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TOP THINGS TO DO IN THE WHITSUNDAYS THIS JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

TOP THINGS TO DO IN THE WHITSUNDAYS THIS JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

Lions Airlie Beach Community Markets

When: Every Saturday, 7.00am – 1.00pm
Where: Airlie Beach Foreshore
More info: www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au

Pick up your morning coffee and have a stroll at the beautiful Airlie Beach foreshore. Browse a selection of local produce, arts, crafts and more. It’s the perfect way to kickstart your weekend.

Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival Community Welcome Event

When: Sunday 12th January
Where: Airlie Beach Foreshore
More info: www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au

Welcome the Crew and Skippers from the Clipper Fleet on stage! There will be activities, food, arts and crafts, live local entertainment and more – a great day out with something for the whole family.

Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival Sunset Wine & Dine with the Crew

When: Tuesday 14th January, 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Where: Sorrento Restaurant and Bar Airlie Beach
More info: www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au

An opportunity for the Whitsunday community to Wine & Dine with the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Crew at the gorgeous Sorrento Restaurant and Bar Airlie Beach. Listen to their stories, enjoy Italian cuisine and sip on cocktails in a beautiful location.

Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival Clipper Yacht Open Days

When: 14th – 16th January, times vary
Where: Coral Sea Marina
More info: www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au

Ever wonder what it’s like inside the world’s largest fleet of Ocean Racing Yachts? Here is your chance to find out. See for yourself what it would be like cruising the high seas on these incredible vessels.

Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival Rodeo by the Reef

When: Saturday 18th January, from 5.00pm
Where: Bowen Foreshore
More info: www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au

The seaside meets the countryside at this rodeo event for the entire family. There will be world-class bull riding surrounded by the wondrous environment of the Bowen foreshore. BYO chair and picnic blanket and enjoy food from the multiple food stalls.

Tropical Paint & Sip

When: Sunday 19th January, 2.30pm – 5.00pm
Where: Toscana Village Resort
More info: www.selfartistry.com.au

Paint a masterpiece while building friendships at this fun event to kick off the new year. Zero skills required and all equipment and painting tips are provided with a professional guiding you through the process. It’s the perfect way to relax, learn a new skill and meet some awesome new people.

Australia Day Weekend

When: Saturday 25th – Monday 27th January
Where: BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort
More info: www.whitsundaystropicalecoresort.com.au

Enjoy a family charity night on the 25th at 6.00pm featuring an appearance from the Incredibles, $2 sausage sizzle, $5 bingo, free family quizzes and karaoke and prize. The 26th will feature a free evening screening of Red Dog at 6.30pm. On Monday the 27th (public holiday) there will be a kids’ disco from 4.00pm – 5.00pm with a jumping pillow and ninja course for free.

Australia Day Beach BBQ

When: Sunday 26th January, 12.00pm – 6.00pm
Where: Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill
More info: www.northerlies.com.au

Head over to Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill for an Australia Day Beach BBQ for the whole family. There will be live music all afternoon, activities for the kids as well as Bredl’s Wildlife Farm.

Raise Your Glass – The Australian Pink Show

When: Saturday 22nd February, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Where: Airlie Beach Hotel
More info: www.tributetopink.com.au

With countless top 10 singles, sold out tours and record-breaking attendances, Pink is one of the most popular and dazzling pop icons on the current music scene. This tribute show is a spectacular like no other, featuring Mount Isa born singer and musician Kim Boath.

This is a free, family-friendly event; no tickets required.

Airlie Beach Ideal Wedding Expo

When: Sunday 15th March, 10.00am – 1.30pm
Where: The Palm House
More info: www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au

Ideal Bride has been putting together wedding expos for over 30 years, and will be hosting one in Airlie Beach this March. Featuring everything you need to plan your special day, from dresses to jewellery, bouquets to cakes and all the trimmings in between. Gold coin entry per person.

MACKAY JANUARY SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE

MACKAY JANUARY SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE

Wake House Australia

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. Sessions start at 10.00am and 11.00am for $20 per person during the January school holidays. Book online to avoid missing out.

Learn to Kneeboard and Wakeboard – Learn an awesome watersport in Wake House’s Grom Squad classes, held every Saturday and Sunday at 7.00am throughout December and January. All safety equipment included. Suitable for ages six to 12, costs ranging from $32-42 per person. Pre-booking online is essential.

