Mackay | Coral Coast Destination Guide

We invite you to explore beautiful Mackay while you’re in the region for our event weekend! The Mackay region can offer natural experiences, fun-filled adventures or pure relaxation with a backdrop of gorgeous scenery and amazing sunsets. Whether inland, on the coast or the City Centre, see nature come to life with unique and rare experience in the Mackay region.

Experience unique wildlife within lush rainforest, explore rugged inland roads, fish world-renowned freshwater dams, or find a quiet stretch of sand at one of 31 beaches just minutes from a vibrant city hub. The Mackay Region has hundreds of must-do experiences that
will have you wanting to stay a little longer…

The Mackay region is delighted to welcome visitors to the 2020 Fox Superflow sealed by Stan’s Gravity Enduro Race and 2020 Shimano MTB Grand Prix Enduro Race. Whilst in Mackay we encourage you to explore our region.

Mackay Regional Council

Fox Superflow

Race your MTB like you’ve never raced it in Mackay before! We are launching brand-new kind of racing in Mackay: the Fox Superflow is friendly enduro racing without a tight schedule!

First enduro-style race in Mackay! What a treat being invited to race the “MAD” trails at Rowallan Park by the local Mackay & District (MAD) Mountain Bike Club! As one of the original mountain bike clubs founded in Australia in the late eighties, these guys are serious about their trails and the Superflow race stages will feature some trail combinations that even the locals would have never ridden, let alone raced, in that way before, awesome rock features, radical berms and all three will start in one spot! Get ready for MAD tropical superflow racing in Mackay, people!

Schedule: Saturday – trails will be marked for a ‘social ride’ and practice day, Sunday – race day.

How does it work? Within a set timing window you complete a set of timed race stages, which are predominantly downhill – the faster you go, the more challenging it gets! Each event is a stand-alone event and you can also collect series points. You ride to the starts un-timed and you can pick the order in which to tackle the race tracks, which makes this event social and action-packed at the same time!

We offer an awesome day out to a wide range of riders through our broad race categories – from elite to amateur racers to families with juniors, couples and groups of friends riding together. Put on your race face – all your race pics are included in the entry!

Find out more…


Mackay

Queenslanders, explore Queensland!

With current COVID-19 measures in place for QLD borders, we invite you to explore your home state and come to Mackay with us. The trails at Rowallan Park have become infamous and the local club is very active. Planes, trains and automobiles; there’s plenty of choice on offer to ensure you arrive on cue, all you need to decide upon is whether to take the fast, leisurely or convenient option.

Accommodation

OAKS Hotels

ONLINE DISCOUNT CODE: BIKE15

How to book:

  • Instructions: go to Oakshotels.com – select your hotel (Oaks Carlyle or Oaks Rivermarque), select your dates (between the 27th – 31st  August 2020) and then enter the promo code (BIKE15) to receive the discounted rates on offer.

About:

Oaks Carlyle is conveniently located in the heart of the Mackay city centre, a hub for business, dining and retail. This new hotel offers the choice of 59 contemporary hotel rooms and self-contained one, two and three bedroom apartments – some with dual-key facilities, ideal for families and groups. Explore the world-class hotel accommodation Mackay has on offer from Oaks Hotels and Resorts below.

For the finest hotel apartments in Mackay, look no further than Oaks Rivermarque Mackay hotel. With contemporary, stylish apartments located on the iconic Pioneer River in central Mackay, you’ll discover bright, modern and spacious apartments just a short walk from all the city has to offer.

Scouts Queensland Camp Rowallan Park

Address: Rowallan MTB Park, right at the event centre

Email: jo@rockytrailentertainment.com

How to book:

About:

  • Motel rooms $12.00 per person per day.
  • Bunk House $12.00 per person per day.
  • Kitchen at Lodge $60.00 per day (better option is next).
  • Activity shed $60.00 per day includes BBQ, kitchen, table and chairs for up to about 100 people. (depends on your Covid plan).
  • Campers, caravan, motor homes etc $8.00 per person per day.
  • Please check with Jo Parker from Rocky Trail in regards to powered sites.

