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The Capricorn Coast and Whitsunday Islands, with central Mackay City, offers many beach towns with stunning shores and superb offshore scuba diving.

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Mackay is a bustling coastal city right in the center of the Capricorn - Whitsundays region. Just north of Bundaberg starts the Capricorn Coast with its many stunning islands and the officially start of the Great Barrier Reef. Lady Elliot Island, the Bunker Group (Lady Musgrave Island, Fairfax Islands and Hoskyn Islands) and the Capricorn Group (Heron Island) offer some of the best diving in Queensland. The islands are remote, offer some of the best diving in Australia and are idyllic getaways situated in paradisal surroundings. The Keppel Islands (Great Keppel Island) near Yeppoon are green tropical islands perfect for sea kayaking, hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving. Continuing up the coast we can visit the town Proserpine, which is together with Airlie Beach, the hub towards the Whitsunday Islands and Cumberland Islands. You can join one of the many water activities at the Peter Faust Dam or Proserpine Lake, spot birds in the Goorganga wetlands or stroll around pretty Conway beach, Dingo Beach or Midge Point. Further north, a visit to Bowen will treat you with many pretty bays such as Horseshoe Bay, Greys Bay and Rose Bay, and the spectacular Cedar Creek Falls.

Besides all offshore attractions you can also explore its rich hinterland with excellent hiking, dense eucalypt forests and stunning mountain range. In Mackay City you will find excellent shopping, delicious dining, pristine beaches (Dolphin Heads), waterholes and difficult rainforests tracks. Many resort towns along the coast from Bundaberg towards Bowen provide diving facilities from cheap open water courses to multiple day liveaboard trips. Its coral reefs are often nutrient rich and very colorful. On top of this already excellent dive destination, you can see Humpback whales during their annual migration from July to September.

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