A 504 Michigan Way, Andergrove Lakes
P 1300 500 261
Fb WakeHouse Cable Park – Mackay
www.wakehouse.com.au

Caneland Central

Check out the exciting (and educational) activities happening at Caneland Central these school holidays.

Nickleby the Magician, 13th – 17th January, 10.00am – 1.00pm daily – Nickleby the Magician will return to Caneland for a series of Magic Workshops with the kids. Each child will receive a free magic kit and learn tricks to replicate with the family.

Cooking Classes, 20th – 24th January, 10.00am – 1.00pm daily – The kids can join the Colourful Chef on a foodie adventure and make some magical treats.

These activities are both FREE, but bookings essential. Call the centre to book.

A Cnr Victoria St & Mangrove Rd, Mackay
P 4944 7111
Fb Caneland Central
www.canelandcentral.com.au/events

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, they have plenty to do for families including a playground, jumping pillow, quad bikes for hire, pool and a brand-new ninja challenge course. It’s a hub of family entertainment set in a peaceful tropical environment.

Kids Club, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday*, 10.00am – 12.00pm – Enjoy Kids Club activities for four to 12-yea-olds.

Kids Disco, every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday* from 4.00pm – 5.00pm – Get ready to party at the kids’ disco! Jumping pillow and ninja course will be free, and waffles will be available at the café starting at $5.

Movie Nights, every Tuesday and Friday*, starting from Tuesday the 7th – Enjoy a movie together with family and friends, starting from 6.30pm at Centre Stage. There will be a special Australia Day screening of Red Dog on the 26th of January.

Charity Nights, every Saturday* starting 11th January from 6.00pm – There will be an appearance from the Incredibles, a sausage sizzle for $2, Bingo for $5, family quizzes, karaoke and prizes to be won, all at centre stage. *of the school holidays.

A 2955 Shute Harbour Rd, Flametree
P 4946 9388
Fb Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort
www.whitsundaystropicalecoresort.com.au

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
www.kidzlife.com.au

SideTrax

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
www.sidetrax.com.au

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 Kids’ Afternoon at the Movies, 26th January at 3.00pm – Bring the kids for an afternoon of movies in the Milton rooms. They are welcome to bring a pillow while mum and dad relax in the club.

A 181 Milton St, Mackay
P 4957 2166
Souths Leagues Club Mackay
www.southsmackay.com.au

Mount Pleasant Centre

Check out the workshops that are happening at Mount Pleasant Centre these school holidays.

Mini Chef Workshops, Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th January, from 10.00am daily – Bubble Muffin workshops encourage kids to come along and learn about fresh local produce and healthy food choices. Workshops are free, but spots are limited to 20 per session. Bookings essential – call 4969 2400 to book.

Miniature Garden Workshops, Monday 20th – Friday 24th January from 10.00am – 2.00pm daily – Build your own miniature dinosaur or unicorn gardens these school holidays. Workshops cost a gold coin donation with all proceeds going to the Mackay Hospital Foundation. No bookings necessary, just come along with a gold coin and a creative spirit.

A Cnr Bucasia Rd and Phillip St, North Mackay
P 4969 2400
Fb Mount Pleasant Centre
www.mountpleasantcentre.com.au

Porters

School holiday boredom kicking in? Porters have some activities happening they are sure to love.

School Holiday Craft Activities, Wednesday 8th January and Saturday 11th January from 8.00am – 11.00am (both days) – Keep the kids entertained and inspire their creative minds with the school holiday activity craft sessions, facilitated by Maighan Grant from Mackay Community Garden.

Cost: $10 per child, bookings required. There are limited spots, so get in quick to avoid disappointment.

A Cnr Gordon & Brisbane St, Mackay
P 4967 3333
Fb Porters
www.porterscando.com.au

Mackay Regional Council Libraries

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

Dad’s Reading Group, Saturday 4th January from 10.30am – 11.30am at Gordon White Library: The Neighbourhood Hub invites you to Dad’s Reading Group. Bookings required.

Cover Your Books, Thursday 9th January from 2.00pm – 3.00pm at Dudley Denny City Library: Learn how to cover your school books and make them stand out beautifully in time for the first day back at school. Bookings required.

Night at the Library, Monday 20th January from 5.00pm – 6.30pm at Gordon White Library: Discover secret library business when the doors close at night. Receive a backstage pass to discover and participate in a variety of activities, robotics, storytelling and block building. Suitable for ages 7-17, free but parental supervision and bookings required.

