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5 day Mackay Highlands and Cape Hillsborough National Park

Mackay Highlands

A 5 day / 5 night guided Pack-Free walk

The Mackay Highlands Great Walk is situated 80kms west of its namesake in the Eungella National Park (meaning land of clouds) and offers incredible views across Pioneer Valley and the regions’ sugar cane plantations. Exploring sections of The Great Walk will show you breathtaking scenery from lush rainforests and dense palm groves to dramatic cliffs and cascading waterfalls.  This 5 day / 5 night pack free walk explores various trails and tracks to bring you the best that the area has to offer. To compliment the hinterland this itinerary also includes a day walking around the Cape Hillsborough National Park on the Hibiscus Coast north of Mackay where the rainforest meets the ocean with views to the Whitsundays Islands.

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A Pack-Free walk

Walk with as little as your water and camera

One of the biggest drawcards of this walk is that our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes or overnight bags for the entire walk. This is a big advantage for our guests, in that you will avoid carrying an additional 8kg or more on your back every day. With Life’s An Adventure, you will carry as little as your water bottle and camera each day!

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Broken River Mountain Resort

An eco-resort nestled on the banks of Broken River

Broken River Mountain Resort is 90 kilometres west of Mackay, on Australia’s East coast, famous for its history as one of countries largest sugarcane farming regions. The eco-resort, established in 1988, is nestled on the banks of Broken River, a subtropical micro-climate which is famously home to the elusive platypus. The resort is a short walk from platypus viewing platforms which you are likely to see in the early morning or late afternoons.

The facilities of the resort, which comprises of spacious, comfortable one or two bedroom lodges, also include a restaurant, pool and outdoor areas. Enjoy exploring the  lush rainforest and the unique plant and animal life that call Eungella home.

Possums Table is the restaurant on-site and serves exceptional cuisine made with fresh quality ingredients locally sourced. Enjoy your meals by the fireplace in the open lounge or enjoy a table with views of the rainforest.

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Mackay Mantra

Situated on the waterfront of the picturesque Mackay Marina with views of the Coral Sea

Mackay Mantra situated on the waterfront of the picturesque Mackay Marina is only a short drive from the city centre and just 20 minutes from Mackay Airport. Stay in Superior Deluxe Suites and enjoy the hotels views of tropical blue waters of the Coral Sea in Mackay’s premier location.  All rooms are well appointed with modern conveniences including, flat screen televisions, free WiFi, fully appointed kitchenettes and private balconies. There is also a swimming pool, gym, and complimentary guest laundry services.

Breakfast and dinner can be enjoyed al-fresco or inside at the on-site restaurant Latitude 21 Bar & Restaurant which serves a variety of modern Australian cuisine with locally sourced produce.

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Lunch at Cape Hillsborough Resort

Celebratory Lunch day 4

On day 4 of our walk, enjoy a lunch at Cape Hillsborough Resort. A great chance to look back on all that we’ve experienced and seen.

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Local Produce

and regional wines

Our Resort and Hotel hosts have a passion for good food and their attention to meals is impeccable. The menus are based on the regional foods in season. Meals are produced with a combination of homemade, homegrown and local produce. The flavours and creativity make for memorable meals, all this accompanied by wonderful wines.

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Flexible itineraries

Choose the walk to suit you

As we have two guides on this walk we are able to offer both easier and more challenging walking options for our guests catering for a range of abilities and fitness levels. (subject to groups of over 7 people).

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Oue CEO Guides

Chief Experience Officers

We are very proud of our guides, we call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. Each has an amazing balance of a caring attitude and amazing story-telling ability will make your tour a relaxing, fun and informative experience.

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Genuinely all-inclusive

Nothing more to pay

When you travel on one of our walking tours, you won’t be asked to put your hand in your pocket for extras along the way. All meals and wine during our dinner are included in your walking tour with nothing more to pay. You won’t even be charged extra for credit card fees!

