Sweet Secrets Trail

For the month of May, sweet seekers can follow their hearts to discover over 20 delicious sweet secrets from our region.

The campaign is proudly supported by Mackay Sugar, Wilmar Sugar, CSR Sugar, Canegrowers Mackay, The Hungry Travellers and Mackay Tourism and is council’s tastiest #MackayPride campaign yet.

The Sweet Secrets Trail will be available from Tuesday, May 2 with the official launch at the Greater Whitsunday Farmer’s Market at Bluewater Quay on Wednesday, May 3. Check out two local chefs as they go head to head in a pressure cooker between Platypus Lodge Restaurant & Cafe and TurBARlence at 9:30am.


> Sweet Secrets Trail ambassadors

A local social media duo, The Hungry Travellers, have proudly accepted the role of #sweetsecrets ambassadors for the campaign.

During May they’ll hit the trail and share their sweet discoveries on council’s Facebook page.

Sarina Sugar Shed

> ‘Sweet’ prizes up for grabs

Thanks to the Sarina Sugar Shed there’s stacks of ‘sweet’ prizes on offer.

Share a photo of each of your sweet discoveries on council’s Facebook competition post for a chance to win! A major prize worth over $1000 will be announced in the final week of May and will be the final sweet secret to be revealed…

So get on the trail – it’s the rush before the crush…and these secrets won’t last!

> Sweet secrets desserts


Macadamia parfait on dark sugar sauce, with macadamia and brown sugar brittle

Church Cafe Pinnacle
4343 Mackay Eungella Road, Pinnacle
Open: 9am to 3pm Thursday - Sunday



The world famous Yodelling Chef presents: Belgian waffles with homemade mango and passionfruit icecream with fresh cream and drizzled with CSR golden syrup.

Platypus Lodge Restaurant & Cafe
Eungella Dam Road, Broken River|
Open: 9.30am to 3.30pm, Wednesday - Sunday



Traditional apple crumble served with custard and icecream

The Eungella Chalet
Chelmer Street, Eungella
Open: 10am to 8pm, everyday



Double choc biscuit with mocha butter cream and a dark choc-caramel pretzel bark

Foodspace Mackay
Gordon Street, Mackay
Open: 7am to 2pm, Tuesday - Saturday



Passionfruit cheesecake, mango sorbet, macadamia crumble, mango sorbet and passionfruit curd

Fusion 128
Victoria Street, Mackay
Open: 6pm to 9pm Tuesday - Thursday, 5.30pm to 10pm Friday - Saturday



Sticky date pudding with Sarina Sugar Shed butterscotch schnapps sauce

Palms Restaurant
Owen Jenkins Drive, Sarina Beach
Open: 5pm until late, everyday



Tropical pine-lime muffin

Sarina Sugar Shed
Field of Dreams Parkland, Sarina
Open: 9am to 4pm, everyday



Raw fingerlime macadamia ‘cheese’cake (vegan/gluten and dairy free)

A tangy, creamy dessert with bursts of fingerlime pearls throughout, sweetened with raw chemical-free sugarcane juice, on a base of salted, crushed macadamias. ‘Cheese’cake (vegan/gluten and dairy free)

Ulysses Garden Cafe
Gorge Road, Finch Hatton
Open: 10am to 4pm, Thursday - Sunday



Boozy brownie/caramel-rum sauce

Sarina Motor Inn’s Restaurant
Broad Street, Sarina
Open: 7.30am to 5pm Monday - Wednesday, 7.30am to 8pm Thursday - Saturday,
7.30am to 4pm Sundays



Fairy bread lamington – fluffy vanilla sponge dipped into white chocolate and hundreds and thousands with whipped cream filling

The Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe
The Mackay Aero Club,
Casey Avenue, Mackay
7am - 10am Saturdays only, until sold



Layered mousse pot including honey, rum, coffee & mango with chocolate dirt

TurBARlence - Ibis Mackay
Located at Mackay Airport
Christensen Crescent, South Mackay
Open: 10am to 9pm, everyday



Burnt Caramel & Fresh Banana Gelato

The Laboratory
Parkside Plaza, West Mackay
Open: 9am to 9pm Monday - Saturday,
9am to 6pm Sundays



Golden toffeed banana with rich choc fudge curls, liqueur macerated strawberry icecream and angelfloss

Latitude 21 - Clarion Hotel
Mackay Marina
Open: 4pm to 9.30pm, Monday - Saturday



Flambé banana with Sarina Sugar Shed caramel rum sauce, Boulder Creek honey mascarpone and roasted macadamias

Galleon’s - Ocean International
Bridge Road, Mackay
Open: 12 to 9pm, Monday - Sunday



House-made chocolate mud cake, Baileys cream and sugar works

The Duke of Edinburgh Hotel
Dutton Street, Walkerston
Open: Noon to 8.30pm, everyday



Caramelised pineapple pan-cooked to a light golden brown with vanilla ice cream, brown sugar and cinnamon coated churros stick, sprinkled with toasted coconut.

Coco Cubano
Wood Street, Mackay
Open: 7am to late
* For the adventurous add 15ml of our Cuban Especial Rum drizzled over the top of the ice cream.

$9.90 (*$3 extra for the Cuban Especial Rum)


Sweet potato mudcake in a white chocolate shell with cinnamon icecream and passionfruit sauce

Cocoa Mama
Gregory Street, Mackay
Available: 10am to 3pm and 6.30pm to late Fridays, 10am to 3pm Saturdays



Toasted banana bread icecream sandwich with local tamarillo syrup

Lagoons Cafe in Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Lagoon Street, West Mackay
Open: 9am to 3pm Wednesday - Friday, 8am to 4pm Saturday - Sunday



Lime cheesecake with shortbread crumble, mint and pineapple sorbet

The Old Station Teahouse
Cape Hillsborough Road, Ball Bay
Open: 9am to 3.30pm, everyday



Tiramisu – combination of coffee, liquors, savoiardi biscuits and marscarpone cheese, topped with chocolate shavings.

Sorbello’s Italian Restaurant
Victoria Street, Mackay
Open: 11.30am to 2.30pm and 4.30pm to 11.30pm everyday and all-day Friday



Mini duck egg pavlova with pineapple curd and cream

The Garden Tea House
Mackay-Bucasia Road, Bucasia
Open: 7.30am to 2.30pm
Monday - Saturday


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