Combat Holiday Boredom with ‘Sixteen Days of September Fun’

If you are like the majority of parents during the school holidays, then there are plenty of moments where the kids are complaining of being bored. Then your brain feels like it might explode from their ‘there’s nothing to do’ cries.  The good news is Mackay Tourism has decided to lend a helping hand when it comes to keeping the kids entertained.

School might be out, but that doesn’t mean you have to be out of your mind with stress over what to do! They hope to inspire locals as well as visiting friends and families to get out into the area and explore.

‘Sixteen Days of September Fun’ is a campaign providing sixteen fun activities to experience in the Mackay region these holidays. Instead of having to think what to do, the ideas are handed to you instead. This means that each day can be filled with a new adventure! It will also showcase upcoming events, including the September Weekender events at the MECC and Rumble on the Reef.

Donny Fraser, Rumble on the Reef Event Promoter, also encourages visitors and locals to make the most of the upcoming school holidays.

“Complimenting the excitement of Rumble on the Reef are the region’s abundance of fun activities. They are sure to make these September school holidays one to remember.”

Day 1 of the campaign begins on September 19 with ‘Whale Watching at Lamberts Beach Lookout’. There are 16 numbers that you can choose from, and each number will give you a new activity for that day once clicked. Some activities are free and some activities involve a cost and booking a ticket.

But Wait…There’s More! Sixteen Days of September Fun doesn’t just include activities for the kids…there are also a couple of cheeky activities for adults, such as watching the 18+ cabaret show on September 26!

View the full selection of activities HERE.

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Clean Up Australia Day

When: Sunday 1st March, 9.00am – 1.00pm
Where: Club Croc Airlie Beach
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Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. has teamed up together with Mantra Club Croc to host a Clean Up Australia Day event. Head on over and do your bit to keep The Whitsundays clean and pristine, and finish with a free BBQ sausage sizzle. There will also be giveaways and prizes to be won.

NAB AFL Auskick Free Come & Try Session

When: Thursday 5th March, 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Where: PCYC Whitsundays
More info: Fb AFL Mackay

Have your children wanted to get involved in a new sport? Now is their chance to give NAB AFL Auskick a go at this FREE come and try session, offered by the Whitsunday Sea Eagles JAFC. No experience necessary, suitable for girls and boys aged five to 12.

The Smith Street Band

When: Saturday 7th March, 8.00pm
Where: Magnums Hotel (Airlie Beach, QLD)
More info:

Recently finishing up a national tour, The Smith Street Band have announced their return to the road this February and March. Debuted live on their recent tour, Big Smoke is another taste of what’s to come from the band’s fifth album, due in the first half of 2020 with Big Smoke to be released before this tour kicks off.

International Women’s Day Event

When: Sunday March 8th, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Where: Club Wyndham Airlie Beach
More info: Fb International Women’s Day Event

Whitsunday Zonta are very excited to launch their IWD 2020 event this year at Club Wyndham Airlie Beach. It will be going back to the 1920’s to where the women’s movement first began. Grab your feather boas, fringes and friends and come along for an afternoon of food, music and games. Sample the Moonshine while listening to their inspiring guest speaker Dr Kerry Reid Searl.

Paint Night – Youth Whitsundays

When: Friday 13th March, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: St Martin’s Church
More info: Fb Youth Whitsundays

Aged between 12 and 17? Meet new friends, be creative and enjoy an exciting paint night this March. Note, you do not have to be connected with a church-going family; everyone is welcome.

Airlie Beach Wedding Expo

When: Sunday 15th March, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Where: BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
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From dresses to bouquets and everything in between… Featuring some of Queensland’s best and most sought after wedding professionals, this expo will make it easy to plan your special day. Entry is a gold coin donation per person.

