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Damn Hot!

Damn Hot!

The temperature is not the only thing heating up in The Mackay Region this summer, so too is the incredible fishing on offer in any one of the region's three stocked impoundments. Kinchant, Teemburra and Eungella Dams are world class fisheries and home to some of the biggest Barramundi and Sooty Grunter you could ever hope to encounter. These fish are legendary, iconic and firmly etched upon the bucket list of nearly every red-blooded angler in the nation and for good reason. Oh… did I mention that you don’t even need to be an experienced fisherman to stand a good chance at catching one of these brutes? If you’ve never caught a Sooty Grunter or you are fixated on catching that metre-plus Barra, there is absolutely no better time than now. Let me explain…

First and foremost, Mackay is an amazing city in its own right with brilliant natural landmarks well worth exploring by families and fisho’s alike, but more importantly its geographic location makes it absolutely ideal as a base to stage your assault on the dams. Seriously, I don’t know another regional city that can lay claim to being located within 90 minutes of three world class impoundments (allow a slightly longer travel time to Eungella dam if you are towing your tinnie or camper trailer). The close proximity to these angling mecca’s is a massive feather in Mackay’s cap.

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Experience Nature. Reserved. at Cape Hillsborough

Think of Australia’s most famous icons, Wallabies and ‘The Beach, add in a beautiful sunrise and you have the Cape Hillsborough Sunrise with the Wallabies Tour. Located at the stunning Cape Hillsborough beach, this experience is a must for all visitors to The Mackay Region.

Getting there

Cape Hillsborough is located 45 minutes north of Mackay. Located roughly halfway between Cairns (750km North) and Brisbane (950km South), Mackay is easily accessible by air, rail, and road via the Bruce Highway. New signage for Cape Hillsborough and resurfaced roads make the early morning drive an easy one.

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Top Camping Spots to Explore this Winter

As in nature, the coming of winter signals an annual migration north for thousands of travellers seeking the warm, tropical climate of The Mackay Region. For our visitors escaping the dreary cold down south, and any curious locals seeking a couple of nights away from the stresses of modern life, we share some of the top spots to camp in the Mackay Region. Sharmin Messer from popular travel blog ‘The Hungry Travellers’ also gives some tips for those looking to make the most of their camping experience. Be sure to check out their social media channels.

Eungella National Park

High above the surrounding plains, Eungella National Park is one of Queensland’s most ecologically diverse parks with 860 plant species and 20km of walking tracks to explore. With a wonderful variety of wildlife and the opportunity to see platypus in the wild, it’s worth staying a few days.

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A REEL good time fishing Mackay

It’s 6am on any given Saturday or Sunday morning, and many of us are catching up on sleep – not exactly a time we would expect to find a traffic jam. Go down to your nearest boat ramp any weekend morning however you’ll be amazed at the number of vehicles, boats and trailers lined up ready for fun day on the water.

Mackay boasts one of the highest rates of boat ownership in Australia with one boat registered for every eight residents. Many of these boats exist for one reason – fishing, and The Mackay Region and its visitors are hooked on it. Puns aside The Mackay Region is fast becoming Australia’s premier fishing destination.

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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