Hiking The Mackay Highlands Great Walk

The 14th most popular hiking trail in Australia.

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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.

Mackay Highlands Great Walk Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Mackay Tourism (07) 4944 5888; Queensland Tourism (61)(07)221-6111; Queensland Hostels (61)(07)236-1680; Australia Tourism (800) 369-6863.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Tropical Australia: QNLD And NSW" from

Recommended Map:  "TOPO Australia" from Garmin

Reference Source:  click here http://www.environment.gov.au/topics/national-parks

Date Published:  1/4/2016

Date Updated:  7/25/2016

ID:  19303

Mackay Highlands Great Walk Hiking Map


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