Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park is a haven in an ecological setting, providing budget to mid-range accommodation and facilities. The resort fronts Casuarina Bay with National Park on three sides, creating a secluded environment where you can relax, go fishing, or take a walk in the National Park. Wildlife is abundant and more than 150 species of birds and dozens of butterflies can be observed.
Wake to the sounds of nature. Enjoy peace and tranquillity, fresh air and a sky full of stars. Discover the delights of being 'far from the maddening crowd'. Laze on the beach or by the pool, set amongst lush tropical vegetation.
Watch the birds make friends with wallabies and kangaroos, and share the evening with possums. Throw in a line, catch a crab or simply relax with a good book.
For stress-free breaks, bird watchers, nature lovers, photographers and artists, family getaways, paradise is within easy reach at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park.
Relax and enjoy the peace and comfort of your own private room or water front caravan site. The park is ideally located on the south side of Mackay, only 10 minutes from Central Business District, five minutes to the airport and five minutes to Paget (Mackay's industrial precinct).
The camp kitchen, central bathroom and 24 hour laundromat have undergone extensive renovations and are of a very high standard. Bakers Creek has a reputation for good fishing and is located adjacent to the Black Springs Golf Course, for those who enjoy a hit on weekends.
With short term and long term options available, they have a solution to fit your requirements. Rooms are fully equipped with linen, furniture, cooking facilities and cooking equipment. Free wi-fi (Mackay), power, gas and water are included in rent. Enjoy a hassle free stay in a relaxing environment, while they take care of all maintenance and general cleaning....
Where the rainforest meets rocky volcanic headlands, Cape Hillsborough National Park teems with an abundance of natural beauty.
The rugged scenery, picturesque walking tracks and native wildlife are what make this destination a must to be explored.
Cape Hillsborough is most famous for being the focal point for an iconic Australian scene, wallabies at the beach during sunrise.
The morning sunrise at Casuarina Beach is an unforgettable Australian experience. Watch the sun rise from behind the Coral Sea and its tropical islands, while wallabies bound along the sand and feast along the water's edge.
Explore nearby walking tracks to view a plethora of colourful birds and butterflies, including the vivid Ulysses butterfly. Meander through a mangrove community, eucalypt open forest and vine thicket along the Diversity Boardwalk, or discover the 1.6 kilometre Juipera Plants Trail for a fascinating insight into local Aboriginal history.
At low tide, you can walk the causeway to Wedge Island, which has a small tranquil beach and coral reefs perfect for snorkelling. Just keep an eye on the incoming tide to avoid getting stranded.
Catch your own fresh marinara feast, with fish and crabs plentiful from Andrew's Point, Sandy Bay and Casuarina Beach.
A nearby nature resort offers a variety of accommodation options from caravan and camping to beachfront huts and motel units, the ideal location to base yourself to prepare for the morning beach sunrise.
Greenmount Homestead (five kilometres west of Walkerston) is one of Mackay's most valued historic attractions. Greenmount was developed by AA Cook on the cattle run first taken up by Captain John Mackay and was gifted to the city by the Cook Family in 1984.
The grounds contain a number of buildings including a 1915 Queenslander homestead, which houses intact a collection of more than 20,000 historical items.
The gardens and grounds played an important role in Cook family life, and feature a formal front garden, fernery and arbour.
Greenmount is open from 9.30am to 12.30pm, Sunday to Friday (closed on Saturdays). Tours are available at other times by appointment.
Waking to greet the spectacular ocean sunrise is the best way to become truly immersed in the ruggedly natural paradise of the Hibiscus Coast.
20 kilometres north of Mackay lies the Hibiscus Coast which includes the delightful seaside towns of Seaforth, Halliday Bay, Ball Bay and Cape Hillsborough. This is the perfect place to find a quiet beach or picnic table and enjoy the sounds of nature.
Cape Hillsborough National Park is where the rainforest meets the coastal water of the Coral Sea, with a beautiful beach shared with the local wallabies, scenic nature walks and spectacular views. The Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort offers beachside accommodation and facilities.
