The beautiful Mackay and Whitsundays area is home to many attractions for people of all ages.  Here are 10 ideas for things to do with young children in the Mackay/Whitsundays area.

What is there to do and see?


The pristine waters of Bluewater Lagoon. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.

1. Bluewater Lagoon – a free admission public water park, with pools and water slides.  Bluewater Lagoon is a great place to spend the day and with a Kids Splash Zone is ideal for younger children.  Bluewater Lagoon is a safe, stinger-free place to swim making it a great place for families to spend the day.

2. Queens Park – a family park full of innovative playgrounds and beautiful gardens.  Queens Park is great for families and younger children.

3. The Gooseponds – are a combination of popular walking tracks surrounding a large central wetland lagoon which is home to a large variety of birdlife.  The Gooseponds are a perfect place to take children for a relaxing stroll viewing the diverse birdlife.

4. Iluka Park – home to a large playground perfect for people of all ages.  The park is easily accessible and has picnic shelters and drinking facilities, toilet facilities, shade sails and bike racks. Even better, Iluka Park caters for all abilities.

5. Bluewater Quay – an accessible and recreational facility comprising of a children’s water-play and playground, picnic and barbecue areas, viewing platform, fishing platform, walking trails and public artworks.  Enjoy strolling through Bluewater Quay with young children.

6. Explore Local Beaches – Mackay and the Whitsundays area are home to numerous breath-taking beaches which include Bucasia Beach, Lamberts Lookout, Hydeaway Bay, Whitehaven Beach and Catseye Beach among many others.  Spend the day swimming at some of the stunning beaches in the area.


Witness the local wildlife. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.

7. Freckle Farm – take a free kid-friendly farm tour and gives people the opportunity to learn where their food comes from. Interact with cute farm animals and learn how to live a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle. The tracks around the farm are completely pram-friendly.

8. Sunrise with Wallabies and Kangaroos – enjoy a beach front sunrise at stunning Cape Hillsborough National Park in the presence of beautiful wildlife.  Eastern grey kangaroos and wallabies can be seen on the beach front each morning feeding on seaweed and mangrove seed pods.  Enjoy a breath-taking sunrise in the presence of these beautiful creatures.

9. See Platypus at Broken River – spot the platypus at Eungella National Park on one of the various viewing decks along Broken River.  The park is known as the best place in Australia to spot wild platypus as well as a great place to see turtles and other wildlife.

10. Artspace Mackay – visit the regional art gallery and museum which provides visitors an opportunity to learn about the people and history of Mackay through various exhibitions.  Artspace is a great place for the whole family to enjoy, with interactive exhibits for children. BMA Kidspace happens on a monthly basis and provides parents of young children with a range of entertainment, such as free artist-run workshops and live musical entertainment.