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
www.mackay.qld.gov.au

Inflatable Kingdom

What are your plans for these school holidays?

Head on down to the Mackay Indoor Sports Arena on Wednesday the 3rd July from 10.00am – 1.00pm for the School Holiday Fun Day.

For just $15, your child can take part in netball, soccer, dodgeball, volleyball and Inflatable Kingdom. They will be provided with a sausage sizzle lunch, drinks and icy pole.

Suitable for children aged 5-15. Pre-booking essential, but you can pay on the day.

A Mackay Indoor Sports Arena, Harbour Rd, Mackay
P 4957 2672
Fb Inflatable Kingdom Mackay
www.isamackay.com.au

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
www.mackayregionalbotanicgardens.com.au

TOP THINGS TO DO IN MACKAY THIS JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

TOP THINGS TO DO IN MACKAY THIS JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

Workshops at Caneland Central

When: Magic Workshops, Monday 13th – Friday 17th January, 10.00am – 1.00pm daily
When: Cooking classes, Monday 20th – Friday 24th January, 10.00am – 1.00pm daily
Where: Caneland Central
More info: www.canelandcentral.com.au

Head over to Caneland Central this month for some exciting FREE workshops for the kids that’ll even teach them something. Learn magic tricks with Nickleby the Magician and learn to cook with the Colourful Chef. Bookings are essential as spots are limited. Book through the website.

Aussie Aqua MACH

When: Sunday 26th January, 8.00am – 10.00am
Where: WakeHouse Cable Park, Michigan Way, Mackay
More info: www.wakehouse.com.au

Run, slide and swim your way through a giant inflatable obstacle course – with traditional Aussie fun games thrown in to make it a little extra challenging. This event is non-competitive (although you are welcome to race your
friends if you want to). Suitable for ages seven and over.

Optus Sports Expo and Sign-On Day

When: Sunday 9th February from 9.00am – 1.00pm
Where: The MECC
More info: www.themecc.com.au

What sport are you playing this year? The Optus Sports Expo and Sign-On Day is your one-stop shop for the vast array of sporting and active recreation clubs and organisations scattered around Mackay. The expo packs more than 100 clubs and groups into the MECC. Head over and discover all the awesome sports and activities you can partake in this 2020.

Up, Up & Away!

When: Friday 28th February, 11.00am
Where: MECC
More info: www.themecc.com.au

Travel with Up, Up & Away! Airlines in this hilarious dance cabaret. With fabulously tipsy sky-high shenanigans, spectacular dance numbers and captivating harmonies, this crew will demonstrate what never goes on at 39,000 feet.

Save the date

The 91-Storey Treehouse

When: 19th and 20th March, 10.00am and 12.00pm sessions
Where: MECC
More info: www.themecc.com.au

Andy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached an incredible 91 storeys! It’s now more fantastically dangerous than ever, featuring a deserted desert island, whirlpool and giant spider.

Can Andy, Terry and Jill master the challenge of babysitting Mr Big Nose’s grandchildren? What does the mysterious fortune teller really want? Will the Big Red Button really destroy the world? This performance is one that children aged 6-12 and adults are sure to love. $15 admission per person.

MACKAY EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY GUIDE FROM BUBS TO ADULTS

MACKAY EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY GUIDE FROM BUBS TO ADULTS

Sidetrax

Looking for an adrenaline rush? Discover the thrill of indoor go-karting at Sidetrax. Zoom around the track, make new friends and race them to the finish line – what’s not to love?

First ride – $35 for 10 minutes, includes a valid license for 12 months.

All other rides – $30 for 10 minutes. Every sixth ride is free. This ride is very intense, trust us, you will be knackered after 10 minutes!

Please note you must be seven years or over and at least 120cm tall to drive by yourself. A double seater kart is available for children aged four to 10 or people with special needs (driver must be at least 18 years of age).

Please wear closed in shoes, long pants, shorts or tights and avoid loose clothing and jewellery.

A 275 Nebo Rd, West Mackay
P 4829 4707
Fb Sidetrax
www.sidetrax.com.au

Sports Expo and Sign-On Day

The Optus Sports Expo and Sign-On Day, Sunday 9th February, 9.00am – 1.00pm – The Optus Sports Expo and Sign-On Day is your one-stop shop for the vast array of sporting and active recreation clubs and organisations scattered around Mackay. The expo packs more than 100 clubs and groups into the MECC. Head over and discover all the awesome sports and activities you can partake in this 2020.

