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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Sunday Funday

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$20 - 35
Weekly from 26 January 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.

Cash for Tricks - Wakeboarding Comp

Andergrove, Mackay Area
Free Entry
8 February 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.

Anh Do - The Happiest Refugee Live!!

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$59.90 - 64.90
15 February 2020
Anh Do’s bestselling book The Happiest Refugee has made readers laugh and cry and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years.” Anh’s stage show takes it a step further, combining stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story.

Up, Up and Away

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$15 - 15
28 February 2020
Travel with Up, Up and Away Airlines in this riotous dance cabaret on a once-in-a-lifetime journey around the world! With fabulously tipsy sky-high shenanigans, spectacular dance numbers and captivating harmonies as part of the live In-Flight Entertainment System, join the crew as they demonstrate what NEVER goes on at 39,000 feet!

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.
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