Mackay and Whitsundays Get Out and About

Family gets out and about on beach and builds sandcastle

Wondering what’s on in Mackay for the next two months? Our Mackay and Whitsundays Get Out and About Guide is full of the best events and activities for all ages. Check it out below – there’s something for everyone!  

FRIDAY 1 JANUARY

Tales of Wonder

Runs until 22 January

Mackay Libraries

FREE / Kids – Family

 

New Years Day – Rock the Decades

The Pub – Airlie Beach Hotel

2.00pm / TBA / 18 +

 

Exhibition: Jabu Birriny [Land + Sea]

Runs until 17 January

Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay

10.00am / FREE / Family

 

Exhibition: Lyn Laver-Ahmat: Light on Landscape

Runs until 14 February

Foundation Gallery, Artspace Mackay

10.00am / FREE / Family

 

Exhibition: Systematic

Runs until 14 February

FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay

10.00am / FREE / Family

 

New Year’s Day – Rock the Decades

The Pub – Airlie Beach Hotel

2.00pm / FREE (booking required) / PG

 

MONDAY 4 JANUARY

Board Games

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

TUESDAY 5 JANUARY

Weaving with Beads

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

WEDNESDAY 6 JANUARY

Lets Cook! – Roast Pork and Gravy Rolls

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

THURSDAY 7 JANUARY

Day at the Pool

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

FRIDAY 8 JANUARY

The Create Experience – A Mastermind Retreat

Runs until 10 January

Karen Jacobsen – Yangaro Retreat

TBA / 18 +

 

SATURDAY 9 JANUARY

Video Content Creator Workshop

Four week course that also runs on 16, 23 and 30 January – Bookings Required

Dudley Denny City Library

10.00am / FREE / Kids 15 – 18 years

 

Alive – Pearl Jam Tribute Show

Airlie Beach Hotel

2.00pm / FREE (booking required) / 18 +

 

SUNDAY 10 JANUARY

The Best of Ramjet

Airlie Beach Hotel

2.00pm / FREE (booking required) / 18 +

 

MONDAY 11 JANUARY

Interactive, Educational and Fun Workshops

Runs until 22 January

10.00am – 2.00pm / Free / Kids

 

Colour in Mandalas

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

TUESDAY 12 JANUARY

Mood Boards

Gordon White Library

10.00am / Free / Kids 12 – 18 years

 

Blindfold Three Colour Painting Challenge

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

ABA meeting – Bliss Morning

Charlies Coffee Shop

9.30am / FREE / Breastfeeding Mothers

 

WEDNESDAY 13 JANUARY

Fake News – Fight the Fake!

Dudley Denny City Library

9.30am / FREE – Bookings required / 12 +

 

Birdie’s Tree

Gordon White Library

9.30am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 7 years

 

Power Up!

Gordon White Library

11.00am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 8 – 10 years

 

Let’s Cook! – Crispy Fried Chicken and Rice

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

Mid-week Race

Mackay Turf Club Racecourse

Free entry / TBA / Family

 

THURSDAY 14 JANUARY

Disaster Resilienc Building – Zombie Apocalypse

Gordon White Library

2.00pm / Free – Bookings required / Kids 11 – 16 years

 

Bedtime Stories

Gordon White Library

5.00pm / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 0 – 8 years

 

Day at the Pool

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

FRIDAY 15 JANUARY

Movie Matinees – Mulan

Gordon White Library

2.00pm / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 12 years

 

Flower Head Crowns

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

MONDAY 18 JANUARY

Holiday STEAM

Mirani Library

9.30am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 7 years

 

Holiday STEAM

Mirani Library

11.45am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 8 – 12 years

 

14+ Movie Day

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 14 + years

 

TUESDAY 19 JANUARY

Wildlife Rescue

Dudley Denny City Libraries

9.30am / Free – Bookings required / Kids aged 12 – 18 years

 

Holiday STEAM

Walkerston Library

9.30am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 7 years

 

Holiday STEAM

Walkerston Library

11.00am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 8 – 12 years

 

Cupcake Baking Day

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

WEDNESDAY 20 JANUARY

Holiday STEAM

Gordon White Library

9.30am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 7 years

 

Holiday STEAM

Gordon White Library

11.00am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 8 – 12 years

 

Birdie’s Tree

Dudley Denny City Libraries

9.30am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 7 years

 

Power Up!

Dudley Denny City Libraries

11.00am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 8 – 10 years

 

Let’s Cook! – Homemade Pasta

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

THURSDAY 21 JANUARY

Disaster Resilience Building – Zombie Apocalypse

Gordon White Library

2.00pm / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 11 – 16 years

 

Holiday STEAM

Dudley Denny City Library

10.30am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 7 years

 

Holiday STEAM

Dudley Denny City Library

11.30am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 8 – 12 years

 

Anime – Manga Club

Gordon White Library

5.30pm / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 12 – 18 years

 

Bedtime Stories

Dudley Denny City Library

5.00pm / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 0 – 8 years

 

Day at the Pool

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

FRIDAY 22 JANUARY

Movie Matinees – Spies in Disguise

Gordon White Library

2.00pm / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 12 years

 

Holiday STEAM

Sarina Library

9.30am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 7 years

 

Holiday STEAM

Sarina Library

11.00am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 8 – 12 years

 

FRIDAY 24 JANUARY

Made In Australia – Classic Australian Rock Tribute Show

Airlie Beach Hotel

2.00pm / FREE (booking required) / 18 +

 

TUESDAY 26 JANUARY

Australia Day Tribute Show – Angels, Divinyls, Midnight Oil

Airlie Beach Hotel

2.00pm / FREE show (bookings required)

 

Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony

MECC

10.00am

 

A Day at the Beach

Sand castle competition, beach flags, vegemite face painting competition, thong throwing, live music.

