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Melissa shares her travel adventures and updates from The Mackay Region

Melissa

A true local, Melissa was born and bred in Mackay and lists travelling and exploring among her favourite things to do. She's traversed mountains in the Andes of Peru. swam alongside crocodiles in the jungle of Bolivia, cycled mountains in Mexico, skydived in New Zealand and explored Europe, South East Asia, Fiji and China. But she still has much more to see, particularly in her hometown!   As Communications Officer at Mackay Tourism, Melissa gets to bring her love for writing together with her love for travelling.  She's been a radio, tv and print journalist, as well as worked in Public Relations for a variety of different organisations. In her spare time, she teaches classes at the gym and loves exploring untouched areas in The Mackay Region.   
Oskar serves up Aussie experience in the rainforest

Rolling green hills, pristine waterholes and the best place in the world to view platypus in the wild; it’s here that Austrian-born chef Oskar Krobath has found his ‘home away from home’.

Driving up the range towards Eungella National Park (approximately 85 kilometres west of Mackay), the air becomes cooler, the trees become thicker and the views of the Pioneer Valley are simply breathtaking. It’s no wonder why visitors from all over the world seek out Mackay’s hinterland region as a must-see destination.  

Owner and chef at the Platypus Lodge Restaurant and Café at Broken River, Oskar Krobath says it was the same natural beauty that attracted his family to settle here almost 14 years ago.

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Back-to-work blues - how I crash-landed my way into a new holiday

I’ve come down with something known as the ‘back to work blues’. My symptoms include a feeling of nausea as I open my emails, the need for multiple coffees by 9am and flashbacks of my blissful, relaxed holiday.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my job; but even the best job in the world cannot match the feeling of waking up with no deadlines, no one to report to, and no real decisions to make.

It usually takes me a little while to get into holiday mode but once I’m there, it’s hard to leave. On my last day of holidays, I find myself desperately clutching to the last few hours of daylight, squeezing in as many recreational activities as I can and putting off ironing my work clothes as long as possible.

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High flying idea becomes 15 year success

Hidden amongst the Finch Hatton rainforest, a magical first-of-its-kind flying fox experience awaits.  Friendly Brits Dave and Donna, who are the owners of Forest Flying, tell the story behind the 15-year operation.

Cast your mind back 27 years ago, and Dave and Donna were living in a self-constructed tree house on their newly purchased property in Finch Hatton.

They had first met through mutual friends in Townsville and, when their paths crossed again later in Sydney, they decided to make the move to tropical North Queensland to take advantage of the relaxed lifestyle.

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Did you know that the majority of platypus sightings in the wild happen in The Mackay Region? It’s no wonder visitors from all over the world can be found searching the freshwater billabongs for a glimpse of the little creatures.

But finding them is not an easy feat and requires a mix of patience and local know-how.  

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Top 5 Reasons you need to be seen at The Mackay Beach Races

Kick off your shoes, grab a glass of champagne and get the sand between your toes because it’s a race day of a different kind.

Set on the stunning Mackay Harbour Beach, the iconic Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival encapsulates some of the things Queensland is famous for - sun, sand, surf, fashion and sport and wraps it up into one unique event.

The event was founded by the late Mick Pope; a man who was as charismatic and energetic as his race day vision. While Mick’s passing was felt farand wide, it also ignited the flame for his partner Chrissy Evangelou and the local community to carry on his vision to run ‘an event like no other’.

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