6 things to do these school holidays in Mackay
School’s out for the holidays, yo. But there’s no need to hole up inside and stay glued to the screens – get out and about with this list of family-friendly activities in Mackay.
1. Forest Flyer
Write your own Jungle Book in the ancient rainforest of Finch Hatton Gorge whilst suspended 25 metres above the ground.
At Forest Flying you’ll go on a bushwalk first up, then get strapped in for adventure. You control how fast you glide along the cables, but remember to take in the scenery and see if you can spot any fruit bats or eagles along the way! Each tour takes around two hours and riders need to be a minimum of 18kg.
Afterwards, pop into the Ulysses Garden Cafe for a spot of natural, organic goodness to fill those hungry bellies. (FYI, all food is made in-house with locally sourced, seasonal and chemical-free produce!)
2. Sweet dreams
Got a sweet tooth? Visit the Sarina Sugar Shed and see their mini sugar distillery to school up on how sugar goes from the canefields to you.
Learn how the sugar is grown, processed, milled and distilled (then try not to get too hyped up in the fairy floss section afterwards) on one of four daily tours at 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm or 2pm. You’ll even get to taste-test the freshly extracted cane juice!
3. Work up a sweat
Mackay is blessed with warm, sunny days so make the most of the perfect weather conditions with a hike through Eungella National Park.
Little legs can tackle the short and sweet Sky Window Circuit or opt for a spot of platypus viewing at the Broken River picnic area before crossing trickling creeks along the Rainforest Discovery Circuit. Slighter older broods can extend their journey along the 1.6km Granite Bend track, passing through tall groves of Livistona palms.
If the kids are still bouncing balls of energy, try these scenic drives and hikes to keep them on their toes.
4. Camp out
Craving an outdoorsy escape (where minimal screen time is encouraged)? Pack the sleeping bags and pitch a tent in Mackay’s most secret camping spots.
(Don’t just take our word for it, we got the scoop from Mackay locals, The Hungry Travellers, who shared their favourite camping spots in this handy local’s guide to Mackay’s great outdoors.)
5. Make new friends on the farm
Three words: Baby freakin’ animals.
It’s not only the kids who’ll find themselves in a delirious state of happiness at the Jarravale Alpacas and Miniature Animal Farm. Set in the picturesque Pioneer Valley, it’s a scenic half hour drive to the property where you can take part in a guided farm tour cuddling and feeding all the insanely cute animals (including baby goats, piglets, and of course, alpacas) while learning all about life on the farm.
Don’t leave without grabbing some farm-fresh eggs and alpaca-themed souvenirs from the shop.
6. LAGOON LIFE
Make the most of the Bluewater Lagoon. This place is a steal (It’s free) and has a waterfall connecting two massive pools and kids’ play area to burn off that school holiday energy. Relax and throw a snag on the BBQ. You’ve done well.
You’ve got to be kid-ding! Bonus things to do
Be sure to tick these seasonal activities off the bucket list for the ultimate holiday adventure.
7. It’s show time! (Winter School Holidays Only)
The Mackay Show kicks off in June every year for three days of action with a sideshow alley, show bags, and adrenaline-pumping rides for the kids, along with the classic highlights of whip cracking and show jumping in the ring, local produce and craft stalls, Art on Show and nightly fireworks.
8. DECORATION CREATION (Summer School Holidays Only)
Stop to smell the roses and build some Christmas decorations at the same time. In December, The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens will take your little ones through all the natural decorations plants grow themselves, then let imaginations loose to make something special for the Christmas tree at home.
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