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.

Things to Do in Cape Hillsborough, Queensland

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

Watch kangaroos at sunrise at Cape Hillsborough

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.

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.

A kangaroo bounded up and stopped with its nose almost touching my belly. I’ve never felt such an open, curious, welcoming energy before from an animal, possibly even a fellow human!

Visit Wedge Island and Orchid Rock

We met a lady in a cafe near Finch Hatton Gorge who recommended it to me as one of her favourite things to do. Her kids love playing in the caves over there. I’ve been told it’s a beautiful beach with great snorkelling locations.

Walk the Andrew’s Point Track

You can combine a walk over to Wedge Island on a circular walk to Andrew’s Point. It’s said to be an amazing lookout place, especially to see turtles feeding on the grass beds below at Turtle Cove. Turtle laying and hatching occurs between September and Jan/Feb.

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