A 258 Alfred St, Mackay
P 4961 9777
Fb MECC
www.themecc.com.au

Wake House

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 at Mackay Wake House.

Casual pass – Purchase an hour pass for $35 or a day pass for $55 and get ready for a great time out on the water.

Grom Squad – Discover the world of kneeboarding and wakeboarding. Grom Squad is a beginner clinic suitable for children aged six to 12.

Beginner Clinic – New to kneeboarding and wakeboarding? The beginner clinic is sure to get you going. $35 per clinic, suitable for teens and adults.

1-on-1 Lesson – Skip the queue and have a private coaching session to advance your skills. Pricing on application. Suitable for teens and adults.

Can’t get enough? You can also purchase a weekly pass for $120, three months for $450 or annual for $1495.

Passes and clinics include rental kneeboard and wakeboard with foot straps, as well as a life vest and helmet. Be sure to purchase a wristband at reception, as this serves as your key to the cableway system.

A Michigan Way, Mackay
P 1300 500 261
Fb WakeHouse Cable Park – Mackay
www.wakehouse.com.au

Rugbytots

Rugbytots is the world’s favourite rugby play programme for children aged two to seven.

Their structured play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them every step of the way whilst teaching the basics of rugby. Their motto is simple; “Make it more fun”. This creates an atmosphere in the class that is totally unique and engaging for parents and children alike.

Age 2 to 3½ – 30 mins

In their fast-paced fun classes, your child will learn about shapes, colours, numbers and counting. They will be encouraged to work independently as well as enjoying team games. Rugby specific skills are gently introduced.

Age 3½ to 5 – 45 mins

Your Rugbytot will discover a new world of sporting imagination. Finding space, looking after the ball, scoring tries, running with the ball in two hands and general agility and balance are just some of the things your child will learn.

Age 5 to 7 – 45 mins

The same structure is followed, but these sessions involve advanced team games. They ensure that the basic skills of rugby are coached in the right way by maintaining small class numbers. This age range focuses on fun and encouragement whilst enhancing self-esteem and confidence.
Participate for just $12 per class.

P 0409 826 057
Fb Rugbytots Australia
www.rugbytots.com.au

Kidz Life Play Centre

It’s slides, tunnels and ball pits galore at Kidz Life Play Centre, making it a paradise for the littlest ones in the family. With a ball pit, triple deck play structure, huge double slide and much more, there is plenty of fun to be had. It’s all indoors and airconditioned, so it’s always playtime – rain, hail or shine.

Cost on school days: Children aged 1-5 years are $7.50 each and 6-12 years are $9.50 each.

Cost on non-school days: Children aged 1-5 years are $8.50 each and 6-12 years are $10.50 each.

Children under one are admitted for free, and there is a $4 charge for parents which covers the whole family. Kidz Life Play Centre is not for profit.
Don’t forget to bring your socks – but if you do, they are available for $3 a pair.

A 75 Evans Ave, North Mackay
P 4953 5575
Fb Kidz Life Play Centre
www.kidzlife.com.au

Adrenalin Cheer & Dance

Have you got an aspiring dancer in the family? Adrenalin Cheer & Dance offers specialist classes with mini squads starting from four years old right up to professional competitive squads. Classes offered include gymnastics, hip hop, cheer, and skill building. Students will learn elements of gymnastics, tricks, choreography, stunts, and much more.

A 8 McCulloch St, North Mackay
P 0417 750 532
Fb Adrenalin Cheer & Dance
www.adrenalincheer.com

Bee Musical Studio

Love music? Then your child will love Bee Musical Studio.

Singing and Piano Classes – Did you know that learning piano can help improve memory, concentration and patience? Bee Musical Studio is offering interactive, educational, and fun singing and piano lessons for five years right through to adults.

Toddler Classes – Also offering family and long daycare classes for ages zero to four which involves, singing, dancing, instruments and an all-round fun time.

Bee Musical Studio believes that everyone can be musical – classes are all about expressing yourself, having fun, and learning the language of music.