The Ultimate Bee Gees Show

When: Saturday 21st March, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Where: Airlie Beach Hotel
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This amazing trio of singers will perform the Bee Gees catalogue of greatest hits such as ‘Saturday Night Fever’, ‘Words’ and ‘Massachusetts’ at this FREE family show at the Airlie Beach Hotel. It’s an amazing celebration of music not to be missed.

Airlie Beach Hotel Charity Concert

When: Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March, 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Where: Airlie Beach Hotel
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Rush Hour Brand and the Women of Rock Tribute Show will be performing at the Airlie Beach Hotel to help raise funds for WIRES following the nationwide bushfires. A percentage of the money raised from every meal purchased on the night will be donated.

Boy & Bear ‘Suck On Light Tour’

When: Friday 3rd April, 7.00pm – 11.00pm
Where: Magnums Hotel
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Boy & Bear are back on another national tour and they will be stopping by in Airlie Beach. The band has won five ARIA awards, saw three songs make it to triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2011 and their debut album reached platinum, as well as many more achievements over the year. They are excited to bring their new album Suck on Light to audiences across the country. This is an 18+ event.

Mega Easter Egg Hunt and Family Day

When: Sunday 12th April, 11.30am – 5.30pm
Where: Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill
More info:

Looking for something to do with the family this upcoming Easter weekend? Get ready for an afternoon filled with family fun. Keep those eyes peeled and you might even find some hidden Easter eggs!



Dear Katrina, how do the courts decide who the children are going to live with after separation?

The Court conducts a thorough examination before making final parenting orders.

When dealing with children’s matters, the Court’s primary considerations must be the benefit of the child of having a meaningful relationship with both of their parents (or other significant person in their lives) and the need to protect the child from physical or psychological harm, from being subjected to, or exposed to, abuse, neglect or family violence.

When applying these considerations, the Court must give greater weight to the latter. The Court also looks at several additional considerations including any views expressed by the child, the nature of the child’s relationship with each of their parents and any other person including a grandparent of a child. They also look at the extent to which each parent has fulfilled, or failed to fulfil, the parents’ obligations to support and maintain the child.

In some cases, the Court will make an order for the appointment of an Independent Children’s Lawyer, whose role it is to separately represent the child’s best interest.

If there are allegations of previous abuse or if there is a risk of future abuse, the Court can be well informed by evidence from independent sources such as Family Report writers, Family Consultants, and subpoenaed material from government departments such as the Queensland Police Service and the Department of Child Safety.

a 34 Wood St, Mackay



Everyone’s journey to parenthood is different. For some it’s easy, for others it’s difficult; for some it’s exciting, and for other’s it’s overwhelming (or a bit of both). Conception, pregnancy, labour and postnatal care can be difficult to navigate, so we’ve put together a guide to help you with everything from Fertility to the First Years.

Congratulations, you’re pregnant! One of the first things to consider is your healthcare and birthing options, and whether you’d like to take the public or private route.

If you go via the public system, your first step is to visit your GP, who will guide you through your pregnancy, including referring you for scans and tests. The private system will allow you to choose your own obstetrician who will look after you throughout your pregnancy and during your labour.

Your body will go through a lot of changes over the next nine months, and you’ll need to adjust your lifestyle to accommodate and support your growing little one. It’s highly recommended you look into taking up a form of pregnancy-safe exercise, eat a healthy diet and get any health problems checked out.

Additionally, you’ll want to ensure that the home is baby ready. Preparing the nursery and buying all the necessary supplies to take care of your baby are all part of your to-do list.

Lastly, don’t get too overwhelmed – it’s all very exciting, and you’ll get there. Here are some local businesses that can help you along your pregnancy journey. 

Pioneer Medical

Pioneer Medical Centre is a family friendly medical centre in North Mackay, offering a wide range of medical services to families. Along with general health assessments and check-ups, they also offer women’s health services. If you are having trouble conceiving, seeing a doctor at

Pioneer Medical Centre can help point you in the right direction, such as family planning options and fertility counselling. They can also help you on your journey once you do fall pregnant and look after you and your families health long term, giving you better care.

