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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.

If driving before sunrise is not your thing, bus tours do operate to Cape Hillsborough so visit for more information.

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Where to Stay

Is seeing Wallabies and Kangaroos on the beach not enough? Would you prefer a 1 minute walk in the morning to see the Wallabies at Sunrise? Then staying at the tranquil Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park is for you. Located just off the beach, Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park is a popular spot for both locals and visitors. The locals refer to the resident Kangaroos Bridget and Emmy-Lou, whom along with the Wallabies, spend much of their time relaxing in the park.

Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park caters for caravans, RVs, motorhomes, and has a range of cabins available. After the Tour, be sure to check out the new Cape Hillsborough Diner which delivers buffet and a la carte dining less than a stones throw from the beach and your accommodation. Souvenirs are also available.

Why do the tour?

The best, and most sustainable way to see the Wallabies is with the Cape Hillsborough Sunrise with the Wallabies Tour. Guided by the friendly and knowledgeable Ranger Sam (@rangersam_), these tours are the premium way to showcase this iconic, unforgettable experience.

To inform you about all things Wallabies, Kangaroos and Cape Hillsborough, Ranger Sam will meet you at Cape Hillsborough and equip you with two-way radio transmitters to hear these insights and ask questions.

Tour participants are also given the optimal positioning for photos of the Wallabies making the tours a must for professional and amateur photographers.

Cape Hillsborough Sunrise with the Wallabies Tours are $22 for adults, $14 for children and $60 for families. Daily tours commence 30 minutes before sunrise. Book your tour and find out more at


What else does Cape Hillsborough have to offer?

Spend a morning, a day or a week and you’ll discover that it’s not just the Wallabies that makes Cape Hillsborough famous. Cape Hillsborough is part of one of only three net free zones in Queensland and the surrounding waters are some of Australia’s best for fishing. Big Barramundi are plentiful in the many creeks around Cape Hillsborough, and the nearby islands and reefs make for great saltwater sports fishing action.

There are also many walking tracks around Cape Hillsborough including the stunning Andrews Point, Diversity Boardwalk and Yuibera Plant Trails. These all provide incredible viewing platforms, and intimate nature experiences. If the tide is low, you can also walk across to Wedge Island and cool off in the inviting system of rock pools or discover the ancient volcanic landscape.

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Make Mackay your next holiday destination

Mackay is growing as a tourism destination, offering visitors to the region unique, untouched nature experiences. The Mackay Region has a place reserved just for you. Feel the quiet satisfaction of what nature has to offer without all the crowds.

Find tranquility with the secretive platypus at Eungella National Park or explore the untouched wilderness of Finch Hatton Gorge.

Find excitement at catching your first metre Barramundi at the world famous Kinchant Dam, located just 30 minutes west of Mackay. The Mackay Region is Australia’s premier fishing destination and has something to suit every angler.

Alternatively, find paradise with the abundance of private beaches or the seclusion of a lesser known but spectacular part of the Great Barrier Reef, including the stunning Keswick and Brampton Islands.

For more information on The Mackay Region or to book your next holiday visit You can also discover more of the beautiful region on social media by following @visitmackay and #meetmackayregion on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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