A Graves St, Mackay
P 0404 163 097
Fb Bee Musical Studio – Piano, Voice, Toddler classes

Brothers Netball Club Inc

Registrations for 2020 are now open!

NetSetGO is Netball Australia’s only junior entry netball program, and it’s offered at Brothers Netball Club. The program has been developed for children 5-10 years of age with the best possible learning and playing experience. NetSetGO incorporates skill activities, music, dance, and minor games to ensure a positive introduction to netball for little ones.

Brothers Netball Club’s aim is to provide players with a chance to play netball in a fun family atmosphere. It’s always about enjoying rather than winning at all costs.

A Tolcher St, Mount Pleasant
P 0418 252 304
Fb Brothers Netball Club Mackay
www.mackaybrothers.qld.netball.com.au

Aspire Performing Arts Studio

Offering ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, acro, drama, music theatre and speech lessons, Aspire Performing Arts Studio serves to help young people achieve.

From tiny tots right up to senior performers, there’s a class to suit all ages and abilities, whether you’re a beginner or an avid dancer.

Have fun, make new friends and dance it out!

A 1/7 Windmill Crossing, Mount Pleasant
P 0468 947 116
Fb Aspire Performing Arts
www.aspireperformingarts.com

Adore Dance

A quality and innovative studio in the Whitsundays, Adore Dance caters to beginners to pre-professionals.

Classes include baby dance with me (starting from 14 months), twinkle toes, classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, acro dance, tap dance, hip hop and musical theatre.

Adore Dance are dedicated to enabling children from the Whitsundays access to excellent dance lessons in a variety of styles. Most of all, students learn while having fun!

A 3/8 Myer Lasky Dr, Cannonvale
P 0437 081 577
Fb Adore Dance
www.adore-dance.com

Jump! Swim Schools

Swimming is a skill that will stay with your child for life.

Jump! Swim Schools is a boutique learn to swim facility catering from three months all the way up to pre-squad. Expert swimming teachers, heated pools, and small intimate classes free of distractions in a fun, supportive environment – assisting your child in developing a love
for the water.

Jump! Lessons have been designed to provide children with optimum progression throughout their lessons. There are 10 levels, starting from babies bonding with mum and dad in the water to advanced teacher and child stroke correction and development classes.

A 6/14 Heaths Rd, Mackay
P 4942 8064
Fb Jump Swim Schools Mackay
www.jumpswimschools.com.au

YOUR GUIDE TO NORTH QUEENSLAND EVENTS IN 2020

YOUR GUIDE TO NORTH QUEENSLAND EVENTS IN 2020

There’s always plenty happening in our beautiful region to keep the whole family entertained. Check out some of the awesome things happening in North Queensland in 2020, from Cooktown all the way down to Sarina.

January

New Year’s Day
Date: January 1st

Cairns Taipans vs Brisbane Bullets
Date: January 3rd
www.taipans.com

JCU Townsville Fire vs Adelaide Lightning
Date: January 3rd
www.wnbl.com.au/townsville

Cairns Taipans vs NZ Skysport Breakers
Date: January 9th
www.taipans.com

JCU Townsville Fire vs Canberra Capitals
Date: January 10th
www.wnbl.com.au/townsville

Whitsunday Clipper Race Festival
Date: January 11-16th
www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au

100 Club Race Day
Date: January 21st
www.cairnsjockeyclub.com.au

Chinese New Year
Date: January 25th

Great Barrier Reef Chinese New Year Celebrations
Date: January 24th – 9th
www.cairns.qld.gov.au

Australia Day / Great Australian Bites
Date: January 26th
www.townsville.qld.gov.au

February

World Travel Expo
Date: See website
www.travelexpo.net.au

Marty Sheargold
Date: February 8th
www.ticketlink.com.au

International Ocean Film Tour
Date: February 12th
www.oceanfilmtour.com.au

Hotter Than Hell
Date: February 15th
www.hotterthanhell.com.au

Castle Hill Trail Run
Date: February 23rd
www.outerlimitsadventure.com.au

Rare Disease Day Fun Run
Date: February 23rd
www.rarefriends.org

Up, Up & Away!
Date: February 28th
www.themecc.com.au

Elton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
Date: February 29th
www.ticketmaster.com.au

