated Mar 12, 2005

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    Mackay is situated in the Pioneer Valley. A fertile farming area which has some spectacular views. Take a drive and explore...lots of little villages and country pubs.
    This photo was taken from Greenmount Homestead looking across some fields.

    Green grass, lake and gum trees.
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    Botanical Gardens

    by lou31 Updated Jun 20, 2008

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    The Mackay Botanical Gardens are a relatively new addition to the town. Built only about 2 years ago they still have alot of 'growing' to do. It's a nice place to take a stroll and there is a coffee shop with a balcony over looking the 'lagoons' waterway.

    If you head south you can explore the meandering paths that take you through a small forest complete with a flowing stream. Further down is the large grass Islander Hut.

    Bridge amongst the trees. Picnic anyone? Colourful structure in the park Waterway and cafeteria. Walk through a shady forest trail
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    Play the Pokies

    by lou31 Written Mar 12, 2005

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    'Playing the pokies' has become a standard recreational activity for many Aussies. A good way to 'beat the heat'- [airconditioning], and enjoy some fun. Most pubs have a gaming room where you can have a 'poke' and maybe win some money along the way.
    Meals are available in the restaurant area and are usually buffet style and relatively cheap and substancial.

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    Greenmount Homestead

    by lou31 Updated May 28, 2007

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    Just outside Walkerston is Greenmount Homestead. Originally owned by the Cook family and now a museum. The house was built in 1915 by Albert Cook who settled in the area and bred the first Aberdeen Angus cattle in Queensland.
    Captain John Mackay [ Founder of the town of Mackay ] named the property when he camped on the sight in 1862.
    Inside, household paraphenalia from 3 generations of the Cook family are on show.
    Furniture, carpets, crockery, even dresses worn in that period are displayed throughout the house.
    The homestead was left to the Mackay Historical Society by Tom and Dorothy Cook.

    Greenmount Homestead Front entrance of the homestead Part of the front garden Old hut
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    Pioner Valley

    by lou31 Updated May 28, 2007

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    More to see around the Pioneer Valley... Walkerston would be the largest township in the Mackay region. About 2.5 thousand inhabitants and with a nice country 'feel'. Only about 10 kilometers from town [ Mackay ] it has a variety of shops and businesses.

    Our new Woolworths supermarket has been a huge bonus to the locals. Walkerston is a fast growing area due to the new coal mines opening up out west.

    Highway through Walkerston
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    Queens Park

    by lou31 Written Mar 12, 2005

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    Queens Park is a nice place to spend some quiet time. There is an orchid house where you will see some lovely specimens plus other exotic plants. A playground for kids and nice shady trees to picnic under

    Shady trees Orchid Flowers in the gardens Memorial
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    Go fishing!

    by lou31 Written Mar 12, 2005

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    One of the most popular passtimes is to go fishing. You can either go up one of the many creeks, or fish from the river or beach.
    Head down to the Hospital Bridge and throw a line in from the bank or fish straight off the Forgan Smith Bridge. Though be careful.
    On a fine day you will see heaps of cars towing boats as they set off for the day. The number of fishing spots are endless.

    Town Beach in East Mackay.
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    Lamberts Beach

    by lou31 Written Jun 4, 2006

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    Residents of the suburb of Slade Point have this lovely beach at their disposal.

    Only about a ten minute drive from the city heart it has lovely views out onto the islands and is popular with families and walkers.

    Deep blue waters on a fine winters day.
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    Jungle Johno Platypus Trip

    by northeast80 Updated Jun 25, 2007

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    I booked my tour through the Larrikin Lodge YHA, costing AU$59. We left at 11.30am and passed by the sugar cane factories and Nelli Melbas' old house and some traditional Queenslander houses, all the time with the driver telling us what we were passing.
    We had a pie stop at a bar and then drove into the Eungalla National Park, of course it started to rain but the driver had plenty of umbrellas to share, we had a lovely walk through the rainforest there.
    We saw Argluen Falls, some people were even brave enough to swim. We walked along Broken River and there's professionl spotters there, with walkie talkies to tell everyone where the platypus are!
    We saw a father, mother and children, all at different times, they got very close to the viewing point we chose, if only I had a camera with zoom.
    Ooh toilet facilites here are nasty, I've been to some plesant holes in the ground but this one stank!
    There was also a small tourist shop and museum at the site.
    We got dropped off around 18.30.
    A great day out, I always wanted to see these creatures in the wild and I did.

    Proof I saw some!!
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    Cape Hillsborough

    by lou31 Written Jun 3, 2012

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    This lovely beach is about a 3/4 hour drive from Mackay and is well worth the drive.

    Along the expanse of open beach there is a variety of caves, rock pools and geological structures to explore.

    Another intriguing aspect of this area is the local kangaroo population that regularly sunbakes on the beach. They are quite tame and can be patted though it is advised that they are wild creatures with varying personalities so it is best to be careful when around them. Yes, kangaroos do bite!

    Bush walking is another popular activity. An award winning Environmental Walk takes you from the beach and meanders up the hillside to various lookouts.

    At the Cape Hillsborough Resort there is a variety of accommodation to choose from. Cabins, a variety of beach huts and villas plus camping and caravanning. Amenities include a camp kitchen, laundry, BBQs, pool, a shop and lots more.

    Kangaroos on the beach at Cape Hillsborough Now that's what you call a beach!!! The beach, looking north Kangaroos sunbaking... Rock formations along the beach
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    Eimeo Beach

    by lou31 Written Jul 24, 2005

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    It is pronounced... i - me -o, is about 7 kilometres from Mackay and is one of a string of beaches to the North.
    It is in a pretty bay with lots of shady trees on the esplanade and it is a popular place for outriggers.

    The lovely beach at Eimeo
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    • Windsurfing
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    Sunday Markets

    by lou31 Written Mar 28, 2009

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    Each Sunday morning the City Heart comes alive with colourful stalls, rides, music and entertainment.
    You can find all sorts of merchandise for sale. Local fruit and vegetables, jewellery, handicrafts, flowers, cakes, pot plants, art and cosmetics etc.
    The Mackay Pipe Band usually put on a performance and there is always some form of entertainment playing in rotunda.

    Colourful flower stall Train ride through the streets Colourful Victoria Street Yummy cakes and biscuits Mackay Pipe Band
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    Seaforth Beach

    by lou31 Written Jun 30, 2009

    Seaforth lies about 40 kilometres north of Mackay and has been one of the more popular beaches and day trip destinations for years. Facilities at this quaint beach community include a swimming enclosure, bowls club, nice park like surroundings and a large and well maintained caravan park right on the beach. There are also public toilets and showers.
    There is the convenience of a shop where you can buy anything from an icecreams, take away food, souvenirs, bait and tackle etc.
    Don't forget the usual long sandy beach, palm trees and exotic bird life.
    Sunday morning markets offer local craft and produce from 8.30 to 11.30.
    Nearby Victor creek and it’s boat ramp are also very popular with the local fishermen.

    Palm trees and blue skies Caravan Park Convenience store
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    Tourist Information Centre

    by lou31 Written Oct 16, 2004

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    There's lots to do in Mackay and the best place to start when planning your stay is to visit the Information Centre. Heaps of pamphlets and brochures and they can book tours and accomodation for you.

    Tourist Information Centre
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    • Beaches

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