The Pioneer Valley
Mackay Eungella Road, Eungella 4757
A wonderland of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations contrast against a tapestry of sugar cane fields as you head through The Pioneer Valley and Eungella National Park.
Apart from being one of the richest sugar cane growing areas in Australia, this valley is by far one of the most picturesque in Australia, encompassing many rural townships where warm hospitality and delicious food can be enjoyed. Small towns to stop in along the way include Marian, Mirani, Pinnacle, Finch Hatton and finally, Eungella.
Marian, the gateway to the valley, is home to the region’s largest sugar mill. Call into Melba House, an accredited Visitor Information Centre on the banks of the Pioneer River, to discover the house of famous Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba. Enjoy coffee and waffles at Vintage Kiss, a quaint cafe that operates on the verandah of Melba House.
After morning tea, continue on to Mirani and stop in at the popular swimming hole, Platypus Beach, just past the bridge.
A trip to Finch Hatton Gorge is a must-do. Walk the well formed tracks to Araluen Cascades and the Wheel of Fire Waterfalls and swim in clear rock pools as water cascades from above. Also available here is zip lining over a rainforest canopy.
Explore the Pioneer Valley via self-drive or with a guided tour.