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
Broken River: home to the Platypus and welcomes you to spot these shy
creatures in their natural habitat from the viewing platform. The best
times to see platypus is early morning and late afternoon, however they
enjoy cloudy weather and are often seen throughout the day. Broken
River is only 5 km from Eungella Township and is also home to the
National Park’s Info Centre, where you can find further
information on walks and camping.
Eungella NPEungella 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
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.
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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.