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Dan shares his fishing, travel adventures and updates from The Mackay Region

Born and raised in a small NSW country town, Dan instantly fell in love with Mackay and now proudly calls himself a local. An avid fisherman, Dan spends most of his weekend experiencing the incredible fishing accross the region. Dan also loves his sport, and plays in local cricket and golf comps. As Communications Officer for Mackay Tourism, Dan shares his experiences and passion for The Mackay Region. 

Mackay: Where Gourmet Delights and Natural Wonders Abound

Located on the coast of Queensland, The Mackay Region has something to offer everybody. If it’s nature you’re after, try your luck at catching a mighty barramundi or spotting a platypus among the rainforests. Treat yourself to a meal at one of the leading restaurants in the region – you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to delicious, local produce.

A foodie heaven

The food scene in Mackay has long been overlooked in favour of those in Australia’s capital cities, but this regional beauty holds more than just it’s natural attractions. When it comes to delicious and wonderfully diverse delicacies, Mackay is a quiet achiever with world-class dining and drinking destinations.

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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.

Silver Cobbler - Daniel Brown

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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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