Opalton

Home of Queensland Boulder Opal, Opalton lies 124 kilometres from Winton. Opal was first discovered here by George Cragg in 1888 and the first mine was worked in 1894. By the end of the decade there was a bustling township of 600 and Opalton became known for the enormous volume and quality of its opal. In 1899 the largest piece of opal ever recorded was mined from Opalton, a pipe opal more than three metres long.

Now home to a much smaller community, Opalton boasts one shop where you are likely to meet all the locals when the mail is delivered every Thursday. Try your luck in the public fossicking area. There are camping facilities at the bush park and basic cabins are available.

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Greater Whitsunday Farmers Markets

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 21 February 2018
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.

Flickerfest 2018 Mackay Tour

Ooralea, Mackay Area
From AU$10 - 15
2 – 3 March 2018
Film and Arts Mackay is hosting the 2018 Flickerfest Tour. Flickerfest, celebrating 27 years bringing you the best shorts from Australia and around the world, ‘Now That’s A Short Film!’ This is a one-off chance to see these amazing short films before they continue their journey around the world;

Bigger Better Stronger - Seizing Opportunity

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$220 - 240
2 March 2018
What if you had the tools and knowledge to make decisions and seize opportunity? The annual Bigger Better Stronger conference for 2018 is focusing on how Mackay region business owners can harness confidence and grow their business.

Bangarra - Our Land People Stories - Mackay

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$22 - 42
3 March 2018
After a triumphant national tour in 2016, Bangarra take their triple bill Our Land People Stories to regional Australia in 2018. This season features three personal and profound works. Nyapanyapa, by Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page, is inspired by the beautifully textured paintings of Yirrkala artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

River Street Twilight Market

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 9 March 2018
A community market right by the river and under the stars for all to enjoy and meet local producers, value adders, creators and bakers along with many support business operators from the region. Each month on the second Friday, visitors to River Street Twilight Market can experience the soul of the region through fresh local food whilst taking in the surrounds of the beautiful Bluewater Quay and the Mackay City Centre that provides a perfect space for families, couples and singles to relax and explore.

Queen's Baton Relay Mackay

North Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
20 March 2018
Residents from Mackay can begin planning their Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) experience with the street-level detail and community celebrations now available to explore online. The baton will weave its way through North Mackay and the journey includes a special ride up the Pioneer River.

Menopause The Musical - Woman on Fire

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$6 - 6
24 March 2018
Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra on sale, come to find they have more to share than ever imagined. The cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges.

Velos in the Valley

Mackay Harbour, Mackay Area
7 – 8 April 2018
Come and join them on an cycling adventure through the Pioneer Valley, Mackay Queensland. Their route will take you from the Mackay Marina to Finch Hatton cruising their country roads, cane fields and bush.

Mackay Italian Street Party

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
14 April 2018
The Mackay and District Italian Association is excited to be bringing you the second Mackay Italian Street Party. They have booked a very exciting headline act Tom Burlinson and his seven-piece band performing their “Now We’re Swinging” Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin style show and will have a few of the favourites from last year including Dominico Taborelli and his band, authentic Italian folk dances and much more.

James Blundell in Campfire – The Morning Session

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$13.50 - 15
20 April 2018
NARPACA and James Blundell join forces to present “Campfire – The Morning Session”, a celebration of the 25 years James has been entertaining Australia. From humble beginnings, the James Blundell story achieved today’s highs with a constant touring program – taking the songs to the people in clubs, hotels, casinos and festivals in every corner of our great country.
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