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Eungella Bird Week & Bushwalking Festival

September 25 - October 1

From AUD $120
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Location: Eungella National Park

Dates: 25 September – 1 October 2017

Duration:  6 nights, 7 days

Av temp: 20–28ºC

Group size: Unlimited

Cost: Packages from $120

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Or call: (07) 3369 9665

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Welcome to Eungella Bird Week!

Join us for a magical week in the spectacular Queensland rainforest!

Eungella National Park lies in the hinterland of Central Queensland, just outside Mackay. Its majestic landscape supports almost 900 species of plants and a stunning array of wildlife. There have been 227 bird species recorded here, including the endemic Eungella Honeyeater. And you’re almost guaranteed to see a platypus in Eungella’s lush creeks.

Packed with bush walks, social evenings and meals, local market visits, guest lectures and exhibitions, Eungella Bird Week and Bushwalking Festival is the ultimate chance to explore an incredible new part of Australia. And meet it’s vibrant community!

See one of the rarest birds in the world!

The Eungella Bird Week and Bushwalking Festivacaters to the serious birdwatcher looking to add to their list, right through to the casual birder wanting to learn a little more about birds and explore some amazing places.

It’s also a totally unique chance to hunt for the Eungella Honeyeater with local experts. These rare and beautiful creatures can’t be found anywhere else in the world!

Itinerary:

Download the full Eungella Bird Week and Bushwalking Festival 2017 Itinerary here.

Still have questions? Get in touch via the Register Your Interest button above.

Air:

Mackay Airport enjoys a host of services provided by Virgin AustraliaQantasLink and Jetstar from major airports across Australia. Short-term and long-term parking is available at the airport. A number of rental car companies operate from the airport terminal.

Eungella township is a delightful 1 hour’s drive from Mackay through the picturesque Pioneer Valley.

Rail:

Queensland Rail Travel, offers a relaxing way to travel the Queensland coast. Mackay Train Station is located at Paget, 5KM south of the City Centre.

Road:

Driving to Mackay allows the added pleasure of stopping to enjoy the scenery and sights as you travel. If you want the driving done for you, major coach operators such as Greyhound Australia include Mackay, Nebo, Moranbah and Clermont on their scheduled services from major cities along the coast.

The travel time from Mackay to Cairns is approximately eight hours and Brisbane is slightly longer at approximately 11 hours.

Find out more about getting to Mackay here.

Still have questions? Get in touch via the Register Your Interest button above.

Staying in Eungella:

There is a range of accommodation options throughout Eungella to suit all needs and budgets. If you have any questions about Eungella or the greater Mackay Region, visit our mates at Mackay Region here, or get in touch using the Ask Us Anything button.

Hotels and cabins:

Eungella Chalet  (rooms and self-contained cabins)
Broken River Mountain Resort (eco friendly cabins)
Mountain Edge Escape (self-contained cabins)

Private BnBs:

7th Heaven BnB (up to 10 guests)
Silky Oaks Farm Stay (up to 4 guests)
In the Clouds Farm Stay (up to 4 guests)
Private Eungella (up to 4 guests)
Robinson’s Farm (up to 7 guests)
Farmstay in the heart of Eungella Honeyeater country (up to 4 guests). Contact Joan for more details: djoanlennox@westnet.com.au

Campgrounds:

Eungella Dam (in Eungella National Park)
Flat Fern Camping Area (in Eungella National Park)
Broken River Bush Camp (in Eungella National Park)
Crediton State Forest (South of Eungella)

Still have questions? Get in touch via the Register Your Interest button above.

Season package: $195

Welcome dinner with locals from the Eungella community
Unlimited access to guest lectures and slide shows from bird conservation experts
Unlimited access to daily guided bushwalking with local hikers
Your choice of up to four Birdwatching excursions daily, guided by local experts
Entry to events and exhibitions by local artists
Farewell dinner
A visit to the local craft and food markets
Ability to secure your activities in advance

Book now and register on arrival. Registrations open Monday 25 September from 12-4pm and daily from 7am-8am and 12pm-2pm at the Eungella Memorial Hall. Booking close Monday 11 September.

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3-day package: $120

Welcome OR farewell dinner
Your choice of 3 consecutive days of events
Ability to nominate your days and secure your spots on activities in advance

Book now and register on arrival. Registrations open daily at the Eungella Memorial Hall from 7am-8am and 12pm-2pm. Booking close Monday 11 September.

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Daily activity rates

Visiting Eungella for the day? Activities will be available to book at the festival. Register your interest using the button above!

Bookings are open daily at the Eungella Memorial Hall from 7am-8am and 12pm-2pm. Please note that daily activity bookings are subject to spots being available on the day of your visit. There will be Eftpos facilities available on site.

$30 per guided bushwalk or bird walk
$50 to attend welcome or farewell dinners

Itinerary:

Download the full Eungella Bird Week and Bushwalking Festival 2017 Itinerary here.

Still have questions? Get in touch via the Register Your Interest button above.

The art of Eungella:

Discover Eungella’s creative side! Join the Eungella community for a series of creative events, exhibitions and markets hosted throughout the Eungella Bird Week and Bushwalking Festival.

Eungella Market Day
9am – 12pm, Sunday 3 October
Eungella Memorial Hall
Meet the vibrant Eungella Community at the local food and artisanal markets. A chance to pick up some memories from your magical stay in the rainforest.

Bird film night: Two great Australian bird documentaries
7.30pm Tuesday 26 OR Thursday 28 September
Eungella Memorial Hall
To celebrate the Eungella Bushwalking and Birdwatching Festival and Artspace’s upcoming exhibition William T. Cooper: Brought to life, bring your friends and family for a free film night at the Eungella Memorial Hall. The evening showcases two delightful bird-themed documentaries: Birdman, the art of William T. Cooper; and The coming of the white birds: Fifty years counting Torres Strait Pigeons. Proudly presented by Artspace Mackay’s Outreach Program.

