48 hours in Mackay, north Queensland – where to go, what to do

Use the city as a base to explore the beautiful Cape Hillsborough and Eungella national parks. You may even see some platypus in the wild

With the mining boom waning, the Australian city that once boasted the highest per-capita Harley-Davidson motorbikes, breast implants and tattoo sales is now facing the doldrums. The Harleys are for sale on eBay. Not much can be done about the implants or the tattoos. And Mackay – one of the hubs of the resources boom – is at a crossroads.

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