The tiny township of Eungella is approached along a winding mountain road with spectacular views over the coastal plains around Mackay
. As the road climbs, you will notice the air becomes fresher, cooler and damper, because this is rainforest country. In the local Aboriginal language, Eungella means "land where cloud lies over the mountain" and the prevailing conditions have allowed the striking rainforest to flourish. Fortunately it is now protected by Eungella National Park.
In the rainforest there are numerous walking trails. The observant walker may catch a glimpse of some of the rare fauna which is found only in locally, such as the Eungella Gastric Brooding Frog or the Eungella Honeyeater. There are many other creatures in the rainforest including sugar gliders, possums and at Broken River, the elusive platypus.
Photo courtesy of Queensland Tourism.
Things to do
Wild life spotting - there are 22 kms of bushwalking tracks providing opportunities to see wild residents of sub topical rainforest including the Mackay tulip oak and Eungella spiny cray
Mackay Highlands Great Walk - that links Eungella with Homevale National Park. There are varying degrees of difficulty and the entire track for 50 km long and takes 4 -6 days to complete through rainforest, gorges, steep escarpments, farming communities and platypus viewing areas.
Visitor Information Centre - The Mill, 320 Nebo Rd, Mackay.