At low tide you can walk from the Cape Hillsborough beach to the Wedge Island Reef via a causeway. Wedge Island is fringed with nearby coral, a popular snorkelling destination. Just remember to return before the tide starts coming in as the causeway will recede underwater.
Camp on a remote island in Newry Islands National Park. Launch your boat from the Victor Creek boat ramp. Abandoned resort ruins are located near the camp site on Newry Island....
Situated on the Peak Downs Highway, Eton is a charming rural community, 25 kilometres west of Mackay City.
The local pub is at the heart of this community and is a great place to meet the locals and enjoy a great bite to eat. A small rustic church is perched on the hill, visible from the main road.
The town is in the heart of a sugar cane growing community and much of the surrounding landscape is dominated by farming and sugar cane fields. The rural roads surrounding Eton are relatively quiet and are often used by the local cycling club for competition races.
During sugar cane crushing season, from June to November, these rural back-roads are a good place to watch sugar cane harvesters working. Be mindful of many small railway crossings, many of which do not have lights or warning systems, for small trains hauling carriages of sugar cane.
A true blue Aussie cowboy experience is located near Eton at Stoney Creek. Trail ride on horseback, enjoy a bush campfire or go on a Four Wheel Drive adventure through rugged farmland....
Basic camping is available at Smalleys Beach camping area, which can be reached via a signposted gravel road off Cape Hillsborough Road. This small camping area has picnic tables, toilets, town water and some sites suitable for caravans.
Fires are permitted only in off-ground fire containers and within the camping area. Bring your own clean, milled timber. Fuel stoves are preferred and recommended. Fires are not permitted anywhere else in the park, including on the beaches. All campers must carry sturdy rubbish bags to remove all rubbish from the park. Generators are not permitted anywhere in the park.
Camping permits are required and fees apply....
At Cape Hillsborough National Park, rainforest literally meets the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, providing unique habitats for plants and animals. Rugged, rainforest-clad hills plunge to rocky headlands of rhyolite boulders. Created by volcanic activity, the boulders separate white sandy beaches in this scenic and peaceful park.
Watch the sunrise on the beach and meet friendly wallabies as they search for treats that the ocean washed up overnight. This is the perfect opportunity to get beautiful photos of the sunrise over the national park and get up close to these playful creatures.
Learn about the history of the park and the Yuibera (Yuwi) Aboriginal people who continue their traditional use of the rich natural resources found here. The 1.2 kilometre Yuibera trail illustrates traditional coastal life. Observe more than 150 species of birds and 25 species of tropical butterflies and along the award-winning Diversity boardwalk, see shell middens from Yuibera feasts.
Camping, cabins and motel rooms are available at the nearby tourist park and national park camping at Smalleys Beach
Cape Hillsborough National Park, approximately 45 minutes north of Mackay, is where you'll find rainforest meets the shoreline, volcanic headlands, eucalypt forests home to koalas and kookaburras and prehistoric rock formations.
Cape Hillsborough Beach, also know as Casuarina Beach, provides one of the most iconic Australian photo backdrops, the 'Roo on the beach' at sunrise. Wallabies and kangaroos scour the morning tide for mangrove seed pods, seaweed and coral sand dollars. Enjoy the sunrise as wild marsupials bound up and down the beach.
Remember however, that these are wild animals and should be treated as such. Please do not feed the kangaroos and wallabies and ensure to keep a safe distance at all times.
Greenmount is a lovely country township surrounded by dairy farms, horse studs and various crops. Formally known as Emu Creek, Greenmount is an easy 25 kilometre drive from Toowoomba, on the outskirts of the Darling Downs.
Take a break for a barbecue in Greenmount's Bicentennial Park next to the Memorial Hall. The Hall is a rare and beautiful pressed metal ceiling and stage.
The Greenmount Cemetery is the final resting place of Jack Slattery. He was the character 'Cranky Jack' in the novel 'On Our Selection' by Arthur Hoey Davis, better known as Steele Rudd - one of Australia's most famous writers who grew up in the local area. Take the time to explore the town's other Steele Rudd attractions including his hut and Rudd's Pub in nearby Nobby....