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.

Mackay Inflatable Boat Race

Eimeo, Mackay Area
15 September 2019
The Mackay Inflatable Boat Race will be held at the spectacular Eimeo Beach. It will be full of fun and excitement for everyone, attendees dress in fancy dress, armed with any type of inflatable raft, from pool ponies to caterpillars, and paddle a short course.

Greater Whitsunday Farmers Markets

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 18 September 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.

Jimmy Barnes - Shutting Down your Town Tour

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$119.90 - 119.90
18 September 2019
Jimmy Barnes is back with his biggest headlining tour of this century - 'Shutting Down Your Town' - playing all his classic hits plus highlights from his acclaimed new album 'My Criminal Record'. ‘Barnesy’ is the heart and soul of Australian rock’n’roll.

Dancing at Dows Creek

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

International Dance Affair – Celebrating 30 Years

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$11.90 - 42
21 September 2019
International Dance Affair is celebrating 30 years! To mark this special milestone they have created a variety show featuring: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Highland, Irish, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Baton Twirling.

Etnies Rumble on the Reef

North Mackay, Mackay Area
23 – 29 September 2019
The 2019 Etnies Rumble on the Reef is happening again! Come to tropical North Queensland to see some of the worlds best skateboarders in this week long festival. Exclusive signings, Queensland championships of skateboarding and international demonstrations all come as part of the week.

2019 QLD State BMX Championships

Sarina, Mackay Area
Free Entry
23 – 29 September 2019
The annual Queensland BMX State Championships are hosted each year at a successful Queensland BMX Club . This year it is Sarina. It will bring together riders from all over the State, including many pro riders, to our small rural town.

Theeve Trucks Queensland Masters of Street

Mackay, Mackay Area
25 September 2019
Theeve trucks and Silverback Skate proudly introduce the Queensland Masters of Street Skateboarding Championships at the Etnies Rumble on the Reef. The Street Masters is ages 30 and above, given the aggressiveness of street skateboarding.

Rumble on the Reef Semi Finals

North Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
26 September 2019
When 26/09/2019 - 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm Where Sugar Bowl Mackay - Scriha Street - North Mackay Event Details All qualified skaters will compete on this day. Top winners from the day will go through to the finals on Saturday.
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