Eungella drawing & artist book making workshop: Emma Lindsay
1 – 4pmThursday 28 September
Eungella Memorial Hall and nearby landscape
Hosted by Artspace Mackay

Join Artspace Mackay’s 2017 Artist-in-residence, Emma Lindsay for a drawing workshop ‘en plein air’ (in the open air) and learn to create a small artist book from your drawings. Emma Lindsay is a Brisbane based artist whose practice explores critical issues regarding endangered species and their habitats. Her artist residency at Mackay’s Regional Art Gallery will culminate in a solo exhibition ‘Great Barrier Reef: Anthropocene project’ with themes relevant and local to our region and on show from 4th November. While in town for the Eungella Bird watching and Bush walking Festival, Emma hopes to have an encounter with the very special Eungella Honeyeater. Participants in the workshop will use different art papers, ink, charcoal, graphite or aquarelles as they draw found objects during a short walk through the Eungella landscape encountering leaves, wildlife, fungi, vines, etc. They will then compile their drawings to form a simple artist’s book using recycled paper,  basic folding and binding techniques. Bookings are essential and places are very limited. $25 per person, includes all materials, contact Artspace Mackay on 4961 9722 to book your spot. 


Eungella bird craft: Free family holiday activities
10am – 3pm Wed 27 to Sat 30 September
Eungella Memorial Hall
Hosted by Artspace Mackay

Join us in this very special part of the world for free bird inspired art activities for the whole family! They’re on during the school holidays for the Eungella Bird Watching and Bush Walking Festival and families can drop-in anytime for a  mix of creative activities for all ages. The craft activities are inspired by the region’s five favourite birds: Regent Bowerbird, Scarlet Honeyeater, Eungella Honeyeater, Crimson Rosella, and Australian King Parrot; and when you’re finished, you can either take it home with you, or add your creations to the big bird display! Stay for a few minutes, or a few hours, parental supervision is required.Presented by the Artspace Mackay Outreach Program.


Birds of Eungella: A children’s art exhibition
10am – 3pm Wed 27 to Sat 30 September
Eungella Memorial Hall
Hosted by  Artspace Mackay and the Eungella Community

This delightful children’s art exhibition features bird art by the creative students of Gargett, Pinnacle, Finch Hatton and Eungella State Primary Schools. Children from prep to year 6 created art to celebrate the ‘Eungella Bird Watching and Bush Walking Festival’ and have been inspired by Australian birds and the birds of Eungella. Vote for your favourite, with several Peoples’ Choice Awards to be announced at the end of the exhibition period. Free to attend, presented by Birdlife Mackay and Artspace Mackay Outreach Program.

Top 10 things to do in the Mackay Region

Come for Eungella Bird Week, stay to explore the rest of Mackay’s spectacular region!

Eungella National Park
Explore the rest of Eungella National Park, Australia’s longest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest. With over 20 kilometres of bushwalking tracks, 860 plant species and a range of unique wildlife, there’s plenty to see and do. It’s also the most reliable place in the world to see platypus!

Finch Hatton Gorge
A wonderful landscape of waterfalls, fresh water, lush flora and volcanic boulders make Finch Hatton Gorge a must-see attraction.

Cape Hillsborough National Park
Cape Hillsborough National Park has a variety of bushwalks and provides plenty of ways to explore this rugged and natural paradise.  A key highlight is sunrise on the beach with wallabies and kangaroos.

Sarina Sugar Shed
This multi-award winning agri-tourism attraction is an exciting experience for young and old. See how sugar is grown, processed, milled and distilled in the unique miniature mill then taste the products produced on site including sauces, liqueurs, schnapps and fairy floss, as well as the award-winning rum.

Fishing
The Mackay Region offers some of the best fishing along the east coast of Australia. Fish local dams for jaw-dropping sized barramundi, catch colourful reef fish off the islands or try your luck from one of the fishing pontoons in the Mackay City Centre.

Keswick Island
Nestled within the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Keswick Island is just 20 minutes by plane and accessible by boat. Discover tropical rainforests, fringed by white sands and a coral reef bursting with marine life. Swim, snorkel, dive or paddle at one of the beaches or coves, or bushwalk to explore more nature and wildlife. Stay overnight with glamping, camping or guesthouse options.

Mackay’s Northern Beaches
If sun, sand and sensational ocean views are what you crave, the northern beaches of Mackay can offer all that and more. There are plenty of parks and playgrounds, while accommodation options by the beach are available. Visit Eimeo Hotel for lunch with a million-dollar view.

The Isaac Region
Head inland on the Peak Downs Highway and discover several local mining communities. Experience friendly country hospitality and a wealth of history when you visit The Isaac Region.

Heritage Walk
Discover more of The Mackay City Centre’s rich pioneering heritage and explore a collection of beautifully preserved buildings and art with the Heritage Walk. Guided tours run each Wednesday and Thursday from May to September and self-guided tours are available.

Bluewater Lagoon
Make a splash at Mackay City’s Bluewater Lagoon and enjoy the fun of the beach within the city. Three tiers of lagoon pools provide a safe swimming environment, with barbecue facilities, an interactive children’s water playground and public work-out equipment in the surrounding park overlooking the blue Pioneer River.

Find out more:

Looking for more info on Eungella and the Mackay Region? Check in with our Eungella Bird Week and Bushwalking Festival Partners at Mackay Region and the Mackay Regional Council. Thanks for your support!

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Details

Start:
September 25
End:
October 1
Cost:
From AUD $120
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Venue

Eungella
Eungella National Park QLD Australia