Eimeo Beach

2.00pm – 6.00pm

 

Australia Day at Sarina Beach

BBQ, water slide and fun competitions like fastest man on the sand and wheelbarrow races.

Sarina Beach, Sarina Esplanade

12.00pm – 6.00pm

 

Aussie Family BBQ at Quota Park

Celebrate our diversity and culture at a community BBQ by the beach.

Quota Park – Southern end of Binnington Esplanade, Mackay

11.00am – 3.00pm

 

TUESDAY 26 JANUARY

Aussie Family Fun Day

Zeolla Park AFL Grounds

10.00am – 3.00pm

 

Australia Day Beach Party

Mackay Surf Life Saving Club, Harbour Beach, Mackay Harbour

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10.00am – 3.00pm

 

Australia Day Scouts Open Day

Activities will include rope bridge, low ropes course, crate stacking, thong throwing, damper cooking and more! Sausage sizzle and drinks available for gold coin donation.

Banksia Scout Den, Jaycee Park, Andergrove

10.00am – 1.00pm

 

Come On Over, We’re Home Celebration

Hosted by St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland

Iluka Park, Binnington Esplanade

E tania.baldacchino@svdpqld.org.au

10.00am – 2.00pm

 

Habana Aussie Party

Habana Community Precinct, 1091 Mackay-Habana Rd

Habana Progress

3.00pm – 7.00pm

 

Pancakes and Play in the Park

FREE pancakes and loads of fun.

On the grass area near the Mackay Sugar Bowl, Phillip Street, North Mackay

10.30am – 2.30pm

 

Sarina’s Big Bash Aussie Day

Thong throwing competition, big game of cricket, cockroach race, Aussie foods and best dressed competition. Pre sign-up is also available for both AFL and soccer.

Brewers Park, Sarina

10.30am – 4.00pm

 

St Helens Beach Australia Day Celebration

Repulse Esplanade, St Helens Beach

11.00am – 3.00pm

 

Sail Away on Australia Day

“Sailor’s corner”, Kinchant Dam Road, KInchant Dam

E mackaysailingcommodore@gmail.com

10.00am – 3.30pm

 

WEDNESDAY 27 JANUARY

Mid-week Race

Mackay Turf Club Racecourse

Free entry / TBA / Family

 

THURSDAY 28 JANUARY

ABA meeting – Return to work/study & expressing milk

Mackay Women’s Centre

9.00am / $2.00 / Breastfeeding Mothers

 

FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY

Island Fashion on Tour: Art Activitis for Everyone

Runs everyday until 17 January (excluding 11 January)

The Workshop Room, Artspace Mackay

10.00am / Free / Kids

 

SATURDAY 6 FEBRUARY

The Crowded House / Splitz Ends Experience

Airlie Beach Hotel

2.00pm / FREE (bookings required) / 18 +

 

SUNDAY 7 FEBRUARY

The Full House Band

Airlie Beach Hotel

2.00pm / FREE (bookings required) / 18 +

 

TUESDAY 9 FEBRUARY

Mid-week Race

Mackay Turf Club Racecourse

Free entry / TBA / Family

 

ABA meeting – Bliss Morning

Bucasia Beachfront Bar & Restaurant

9.30am / FREE / Breastfeeding Mothers

 

THURSDAY 11 FEBRUARY

Rockaria – The Elo Experience

MECC Auditorium

7.30pm / $62.50 – $69.50 / Mature

 

SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY

Bluey’s Big Play The Stage Show

Runs until 14 February

MECC Auditorium

2.00pm, 6.00pm on Saturday 13 – 10.00am, 1.00pm on Sunday 14 / $41.90 – $167.60 / Family

 

SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY

Leaving Jackson – The Johnny Cash and June Carter Show

MECC Auditorium

7.30pm / $25.00 – $62.00 / Family

 

Give Me 5 for Kids Family Day

Mackay Turf Club Racecourse

TBC

 

THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY

ABA Meeting – Guest speaker Mackay Region Babywearing – Try on Slings and Carriers

Mackay Women’s Centre

9.00am / $2.00 / Breastfeeding Mothers

 

REGULAR MARKETS

The Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Markets

Date: Every Wednesday

Time: 7.00am – 11.00am

Location: Bluewater Quay, River Street, Mackay City Centre (Best parking – Brisbane Street)

 

Showground Markets

Date: Every Saturday

Time: 6.30am – 10.00am

Location: Milton Street

 

Eungella Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month

Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm

Location: Eungella Memorial Hall – North Street

 

Seaforth Community Markets

Date: Every Sunday

Time: 8.30am – 11.00am

Location: Seaforth Beachfront

 

Seaforth Mega Market

Date: 1 Sunday of every month in place of regular markets

Time: 8.30am – 12.00pm

Location: Seaforth Beachfront

 

Sarina Showground Markets

Date: Last Sunday of the month

Time: 7.30am – 12.00pm

Location: Sarina Showgrounds

 

Troppo Treasure Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month

Time: From 7.30am – 11.30am

Location: Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre

 

River Street Twilight Market by GWFM

Date: 2nd Friday of every month

Time: From 4.00pm – 8.00pm

Location: Bluewater Quay, River Street, Mackay City Centre

 

Paxtons Night Markets

Date: 13 November

Time: 5.00pm – 8.00pm

Location: 10 River St