Discover Mackay Treasure Trail

Ahoy, matey! Grab your scallywag ship mates (aka kids or friends) and your best pirate roar, and hit the Discover Mackay Treasure Trail to plunder your share of treasure!

The council treasure trail will set sail from Saturday, September 23, and close on Sunday, October 8.

There will be 10 mystery locations to discover and thousands of dollars in prizes up for grabs! The first three teams to complete the whole trail will win a major prize and the first 50 teams to finish will receive an automatic prize – a Discover Mackay picnic blanket!

Treasure chest

> Locations and tasks to complete

Ten hidden locations are waiting to be discovered across the Mackay region in every direction - north, south, east and west.

Each mystery destination has a treasure trail corflute or poster on display with a QR code listed.

> How to complete the trail

  1. Use the clues on this web page to find each mystery location.
  2. Scan the QR code at each location with a smart phone and complete the entry form that pops up, including any questions or challenges.
  3. Email to let us know when you are finished!

*Note: some locations will require a photo or video to be taken and uploaded to the council website.

> Prizes


  • First place – $1200 Harvey Norman camera package including a Canon EOS R100 with single lens kit and two Pixbee PixPlay kids digital cameras
  • Second place - $500 Visa gift card
  • Third place - $350 Sarina Sugar Shed hamper and gift voucher, plus a free MECC double pass.


  • $300 Sarina Sugar Shed hamper and gift voucher


There are six instant prizes to be won by finding a council branded treasure trail rock at some of the locations! Be sure to keep an eye out for a small, smooth rock the size of your palm with the council logo listed. If you find a mystery rock, follow the instructions listed on the back to claim your prize, a $50 gift card! Please note the mystery rocks will be located in easy to find places on the ground (not at height) and will not be buried under the ground. They will not be located in any bushes or undergrowth.

* Update - a number of the mystery rocks have already been found. Check with each Treasure Trail location when you arrive and they can advise if the mystery rock has already been found. NOTE - there is only one prize for the first person to find each mystery rock.

> Don’t forget your pirate hook!

Remember to dress up for the occasion - the best dressed team will win a $200 gift voucher! Pirate, adventurer, explorer, even Ken and Barbie, anything will do!


If you get stuck on the trail and can’t go any further, remember to use your scurvy sea dog teammates, Google it or message a friend (aka the Trail Master!) for a hint. Email

Terms and conditions for the competition can be found here.

Please note you can complete the trail in any order, but location 10 is only available October 5-8 from 6pm - 9pm.

Register today

Follow the clues header

Follow the clues below for each location: