Get out and about with the great events, programs and more that both Mackay and The Whitsundays have to offer in the next couple of months.
Finding the Funny: The Art of Judy Horacek – 15 August to 18 October. This exhibition will be presenting original artwork surrounding environment, social justice and women’s issues. Her picture book worlds for children show a range of animals doing unusual things.
Conversations with Australian South Sea Islanders: A Missing Chapter from Australian History – 25 September to 29 November. Artist Janet Ambrose recounts a missing chapter of history in Australia through interviews and charcoal portraits.
Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection on Tour – 25 September to 29 November. Piccinini wants audiences to think about their place in the world as it advances in biotechnology, digital technologies, blurring the line between nature, humans, and the artificial world.
A Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon St
P 4961 9722
The Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney are inviting all children aged 5 – 15 to join this virtual quest. It will explore areas of science, from earth and animals to technology and space. There will be expert panel discussions with huge names in Australian Science, The Living Laboratory 360 degree virtual tour, games, science shows, and more – all until September 15!
Find out more and register online.
On Sunday 6 September Magpies have a XXXX Esky filled with merchandise, beer, and more to be won by a lucky dad! Treat dad to a delicious lunch from 12.00pm – 2.00pm or a dinner between 5.00pm – 8.30pm at Centro Restaurant. The Father’s Feast is a 350g Tomahawk served with wedges, vegetables, grilled king prawns and tasty horseradish sauce – and don’t forget the schooner of beer! All for only $49.00. Bookings are essential.
A 1 Glenella Rd, Mackay
P 4965 6100
Competitors from all over Australia will be gathering to take part in this action sports festival. Along the Great Barrier Reef coastline there will be a lot of talent and competitions from 22 September to 4 October including the Australian National Championships of Skateboarding, cable wakeboarding competition, freestyle BMX and kitefoil championship.
You can find all relevant information and register online.
P 1300 918 531
There are the usual, thrilling mid-week horse races throughout September and October at the Mackay Turf Club. But get ready – there is also the MM Electrical Derby Day on Saturday 19 September from 11.00am – 5.30pm. This event is a great day out for anyone with races, Fashions on the Field and entertainment. The dress code is black and white – remember to start working on the perfect outfit!
Cost: From 85.00.
A Mackay Turf Club
P 0437 522 823
Raise funds for three local charities with this mass participation ride event on 12 September! The focus is also to encourage people to become more active and involved with their own health through cycling. You can choose to cycle either 35km, 60km, 90km or 135km and enjoy the beautiful Mackay scenery. Cyclists will finish at the Blue Water Quay where breakfast stalls will be waiting to greet you.
A 1 River St, Mackay
P 0749 188 305
On 13 September from 10.00am to 5.00pm, motorcycles will be speeding and racing at this iconic event under the tropical skies. If you’re a thrill seeker, beach lover or family simply looking for fun activities, this is perfect for you. There will be a final King of the Beach race along with competitions between dirt bikes and street bikes. Different ages can enter into their 13 classes, from juniors onwards.
Family-friendly entertainment will include jumping castles, face painting, beach vibe markets and more.
A Grasstree Beach, Mackay
P 4950 3737
The Professional Bull Riders will be back this October 17 from 7.00pm to 10.00pm to provide a big night of entertainment. 22 of the bravest and keenest riders will compete for glory between each other and go head to head with 52 of the meanest bulls in the nation. Choreography includes lasers, pyrotechnics, live music and so much more to provide a show like no other, full of adrenaline.
A BB Print Stadium
P 4724 0218
Aussie Backyard Bird Count
Learn about the beautiful and unique birds you can find in your own area, or very own backyard, with this event as part of National Bird Week from 19 – 25 October. The special week is brought to you by BirdLife Australia, the largest bird conservation organisation. Participants won’t just be learning, but also helping to contribute to national research by tracking species trends and locations across the country. Get out into the nature for a great purpose!
P 9347 0757
This comedic, fast-paced crowd pleaser is sure to make you laugh. Featuring a book by Rachel Sheinkin, that was the Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Award for Best Book, and a vibrant score by William Finn, six ‘mid-pubescents’ will disclose hilarious stories from their home lives while spelling their hearts out and hoping not to make a mistake.
From 2 October 8.00pm and – 3 October 2.00pm and 8.00pm. Ticket prices vary, visit website for more information.
A MECC Auditorium, 258 Alfred St
P 4961 9700
This easy-going event on 29 October at 5.30pm lets the people of Mackay meet artists’ books from the collection in a fun, informal way. Participants can become familiar with the resource of artists’ books which the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection holds.
A Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon St
P 4961 9722
Mackay Libraries will continue to deliver a range of interactive programs for carers and their children under five years old. These include signing, talking, reading, all to enhance literacy and numeracy skills. Baby Bounce, Toddler Time and Story Time can all be found online at www.mackay.qld.gov.au for you and your little one to watch.
Toddlers and parents can sing along and get creative with BMA Kidspace ‘in the garden’. This online activity page has a range of videos for you to follow for make-at-home music and art ideas – developed specifically for 0 – 5 year old kids. Have fun with Lisa, Pam, Rosemary and Kathleen while making art!
Bring your land to life with Reef Catchments upcoming Field Day. A fun family day out to learn all about growing your own food, keeping poultry, bees and cattle. From home gardeners to large properties, listen to presentations and demonstrations from rural and urban garden gurus. Pioneer Valley Show Grounds, Finch Hatton. 10am -4pm Saturday 24 October 2020.
A Pioneer Valley Show Grounds, Finch Hatton
P 4968 4200
Fb Reef Catchments
Whitsundays Arts Festival
Celebrate the creativity, Whitsunday’s community and the inspiring environment from 3rd to 5th of October. A number of local interstate musicians will be performing for the crowds and there will be amazing, unique decorations throughout the park. Workshops for lantern making will be held on the 28th and 29th of September, plus there will be additional workshops at the festival involving photography, spray art, painting and more.
A Airlie Beach Foreshore, Fairy Tree Park
P 0417 631 500
Have a perfect getaway from kids and stress with the girls at Airlie Beach from September 11th to 14th – or come alone and make some new friends! This is a great destination to soak up the sun and enjoy a cocktail. All women are welcome, not just mums (but we know how much you need it!)
Package can include accommodation, meals, cruise, Spa Treatments, cocktails, a mum-only gift box, and much more. Visit website for all of the details.
Price: From $995.00 pp
A Airlie Beach, Whitsundays
P 0418 121 113
Find more things to do HERE.