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Mackay Region Drive
1 Day  / 36 Kilometres



Description

Picturesque and relaxed, the tropical city of Mackay combines a small town feel with big city conveniences. Enjoy the year-round near perfect weather and the abundance of exciting activities and experiences waiting to be discovered by you. This journey will take you to Mackay City's most beautiful and interesting attractions. Visit the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Artspace Mackay, the Bluewater Lagoon and Quay, Mackay Harbour and the Northern Beaches.

Mackay City Centre
Mackay City Centre


Journey Details

Duration1 Day Itinerary TypeLand
Distance36 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of Travel4x4
Bicycle
Car
Motorcycle
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - 2

Facilities

  • Access Without Assistance for the Disabled
    Non-assisted Access
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Cafe
    Cafe
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Parking for the Disabled
    Disabled Parking
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet
  • Visitor Information Centre
    Visitor Information Centre

Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Sailing
    Sailing
  • Swimming
    Swimming
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided


Mackay Region Drive Full Itinerary

Nebo Road VIC to Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Enjoy a walk through to the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, followed by a bite to eat at the Restaurant and Cafe on the Lagoon. Located at the southern entrance to the city, the gardens are a showcase of the Central Queensland bioregion. You'll see spectacular themed gardens, wetland species and wildlife habitats. The Gardens offer free guided tours for visitors to explore the peaceful surrounds of one of Australia's most innovative botanic gardens.


Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens


Route Details

Duration: 2 Mins
Distance: 1 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way




Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens to Bluewater Lagoon

The Bluewater Lagoon and Quay are idyllically located right at the river's edge and close to the city centre where shopping, alfresco dining and entertainment abound. The Bluewater Lagoon comprises of a three tiered family-friendly leisure facility open 7 days a week.


Mackay Bluewater Lagoon
Mackay Bluewater Lagoon


Route Details

Duration: 5 Mins
Distance: 3 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2
Other Information
Children: Children are welcome. Kid's water playground with drop bucket.
Disabled: Disabled facilities available.



Artspace Mackay to Mackay Orchid House

Relax and enjoy the beautiful Orchid House, intricately placed in the historic Queens Park gardens, boasting a broad collection of unique and exquisite orchids. The Orchid House is one of the largest and finest orchid display houses in Australia. Built in 1988, the orchids are displayed in a natural type-setting around circular walkways. Stroll through the large collection of stunning orchids in all shapes and sizes, from the bizarre to exotic looking.


Mackay Orchid House
Mackay Orchid House


Route Details

Duration: 5 Mins
Distance: 1 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2
Other Information
Children: Children are welcome.



Bluewater Lagoon to Artspace Mackay

Artspace Mackay is a regional art gallery and museum operated by the Mackay Regional Council. Enjoy local arts, heritage, and an ever-changing program of international-standard visual arts and social history exhibitions. While you're there, grab a gourmet treat at Foodspace Cafe.


Artspace Mackay
Artspace Mackay


Route Details

Duration: 5 Mins
Distance: 1 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • The Arts
    The Arts


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2
Other Information
Children: Children's activities available.
Disabled: Disabled facilities available.



Mackay Marina to Eimeo Hotel

Picturesque and patrolled Eimeo Beach is popular with locals, beachgoers and anglers. When you're finished at the beach, head to the Eimeo Hotel on the clifftop. Overlooking Eimeo Beach, the Coral Sea and islands - this old pub is not to be missed.


Eimeo Hotel
Eimeo Hotel


Route Details

Duration: 28 Mins
Distance: 20 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Beach
    Beach


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Mackay Orchid House to Mackay Marina

The Marina Precinct boasts an array of restaurants, bars and shops, as well as the luxury four and a half star Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina. A short stroll from the Marina precinct is Harbour Beach, lush parks with barbeque facilities and a thriving Yacht Club, where on weekends you can join in the fun of social sailing. Harbour Beach is also a favourite fishing spot with the locals, you can expect jew, mackerel, trevally, bream and tuna.


Mackay Marina
Mackay Marina


Route Details

Duration: 13 Mins
Distance: 7 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Nature based
    Nature based


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1




Driving Directions

1 - Nebo Road VIC to Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Start from:LOT 217 Ram Chandra Place, West Mackay QLD 4740, Australia
End at:9 Lagoon Street, West Mackay QLD 4740, Australia
Distance:1.5 km
Duration:2 mins
Directions:
  1. Head southeast on Ram Chandra Pl toward National Highway A1
  2. Take the 1st left onto National Highway A1
  3. Take the 1st left onto Mackay Bypass Rd
    Destination will be on the left
2 - Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens to Bluewater Lagoon
Start from:9 Lagoon Street, West Mackay QLD 4740, Australia
End at:16 Goldsmith Street, Mackay QLD 4740, Australia
Distance:4.9 km
Duration:8 mins
Directions:
  1. Head southeast on Mackay Bypass Rd toward Paul Hopkins St
  2. Turn left onto National Highway A1
  3. Turn right onto Shakespeare St
  4. Turn left onto Goldsmith St
3 - Artspace Mackay to Mackay Orchid House
Start from:16 Goldsmith Street, Mackay QLD 4740, Australia
End at:58 Macalister Street, Mackay QLD 4740, Australia
Distance:1.9 km
Duration:4 mins
Directions:
  1. Head south on Goldsmith St toward Shakespeare St
  2. Take the 1st right onto Shakespeare St
  3. Turn right onto Macalister St
    Go through 1 roundabout
4 - Bluewater Lagoon to Artspace Mackay
Start from:58 Macalister Street, Mackay QLD 4740, Australia
End at:32-34 River Street, Mackay QLD 4740, Australia
Distance:1.1 km
Duration:2 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on Gordon St toward Wellington St
  2. Turn right onto Milton St
  3. Continue straight to stay on Milton St
  4. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Mangrove Rd
  5. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto River St
    Destination will be on the right
5 - Mackay Marina to Eimeo Hotel
Start from:32-34 River Street, Mackay QLD 4740, Australia
End at:22 Mulherin Drive, Mackay Harbour QLD 4740, Australia
Distance:6.6 km
Duration:10 mins
Directions:
  1. Head east on River St toward Ian St
    Go through 1 roundabout
  2. Turn left onto Mackay-Slade Point Rd/Sydney St
    Continue to follow Mackay-Slade Point Rd
  3. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Ron Searle Drive
  4. Slight left to stay on Ron Searle Drive
  5. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Mulherin Drive
    Destination will be on the left
6 - Mackay Orchid House to Mackay Marina
Start from:22 Mulherin Drive, Mackay Harbour QLD 4740, Australia
End at:2 Mulherin Drive, Mackay Harbour QLD 4740, Australia
Distance:0.8 km
Duration:2 mins
Directions:
  1. Head north on Mulherin Drive
  2. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on Mulherin Drive

Other Information


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