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Inclusions
5 day Mackay Highlands and Cape Hillsborough National Park

This is an all-inclusive tour with no hidden extras:

  • 5 day / 5 night Pack Free Walk
  • 2 nights in Broken River Mountain Resort, Eungella National Park
  • 3 nights in Mackay Mantra (includes one night on arrival)
  • Regional boutique wine and non-alcoholic drinks served with dinner.
  • 5 x delicious dinners featuring beautiful local produce
  • 5 x hot and cold breakfasts
  • 3 x packed lunches to enjoy whilst walking
  • Lunch at the Cape Hillsborough Resort on Day 4
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk
  • Professionally guided – Our CEO’s – Chief Experience Officers are locals who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
  • National Parks fees

Please note: we advise drinking in moderation as walking can be strenuous. Wine is served to enjoy with your dinner only, if you would like to enjoy alcohol after dinner you will need to purchase your own.

Arrival Day: Arrive into Mackay
5 day Mackay Highlands and Cape Hillsborough National Park

Today is an arrival day. Book your own flight to arrive any time into Mackay and make your own way to the Mackay Mantra situated on the waterfront of the picturesque Mackay Marina with views of the Coral Sea. Enjoy a day at leisure. Meet your guide at 7pm at the hotel’s restaurant Latitude 21 Bar & Restaurant which serves modern Australian cuisine with locally sourced produce.

Day 1: Mackay to Pioneer Valley & Eungella National Park
5 day Mackay Highlands and Cape Hillsborough National Park

TRAIL NOTES: Pine Grove and Cedar Grove Track (3km) and Clarke range track to Broken River (8.2km)

TERRAIN: A moderate level of fitness is required for this shady and fairly level track.

WALK ITINERARY: Meet your guides in the hotel foyer of the Mackay Mantra at 7.30am for a short briefing with your guides before setting out on our adventure. This morning we will be driving through the picturesque Pioneer Valley to Eungella National Park where you’ll enjoy views of lush flora, sugar canes plantations and contrasting volcanic boulder formations. The scenic journey will take approximately 1hr 15mins.

Our walking adventure in the beautiful Eungella National Park begins in the township of Eungella starting at the Pine Grove and Cedar Grove Track. This scenic walk takes you through lush rain forest, a strangler fig arch, past red cedars, tulip oaks and lots of palm trees. After morning tea at Sky Windows where there are two magnificent lookouts overlooking the National Park, we will continue onto the Clarke Range Track to Broken River. This track offers fantastic views and scenery from walking through the tall Piccabeen palm grove to crossing over the Broken River to various breathtaking lookouts taking in the views over Pioneer Valley. Enjoy a packed lunch at Granite Bend in the rainforest (weather permitting).  On arriving into Broken River we will head to our accommodation at Broken River Mountain Resort where we will be staying for two nights. The eco-resort is nestled on the banks of Broken River which is famously home to the elusive platypus. This is one of the best places in Australia to spot one in the wild. Tonight enjoy a superb meal at Possums Table featuring produce sourced locally from tropical farms, rivers and oceans and regional wines. Sit by the fireplace in the open lounge or enjoy a table with views of the rainforest.

Day 2: Mackay Highlands Great Walk
5 day Mackay Highlands and Cape Hillsborough National Park

TRAIL NOTES: Broken River to Crediton Hall (11.2km/3.75-5.5hrs from)

TERRAIN: A moderate to high level of fitness is required for this long track with short uphill sections.