A 19 Palmer St, North Mackay
P 4942 2777

Guardian Pharmacy Mackay – Gasworks

If you’re trying for a baby, Guardian Pharmacy Mackay – Gasworks can offer help and advice. They can help you figure out when you are most fertile, provide advice on lifestyle changes and recommend vitamins for you and your partner.

Once you are pregnant, they can recommend vitamins, pain relief methods and advise if your medication is safe to take during pregnancy. Even once your baby is born, they can provide breastfeeding, childhood illness and general baby care advice.

A Shop 7/137 Shakespeare St, Mackay
P 1300 790 618

Health on Central Mackay

Health on Central is your family GP in Mackay, accompanying you through every stage of life. They work alongside allied health and specialist colleagues to ensure you are in the best hands. If you’re seeing those two lines on the pregnancy test; congratulations! Health on Central Mackay can confirm your pregnancy and guide you through your pregnancy journey with any appointments and testing along the way, until your baby is born and beyond.

A 26 Central Dr, Andergrove
P 4955 0555

Lloyds Northside Clinic

Lloyds Northside Clinic offers a wide range of services including general family services, immunisations, advice and more. The doctors are more than happy to confirm your pregnancy and ensure both you and your fetus are healthy and happy until the big day arrives.

A 81 Philip St, Mount Pleasant
P 4942 9910

Harvey Norman

It’s never too early to start planning your baby’s nursery. You should have all the necessary furniture, complete with comfortable sheets and soft lighting. The team at Harvey Norman is more than happy to help you out with all your bedding and furniture needs to welcome the new member of your family.

A Cnr Heaths Rd & Bruce Hwy, Mackay
P 4951 8800


Babies are very inquisitive and will explore everything around them to their heart’s content… even if it isn’t safe. A bit of babyproofing work may be on the cards before bub arrives. Whether you’re installing new shelves, securing loose fixtures or painting the nursery, the team at Porters is more than happy to help with any of your DIY needs.

A Cnr Brisbane & Gordon St, Mackay
P 4967 3333


Just like the rest of your body, your mouth will undergo changes throughout pregnancy. These can include bleeding gums, damage to the enamel of your teeth, a dry mouth or sugar cravings which can contribute to tooth decay. Research has also shown that active gum disease before or during pregnancy may lead to premature or underweight births. A visit to your local 1300Smiles before, during and after pregnancy will help protect your overall oral health.

A 34 Sydney St, Mackay
P 4957 5354

Jazzie Bums

Cloth nappies are not only environmentally friendly and adorable, they can save you a lot of dollars down the line. Jazzie Bums Nappies are soft, one-size-fits-all quality pocket nappies that are both waterproof and breathable. They come in a wide range of designs to suit your bub’s personality, including flowers, fruits, animals, rainbows, dinosaurs, solid colours and much more – and the range is constantly being added to.

A Sarina
P 0418 998 176
Fb Jazzie Bums Cloth Nappies

Top Things To Do in the First Years

Caneland Central

Caneland Central offers free monthly activities specially designed for little ones. On the first Tuesday of every month, there will be a new and exciting activity suited for children aged 1 – 3.5.

A Mangrove Rd, Mackay
P 4944 7111

Kidz Life Play Centre

With slides, tunnels, ball pits and a fully-fenced toddler area, Kidz Life Play Centre is a wonderland for little ones.

A 75 Evans Ave, North Mackay
P 4953 5575

Souths Leagues Club

Offering a kids’ zone with play equipment, games and activities, a kids’ menu and birthday parties, making it the perfect location for a meal and a play.

A 181 Milton St, Mackay
P 4957 2166


Rugbytots is the world’s favourite rugby play programme for children aged two to seven, taking children on a journey of sporting imagination through structured play sessions.

