The resulting art deco architecture is well worth a look, with notable buildings including the former Main Post Office with its clock tower; the Masonic Temple; the Pioneer Shia Council; Taylors Hotel and the Ambassador Hotel, all built in the 1930s and 40s. Much of the surrounding area is given over to sugarcane production, which produces more than a third of the country’s cane sugar. Be spoilt for choice with impressive scenery along the award-winning Bluewater Trail that links the Bluewater Lagoon, the Bluewater Quay and the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. Close by is the Eungella National Park, with its waterfalls, diverse wildlife and scenic drives. The Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef are within striking distance to the north – head here to enjoy some of Australia’s finest cruising grounds.