Mackay and the surrounding area abounds in natural beauty.
Fringed by tropical beaches and bordered by verdant sub-tropical rainforest, Mackay can be as exciting, or as peaceful as you desire.
Whether you want to hike amongst butterflies, snorkel a tropical reef, swim at the base of a waterfall or spot a platypus in the wild, Potter’s Oceanside Motel is an ideal base to explore the magic of Mackay.
Take advantage of the sparkling clear water of our pool. Take a cooling swim, or soak up our famous Queensland sun on one of the poolside loungers. Complementary barbeque facilities are available for use.
Bike the Bluewater Trail
Explore Mackay’s award-winning Bluewater Trail on foot, or on one of Potter’s Oceanside Motel’s own stylish bicycles, FREE hire available for motel guests. The Bluewater Trail passes Potter’s Oceanside Motel, and leads through the picturesque Sandfly Creek Environmental walk, towards the city centre. Follow the banks of the Pioneer River, Queensland’s only blue water river, passing impressive public art sculptures. Visit key attractions along your journey, such as the Bluewater Lagoon, Canelands Shopping Centre and Mackay Botanical Gardens.
Parks and playgrounds
Iluka Park is an all-abilities playground, designed for children with and without disabilities to be able to play and discover side-by-side. The colourful, interactive playground is located only a few minutes’ walk from Potter’s Oceanside Motel, beside Town Beach. Queens Park is a spacious recreation area, located within a five minute walk from Potter’s Oceanside Motel. The expansive parklands feature mature trees and large fields, perfect for a family game of cricket, or a morning run. The Orchid House at Queens Park is a popular tourist attraction, hosting a range of native and exotic orchid varieties for the public to view.
The Mackay region is home to more than 30 different beaches, many of them are patrolled and safe for swimming, while others are popular for crabbing and fishing. Town Beach is a short stroll from Potter’s Oceanside Motel, and offers stunning views of the rising sun, from behind the islands that fringe the Great Barrier Reef. The beach is rarely crowded, and more often than not, our guests who take a morning stroll along the sand often comment on the peacefulness and serenity, often being the only people on the beach.
Explore the Eungella
Breathtakingly beautiful and ecologically diverse, Eungella National Park is one of the Mackay Region’s most treasured destinations. Walk a trail to a beautiful waterfall in Finch Hatton Gorge, or fly through the treetops of the rainforest on a zip-wire. Spot the playful platypus in its natural environment from the viewing platform at Broken River, or scuba dive the waters of the rainforest to discover the unique marine life. Potter’s Oceanside Motel is only a one hour drive from the township of Finch Hatton, an ideal base if you are planning a day-trip into the Eungella’s ancient sub-tropical rainforest.