to the Eungella Chalet
1933 as a guest house for people requiring clear mountain
air, the Eungella Chalet has been a landmark in the local
area for decades. Today the Eungella Chalet still operates,
providing clear mountain air, with some advancements in the
way of creature comforts. Located adjacent to the head of
the Mackay Highlands Great Walk, it is a unique gateway to
Eungella National Park, with the crystal clear mountain
streams and amazing diversity of flora and fauna.
Eungella is approximately two and half hour drive from Arlie Beach, the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Nestled on the very edge of the Clark Range, the city of Mackay located 80km to the east can be seen beyond the towns dotted along the meandering Pioneer River as it cuts through the flood plains of the Pioneer Valley.
The Chalet is a renowned pit stop for the weary traveler, providing a licensed bar and restaurant along with fantastic Pioneer Valley Views. For those requiring an extended pit stop, various styles of accommodation are available offering standard Hotel & Motel facilities.
Once you have recharged, the Chalet is the perfect locale for taking in the views and vistas of the magnificent views of the Pioneer Valley. Walking tracks into the Eungella National Park start at our back door, varying in length with something for all. Why not take an easy stroll through the rainforest to the Sky Window lookout before returning to the Chalet for a refreshing beverage or a warming tea or coffee to have with your home made scones.
For something different, take a short drive up to Peases Lookout which offers a view across the valley from the northern rim or head off in the other direction through more meandering rainforest clad roads to view the platypus at Broken River. More rainforest walks through the Eungella National Park start in the Broken River picnic grounds, with one ending right back at the Chalet.
Further down the road the forest opens up to uncover the green rolling hills of Crediton dairy country. It is here you will find the Crediton camping grounds, ideal for a picnic or an overnight camp. Continuing around the beautiful Crediton Loop Road, make sure you detour up to the Plateau for yet another perspective of the Pioneer valley, this time looking across to the northern rim.
Beyond Crediton is Eungella Dam, a very popular site for camping, water skiing, fishing and bird watching. Each year the dam plays host to the Sooty Grunter fishing competition
Eungella Range is a "must do" for any motorcycle enthusiast. Eungella Chalet was the venue for the Mountain Top Bull Ride & the first Mackay Mountain Bike Marathon in 2013. The Mackay Mountain Bike Marathon is an ongoing annual event.
On the 21st of Mach 2010 Cyclone Ului tore through the Eungella community causing untold damage to the Eungella Chalet, Eungella Community Hall, Uniting Church, Eungella National Park, surrounding farms and homes. The Eungella Chalet suffered extensive damage in the Cyclone losing most of its roof and a huge amount of water damage inside the building.
The owners have taken 6 long and hard months to rebuild the Eungella Chalet which now has a new fresh look. New bars, beautiful timber furniture and timber floors which give a warm Australian feel. The outdoor eating area has been enclosed with glass so you can enjoy the magnificent Pioneer Valley views in any weather or enjoy watching the mystical clouds roll through.
Our facilities include
- Cabin accommodation for the whole family
- Hotel style accommodation
- Refurbished restaurant and bar
- Wedding and function facilities
- Pool table
- Friendly local knowledge and photo gallery
- Hang-gliding ramp for those who have their own hang-glider and pilot's licence
- .... and of course, ever changing, fantastic views of the Pioneer Valley