The Mackay Botanic gardens surround a number of lagoons and are located 3km from the city centre. Highlights here are the themed gardens, one being the Tropical Shade Garden, there is also the Lagoon's Cafe .Lagoon Street, Mackay (07 4952 7300).
South of Sarina accessible by 4WD only is fishing and camping area.
Cape Hillsborough National
A large park 45km north of Mackay where the rainforest meets the reef. Famous
for the wallabies that visit the beach each morning at sunrise. The headland
has a walking trail illustrating Aboriginal history from the Juperia Tribe.(07 4959 0410).
Eungella National Park
To the west of Mackay, about 60 minutes drive away is the Eungella National Park.This park has a lot of
tropical and sub tropical vegetation with good views form the Sky Window.
Platypus are often seen in the Broken River particularly during the period
May to August. A platypus viewing platform has been constructed close to
the bridge. Eungella has over 20 kilometres of walking tracks.
Finch Hatton Gorge
Located on the way to Eungella has rainforest walks and swimming is possible
at Araluen and Wheel of Fire waterfalls.Forest flying is a great way to see this park, you can get harnessed a to a cable suspended 25m above the groun and glide over the rainforest.
Orchid House and Queens
The Orchid House is in Queen's Park a park that covers six hectares with a
very old Banyan Fig and Royal Palm. The Orchid House is circular in design
with 3000 orchids some more than 50 years old.
Slade Point Reserve
A 73 hectare reserve with walking circuits. Enter from Pacific Esplanade at
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