Tropical Coast of Queensland


686 metres above sea level, the township of Eungella boasts many unique attractions and facilities, most of which are found nearby in Eungella National Park. These include magnificent views of the Pioneer Valley; 22 kilometers of bush walking tracks within sub-tropical rainforest including sections of the Mackay Highlands Great Walks; platypus viewing; camping and resort accommodation.

Location: 80 km west of Mackay along the Mackay Eungella Road to Eungella township; 91km south of Proserpine.

Eungella and nearby Broken River are prime destinations for bush walking and Platypus viewing. Further inland is Eungella Dam, great for water activities, swimming and fishing. Eungella has a rich history moving through time form gold mining, timber milling, dairy farming and tourism.

Broken River

Located within the cool tranquillity of Eungella National Park, Broken River is touted as one of the best locations in the world to see a rare marsupial in the wild, a platypus. A little over a one hour drive from Mackay, travel through the picturesque Pioneer Valley and climb the mountain range to Eungella township. Take the Eungella Dam road to Broken River. Broken River is an excellent place to enjoy bush walks within Australia's largest stretch of continuous sub-tropical rainforest.

The platypus viewing deck is near Broken River's picnic grounds, where amenities such as public toilets, picnic tables and barbecues can be found. Camping permits and information about Broken River is available from the nearby Ranger's Station. Platypus viewing is best done in the late afternoon or early morning. Look for air bubbles and ripples in the water to watch the platypus quickly surface.

Eungella Nationa Park Eungella walks

With over 50,000 hectares of rainforest and national park around the town of Eungella, there is so much to see and do. Apart from spotting platypus and over 225 species of birds in their natural habitats, you can embark on 4WD bush adventures, take guided rainforest walks, or make your own way on one of the walking trails.

Pine Grove 1.5km Circuit (approx. 1 hour) Pine Grove walking trail starts and ends close to the Cedar Grove Picnic Area, near the township of Eungella. You wander through the wonderful Eungella National Park rainforest and can experience great views at the Eagle View lookout.

Cedar Grove 3km One Way (approx. 1 hour) The Cedar Grove walking trail is an easy track which travels between the Cedar Grove Picnic Area and the Sky Window Picnic Area. Along the way you will see the magnificent Red Cedars which grow in the Eungella National Park rainforest.

Sky Window 300 metre Circuit The Sky Window walking trail is a short circuit which starts and ends at the Sky Window Picnic Area. The track is accessible for all and passes through fabulous rainforest scenery. You can also learn about the Aboriginal culture, with the interesting signs along the trail. There are also two lookouts which look over Eungella National Park, the Pioneer Valley and the surrounding farmland to the East.

Palm Grove Walk 1.8km Circuit (approx. 1 hour) The Palm Grove walking trail starts and ends close to the Sky Window Picnic Area. There are fantastic views from the Palm Lookout and great scenery along the way as you pass the tall Piccabeen Palm Groves.

Clarke Range 6.5km One Way (approx. 2 hours) The Clarke Range walking trail travels over the Clarke Range between the Broken River Picnic Area to about 500m from the Sky Window Picnic Area. You cross over the beautiful Broken River, and can experience fantastic views over Pioneer Valley from Surprise Lookout.

Eungella NP walkRainforest Discovery Walk 1km Circuit (approx. 1/2 hour) The Rainforest Discovery Walk starts and ends at the Broken River Picnic Area. You can learn about the rainforest as you stroll around the trail, with informative signs along the way.

Granite Bend Circuit 2.1km Circuit (approx. 1 hour) The Granite Bend Circuit starts and ends at the Broken River Picnic Area, with part of the walking track being the magnificent Rainforest Discovery Walk. The rainforest scenery is beautiful and is well worth the effort.

Crediton Creek Trail 8.5km One Way (approx. 4.5 hours) The Crediton Creek Walking Trail is a more difficult hiking track which travels between the Broken River Picnic Area and Crediton Creek. The scenery is magnificent as you follow alongside Broken River. If you don't want to walk you can also get to Crediton Creek by car, however it is a 6.5km unsealed road.

Wishing Pool Circuit 1.5km Return (approx. 1 hour) The Wishing Pool Circuit starts and ends at Crediton Creek, passing attractive rainforest along the way. You will also pass a waterhole in the Broken River.

Eungella hanglidingHang Gliding: Located 75 km west of Mackay, follow the Pioneer Valley west to Eungella (about 85km by road). The steep escarpment at Eungella attracts hang gliding and paragliding enthusiasts. Paragliders take off at the Explorers Haven and there is a ramp at the Eungella Chalet for hang gliders. At the top of the escarpment turn right for the caravan park, or left to the chalet to reach the launch ramp.

Canoeing: The Broken River Mountain Retreat at Eungella offers canoes for hire and there is a popular half day trip from The Retreat to The Diggings, with the return journey by road.