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. 


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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Clermont Historical Centre - 100 Objects

Clermont, Isaac Area
From AU$3 - 15
Weekly from 6 March – 25 December 2019
Clermont’s history is set to be unveiled in a revealing exhibition for the first time. The 100 Objects collection is the latest creation from Clermont Historical Centre. The vast assortment represents Clermont’s eclectic and colourful past.

Greater Whitsunday Farmers Markets

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 23 October 2019
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.

Global Grooves 2019

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
26 October 2019
Take your taste buds on a world tour at Global Grooves 2019. This free event, to be held Saturday, October 26, will feature an amazing array of 30 food vendors offering the flavours of the world. From Indian, Filipino, German, Italian and Thai to Pakistani, Maltese, Fijian and Chinese — there will be something exciting that will tantalise your tastes.

Greased - Murder Mystery

Slade Point, Mackay Area
From AU$70.00 - 70.00
26 October 2019
Welcome to the fabulous fifties! Put on your bobby socks and slick down your hair for a Rock ‘n’ Roll night with a difference. The ‘Rebels’ and the ‘Stingrays’ are at war following the death of the Stingrays leader, Bernie “The Shark” Scutgen at the ‘Just Rock Inn’.

Blues by the Beach

Slade Point, Mackay Area
Free Entry
27 October 2019
Catch Gypsy Soldiers on The Terrace Sunday 29 September for a unique Blue and Roots inspired performance. Tash, Pat and the gang will be covering a variety for Blue inspired hits and classics as well as their original music.

Hands Like Houses

Slade Point, Mackay Area
From AU$34.70 - 45.00
31 October 2019
Homegrown rock favourites Hands Like Houses have lifted the lid on a stunning new version of their track ‘Through Glass’ – taken from from their critically acclaimed 2018 album – Anon. – this time with rising Melbourne pop artist Samsaruh adding vocals.

Practically Perfect – The Music of Julie Andrews

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$13.50 - 15
1 November 2019
For generations she has graced the stage and screen, and is fondly remembered for being Maria in the Sound of Music and of course, the wonderful nanny in Mary Poppins. Now in one glorious stage production, Practically Perfect celebrates the life and music of the legendary Dame Julie Andrews.

Prada’s Priscillas – An all-male revue

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$61 - 68
2 November 2019
Flanked by gorgeous men, Australia’s six-foot something songstress Prada Clutch and her 'girls' take you on a journey from where it all began with Les Girls in the 60’s, across the Aussie outback with Priscilla Queen of the Desert in the 90’s and into today with a celebration of today’s music icons.

The Highwaymen – Outlaws of Country

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$28 - 60
3 November 2019
Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, Canadian international performer and producer Dail Platz - along with Brent Lillie, John Guyer, Dallas Southam and Laurie Keating, has re-created the magic that is The Highwaymen.

Melbourne Cup

Slade Point, Mackay Area
5 November 2019
Join them for the race that stops the nation! Skip the luncheon and enjoy Melbourne Cup by the Beach, their full menu will be available. Free Event | Free Kids Activities | Free Jumping Castle Sweeps | Best Dressed | Best Hat | Best Dressed Mum and Bub Full Menu Available | Live on the Big Screens | Book Now!
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