Mackay | Things To See and Do

You’ll find nature at its best in the Mackay region. Walk through misty mountains in a national park, see wallabies on the beach at Cape Hillsborough, spot a platypus in the rainforest or charter a boat and reel in a trophy fish just offshore.

Unspoiled Nature

Behold the point where rainforest meets ocean in the rugged Cape Hillsborough National Park, swim in crystal-clear rock pools at Finch Hatton Gorge and search for the elusive platypus in the rivers of the Eungella National Park. On the water, spot dugongs in the designated sanctuary at Clairview or snorkel right from the beach on Keswick Island, one of the southernmost of the Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef. 

Fishing

A Net Free Fishing Zone runs from Cape Hillsborough to St Helens, meaning commercial fishing is banned, making it ideal for recreational anglers. Fish right on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, hook up a monster on a deep-sea expedition or troll around one of the islands just offshore. Inland, head for estuaries or dams in search of freshwater fish. 

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Greater Whitsunday Farmers Markets

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 12 February 2020
The Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market is the showcase of local, fresh produce and value added products from within Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday Region. Every Wednesday morning from 7am to 11am in Mackay's vibrant city heart on the beautiful Bluewater Quay.

Sunday Funday

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$20 - 35
Weekly from 16 February 2020
Race your mates on the giant inflatable obstacle fun course on water - it's great fun for all ages! Try the human hamster wheel, over water trampoline, monkey bars, get launched off the blast bag tower and then slide on down the five metre waterslide.

Felicity Urquhart and Brad Butcher

Slade Point, Mackay Area
From AU$30.00 - 70.00
29 February 2020
Felicity Urquhart has long been one of the best-loved and most decorated singer-songwriters in Australian song. In a career encompassing six studio albums she has netted eight Golden Guitars, an ARIA Award nomination for Best Country Album, four CMAA Australian CM Achiever Awards.

Carl Barron: Skating Rink For Flies

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$69.90 - 69.90
3 – 7 March 2020
When Carl was a small boy at school, he asked the teacher how Ants feel. He never got an answer all those years ago, but he still wants to know. Voted number one comedian two years running, come along and see Carl’s brand-new show - Skating Rink for Flies.

AFLW Round 5: Gold Coast SUNS versus Geelong Cats

South Mackay, Mackay Area
6 March 2020
Come and support the Gold Coast SUNS AFL Women’s as they take on the Geelong Cats at the Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay. Support their women’s tean and stay at the Great Barrier Reef Arena Hotels, Airbnbs and other great accommodation available.

Cash for Tricks - Wakeboarding Comp

Andergrove, Mackay Area
Free Entry
7 March 2020
Join them from 5pm to 7pm around the lake for this fast paced, action packed wakeboarding competition. Watch their talented local and pro riders compete in a Rail Jam competition. Free for spectators, the lakeside cafe and sunset bar is the best spot to enjoy the competition from.

Zonta Mackay and DBCT 2020 International Women’s Day Lunch

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$75 - 75
8 March 2020
Join them in celebrating International Women’s Day. Invite your friends, family and colleagues, male or female, to their UN themed "I am Generation Equality: Realising Women's Rights” Luncheon. Guest speakers are Josie Dahtler – Local youth ambassador, Jade McCauley – Entrepreneur and owner of Rebel Nation and Magistrate Bronwyn Hartigan – Mackay’s Newest Magistrate.

Mission Songs Project by Jessie Lloyd

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$22 - 35
12 March 2020
Searching for the secular songs that were sung after church, Jessie Lloyd explores the day to day life on the missions, settlements and reserves through music. From cultural identity to love and loss, these rare songs consist of almost forgotten stories that can now shed light into the history of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait elders, families and communities.

The 91-Storey Treehouse

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$15 - 55
19 – 20 March 2020
Andy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached an amazing 91 Stories! It’s now more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool, and a giant spider! But Andy, Terry and Jill have no idea they’re about to face their biggest challenge ever.

Heath Frankin's Chopper - The Silencer

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$42 - 42
28 March 2020
WARNING: Contains strong course language. Mature audiences only, 15 years + Chopper cordially invites the world to shut the f**k up for a change. Welcome The Silencer. Panic, terror, stupidity, crisis;
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