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Weekender Showcases Isaac Region’s Rustic Beauty

The rustic sights of the Mackay Isaac region were on display as an episode of Channel 7’s Weekender, which was filmed in the region in June, aired on Sunday, July 30.

Mackay Isaac Tourism CEO Al Grundy led Weekender host Chris Parsons and his crew off the beaten track to prove there’s more to Mackay-Isaac than sugar and mining.

The episode opened at the St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend, which took place in St Lawrence, south of Mackay, from June 23 to 25.

The weekend of food, gardening, craft and music attracts crowds from across the country, and will be sure to be on everyone’s calendar after watching the episode.

The crew then headed west to what Mr Parsons described as “possibly the best caravan park I’ve ever seen”, Lotus Creek.

Hitting the road again, the crew traversed along dirt tracks, over creeks and through sorghum fields towards Dysart, taking in the breathtaking scenes of the Peak Ranges on the way.

The next stop on the road trip was the picturesque Theresa Creek Dam, followed by the historic town of Clermont.

Showcasing the town’s gold, copper, timber and sheep history, the crew paid a visit to the Clermont Historical Centre to discover the story of Clermont.

Mr Parsons farewelled the Isaac with a helicopter ride over the region before heading back to Mackay Airport, stopping at the Nebo Hotel, Mount Britton and Eungella on the way.

When asked about the trip, Mr Parsons said it was “honestly unbelievable.”

“I’m always happy to go somewhere I’ve never been before, but this region, I’ve been really intrigued to come out here,” he said.

“I can’t say how impressed I’ve been with the trip and the people we’ve met along the way.”

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Weekender host Chris Parsons and Clermont Historical Centre Caretaker Charlie Stranks. Photo supplied: Weekender

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