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Splash into a mountain stream, search for a mantaray or trek through the bush with Mackay’s range of natural beauties spanning the rainforests to the reefs.

Plunge into the depths of the Great Barrier Reef and swim with the fishes or catch one in a creek for dinner. Enjoy the tranquillity of the woodlands with a camping trip to Newry Island National Park or soak up nature’s past with a hike through the ancient rainforests. Follow the birds in Dysart or find bright galahs and lorikeets in Blue Mountain Park. Take a leisurely bike ride through Bluewater trail and admire the botanical gardens before stopping to cool down at Bluewater Lagoon.


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"Llewellyn" Dive Site | East Mackay, Mackay Area

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Exciting wreck diving is to be had at the historic 'Llewellyn' site, east of Mackay on the Great Barrier Reef.
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Beachcomber Cove Track | Seaforth, Mackay Region to Beachcomber Cove Track

Beachcomber Cove Track

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Beachcomber Cove track is located within Cape Hillsborough National Park. This ruggedly scenic park includes rainforest, eucalypt forest, beaches, rocky headlands covered in hoop pines, and volcanic rock formations.
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Birdwatching in Dysart | Dysart, Isaac Area

Birdwatching in Dysart

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Mining towns are sometimes overlooked when planning an itinerary, yet if you happen to enjoy a spot of birdwatching, then Dysart is one mining town worth visiting! Enjoying a diverse array of habitats, Dysart is home to a variety of bird species that even the most passionate birdwatcher hopes to see! Pack your walking shoes, don a hat and some SPF 30+ and prepare to listen out for bird calls and study the wildlife with your naked eye through some binoculars.
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Blue Mountain Park | Middlemount, Isaac Area

Blue Mountain Park

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Blue Mountain Park boasts of being Middlemount's "Jewel in the Crown"! It is a picturesque setting that provides visitors with a perfect place to have a family barbecue while enjoying the panoramic views of the surrounding areas.
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Bluewater Lagoon | Mackay, Mackay Area

Bluewater Lagoon

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Enjoy the tropical weather at the free three-tiered lagoon providing fun for the whole family at Bluewater Lagoon! Located overlooking the picturesque Pioneer River in the heart of Mackay's City Centre, the facility covers an area equivalent to three 50 metre swimming pools providing a safe year round stinger-free environment for kids and adults alike! Key features include a spectacular waterfall connecting the two main lagoon areas and a children's water playground where kids will have a ball with a drop-bucket and wading pool.
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Bluewater Trail | Mackay, Mackay Area

Bluewater Trail

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Get out and explore this great region along the Bluewater Trail. Take a leisurely stroll or scenic bike ride along the award winning shared pathway whilst taking in much of the region's natural beauty.
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Brampton Island Track | Mackay, Mackay Region to Brampton Island Peak Track

Brampton Island Track

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The Brampton Island Peak Track is located in the Brampton Islands National Park. This park protects Brampton and Carlisle islands and is a natural haven for diverse plants and animals.
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Broken River | Eungella, Mackay Area

Broken River

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Visit Broken River in Eungella National Park for one of the best spots in Australia to see a platypus in its natural environment.
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Cape Palmerston National Park | Ilbilbie, Isaac Area

Cape Palmerston National Park

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Cape Palmerston National Park features sandy dunes, unspoilt beaches and rocky headlands, with Mount Funnel towering to 344 metres.
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Cathu State Forest | Mackay, Mackay Area

Cathu State Forest

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Along the rugged Clarke Range behind the Whitsunday coast, Cathu State Forest offers a quiet retreat for nature lovers.
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