Cowboys Community Day
Date: See website
www.cowboys.com.au

March

Ocean Film Festival Tour
Date: See website
www.oceanfilmfestivalaustralia.com.au

10CC – The Things We Do For Love Tour
Date: March 3rd
www.ticketlink.com.au

Mission Songs Project by Jessie Lloyd
Date: March 12th
www.themecc.com.au

The 91-Storey Treehouse
Date: March 17th
www.ticketlink.com.au

The 91-Storey Treehouse
Date: March 19-20th
www.themecc.com.au

Sleeping Beauty by Moscow Ballet La Classique
Date: March 19th
www.ticketmaster.com.au

Sleeping Beauty by Moscow Ballet La Classique
Date: March 21st
www.ticketmaster.com.au

Cupid’s Undie Run
Date: March 22nd
www.cupidsundierun.com.au

Innisfail Feast of the Senses
Date: March 27-29th
www.feastofthesenses.com.au

Dynamic in a Dress Running Festival
Date: March 29th
www.dynamicrunning.com.au

April

Nitro Circus Live
Date: April 4th
www.nitrocircus.com

PakMag Easter Eggstravaganza
Date: April 5th
www.pakmag.com.au

Life Festival
Date: April 7-10th
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

Townsville North Queensland Games
Date: April 10-13th
www.nqsports.com.au

Kuranda Easter in the Park
Date: April 11th
www.kuranda.org

Red Hot Summer Tour
Date: April 18th
www.redhotsummertour.com.au

Undara Outback Rock and Blues
Date: April 24-26th
www.undara.com.au

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
Date: April 26th
www.themecc.com.au

Townsville PakMag Easter Eggstravaganza
Date: See website
www.pakmag.com.au

May

Silkwood Feast of the Three Saints
Date: May 3rd
www.feastofthethreesaints.com.au

QLD Labour Day Public Holiday
Date: May 4th

NQ Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans
Date: May 9th
www.cowboys.com.au

Mothers Day
Date: May 10th

Cairns Children’s Festival
Date: May 16-17th
www.tanksartscentre.com

Port Douglas Carnivale
Date: May 22-24th
www.carnivale.com.au

NQ Cowboys vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
Date: May 22nd
www.cowboys.com.au

Townsville Magneticon Cosplay and Gaming Expo
Date: May 30-31st
www.magneticon.com.au

Herberton Pioneer Weekend
Date: See website
www.historicvillageherberton.com.au

Velos In The Valley
Date: See website
www.mackayregion.com

June

McDonalds IRONKIDS Cairns Triathlon
Date: June 6th
www.ap.ironman.com

NQ Cowboys vs Sydney Roosters
Date: June 6th
www.cowboys.com.au

Cairns Ironman Triathlon
Date: June 7th
www.ap.ironman.com

Cairns Airport Adventure Festival
Date: June 7th
www.tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au

Eco Fiesta
Date: June 7th
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

Palm Creek Folk Festival
Date: June 11-14th
www.palmcreek.com.au

PakMag Expo Cairns
Date: June 21st
www.pakmag.com.au

Bowen Show
Date: June 23rd
www.bowenshow.com.au

Burdekin Show
Date: June 24th
www.burdekinshow.org.au

Cairns Eco Fiesta
Date: June 24th
www.cairns.qld.gov.au

July

Laura Quinkan Dance Festival
Date: July 3-5th
www.anggnarra.org.au

Atherton Show
Date: July 6-7th
www.athertonshow.com.au

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
Date: July 10-12th
www.ciaf.com.au

Mareeba Rodeo & Festival
Date: July 11-12th
www.mareebarodeo.com.au

Cairns Show
Date: July 15-17th
www.cairnsshow.com.au

Mackay Festival of Arts
Date: July 17-26th
www.mackay.qld.gov.au

Cooktown Expo
Date: July 17th-4th
www.cooktown2020.com

Mossman Show
Date: July 19-20th
www.queenslandshows.com.au

Cooktown Discovery Festival
Date: July 24-26th
www.cooktowndiscovery.com.au

Charters Towers Show
Date: July 26-28th
www.visitcharterstowers.com.au

August

Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing
Date: August 6-13th
www.abrw.com.au

Hamilton Island Race Week
Date: August 15-22nd
www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au

NQ Cowboys vs Cronulla Sharks
Date: August 20th
www.cowboys.com.au

Taste Port Douglas
Date: August 27-28th
www.tasteportdouglas.com

Townsville Expo 2020
Date: August 28-30th
www.townsvilleexpo.com.au

Sarina Beach Coconut Festival
Date: August 29th
www.sarinabeachcocofest.com

Cairns Festival
Date: August 28th – 6th Sept
www.cairns.qld.gov.au

Australian Italian Festival
Date: See website
www.australianitalianfestival.com.au

