Family-Friendly Activities Near The Waters Ooralea

Best Family-Friendly Activities Near The Waters Ooralea

The Waters Ooralea is a master-planned residential community in Mackay, one of the rising regions in Queensland.

Choosing to settle down in this residential area is a great choice for you and your family with so much to see and do, including a huge range of recreational activities that are fun for the entire family.

Below we have included 10 fun-filled activities that you and your family will enjoy, and are all within easy driving distance to The Waters Ooralea.

Black Springs Golf Course

The Black Springs Golf Course, adjacent to The Waters Ooralea, is a picturesque 9-hole course built around natural gums and water. The course is open to visitors 7 days a week, with a licensed clubhouse which is a great way to start and finish your round of golf.

Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex

A short 6-minute drive from The Waters Ooralea you will find the new Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex. This state-of-the-art facility boasts three heated swimming pools, including 10 lanes with disability access and a learn-to-swim pool. There’s also a grassed future splash area for the little ones and the Aquatics café for lunch or snack time, making this the perfect location for a fun family day!

The athletics facility features a synthetic running track, long jump pits, a water jump, discus, hammer and shot-put circles, high jump fans and javelin runways and much more! Find out more about Makcay ARC.

Fishing at The Waters Ooralea

The Waters Ooralea has 1.5km of picturesque tidal water frontage leading out to the Pacific Ocean and provides for some of the best crabbing and fishing in Mackay. Why not enjoy the convenience of covered picnic shelters and seating along the creek bank while you’re there, or explore the 80 acres of vast parkland featuring endless walkways, natural scenery and breathtaking Melaleuca Forest. Fishing at The Waters Ooralea is best at high tide.

Mackay Leisure Centre

The Mackay Leisure Centre is the ultimate one-stop shop for all things fun and is conveniently located just a short 4-minute drive from The Waters Ooralea. The facilities include an impressive 18 Ten-Pin bowling lanes, 11 squash courts, a skating rink, licensed bar, and a great café. There’s also free child minding offered while playing but booking is absolutely essential!

Playing at The Waters Ooralea Park

Families love the park at The Waters Ooralea, featuring a children’s playground, swings, a fully equipped outdoor gym, and an undercover area with a picnic table and lots of room for fun activities! Once the Waters Ooralea state is completed, there will be no less than five different parks and playgrounds for families to enjoy in this friendly and safe neighbourhood.

CC-licensed image by Flickr user thecameramatt

CC-licensed image by Flickr user thecameramatt

Illawong Beach

Illawong Beach is home to Quota Park, with public facilities including toilets, barbecues, picnic tables and a playground. There are both on and off dog leash areas along the beach, which makes it a perfect stretch for sunset strolls for local dog owners. This beach is also a popular spot for fishing, with avid fishermen casting from the beach or into the mangrove-lined creeks. From the beach, you can enjoy excellent views of nearby islands and the Hay Point Coal Terminal.

Swimming at The Bluewater Lagoon

Just 10 kilometres away from The Waters Ooralea (a short 16-minute drive) and located at the city centre is the Bluewater Lagoon. It’s an enjoyable swimming facility with three large swimming pools, a 19.5-metre water slide, children’s playground, and a feature waterfall. There are barbeque areas, the Bluewater Lagoon Café, and a fantastic view of the picturesque Pioneer River to complete the whole experience for your family.

Strolling the Bluewater Trail

After a fun time at Bluewater Lagoon, you can take your family on a scenic stroll at the Bluewater Trail. This pathway has an amazing view of the sea, the nearby islands, and Mackay’s natural beauty. Strolling the Bluewater Trail will enable you to visit the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Sandfly Creek Environmental Walkway, and the Cathy Freeman Walkway. Going directly to the Bluewater Trail from The Waters Ooralea is only an 11km drive.

Visiting the Regional Botanic Gardens

Just 6km away you’ll discover the vast collection of native plants and trees located at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. Walking around the facility on the 3-kilometre trail, you’ll find five differently themed gardens that have been constructed in a 10-phase period over 15 years. The collection of gardens includes the Gymnosperm Garden, the Malta Garden, and the Screens and Hedges Garden.

CC-licensed image by Flickr user Fridy

Learning at Artspace Mackay BMA Kidspace

You and your toddlers can learn together in some creative art activities at Artspace Mackay’s BMA Kidspace. This program gives toddlers under five years old the chance to bond with their parents while having fun with art. Joined by local artists and performers, you can also participate in free workshops run by artists to facilitate co-operative learning with your kids.

Life in Mackay at The Waters Ooralea

Life is sweet when you’re living at the Waters Ooralea in Mackay. The residential area’s accessibility to many natural attractions such as local parks and great fishing areas allows you and your family to enjoy living close to nature and create cherished life long memories.

Mackay is on the verge of an economic boom with many new job opportunities thanks to new infrastructure and construction in the region. Invest in residential developments like The Waters Ooralea and be a part of the growing economy of the Mackay region. Explore our master-planned residential community today or contact us for a tour of available land for sale and house and land packages.

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