Scenic Walks & Parks

Whether it’s a bike ride, run or leisurely stroll, Mackay City Centre is the place to begin your journey.

Explore the city and all its attractions and natural beauty starting with the award-winning Bluewater Trail. This shared pathway winds its way along the banks of the beautiful blue Pioneer River, linking many of Mackay’s valuable facilities and natural assets.

Trail highlights include Bluewater Quay (featuring scenic viewing platforms, a playground, picnic tables, barbecue facilities and more), the three-tiered Bluewater Lagoon, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Sandfly Creek Environmental Reserve and walkway, the Catherine Freeman walk, and Iluka Park all-abilities playground.

Mackay Regional Council has gone to great lengths to provide and maintain valuable green open spaces throughout the city including the heritage-listed former Pioneer Shire Council building parkland, which is currently being enhanced as part of the City Centre Revitalisation Project, as well as Caneland Park and Queens Park.

Surrounded by a cool oasis of majestic trees and tropical gardens off Goldsmith Street, Queens Park is home to a large collection of stunning orchids at the Ken Burgess Display House.

Keen to immerse yourself in history? Take a Heritage Walk and you’ll gain a deep appreciation for the city’s magnificent turn-of-the-century architecture.

To tour independently, download the brochure here.

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For a complete list of Mackay city parks/playgrounds and their amenities, click here.