Conondale

Conondale, like many rural towns in South East Queensland, is pretty. The town might be a great spot for a chance to catch your breath during what is a very scenic drive but there is something about Conondale that is as subtle as it is magic. When travelling from Maleny, Conondale is the first opportunity to take a close-up and easy look at the river that gives its name to the valley through which it passes - the Mary River.

Just near where the Maleny-Kenilworth Road crosses the Mary River, Fritz Park offers the chance for a picnic and time to contemplate exactly why this little village is so special.

Conondale is distinctive because of its proximity to the rugged beauty of the range to its west called the Conondale Range. Within the Range a national park called Conondale National Park is an unspoilt and undeveloped park of harsh beauty. Conondale National Park protects important remnants of grassy open Eucalypt forest, tall wet sclerophyll forest and subtropical rainforest that once covered large areas of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

The park is the central undisturbed core of an extensive area of forest reserves in the Conondale Range and an important refuge for many rare and threatened animals, including the Mary River Turtle, which, until recently, had not been discovered.

It is important to remember that this park is suited to very experienced walkers only. The turn off to the national park is about 15 kilometres north of Conondale at Sunday Creek Road. The turn is marked by a pretty park called Keith and Ivy Boon Memorial Park.

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19 August 2017
The annual Mackay Airport Beach Horse Races are an iconic event on North Queensland’s sporting and social calendar. The showpiece of this is the Race Day attended by thousands of locals and visitors to the region, the event also features a legendary Opening Night Cocktail Party and post race day Garden Party.

Global Grooves

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21 October 2017
Tour the globe at Global Grooves 2017 held at beautiful Queens Park, celebrating the cultural diversity of the Mackay region. This one-day open-air event is free to the public and they encourage all of the Mackay region to travel the globe in a day!
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19 May 2017
The Mackay Home Show and Caravan, Camping Expo is the largest event of its kind in the Mackay Region. With over 140 local and national businesses ready to talk to you at the event, you’ll be sure to find exactly what you’re looking for!

Mechanos Mackay

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12 August 2017
Mechanos is an aviation and mechanical innovation festival, showcasing historical craftsmanship and modern technology in transport and manufacturing, with dynamic aircraft displays and trade stalls.

Mackay Festival of Arts

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7 July 2017
The Mackay Festival of Arts 2017 will boast a 10 day program covering a wide variety of visual arts, music, theatre, family events, food and wine and much more. The 2017 Mackay Festival of Arts will be the 30th year of the Festival, and the program will be bigger and better than ever.

Mackay Show

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20 June 2017
Mackay comes alive with agriculture, produce, local exhibitors and the famous side show alley for three exciting days in June. Its a celebration of all things Mackay and fun for all. Art on Show is a great display of Australia Wide Artists and Fashion on Show showcases many local designers and businesses over the three days.

Mackay MS Swimathon

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12 March 2017
The Pioneer Swim Centre in Mackay will host the second MS Swimathon event of the year to raise vital funds to help people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). It doesn't matter if you can do 100 fast laps or doggy paddle one, everyone can join in, have fun and support people living with MS - an incurable disease which affects a person's central nervous system.
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11 February 2017
Mackay will host the 2017 NRL pre-season trial match featuring the 2015 premiers North Qld Toyota Cowboys versus Sydney Roosters at BB Print Stadium. The last pre-season trial match played in Mackay was back in 2015 when the Cowboys played the Brisbane Broncos and later went on to win their maiden Premiership for the club.

Mackay Swap Meet

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1 October 2017
The Mackay Swap Meet, Mackay Region's largest meet, is a celebration of fun, value and the entrepreneurial spirit. With some 2,800 visitors and 130 booths in its inaugural year, the Mackay Swap Meet is committed to growing into a centrepiece of the Central Queensland outdoor swapping experience.

Mackay Marina Run

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4 June 2017
Mackay is a booming Queensland Region and the BMA Mackay Marina Run is the signature running event for the exciting and expanding city of Mackay. The event showcases the spectacular features of the tropical coastal city and celebrates the role that fun and fitness has in the community.
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