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.
|Duration||1 Day||Itinerary Type||Land
|Distance||131 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||One Way
|Mode of Travel||4x4|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Start from:||320 Nebo Road, West Mackay QLD 4740, Australia|
|End at:||53 Anzac Avenue, Marian QLD 4753, Australia|
|Start from:||53 Anzac Avenue, Marian QLD 4753, Australia|
|End at:||LOT 10 Off Kinchant Dam Road, Kinchant Dam QLD 4741, Australia|
|Start from:||LOT 10 Off Kinchant Dam Road, Kinchant Dam QLD 4741, Australia|
|End at:||LOT 604 Mackay - Eungella Road, Pinnacle QLD 4741, Australia|
|Start from:||LOT 604 Mackay - Eungella Road, Pinnacle QLD 4741, Australia|
|End at:||95 Kowari Gorge Road, Finch Hatton QLD 4756, Australia|
|Start from:||95 Kowari Gorge Road, Finch Hatton QLD 4756, Australia|
|End at:||LOT 26 Eungella Dam Road, Eungella National Park, Broken River QLD 4757, Australia|