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Time-trial king holds onto crown in final run

Gold Coast time-trial king Josh Schoenfeld has retained his crown, taking out the club's 2km run on Monday's return to pre-season.

9:18am  Jan 15, 2019

SUNS run final 2km time trial of pre-season

The SUNS playing group ran their final time trial of the pre-season at Griffith University on Monday morning with training resuming after the Christmas break.

5:22pm  Jan 14, 2019

McLarty a finalist in GC WOTY awards

SUNS Head of Women’s Football Fiona McLarty has been announced as a finalist in the Gold Coast Bulletin’s Women of the Year awards.

3:29pm  Jan 14, 2019

Ainsworth aiming high in 2019

Ben Ainsworth has cottoned on quickly to the new regime and is relishing the challenges he’s faced so far during the pre-season.

5:23pm  Jan 10, 2019

Ainsworth confident in club culture

Of all the challenges facing Gold Coast in 2019, perhaps the biggest is ensuring its top-end draft talent are made to feel at home.

1:38pm  Jan 10, 2019

Sitting in the middle of the Queensland coast, the Mackay region stretches from secluded islands off the coast through golden sand beaches and into lush sub-tropical rainforests. The historic town of Mackay is filled with 1920s Art Deco buildings and public artworks, as well as a vibrant dining precinct. See wallabies on the beach at Cape Hillsborough National Park, dive with shy platypus in Eungella National Park or throw a line in at some of the state’s best fishing spots. 

By Air
Virgin Australia have a range of flights on offer to get you to Mackay. Visit the Virgin Australia website to see available routes and dates. 

By Car
If you're not keen on flying, Queensland’s wide-open spaces make it ideal for exploration by car. The roads are high quality and well-signed so getting to Mackay is easy.

Driving is a great way to experience the changing scenery and rich variety of Australian scenery on your way through Queensland. Remember that Queensland is a huge state, so you won’t run out of destinations, diversions and things to see and do.

By Rail
What better way to experience Queensland than through the magic of rail on a trip to Mackay aboard the Spirit of Queensland which run along the Queensland coastline north and south of Mackay.


Information on how to purchase tickets to the SUNS v Western Bulldogs JLT Community Series match will be avaialble in early 2019. Details will be release on this page and across 


If you want to explore all the hidden treasures of the Mackay region, book yourself a stay in the midst of the art deco lined streets of Mackay City.

Got sea legs? Anchor yourself near the marina, where you’ll have quick access to a maritime playground with fishing charters, luxury yachts, and private boat rentals. 

Those who want to be closer to nature, try Cape Hillsborough. Surrounded by national park, the resort there offers camping and caravan spots plus cabin and motel style accommodation for those who love their creature comforts. Either way, you’ll be rubbing elbows with the resident beach wallabies in no time.

If it’s platypus spotting you’re after, head to Eungella National Park, it’s their favourite haunt. Choose from cabins, caravan parks and camping spots nearby for accommodation.

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Immerse yourself in nature and fall in love with the laid-back lifestyle of the Mackay region.

Throw A Line In
Ocean, lake or river, there’s a great fishing spot for you in Mackay. The region sits at the meeting point for southern and northern species, so you can catch an incredible variety of fish.

Meet local Wildlife
Verdant rainforest, rugged hinterland and clear rock pools provide unique habitats for some of Australia’s most iconic and elusive wildlife.

  • Even the wallabies love the beaches around Mackay. In the Cape Hillsborough National Park, wallabies and kangaroos congregate in good numbers to fossick through the sand at sunrise.
  • About an hour inland from Mackay, Finch Hatton Gorge in Eungella National Park is a fairytale land of tumbling waterfalls, tranquil rock pools and lush foliage. Look out for platypus, the rare gastric-brooding frog and the orange-sided skink. 
  • Did you know you can scuba dive in the rainforest? At Oliver’s Pool near Finch Hatton Gorge, dive and see if you can come face to face with a platypus. 

Discover The Islands
Just offshore from Mackay there’s a series of secluded tropical islands that are waiting to be explored.

  • Keswick, 32km off the coast of Mackay, is one of the southernmost Whitsunday islands. Almost the whole island is national park, fringed by sandy beaches, coral gardens and three shipwrecks. There are self-contained accommodation options, too. 
  • Swim on your own isolated beach on Brampton Island. A barefoot paradise surrounded by lush coastal mangroves, it’s the perfect romantic day trip. Why not pack a picnic. 

Want more? The experts at have put together even more travel inspiration for the Mackay region, click here to be inspired.