30 things to do in Mackay as spring sets in – Australia News


THE first day of spring has finally bloomed along with some much welcomed warmer weather.

From chasing waterfalls to scuba diving, flights over Mackay and lunch with a view, here are 30 things to do in the Mackay region as the sun comes out and the winter months draw to a close.

1. Hit the beach

Mackay is home to some stunning beaches, many secluded and left untouched day to day. With the weather heating up why not grab a group of friends and hit the sand for some tanning and a swim in the water. Both Mackay Harbour and Eimeo Beaches are patrolled for those worried about stingers, or for those wanting a more relaxed secluded vibe, head to Armstrong or Illawong Beach.

Mackay Harbour Beach fishing. Cas Garvey

2. Bluewater Lagoon

If you’re looking to cool off without the worry of sand and stingers, the Bluewater Lagoon is a great spot to take a dip. The lagoon offers a large swimming area for adults and kids, picnic benches and tables to eat lunch, as well as a kiosk to purchase food and drinks. The lagoon is also manned by lifeguards all day.

3. Visit Finch Hatton Gorge

Finch Hatton Gorge is arguably one of the Mackay region’s biggest draw cards, offering stunning rock pools and water falls for visitors to go for a swim at or simply enjoy from afar. They are definitely an item for warmer days with the surrounding rainforests keeping the water pretty cool, but the 15 minutes rainforest walk in will get the blood pumping. The gorge is a great spot to bring friends with some picnic foods to enjoy a day of swimming and watching the cascading falls.

Araluen Falls at Finch Hatton Gorge.
Araluen Falls at Finch Hatton Gorge. Jonathan Reichard

4. Visit one of the lookouts

The newly upgraded Lamberts Beach Lookout is…

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