A Various locations around Mackay

Mackay Libraries

Library branches in Mackay offer a variety of activities for little ones, including Baby Bounce, Dads ‘N’ Bubs, Multiples Chatterplay, Toddler Time
and Story Time.

A Various locations around Mackay
P 4961 9387



Caneland Central

Easter Fun, Monday 6th – Saturday 11th April, 10.00am – 1.00pm daily: Enjoy craft sessions from Monday – Saturday (centre closed on Good Friday), Meet the Easter Bunny on Tuesday and Thursday and join the Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday (guided and self-guided options available). Located in The Zone next to Gloria Jeans. Register today via the centre’s website.

Science Lab, Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th April, 10.00am – 1.00pm daily: Drop into the science lab to try some cool experiments. Head on over on Tuesday and Thursday for Lava Lamps and Wednesday and Friday for Snowstorms. Located in the Fashion Mall next to Kikki K.

Robotics Workshops, Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th April, 10.00am – 1.00pm daily: Learn to code at one of the Robotics Workshops located in The Zone, next to Gloria Jeans. Register today via the centre’s website.

A Cnr Victoria St & Mangrove Rd, Mackay
P 4944 7111
Fb Caneland Central

Big4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort

Fancy a little escape these school holidays?

Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort is a family owned and run caravan park in Airlie Beach. Nestled in seven acres of shady tropical greenery, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind and let your kids explore, ride bikes and be in nature.

There is plenty for families to do including a playground, jumping pillow, quad bikes for hire, peaceful pool and an awesome ninja challenge course. It’s a hub of family entertainment set in a peaceful tropical environment. Camp, or enjoy one of their eco cabins, it’s more affordable than you’d think (and not filled with hundreds of noisy kids so you can relax too!)

A 2955 Shute Harbour Rd, Flametree
P 4946 9388
Fb Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort

WakeHouse Cable Park

Giant Inflatables – School’s out! Take on Mackay’s giant inflatable obstacle course on the water. Climb, jump and slide your way through a great activity that will not only keep you fit, but having fun too.

Wake park – Get on your board, strap in and get ready to wakeboard. Learn how to utilise your balance to glide on the water and soar over exhilarating ramps. Check out the website for a full list of class times and prices.

Sessions cost $20 for 50 min – book online to avoid missing out. Minimum age four years.

A 504 Michigan Way, Andergrove Lakes
P 1300 500 261
Fb WakeHouse Cable Park – Mackay

Kidz Life Play Centre

It’s slides, tunnels and ball pits galore at Kidz Life Play Centre. With a ball pit, triple deck play structure, huge double slide, fully fenced toddler area and much more, it’s a great day out for all. The Play Centre is indoors and airconditioned, so it’s always playtime – rain, hail or shine.

During school holidays, Kidz Life Play Centre is open from 9.00am – 3.00pm Mondays to Fridays and 9.00am – 4.00pm on Saturdays. Don’t forget your socks!

Cost: Admission on school holidays is $8.50 for children aged one to five, $10.50 for children aged six to 12 and $4 for parents (one adult charge per family). All proceeds go to help the under-privileged. Parents receive a free drink from the café with admission.

A 75 Evans Ave, North Mackay
P 4953 5575
Fb Kidz Life Play Centre


Porters is more than just an awesome DIY store, with regular events happening for families. Check out the website for more details on the upcoming Easter activities happening these school holidays.

A Cnr Brisbane & Gordon St, Mackay
P 4967 3333


Discover the thrill of go-kart racing at Sidetrax, an airconditioned indoor go-karting entertainment hub. Hop in a go-kart and get ready to race your friends to the finish line.

Suitable for ages seven and over. Drivers must be at least 120cm tall to reach the peddles on the karts. Sidetrax also offer double seater karts for younger passengers or those with special needs (must be accompanied by an adult).

Be sure to wear long pants or shorts, closed in shoes and no loose clothing.