WALK ITINERARY: This morning we will enjoy the Broken River to Crediton Hall Track, part of the Mackay Highlands Great Walk. On this rainforest track take in the towering trees, dense palm groves and dramatic cliffs, peaks and spires. For the avid bird enthusiast there are 225 different species of rainforest birds that live along this Mackay hiking trail, including the Eungella Honeyeater, Regent Bower Bird, White Breasted Sea Eagle and Wompoo Fruit Dove. The colourful array of butterflies in the area is also spectacular. Whilst walking alongside Broken River we’ll stop to enjoy morning tea and a packed lunch to take in the beauty that surrounds us. As the rainforest section of this trails ends we will follow the track through local farming communities to Crediton Hall. After a short drive back to Broken River Mountain Resort (approx 3:30pm) see if you can spot any platypus! Early morning and late afternoons are the best time to see these graceful animals. Tonight enjoy dinner in Eungella at the Eungella Chalet.

Day 3: Finch Hatton Gorge & Blue River Trail, Mackay
5 day Mackay Highlands and Cape Hillsborough National Park

TRAIL NOTES: Finch Hatton Gorge (5 km) and Blue River Trail, Mackay (6km)

TERRAIN: Finch Hatton Gorge track has approximately 300 steps up to the Wheel of Fire where you’ll have an opportunity to swim before a downhill return. The Blue River Trail is a easy level paved walk.

WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast we’ll depart Broken River driving to Finch Hatton Gorge where we will spend the morning walking through lush flora, volcanic boulder formations and see the beautiful Araluen waterfall. Take a refreshing dip in one of the nearby rock pools if you feel like a cooldown or continue on for another 1.4 kilometres when we’ll reach the Wheel of Fire Cascades, another beautiful waterfall with a large rock pool at its base. This second part of the walk has approximately 300 steps to climb but the views are well worth it and all downhill on return. On the trail look out for rare and unusual flora and fauna, such as the gastric brooding frog, the orange-sided skink, Mackay tulip oak, Eungella spiny cray and Eungella honeyeater. Once leaving Finch Hatton Gorge we will have lunch at the Finch Hatton Hotel before continuing onto Mackay where we will walk to the South Sea Islander Hut in the Botanical Gardens and onto the City Centre along the Blue River Trail.  The Blue River trail follows the Pioneer River, which is one of the only blue rivers in Australia! We’ll stop here at the promenade deck for a tea/coffee break.  For those who are still energetic, continue on the Trail along Sandfly Creek to Iluka Park, where you will be picked up. The next two nights are spent at Mackay Mantra which is located on Mackay Marina offering views over the tropical blue waters of the Coral Sea. Enjoy dinner at the onsite restaurant Latitude 21 Bar & Restaurant.

Day 4: Cape Hillsborough
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TRAIL AND TERRAIN NOTES: Diversity Boardwalk (easy 1.2 Km, ¾ Hour), Beachcomber Cove track (moderate 2.2 km, 1.5 hours), Andrews Point Juipera track (moderate to hard, 5.2km, 2 hours) and the Juipera Plant Trail (easy 1.6km, 1 hour)

WALK ITINERARY: This morning we will travel north to Cape Hillsborough National Park on the Whitsunday Coast, 50km north of Mackay where the rainforest meets the ocean. We will spend the day exploring and walking four individual tracks in the area starting with the Diversity Boardwalk (easy 1.2 Km, ¾ Hour) where we’ll meander through mangroves, eucalypt open forest and vine thicket. Throughout the boardwalk Aboriginal middens may be spotted. After morning tea enjoy the Beachcomber Cove track (moderate 2.2 km, 1.5 hours) which passes through more open eucalypt forest, hoop pines, ferns and vines on the climb to the ridge for spectacular views of the surrounding areas and then desend down to the secluded cove. Next enjoy the Andrews Point Juipera track (moderate to hard, 5.2km, 2 hours) which follows the coast and has five fantastic lookouts to take in the beautiful views of the coastline and the Whitsunday Islands. We may even spot turtles or whales (during migration season). If it’s low tide we can walk back along the beach! Following this walk we’ll enjoy a lunch at the Cape Hillsborough Resort before taking a short drive to the Juipera Plant Trail (easy 1.6km, 1 hour) where your guide will give you a fascinating insight into the local Aboriginal history for the surrounding area. Afterwards enroute back to Mackay we’ll drive via the beautiful sub-tropical coastal towns of Ball Bay and Halliday Bay on the Hibiscus Coast before returning to the Mackay Mantra for our last evening and enjoy a delicious meal at the hotel.

