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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Animal Farm by George Orwell Created by shake and stir theatre co

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$22 - 42
4 June 2020
George Orwell’s intensely powerful novel – live on stage in a critically-acclaimed production by shake & stir. Animal Farm, one of the most enduring political commentaries returns in a multiaward winning, critically-acclaimed theatre production.

Mackay Marina Run

Mackay Harbour, Mackay Area
From AU$20 - 220
7 June 2020
Mackay is a booming Queensland Region and the BMA Mackay Marina Run is the signature running event for the exciting and expanding city of Mackay. The event showcases the spectacular features of the tropical coastal city and celebrates the role that fun and fitness has in the community.

Greater Whitsunday Farmers Markets

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 10 June 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.

Jimeoin - Ramble On!

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$54.90 - 59.90
14 June 2020
A Stalwart of Australian comedy and all round likeable rogue, comedian Jimeoin in his new stand up show Ramble On! happily imparts his clever and quirky observations on everyday suburban life in his trademark devil-may-care style.

Jekyll and Hyde

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$25 - 30
24 June 2020
Meet the most delightfully evil man alive: Mr Jekyll, a man so evil he punches the cleaning lady, drop-kicks a precious quokka and yells ‘shark’ at the beach. Jekyll and Hyde reveals the horror lurking everywhere in our lives and blows it up into comedy of epic proportions, blending life in the modern world with a distinctly Victorian morality tale.

MAD Mtb Field Engineers Mackay Cup

Farleigh, Mackay Area
3 – 5 July 2020
The MAD Mtb Field Engineers Mackay Cup is one of the premier Olympic format Cross Country Mountain Bike races in Australia. Held at Rowallan Park via Mackay, in beautiful tropical rainforest, it is one of the most demanding events of its type in the country.

Mother and Son

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$22 - 42
4 July 2020
Starring Julie McGregor as “Maggie” and Christopher Truswell as “Arthur”. She’s back! Everyone’s favourite forgetful mum – and she’s heading to the MECC! From the creator of the hit television series comes a delightful stage comedy featuring Maggie, Arthur, Robert and Liz.

Mackay Festival of Arts

Mackay, Mackay Area
17 – 26 July 2020
Their iconic Mackay Festival of Arts is going into its 34th year and with a tremendous program ready to excite all the senses, from exciting new performances to unique tantalising dining experiences, you won't want to miss a moment!

G&S Engineering Wine and Food Day

East Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
18 July 2020
Set under the subtle warmth of the North Queensland winter sunlight, festival favourite the G&S Wine and Food Day returns in 2020 to fill Queens park with the ambience of live music, the aroma of foodie delights and the sense of community fun in the sun.

Mackay Mountain Marathon

Eungella, Mackay Area
1 – 2 August 2020
The Mackay Mountain Marathon is a mountain bike adventure ride and running event catering for all ages and skill levels. The event will start and finish at Eungella. There will be three run and ride distance that can be found on their web site.
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