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8 Fun Things To Do In Cape Hillsborough, Mackay

aerial view of cape hillsborough tourist park in the bush on the coastline

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For many people idolizing a trip to Australia, a chance to catch the sunrise on the beach with kangaroos and wallabies hopping around is the ultimate bucket list dream.

This is one of the main reasons why people visit Cape Hillsborough, a small town in the Mackay region in Queensland, but that’s not all there is to see there. In fact, there are many things to do in Cape Hillsborough that make it worth a stop on anyone’s Aussie travel plan.

Cape Hillsborough |  Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

The area is known for its relaxing coastal landscape, which offers a natural retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. I would even argue that the best thing to do in Cape Hillsborough is to do nothing and just soak in the tranquility.

But if you’re not sure what to do in Cape Hillsborough, below are some of our favorite attractions and popular activities.

Disclaimer: My trip to Mackay was in partnership with Mackay Tourism, though all thoughts, ideas and opinions in this guide are our own. Visit their website for more information on things to do in Mackay!

Things to Do in Cape Hillsborough, Queensland

1. Watch kangaroos at sunrise at Cape Hillsborough

kangaroos on sand

We road tripped around Australia for 18 months and in that time we saw hundreds of kangaroos. My girls and I squealed with delight every time. I probably get more blasé about seeing so many beautiful beaches rather than kangaroos.

They’re gentle, curious and sweet and there’s nothing like watching them in full bounding glory.

Did you know they can leap the length of a bus with one bound? Did you also know that kangaroos cannot move backward? It’s why they are represented on our national emblem, as Australia is a nation always moving forward.

I could tell you many incredible facts about kangaroos. The last one being that they are actually part of the macropod family, which includes 65 species such as wallabies, tree kangaroos, pademelons, and quokkas.

When you visit Casuarina Beach at Cape Hillsborough for dawn, be prepared to meet lots of kangaroos and wallabies, in particular, my favourite, pretty faced wallabies.

Kangaroos on the beach at Cape Hillsborough, Mackay, Queensland, Australia

We rose early to get down to the beach to see the roos at sunrise – an event that’s rising in popularity and turning this relatively unknown coastal town 50km north of Mackay into the place to go.

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