Our top tips for #rockytrailracers

1.
Watch the Wallabies at SunriseIt’s the ultimate Aussie photo opportunity – a wallaby on the beach with the sun rising in the background. Cape Hillsborough National Park offers this amazing experience each morning for visitors and guests to the nearby tourist park, as the wallabies and kangaroos feed on the shoreline.
This experience is perfect for families who love nature. Those who
choose to stay overnight at the tourist park overlooking the beach can find a number of wallabies and kangaroos relaxing throughout the day.
2.
Kayak at Cape Hillsborough to Wedge IslandPaddle a sea kayaks around Cape Hillsborough to Ball Bay. This would have to be one one the most scenic paddles you can do around Mackay and it is easily accessible to anyone.
3.
Walk through the rainforestThe national parks that are spread throughout The Mackay Region offer something for every level of bushwalker, whether it’s the lush, green rainforest you crave or the rugged terrain in national parks that can only be accessed by 4WD. Bushwalks throughout the region vary from beginner five-minute circuits to three-to-five-day treks for the experienced walkers.
Enjoying the City?
Try the Kommo Toera trail at Slade Point or the Mackay Region Botanic Gardens on Lagoon Street.
Our tip:Find the top National Parks in the Visitor Guide on Page 7.
4.
Take in the viewsJust 30 kilometres west of Mackay’s coastline lies the gateway to the Pioneer Valley where lush, green rolling hills, charming rustic towns and Australia’s longest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest awaits. Here you will find unique wildlife, bushwalking tracks and pristine billabongs.
Our tip:The Sky Window Circuit is a short walk boasting
views of the entire Pioneer Valley.
5.
Meet a PlatypusSpot platypus in the wild at Broken River, a tranquil freshwater environment within Australia’s longest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest, Eungella National Park. Platypus viewing platforms alongside Broken River are prime positions to see these shy creatures when they rise to the surface.
Did you know? Platypus have sensitive hearing and are easily disturbed. Sit quietly and watch the water surface for ripples.
Reeforest Adventure Tours offer unique tours to provide you with an unforgettable life experience…Mackay style. Find out more…
Our tip:The best times to see a platypus are dusk or early morning. – Why not catch a tour with Reeforest Adventure Tours?
6.
Go fishingThe Mackay Region is Australia’s premier recreational fishing destination and known for 365 days a year for fishing. Within 45 minutes of Mackay, you can be fishing at a tropical reef, rainforest stream, blue water river, a sandy estuary or an inland dam.
Catch that legendary metreplus Barramundi by hiring a fishing charter or try your luck at one of the inland dams.
Our tip:Check out the fishing bucket list on Page 9 of the Visitor Guide.
7.
Enjoy a delicious meal outBoasting Art Deco buildings in the main CBD, world-class events and a region to discover the local flavours, there is something for everyone in The Mackay Region. A buzzing food scene along Wood and Victoria Streets will have you spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink – no matter what time of the night or day.
Our tip:Enjoy good old- fashioned fish and chips beside the Lighthouse amongst a flock of seagulls.
8.
Take a drive!Home to the largest sub-tropical rainforest in Australia, 32 beaches, rolling hills and fields of flowering canefields – the regional areas make for a beautiful holiday escape.
Our tip:For ideas check out the Instagram Photo Trail and follow the Mackay Region on Instagram
9.
Enjoy the beaches!With 31 unspoilt, pristine beaches to explore, you will never be disappointed at the variety of beaches in The Mackay Region. Fishing, swimming, kite boarding or stand up paddle boarding are popular sports. Charter boats can take you further out to the islands where the fishing and serenity are second-to-none.
Our tip:Considered the longest stretch of beach in Mackay, Blacks Beach offers around six km of pure golden sand to explore.
10.
Bring the whole family!The Mackay Region is an adventure playground for families, brimming with nature, wildlife and child-friendly destinations that will keep the whole family entertained.
Our tip:Find the top spots for Families on Page 11 of the Visitor Guide.

INS(TA)PIRATION:
There are so many experiences that await,
here are just a few to get you started:

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