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Pioneer Valley and Eungella National Park, The
1 Day  / 131 Kilometres



Description

Approximately 80 kilometres west of Mackay, the Pioneer Valley leading to Eungella National Park ('young-g'lah' meaning land of the clouds) and the Mackay Highlands, are must-sees for every visitor to Mackay. The emerald green lowlands are carpeted by sugarcane fields and quaint townships and the Eungella National Park is home to Australia's longest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest. The Pioneer Valley and Eungella can be easily visited in a day from Mackay - the road to Broken River is sealed throughout, though steep for heavy vehicles and cars towing caravans just prior to Eungella township.

Pioneer Valley Drive
Pioneer Valley DrivePioneer Valley and Eungella National Park
Pioneer Valley and Eungella National ParkPioneer Valley and Eungella National Park, The
Pioneer Valley and Eungella National Park, TheEungella National Park
Eungella National Park


Journey Details

Duration1 Day Itinerary TypeLand
Distance131 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of Travel4x4
Bicycle
Bus
Car
Caravan
Motorcycle
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - 2

Activities

  • Walking
    Walking
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided


Pioneer Valley and Eungella National Park, The Full Itinerary

Nebo Road VIC to Melba House VIC

Originally the home of Dame Nellie Melba, Melba House dates back to 1882. It was moved twice and now stands in Edward Lloyd Park at Marian, overlooking the Pioneer River. The house contains a selection of Melba memorabilia, handicrafts for sale, as well as offering the full services of a Visitor Information Centre. Staff will be delighted to provide helpful friendly advice and bookings. You can also purchase your fishing and camping permits here. The Marian markets are held on the third Sunday of the month, 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. at the Catholic Church Grounds on Anzac Avenue, Marian. Market stalls include homemade cakes, jams, chutney, confectionary, plants and orchids, crafts, fruit and vegetables, sausage sizzle, tea and coffee and drinks.


Melba House Visitor Information Centre
Melba House Visitor Information Centre


Route Details

Distance: 22 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Educational Tourism
    Educational Tourism
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Shopping
    Shopping


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2
Other Information
Disabled: Wheelchair ramp available at Melba House Visitor Information Centre.



Melba House VIC to Kinchant Dam

The region is home to three spectacular impoundments - Eungella, Teemburra and Kinchant Dams, each well-stocked with barramundi, sooty grunter, and sleepy cod. Popular for water-skiing and other water sports, these dams can be enjoyed as family holiday locations for camping, picnicking and recreational pursuits. Fishing permits are required and may be purchased at the accredited Visitor Information Centres. Water-skiing and camping are not permitted at Teemburra Dam.


Kinchant Dam
Kinchant Dam


Route Details

Distance: 25 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Kinchant Dam to Pinnacle Pub

On your way out to Eungella National Park, try a pie at the famous Pinnacle Pub or enjoy gourmet delights next door at Coffee Devine. In most of the towns along the way there are plenty of country pubs offering genuine country hospitality.


Pinnacle Pub
Pinnacle Pub


Route Details

Distance: 43 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
    Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Pinnacle Pub to Finch Hatton Gorge

Finch Hatton Gorge in the foothills of the Eungella Range has excellent rainforest walking trails that take you to the Araluen and Wheel of Fire waterfalls where you can take a refreshing dip in the deep natural swimming holes. The River Rock Cafe in Finch Hatton Gorge is great for a casual lunch to refuel for bushwalks and swimming.


Finch Hatton Gorge
Finch Hatton Gorge


Route Details

Distance: 15 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Rainforest
    Rainforest


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Finch Hatton Gorge to Eungella National Park Walks

The Eungella National Park provides a lush, cooling environment in which to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Covering over 51,700 hectares of rugged land, the walking tracks lead to varying mixes of tropical and temperate rainforest. Camp at Fern Flat (walk-in) or Crediton Hall, or along various points on the Mackay Highlands Great Walk. Spot the platypus at various locations along the Valley, but most commonly at early morning or late afternoon from the viewing platform at Broken River. With a ducklike snout, the platypus feeds on freshwater molluscs, crustaceans and other small invertebrates. The Park is also home to 225 species of birds. The Eungella markets are a great local market with a variety of stalls. Held the first Sunday of each month at the Eungella Hall, North Street from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.


Platypus spotting at Broken River
Platypus spotting at Broken River
Platypus at Broken River
Platypus at Broken River


Route Details

Distance: 25 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Rainforest
    Rainforest


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2




Driving Directions

1 - Nebo Road VIC to Melba House VIC
Start from:320 Nebo Road, West Mackay QLD 4740, Australia
End at:53 Anzac Avenue, Marian QLD 4753, Australia
Distance:22.3 km
Duration:19 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northeast on National Highway A1 toward Ram Chandra Pl
  2. Turn right toward National Highway A1
  3. Turn left toward National Highway A1
  4. Turn left onto National Highway A1
  5. Turn right onto Peak Downs Hwy
  6. Turn right onto Mackay - Eungella Rd
    Destination will be on the right
2 - Melba House VIC to Kinchant Dam
Start from:53 Anzac Avenue, Marian QLD 4753, Australia
End at:LOT 10 Off Kinchant Dam Road, Kinchant Dam QLD 4741, Australia
Distance:19.3 km
Duration:22 mins
Directions:
  1. Head southwest on Mackay - Eungella Rd toward Tolcher Ln
  2. Turn left onto Daly St
  3. Continue onto Marian-Eton Rd
  4. Turn right onto Kinchant Dam Rd
  5. Continue onto Off Kinchant Dam Rd
    Destination will be on the right
3 - Kinchant Dam to Pinnacle Pub
Start from:LOT 10 Off Kinchant Dam Road, Kinchant Dam QLD 4741, Australia
End at:LOT 604 Mackay - Eungella Road, Pinnacle QLD 4741, Australia
Distance:43.1 km
Duration:39 mins
Directions:
  1. Head east on Off Kinchant Dam Rd toward Kinchant Dam Rd
  2. Continue onto Kinchant Dam Rd
  3. Turn left onto Marian-Eton Rd
  4. Continue onto Daly St
  5. Turn left onto Mackay - Eungella Rd
    Destination will be on the left
4 - Pinnacle Pub to Finch Hatton Gorge
Start from:LOT 604 Mackay - Eungella Road, Pinnacle QLD 4741, Australia
End at:95 Kowari Gorge Road, Finch Hatton QLD 4756, Australia
Distance:15.5 km
Duration:16 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on Mackay - Eungella Rd
  2. Turn right onto Kowari Rd
  3. Turn right onto Kowari Gorge Rd
5 - Finch Hatton Gorge to Eungella National Park Walks
Start from:95 Kowari Gorge Road, Finch Hatton QLD 4756, Australia
End at:LOT 26 Eungella Dam Road, Broken River QLD 4757, Australia
Distance:25.7 km
Duration:30 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on Kowari Gorge Rd toward Kowari Rd
  2. Turn left onto Kowari Rd
  3. Turn right onto Mackay - Eungella Rd
  4. Turn left onto Chelmer St
  5. Turn right onto Eungella Dam Rd

Other Information

Disabled:
Wheelchair ramp available at Melba House Visitor Information Centre.


Visit our Driving Safety and Advice page for more information or the RACQ website for the latest road conditions.

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