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Scawfel means diving and snorkelling and lazing by the
waters edge with staff bringing you cool drinks on the sand.
Brampton on the other hand is bushwalking, butterflies and
Both are pristine, unspoilt, and as yet quite undiscovered by
If you want to get into the ocean minus the boat, Mackay has
31 beautiful sandy beaches waiting to be explored. That's one for
each day of the month!
Beyond the blue, Mackay offers visitors a varied experience
few regional centres can boast --good bars, food, coffee and a
flavour influenced in no small part by the large Maltese and
Pacific Islander communities that are integral historically and
culturally to the region's identity.
Sample the coffee at Foodspace in the gallery Artspace
(Gordon Street) or at Café Valetta in Victoria Street (they also
have amazing home-made Maltese food), the local fish special at
Pacinos restaurant on the banks of the Pioneer River, and have a
cocktail as the sun goes down on the splendid art deco balcony
at Platinum Lounge.
Beautiful heritage buildings from the turn of the century meld
with the candy-coloured confectioneries of art deco creations.
Walk along Victoria Street to see the sugar-money funded
splendour of the Old National Bank building and then visit the
Australian Hotel building for a taste of north Queensland art deco
From Mackay looking inland, your eyes are immediately
drawn to the lush, green promise of the Pioneer Valley.
As you make your way up the valley you pass charming
sugar hamlets hemmed in by the ever-present sugar cane on
either side of the road.
Stop at the Pinnacle Pub for one of their world-famous pies
and then make the quick hop to stunning Finch Hatton Gorge.
Once inside this lush green world you can see boulders
perched like Buddha praying -- their contemplations punctuated
by the crack of the whipbirds' calls.
The popular walk to Araluen Falls is a 40-minute round trip or
it's one and a half hours if you want to visit both the Araluen and
Wheel of Fire Falls.
Heading further away from Mackay you start to climb Mt
Dalrymple -- winding your way to stunning vistas out across the
valley to the coast.
You are now in Eungella National Park, a world of tall timber
and small wildlife. The sentinels of the park are the Mackay Tulip
Oaks standing tall, buttresses flared, cloaked in mists and
centuries old. They grow nowhere else.
Up here you can see a platypus swimming in the wild any
time you like (almost). If you stay at the Broken River Mountain
Resort on top of the mountain they will actually guarantee that
you see one. The normally timid critters must have decided that
the people visiting here come in peace.
It is not just duck-billed monotremes that abound, however.
When you follow one of the many walks you will see butterflies,
birds, turtles and eels all going about their business. The
mountain resort's cabins have fires for the cooler times of year
and are self-contained, or you can head into their restaurant and
have Austrian chef Oskar offer up filling fare while you watch the
possums scoffing their tucker on the deck. There are also
camping facilities next door.
If you're arriving from the North or South, the Bruce Highway (A1)
is the most direct route. If you're arriving from inland, take the
Mackay-Eungella Road, or the Peak Downs Highway (70).
Andergrove Van Park -- Tel: 07 4942 4922.
Central Tourist Park -- Tel: 07 4957 6141.
Mackay Marina Caravan Park -- Tel: 07 4955 1496.
The Park Mackay -- Tel: 07 4952 1211.
Seawinds Caravan Park -- Tel: 07 4954 9334
Bucasia Beachfront Caravan Resort -- Tel: 07 4954 6375
Isaac Region -- A Unique Part of the Real Australia
Aptly labelled as the 'destination with a difference', Isaac
Region encompasses just under 60,000sq km of fertile
plains on rich volcanic soils, jagged mountainous
outcrops, beaches, coal mines and the towns of Nebo,
Moranbah, Clermont, Dysart, Middlemount, Carmila, St
Lawrence and Clairview.
The region is a place where traditional qualities of the
outback live on, mixed with the very best modern
communities can provide. It's a place where the relics of
the past abound with tributes to the old mines, early
cemeteries, bullock teams, and old townships of
For more information contact Isaac Regional Council
on 1300 472 227 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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