Sunrise on the beach with kangaroos

There's only a hint of light in the pre-dawn sky, but the beach is already a magnet for eager visitors.

They are not there just for the stunning sunrise over the somnolent sea, but also to bond with nature through the wild kangaroos who browse the beach each morning checking what has been washed up overnight.

Seeking beach nuts, they wander down to the beach from Cape Hillsborough National Park to browse for a feed and happily pose for photographs.

It's not just kangaroos that are the star here. A walk along the national park trails will reveal colourful birds and the dramatic blue Ulysses butterfly.

Take the Andrews Point track to climb to the top of the ridge where there are five lookouts over the coastline and the islands.

You'll find Cape Hillsborough about 800 kilometres up the coastline north of Brisbane, or about an hour's drive from Mackay.

Stay at the Cape Hillsborough Resort which offers budget accommodation and camping facilities.

Find out more about Cape Hillsborough from Visit Mackay Region.

Disclaimer: Ed+bK travelled to Mackay as a guest of Mackay City Council.