Hiking The Mackay Highlands Great Walk
The 14th most popular hiking trail in Australia.
Monday 25 July 2016 05:21 GMT
In the Eungella National Park, the Mackay Highlands Great Walk is a 56 km trail beginning in Eungella National Park, but also traveling thorough Homesvale National Park and Crediton State Forest. The terrain includes rugged mountains, dense rainforest, deep gorges, steep escarpments, and tranquil farming communities. It is possible to hike the entire trail (3-5 days) or just do short segments and day hikes. The trail is broken up into 5 segments (see map):
Segment 1-2 is 10 km - moderate
Segment 2-3 is 11.2 km - moderate
Segment 3-4 is 19.5 km - strenuous, steep descents
Segment 4-5 is 16.2 km - strenuous, some extremely steep descents
Segment 5-6 is 5.5 km - moderate
Due to the nature of the terrain, it is highly recommended that the trail be hiked north to south.
From Proserpine - Turn off the Bruce Highway 91km south of Proserpine and drive 9km to Marian. Continue 62km to the park.
From Mackay - Drive 80km west along the Mackay-Eungella Road to Eungella township. At the head of the valley, the road winds sharply and steeply up the Clarke Range - not recommended for caravans. When you reach Eungella township at the top of the range, follow the road sweeping left to get to Eungella National Park.
Overall, Mackay Highlands Great Walk is the 14th most popular hiking trail of all 16 hikes in Australia.