Day 5: Mackay
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This morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel. The end of a superb walking holiday.

Tour Availability

We have one departure in 2021 during September. The date is listed below however availability changes by the hour – to see real-time availability click on the monthly calendar at the bottom of the page and select the month you require. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

SPECIALS
Check below to see if your preferred departure has a special saving. Conditions apply see pricing page.

Departure DateAvailabilitySpecial Offer / Notes
2021
9 September 2021AvailableSpot Special Savings
2022
10 June 2022AvailableSuper Earlybird Saving
1 July 2022AvailableSuper Earlybird Saving
12 August 2022AvailableSuper Earlybird Saving

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PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 8 people. Subject to availability.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: groups@lifesanadventure.com.au

 


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Tour Prices

Super Earlybird Specials Save $300 per person when you book and pay in full on specific departures.

Super Earlybird Specials Save $300 per person when you book and pay in full on specific departures. Plus check out our COVID Booking Guarantee (see details below).
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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 8 people can choose the date of your choice subject to availability.


FIRST TIME TRAVELLER Super Earlybird Price
$ 3199 /p

Prices for those doing their first walk with us

SEASON’S DEPARTURES
September 2021

Spot Special Price*……….$3349
Normal Price………………. $3499

2022

Super Earlybird Price*…..$3199
Normal Price………………. $3499

*Spot special prices and Super Earlybirds available on specific departures when you book and pay in full at time of booking. See departures dates for specific dates. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

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Past Passenger Super Earlybird Price
$ 3099 /p

Guests that have travelled with us before

SEASON’S DEPARTURES
September 2021

Spot Special Price*………..$3249
Normal Price………………. $3399

2022

Super Earlybird Price*…..$3099
Normal Price………………. $3399

*Spot special prices and Super Earlybirds available on specific departures when you book and pay in full at time of booking. See departures dates for specific dates. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

Guests that have completed at least one Life’s An Adventure walk in the past. Email us for your special promotional code.

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Private Groups Special Price
$ 3099 /p

Departure of your choice

PRIVATE GROUPS
8 participants

Departure date of your choice
September 2021

Spot Special Price*………..$3249
Normal Price………………. $3399

2022

Super Earlybird Price*…..$3099
Normal Price………………. $3399

*Spot special prices and Super Earlybirds available on specific departures when you book and pay in full at time of booking. See departures dates for specific dates. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

*Spot special prices available on specific departures when you book and pay in full at time of booking. See departures dates for specific dates. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

Additional extra Past Passenger discount not available for groups.

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS:
Unfortunately, due to limited rooms in the accommodation single supplements are not available at the accommodation.

Singles are able to stay at the nearby Boonah Valley Motel which is a 14-minute drive from the accommodation. Guests can have their own room at the motel and receive $120 discount off the price of the tour. Guests will travel with the guides each day between the accommodations and eat all meals with the rest of the group. This will need to be booked in manually so please call us on (02) 9975 4553.

Our COVID Booking Guarantee

For terms and conditions on our special COVID-19 Booking Guarantee click here.

FlexiWalk Option – Cancel for any Reason

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Discount Information:

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. In order to receive this discount please email us for your special “promo code” to use when booking. In your email, you should outline what Life’s An Adventure tour you have done with us in the past so we can cross-check.

EARLYBIRD & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS: Refunds or cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking. Flexiwalk Add-On option not available on these tickets.

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise our clients travelling within Australia to take out Travel Insurance. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE .

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 90 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card fee applies.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

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  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: Shop 7, 1306 Pittwater Road
    Narrabeen NSW 2101.

    WALKING THE THREE CAPES:
    Guests can meet this tour at our Life’s An Adventure Premises:
    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
  • Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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