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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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 18 December 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.

Dancing at Dows Creek

Dows Creek, Mackay Area
From AU$10 - 10
Monthly from 20 December 2019
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";

New Years' Eve Party

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
31 December 2019
Welcome in the New Year at the BB Print New Year’s Eve River Party at Bluewater Quay. Starting at 6pm, enjoy three hours jam-packed with an amazing variety of entertainment. Get ready to doo-doo-doo the night away with Pinkfong and Baby Shark!

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
31 December 2019 – 1 January 2020
Welcome in the New Year at the BB Print New Year’s Eve River Party at Bluewater Quay. This year’s event offers all the fun and excitement of a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. Starting at 6pm, enjoy three hours jam-packed with an amazing variety of entertainment.

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!

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.

The 91-Storey Treehouse

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$15 - 55
19 – 20 March 2020
Andy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached an amazing 91 Stories! It’s now more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool, and a giant spider! But Andy, Terry and Jill have no idea they’re about to face their biggest challenge ever.

Heath Frankin's Chopper - The Silencer

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$42 - 42
28 March 2020
WARNING: Contains strong course language. Mature audiences only, 15 years + Chopper cordially invites the world to shut the f**k up for a change. Welcome The Silencer. Panic, terror, stupidity, crisis;
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