The Great Pyramid Race and Country Fair
Date: See website
www.pyramidrace.com.au

The Cairns Cup Carnivale
Date: See website
www.cairnsjockeyclub.com.au

September

Targa Great Barrier Reef
Date: September 4th
www.targa.com.au

Father’s Day
Date: September 6th

Carnivale On Collins
Date: September 6th
www.cairns.qld.gov.au

Giru Show
Date: September 12th
www.queenslandshows.com.au

Rollingstone Pineapple Festival
Date: September 12th
www.festival.paradisepines.com.au

Mission Beach Community Cassowary Festival
Date: September 19th
www.cassowaryfestival.com

Chilliville – Townsville’s Chilli Festival
Date: September 19th
www.chilliville.com.au

Mission Beach Aquatic Festival
Date: September 19th
www.tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au

Wallaby Creek Festival
Date: September 27th
www.wallabycreekfestival.org.au

Opera in the Outback
Date: See website
www.undara.com.au

October

Palm Cove Reef Feast
Date: October 2-4th
www.reeffeast.com.au

Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival
Date: October 3rd
www.yarrabahfest.com.au

Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Date: October 5th

Malanda Bull Ride
Date: October 10th
www.facebook.com

Tastes of Tablelands Festival
Date: October 10th
www.tastesofthetablelands.com.au

Babinda Harvest Festival
Date: October 10th
www.babindaharvestfest.org

Halloween
Date: October 31st

Tablelands Folk Festival
Date: See website
www.tablelandsfolkfestival.org.au

Ingham Maraka Festival
Date: See website
www.facebook.com

The Grass is Greener
Date: See website
www.thegrassisgreener.com.au

PakMag Spooky Spectacular
Date: See website
www.pakmag.com.au

November

Melbourne Cup
Date: November 3rd
www.flemington.com.au

It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me – Celebrating Billy Joel
Date: November 7th
www.billyjoeltributeoz.com.au

PakMag Expo and Family Fun Day
Date: November 8th
www.pakmag.com.au

Townville Wedding Expo
Date: November 8th
www.idealbride.com.au

Remembrance Day
Date: October 5th

Gene & Judy
Date: October 27th
www.themecc.com.au

Queensland Country Home Hill Harvest Festival
Date: See website
www.hhharvestfestival.com.au

Airlie Beach Festival of Music
Date: See website
www.airliebeachfestivalofmusic.com.au

Ingham Family Race Day
Date: See website
www.hrjc.com.au

December

Christmas in the City
Date: December 1st
www.cairns.qld.gov.au

PakMag’s Christmas Party
Date: See website
www.pakmag.com.au

Stable on the Strand
Date: December 18-22nd
www.stableonthestrand.com.au

Christmas Day
Date: December 25th

Boxing Day Public Holiday
Date: December 26th

New Year’s Eve Celebrations at the Strand
Date: December 31st
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

New Year’s Eve Celebrations at the Cairns Esplanade
Date: December 31st
www.cairns.qld.gov.au

New Year’s Eve Celebrations at the Bluewater Quay
Date: December 31st
www.mackay.qld.gov.au

New Year’s Resolution Fun Run
Date: December 31st
www.cairns.qld.gov.au

 

SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS AT PORTERS

SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS AT PORTERS

What are you up to these school holidays? Porters has some school holiday solutions that are sure to provide some fun (and not break the bank).

Christmas Craft Activities

Wednesday 18th December 10.30am – 11.30am
Friday 20th December 10.30am – 11.30am

Get your kids into the spirit of the festive season with our DIY Christmas Decoration School Holiday Activity Craft Sessions, facilitated by Maighan Grant from Mackay Community Garden! $10 per child, bookings required.


School Holiday Craft Activities

Wednesday 8th January 10.30am – 11.30am
Saturday 11th January 10.30am – 11.30am

Keep the kids entertained and inspire their creative minds with our School Holiday Activity Craft Sessions, facilitated by Maighan Grant from Mackay Community Garden! $10 per child, bookings required.


For more information and to book, see:

P 4967 3333 | Fb Porters

www.porterscando.com.au