1 hour west of Mackay you’ll find yourself surrounded by the magnificent views of Eungella. Aside from sprawling panoramas of the Pioneer Valley, Eungella has more than 20 kilometres of bush walking tracks and is home to one of the best places in Australia to spot the elusive platypus. Eungella National Park is only 10 minutes drive from the centre of town. It is a mist-shrouded, forest-clad mountain refuge with 860 plant species. In fact, it is Australia’s longest stretch of subtropical rainforest.

Enjoy a stunning rainforest walk along the banks of Broken River. Have your camera at the ready because Broken River is home to a troop of platypus that you can spot, swimming and diving for food. Broken River is a great stopover on the way to Eungella Dam, a scenic lake fringed by rainforest. Aside from the Dam being a hot spot for fishermen, its expansive waters call to water sports enthusiasts just as strongly. Water skiing and jet skiing are both popular. There are no boating restrictions on this dam. With a boat ramp, public toilets and picnic tables, it’s easy to stop over for lunch.

Eungella has plenty to offer as a day trip or could be beginning of a legendary adventure. The Mackay Highlands Great Walk begins in Eungella. The 62 kilometre walk takes between 3 and 5 days and moves through rainforest and palm groves before reaching Mt Britton. Day trip or unforgettable trek? The choice is yours.