Cost: $35 for your first ride (includes a license valid for 12 months), $30 for every other ride. Every sixth ride is free! Rides go for 10 minutes. Bookings are not required during the day, but essential if coming after 6.30pm on weekdays or after 7.00pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

A 275 Nebo Rd, West Mackay
P 4829 4707
Fb Sidetrax

Souths Leagues Club

If you’re looking for a hassle-free meal, you’ll find it at Souths Leagues Club. Souths has a great community vibe and a Kids’ Zone located in a private room adjacent to the bistro.

While you tuck into a delicious meal, the kids will be busy tiring themselves out with games, activities, movies and play equipment. There is also an attached outdoor play area for extra fun.

Activities – There are activity sheets available to keep the kids occupied with a crossword, spot the difference and word search.
Child-Minding Service – Souths Leagues Club offers a complimentary child-minding service, fully equipped to supervise children from 2.5 to 14 years of age.

Kids Under 12 Eat FREE on Thursdays – Choose from grilled chicken, chicken crackles, battered whiting or beef lasagne as well as the salad and veg bar and ice cream.

A 181 Milton St, Mackay
P 4957 2166
Fb Souths Leagues Club Mackay

Mount Pleasant Centre

Aside from plenty of shops to browse in air-conditioned comfort, Mount Pleasant has some awesome things happening for kids these school holidays.

Meet the Easter Bunny, 7th – 9th April, 10.00am – 1.00pm daily: Some-bunny special is coming to visit Mount Pleasant Centre! Take a selfie with the Easter Bunny for $5 per photo, with all proceeds going to the Mackay Hospital Foundation.

Teddy Bears Hospital, 6th – 10th April, 10.00am – 2.00pm daily: Come visit the pop-up Teddy Bears Hospital play space in the community hub.

A Cnr Bucasia Rd and Phillip St, North Mackay
P 4969 2400
Fb Mount Pleasant Centre

PakMag Easter Eggstravaganza

Hop along to Mount Pleasant Centre and celebrate Easter with PakMag on Saturday 4th April from 10.00am – 11.00am. There will be an Easter bonnet parade, Mega Easter egg hunt, a visit from the Easter bunny, prizes for the best dressed and much more.
This is a FREE event and there are thousands of Easter eggs to go around, so make sure you don’t miss it!

A Mount Pleasant Centre, Cnr Bucasia Rd & Phillip St, North Mackay
P 4053 3331

Mackay Regional Council Libraries

Aside from reading books, there are some other cool things happening at the libraries these school holidays.

Virtual & Augmented Reality Workshops – The State Library of Queensland has generously loaned a batch of equipment to explore and create your own virtual worlds. Suitable for 12-18 years, bookings required.

Bamboo Construction – Children are encouraged to explore, investigate and find new ways of thinking, creating and building with bamboo. Suitable for 5-12 years, no bookings required.

Magformers drop-in day – Magformers are educational magnetic construction toys. A world of discovery awaits! Suitable for 5-12 years, no bookings required.

Easter for kids – Hop into your local library for some egg-cellent Easter craft for some-bunny special. Suitable for 5-12 years, bookings required.

Bedtime stories – A fun evening for children and their families, featuring nursery rhymes, stories, songs and a craft activity. Suitable for 0-8 years, no bookings required.

Check Mackay Regional Council website for the full list of dates and times on these school holiday activities.

A Dudley Denny Library – 134 Victoria St, Mackay
A Gordon White Library – 54 Phillip St, Mount Pleasant
P 4961 9387
Fb Mackay Regional Council Libraries

Inflatable Kingdom

What are your plans for these school holidays?

Inflatable Kingdom provides a high-energy, action packed environment with inflatables of all shapes
and sizes. Bounce, slide and play to your heart’s content – and mum and dad can have a moment of peace with a cuppa.

Book online to save 10% off entry price. Don’t forget your socks!

