Family Fun in Mackay City

Multiple Locations

It's a stress free holiday when you visit the Mackay City, with a huge range of things to keep everyone in the family happy! Mackay City is bursting with fun activities, from nice strolls, picnics and fishing along the river, to swimming in the beautiful Bluewater Lagoon. Discover history and culture, or simply relax in the beautiful parks located throughout the changing landscape of the city.

Journey Details

Duration
24 Hours
Distance
30 Kilometres

Full Itinerary

Bluewater Quay to Sandfly Creek Environmental Walkway

Begin your morning with a stroll along Mackay’s Bluewater Quay past an array of public sculptures. Continue toward the Sandfly Creek Environmental Walkway, where the mouth of the Pioneer River meets the Coral Sea. If your family enjoys fishing, there is a designated fishing platform on the Bluewater Trail to drop a line.

The Sandfly Creek Environmental Walkway will lead to Iluka Park, an all-abilities children’s playground. With disabled access and interactive play equipment for children. The park is located beside Town Beach.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car, Walk
Distance 5 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Suggested Stops
Bluewater Lagoon
Bluewater Quay
Mackay Entertainment Centre
Sandfly Creek and Queen's Park
Sandfly Creek and Queens Park to Bluewater Lagoon

The Sandfly Creek Environmental Walkway will lead past mangroves and grasses to Iluka Park, an all-abilities children's playground. With disabled access and interactive play equipment for children, the activities on offer incorporate a range of senses, including sound and touch. The park is located beside Town Beach.

A short 10 minute walk from Town Beach is Queens Park, with a range of playground activities and wide-open spaces to enjoy a family game of cricket. The cool oasis of large trees and tropical gardens provide plentiful shade for a picnic. Visit the enchanting Orchid House, with a colourful array of native, international and hybrid orchid varieties on display.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car, Walk
Distance 5 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Bluewater Lagoon to Mackay Central Business District

Escape the heat and prepare for fun in Mackay's Bluewater Lagoon, featuring three age-appropriate swimming pools, a waterslide park, restroom facilities and a cafe, it's a fun and refreshing haven on the waterfront!

If the kids aren't completely exhausted after this adventurous day, finish the evening with a meal in one of Mackay's family-friendly restaurants, followed by a performance at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, or a movie at the local cinema.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car, Walk
Distance 10 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Suggested Stops
Orchid House

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A Camera on Gallipoli Exhibition

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
6 November 2017 – 19 January 2018
Join them for a free morning tea to launch this moving exhibition. This photographic exhibition features a unique series of photographs taken on Gallipoli by Charles Ryan while serving as a senior medical officer in the Australian Imperial Force in World War One.

Christmas in the Gallery

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
17 November 2017 – 2 January 2018
Christmas in the Gallery will be on again this year and is a great place to pick up a great gift for that special someone! Handmade items, art, jewellery.........there is something to tickle everyone's fancy!

Summer Solstice Light Spectacle

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From AU$16 - 32
5 – 17 December 2017
The Summer Solstice Light Spectacle, a dazzling light display, is a natural phenomenon unique in the southern hemisphere. It occurs throughout December and early January. Due to the alignment of the sun over the Tropic of Capricorn brilliant direct sun light penetrates the darkness of the Belfry Cave through a 14 metre vertical shaft in the cave roof at midday.

Greater Whitsunday Farmers Markets

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 13 December 2017
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Dancing at Dows Creek

Dows Creek, Mackay Area
From AU$10 - 10
Monthly from 15 December 2017
If you're around Mackay then don't miss a great night of "Old Time Dance", with amazing old fashioned Hospitality!! Featuring a live two piece band playing the best dance music in Mackay district. They dance the "Old Time Waltz";

Yeppoon Community Market

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 16 December 2017
The Yeppoon Community Market is held each Saturday morning at the Yeppoon Showgrounds. It has been operating for over 35 years and all profits from stall fees go back into the Community.

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Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 17 December 2017
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Mackay Choral Society presents Legends Through Time

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$24.90 - 35
17 December 2017
Mackay Choral Society and the Producers of “Legendary” bring to Mackay Audiences a third Legendary concert - Legends Through Time: A Musical Tribute. This Legendary show will take audiences on a journey as they follow the travels of their gallant knight as he seeks his fair maiden.

Back to Mackay for Christmas Race Day

Ooralea, Mackay Area
Free Entry
23 December 2017
Do you have friends, family or out of town visitors coming to Mackay for Christmas Day this year? Christmas time is when everyone comes home to see family and friends. This year you can get them all together and enjoy a day at the races on Saturday December 23.

Causeway Lake Markets

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 24 December 2017
Held on the fourth Sunday of each month, the beautiful Capricorn Coast is the ideal location for your weekend market experience with a variety of fresh and handmade products for sale.
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