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Getting Hooked in Mackay

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? So, for once it’s not the kids in the back seat. This time it’s your partner’s inner child coming out in anticipation of tangling with a chrome-sided, bucket-mouthed, leaping Barramundi whilst fishing in Mackay. Honestly, who could blame them, the fishing here is amazing. Oh, and while you are here, you may as well tick Fingermark, Mangrove Jack, Threadfin Salmon, Queenfish, Sooty Grunter, Saratoga, Coral Trout and Spanish Mackerel off your bucket list as well. You see if it has fins, swims and is an iconic Australian sports-fish highly prized by many, you will find it here in Mackay. It’s not hard to see why really, considering the diversity of aesthetically pleasing landscapes and abundance of species present in this fishing mecca.

Whether you are an experienced or inexperienced angler, whether you are young or young at heart, the options are literally endless and are only bounded by your sense of adventure. Heck, you don’t even need a boat to get amongst the trophy fish here. Fishing off the numerous rock walls, estuarine banks or dedicated fishing platform/pontoons puts you right in the game.

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A Family-Friendly Holiday in Tropical Mackay

A Family-Friendly Holiday in Tropical Mackay

If spending an enchanting sunrise on Casuarina Beach watching the wild wallabies and roos bounding alongside you isn’t on your bucket list, then you may have been living under a rock! Mackay is well known for this iconic Australian experience, but those who venture here during the Summer holidays quickly discover there is so much more to uncover throughout this gem of Central Queensland.

With a thriving local tourism economy and strong community support, options for adventures are plentiful. Teamed with the spectacular natural sceneries, this laid back tropical city is perfect for families looking to recharge the batteries, whilst avoiding the masses of tourists.

Deep blue seas, golden sands and tropical rainforests are a paradise for travelling families this summer. Let us take you on a journey to discover Mackay’s iconic blessings and hidden secrets with kids in tow, no matter how little (or big) they are! 

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Oskar serves up Aussie experience in the rainforest

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

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

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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A dive with a difference in the rainforest


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

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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Local's Guide : How to spot a platypus

By Amanda Wright

Cuddled a koala? Fed a kangaroo? Held a baby crocodile?

These are all common wildlife experiences that many visitors to Australia are keen to tick off their bucket-lists, but have you tried finding a platypus in the wild? Platypus are only found in Australia and only inhabit a small proportion of the country. Broken River, a tranquil rainforest environment in Eungella National Park, is considered to be the best place in the world for seeing wild platypus in their natural environment.

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Photo: Get up close & personal to the curious platypus in Eungella National Park. 

13 things to do in Mackay on land, sea and sky

13 things to do in Mackay on land, sea and sky

Camping, fishing and swimming with platypus, oh my! There are more than a few things to do in Mackay that will have you feeling all Bear Grylls.

Original author: Nelson Hall

7 of the best sunrise and sunset spots in Mackay

7 of the best sunrise and sunset spots in Mackay

Where you need to be in Mackay to capture golden hour.

Original author: Kaylah Buckman

5 ways to get a natural high in Mackay

5 ways to get a natural high in Mackay

Hop on a beach with a kangaroo, reel in a massive barramundi or zip-line through a rainforest canopy – Mackay makes it easy to find your natural high.

Original author: Ben Brayley

Hooked on Mackay – Top 5 fishing spots

Hooked on Mackay – Top 5 fishing spots

Meet “mad keen fisherman” Luke Galea and get the scoop of the best fishing spots in The Mackay Region, then watch as the barramundi, mangrove jack and salmon come flocking!

Original author: Matt Raimondo

4 ways to reel in a catch on the ‘Bass to Barra’ fishing trail

4 ways to reel in a catch on the ‘Bass to Barra’ fishing trail

Fishing Australia expert Rob Paxevanos dishes his top tips for landing a prized barramundi.

Original author: Rob Paxevanos

7 awesome free swimming pools and water parks

7 awesome free swimming pools and water parks

Beat the summer heat with these outdoor lagoons.

Original author: Ben Brayley

10 anniversaries bigger than Kim Kardashian and Kanye’s one-year

10 anniversaries bigger than Kim Kardashian and Kanye’s one-year

Consider this the Jay Gatsby of event-listings or one epic save the date for 2015

Original author: Hannah Statham

6 things to do these summer school holidays in Mackay

6 things to do these summer school holidays in Mackay

What’s the best thing about summer? Weeks and weeks of school holiday fun!

Original author: Ben Brayley

Swimming with an Aussie icon – the platypus

Swimming with an Aussie icon – the platypus

Suit up to scuba dive with the platypus in Mackay.

Original author: Nelson Hall

Queensland Instameet: Hot shots from around the state so far

Queensland Instameet: Hot shots from around the state so far

#thisisqueensland so far during the Queensland Instameet.

Original author: Sosarina

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