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$18.02 Cultural & Theme Tours

Taste of Sugar Tour

From the moment you arrive your experience begins. The colour, aroma, taste, feel and sounds of the sugar shed and mill in full production creates a heady combination. You will love the experience.The miniature sugar processing & distilling equipment has been sourced from all over the world. Discover the growing, harvesting and crushing processes of sugar cane in a fully functioning miniature sugar mill. See how it is turned into a tantalising array of handmade and sugar-inspired boutique products.Enjoy a close-up, interactive and highly engaging guided tour, and, get to taste some yummy goodies as well! One of Mackay region’s most enjoyable attractionsDuring your tour you’ll get to taste sugar in many forms… suck on a freshly cut and deliciously sweet sugar cane stalk straight from the paddock, then rich sticky molasses, full of complex earthy flavours, next you’ll try different crystallised forms of sugar before tucking into the product tasting with a range of delicious value added sweet treats.

$191.02 Outdoor Activities

Outer Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure from Port Douglas

Sailaway VII is a 25m custom built sailing catamaran, sailing daily to the Great Barrier Reef. An Advanced Eco Tourism Operator & Climate Action Leader and National Sustainability Winner, Sailaway innovates an exciting New Eco Adventure, Full Day Outer Reef Sailing Adventure to Mackay & Undine Coral Cays.The adventure starts with an early departure from Port Douglas Marina. Guests can sit back and relax on the beautiful yacht and set sail to the Coral Cays of Mackay or Undine Reefs. Enjoy an authentic sailing experience, following the coastline and views of the Daintree mountains.Once at the protected sites at the Coral Cays, nature activities will include snorkelling over the pristine coral reef with a qualified marine biologist offering reef interpretation on a guided snorkel tour. A glass bottom boat coral viewing tour is also on offer. Premium reef sites showcase abundant marine life, including encounters with turtles and an amazing display of giant clam gardens, beautiful corals and a wide variety of fish.Exploring the white sands of the coral cays will relax the mind. Soak up the sun, peace and tranquility and swim in turquoise clear waters. Small numbers of guests ensure personal interactive communication with our experience guides.A tropical buffet lunch, morning and afternoon teas & coffees, supplied by local plantations, will compliment a day of adventure and relaxation. Expert guiding and 1st class services are all included from helpful, friendly crew.

$263.10 Cultural & Theme Tours

Personalised Private Platypus Land Tour

Personalised private guided tour to suit you.  Choose your pick-up time from 7.30am then choose your return time (flexible) after your morning coffee and a mini tour of Mackay we drive to the Pioneer Valley stopping at Dame Nelly Melba's house - time permitting as opening time is 9.00am. then continue further into the Pioneer Valley to Finch Hatton Gorge walking up to Araluen and Wheel of Fire waterfalls. Lunch is included at either the Church Cafe - a little taste of Italy, Pinnacle Pub for a famous award-winning Pie or Ulysses Café, vegetarian/raw option in the Rainforest (venue will depend on suppliers opening hours( vegan/vegetarian please notify before hand).After lunch the tour then drives to Eungella for breath taking views of the Valley and a then a short walk at the Sky window.  Next stop is Hideaway Cafe to walk through the stunning gardens and to see handmade hats, crafts, jewellery and to admire the hand carved walls, doors and coffee tables of the natural native flora and fauna.  From here we go to Broken River to spot a platypus in the wild included is a 30-minute platypus education and practical tips on how to spot a platypus. Leaving Broken River, we then travel back to Mackay to a restaurant of your choice and the guide can drop you there or stay and keep you company followed by transporting you to your abode at the end. This tour can be adjusted to your preferences just state them to your guide before departure for example national park walks, art decco buildings, or for a trip to Cape Hillsborough to see the wallabies on the beach (must be there at sunrise) then please email or phone Rainforest Scuba.   Or head to the Sarina Sugar Shed and award winning attraction and after the tour taste their sauces, chutneys, freshly made fairy floss, alcohols and their award-winning rum.  On the way there we can stop at Hay Point, Dalrymple bay lookout for the coal depot to see the magnitude of the coal harbour, coal and ships waiting to be loaded if this is something that would interest you. Perhaps something a little more adventurous such as Forest Flying where you can take your time and your camera and use the brake to stop anywhere and as often as you like along the zip line to take memorable pics of the wildlife and the river below as you fly 25mts above the rainforest.