A Mackay Indoor Sports Arena, Harbour Rd, Mackay
P 4957 2672
Fb Inflatable Kingdom Mackay

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

There’s plenty to do at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens for kids. They’ll even learn something! The following activity sheets can be picked up from the gardens’ administration.

Alphabet I Spy – Can you spot these items with your eyes during your visit to the gardens?

Birdwatching Quiz – How many of these birds can you spot in the gardens? Keep your eyes peeled…

25 Fun Things to do in the Gardens – Try one of these 25 activities and you certainly won’t be bored.

Tibbles Hide n Seek – Can you help find Tibbles, the resident gnome? He has hidden a series of letters which spell a secret word. Pick up a free activity sheet from administration and begin your search through the gardens.

A 9 Lagoon St, Mackay
P 4952 7300
Fb Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Nitro Circus: You Got This

Nitro Circus: You Got This is an explosive, high adrenaline action sports spectacular coming to Mackay these school holidays. Starring the best athletes in BMX, FMX, skate, scooter and more, it’s an event your family doesn’t want to miss.

Watch these daredevils as they launch 60 feet into the air, braving the world’s largest jumps and attempting the craziest stunts in mid-air. This show is sure to produce some “wow’s” and inspire fans of all ages.

It’s all happening on Saturday 4th April from 4.00pm. Children under three are free on the knee.

A BB Print Stadium, 2 Casey Avenue, Mackay
P 1300 446 925
Fb Nitro Circus

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Carl Barron live in Mackay

When: Tuesday 3rd March, Wednesday 4 March, Friday 6 March, Saturday 7 March, 8.00pm
Where: MECC
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Voted number one comedian two years running, come along and see Carl’s brand new show – Skating Rink for Flies. A night where he ponders things we all think about but never mention. Things like plastic bags, peanut butter and the possible emotions of an ant. There is no point to this show other than to make you laugh as much as possible. Funny stories from a bloke with a funny head. What more could you ask for? Recommended 18+ years.

The 91-Storey Treehouse

When: Thursday 19th March, 6.00pm
When: Friday 20th March, 10.00am & 12.00pm
Where: MECC
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Andy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached an amazing 91 stories! It now has a deserted desert island, whirlpool and a giant spider. However, Mr Big Nose has sent his grandchildren to the treehouse, and they don’t want to play quietly. Can Andy, Terry and Jill master this babysitting challenge, and what does the mysterious Madam Know-It-All really want? Will the Big Red Button really destroy the world?

Find out on the 19th March. Children aged six to 12 and their adults alike will love this wild, weird and wonderful play.

Harmony Day – Festival of Cultures

When: Saturday 21st March, 9.00am – 1.00pm
Where: Mackay Civic Precinct, Gordon St
More info: Fb The Neighbourhood Hub

Celebrate cultures from all around the world at the Harmony Day Festival of Cultures. There will be a large variety of cultural stalls with displays and craft activities as well as a scavenger hunt, jumping castle, face painting, live music entertainment and much more for the community to enjoy.

PakMag Easter Eggstravaganza

When: Saturday 4th April, 10.00am – 11.00am
Where: Mount Pleasant Centre
More info:

Hop along to Mount Pleasant Centre and celebrate Easter with PakMag!

Join us for the Easter Bonnet Parade, Easter Egg Hunt, a visit from the Easter Bunny and plenty of family fun. There will be prizes for the best dressed Easter theme. FREE Event.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

When: Sunday 26th April, from 7.30pm
Where: MECC
More info:

Australia’s favourite comedy convoy is locked, loaded and hitting every corner of the country. The diverse lineup of Aussie stars and international performers direct from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival are sure to leave you in stitches. *Recommended for ages 15 and up.

The Gruffalo’s Child

When: Sunday 5th May, 10.00am, 12.00pm and 6.00pm
Where: MECC
More info:

The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood… until one windy night, when the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the wilderness. Join the Gruffalo’s Child on this magical adaptation of the much-loved picture book. Suitable for children aged three and up, and their adults.