Top 10 things to do around the region…

Post your dessert from our Sweet Secret Trail to win a ‘sweet' retreat, catch Wicked at the MECC or tap your heart out at World Record Tap Day.

1) #MackayPride - Sweet Secrets Trail 2017

Until May 31, 2017
Various restaurants in the Mackay region

The major prized has been revealed and it’s definitely a ‘sweet retreat’! The winner will enjoy two nights accommodation including all meals at the Feathered Nest Wildlife Retreat. Share a photo of your #sweetsecrets trail discovery on council's Facebook Sweet Secrets Trail event before May 31 for a chance to win this 'sweet' prize, valued at over $1000.
There is still time to taste over 20 delicious #sweetsecrets from our region. Participating restaurants and cafes have created a signature dessert to celebrate our sugar cane heritage. Visit to find out more or go to council’s Facebook page. So get on the trail – it’s the rush before the crush…and these secrets won’t last!

2) Mackay Musical Comedy Players Inc. – Wicked

From Thursday, May 18 until Saturday, May 20
MECC Auditorium, Alfred Street

Mackay Musical Comedy Players' 2017 major production of the Broadway smash hit 'Wicked', takes the family classic story from The Wizard of Oz and flips the perspective. It tells the previously untold story of the Witches of Oz. Book your tickets on 4961 9777 or

3) Guided walks at the Botanic Gardens

Every Friday from 10am
Walks start at the Gardens Administration Building

As the weather starts to cool down it makes getting out and about a lot easier. Let us take you on free guided walking tour through the lush gardens and scenic lagoon for an informative morning stroll. They will run every Friday at 10am. Please call ahead to book your spot 4952 7300 or email us at We look forward to seeing you there!

4) Liminal Spaces: Escaping the frame

Artspace Mackay, Gallery Three
Open from Tuesday - Sunday

Opening this week, a new media installation by local artist Glenda Hobdell presents alternate views that are informed by the experience of two caves – one in Hungary, the other in Australia. A synthesis of immense hanging panels, animated videos, light projections and sonic effects reveal an interplay between light and dark, reflection and shadow, positive and negative, still and moving, physical and digital.

5) World Record for Tap Day

Thursday, May 25 at 3pm
The MECC, Hall B

To celebrate World Tap Dance Day on Thursday, May 25, we want you to help us officially break the Guinness World Record for the most people participating in a tap dance class in a single venue, which currently sits at 250 people. This free community event, which will be hosted in the MECC and is open to everyone – old and young and in between or whether you are an expert or have no experience at all! More details and how to register

6) Breakfast with Rosie Batty

Friday, May 19 at 8.30am

Mayor Greg Williamson will be hosting a special forum on family and domestic violence. We are fortunate that Rosie Batty, the 2015 Australian of the Year and Family and Domestic Violence campaigner, will open our forum at 8.30am.We need courage and compassion from key players in our community to tackle this issue head on. We all have a role to play so if you can find some time on Friday, we urge you to RSVP and stand with Greg as we fight to find a solution for local families. Please email for more information.

7) Greater Whitsunday Farmers Market

Wednesday, May 24, 8am – 1pm
Bluewater Quay, River Street

The Farmers' Market is held every Wednesday from 8am until 1pm at the Bluewater Quay on River Street in the Mackay City Centre. The market showcase our regions amazing produce giving farmers an opportunity to help grow our local food culture.

8) Triple P Parenting Program Seminar

Wednesday, May 24 from 9.30am – 11am
Dudley Denny City Library

Take the guesswork out of parenting! Want to see more of the behaviour you like and less of the behaviour you don't like? Triple P's Power of Positive Parenting seminar can help you understand why kids behave the way they do. Register online at or phone 4953 1788.

9) Mackay Regional Libraries

Story Time
> Dudley Denny City Library, Thursday, May 18 from 10.30am – 11am
> Gordon White Library, Friday, May 19 from 9.30am – 10am
> Mirani Library, Tuesday, May 22 from 9.30 – 10am
> Walkerston Library, Tuesday, May 22 from 10.30am – 11am

Story Time enhances language and literacy development and is aimed at children aged 2.5 to 5 years. The session features stories, nursery rhymes and songs. Sharing stories, singing and talking to your child is fun and good for their brain development.

Toddler Time
> Dudley Denny City Library, Friday, May 19 from 9.30am – 10am
> Gordon White Library, Monday, May 22 from 9.30am – 10am
> Mirani Library, Wednesday, May 24 from 9.30am – 10am

Toddler Time encourages language development and social interaction for toddlers to 2.5 years. The session features nursery rhymes, finger plays, action songs and a story. Children learn best from the important people around them.

Baby Bounce
> Gordon White Library, Thursday, May 18 from 10.30am – 11am
> Mirani Library, Monday, May 22 from 9.30am – 10am
> Dudley Denny City Library, Monday, May 22 from 11am – 11.30am
> Sarina Library, Tuesday, May 23 from 9.30am – 10am

Baby Bounce promotes language development in babies from birth to walking. The session features nursery rhymes, finger plays, songs and stories. It’s never too early to talk, read and tell stories with your child.

10) Tech Savvy Seniors

Tuesday, May 23 from 1pm – 3pm
Dudley Denny City Library

Join one of the small, friendly training group sessions supported by Mackay Regional Council Libraries where you can learn new skills to help you get connected and take the first step to becoming tech savvy. The training is designed to make it easy for you to safely and confidently get connected and learn at your own pace.


Heritage Fair

Sunday, May 28 from 9am – 3pm
Greemount Homestead

This year’s theme is heritage weddings, so come dressed in heritage costume or vintage wedding attire to win prizes. Don’t miss the pop-up museum which will be showcasing those wedding outfits too fragile to model.  Those that are wearable will be featured in a fashion parade on the main stage. Entry is free and the day promises good ol’ fashioned fun for everyone!

Strassman's "iTedE"

Thursday, May 25 at 7pm
The MECC Auditorium

It’s about Chucking time… Side-splitting comedy! An hilarious all-new show!  Strasso’s screwed. He can’t get Chuck and Ted E. off their iPhones. They’re lost to Snapchat, Instagram & Facebook. The battle is on! And in an amazing live-show breakthrough, Strasso throws his voice to 5 puppets at once. It’s a riotously unbelievable, 6-way comedy routine. You seriously won’t believe it! Tickets can be purchased at the MECC or online >

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 18 May 2017