Top 10 things to do around the region…

Enjoy a concert and biography of the world’s greatest rock n roll band AC/DC or if you have a passion for fashion explore four fabulous fashion-conscious exhibitions.

1) Story Time

Thursday, August 10 from 10:30am - 11am
Dudley Denny City Library

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.

2) Toddler Time

Dudley Denny City Library
Friday, August 11, 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.

3) Story Time

Friday, August 11, from 9:30am - 10am
Gordon White Library

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.

4) Free guided walks at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Friday, August 11 at 10am
Meet outside the main Administration building

Your guide will take you for an informative walk through the Gardens. For a cool retreat, indulge in a walk through the Tropical Shade Garden and Fernery. Call the Gardens on (07) 4952 7300 to book a spot.

5) Proserpine Rodeo Association present Kuttabul Bullarama

Saturday, August 12 at 6pm
Kuttabul Hotel

Don’t miss this local community, fun filled and family friendly event – guaranteed to give you a bucking good time! The Kuttabul Bullarama will consist of amateur and professional bull rides (with prize money up for grabs), local school and vendor stalls, plus - live music!

6) The AC/DC Story

Saturday, August 12 at 7:30pm
The MECC Auditorium

The ACDC Story is a one of a kind experience, this is bringing the concept of a Tribute to a whole new level, has been described as "Almost like watching a live movie documentary".A three-hour concert and biography of the world’s Greatest Rock n Roll band AC/DC featuring video screens, cannons, bells, bagpipes the Bon Scott and Brian Jonson era's.

7) Beach fashion millinery workshop  

Sunday, August 13 from 10am – 4pm  
Artspace Mackay Workshop Room

Hurry! Only two places left in this weekend’s this weekend. Participants in this workshop will choose the style they would prefer to make - either a contemporary coloured turban with beading detail or a Roman/Grecian inspired leather crown. Both of Brenda’s designs are original and beautiful as well as being practical for a windy day at the races! $150 (gallery members) $165 (non-members) To book phone 4961 9722

8) Slade Point Scooter competition

Sunday, August 13 at 10am - 3pm
Slade Point skate park in Wren Street

Come along and enter the Slade Point Scooter competition on Sunday, August 13 at 10am - 3pm. Let's get scootering at the Slade Point skate park in Wren Street. To enter the competition, the consent form must be completed prior to event and helmets must be worn during the competition. Download the form and send to Nikki Hughes at

9) Greater Whitsunday Markets

Wednesday, August 16, 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.

10) Artspace Mackay exhibitions

> Coming Into Fashion: A century of photography at Condé Nast -  until October 12
Coming into Fashion is an international exhibition of fashion photography selected from the Condé Nast archives of New York, Paris and Milan.

> Humanics: Shane Gibbs - until October 29
Humanics presents a collection of hairpieces that reflect Shane Gibbs’ desire to blur the boundary between traditional hairdressing and art. Creating sculptural ‘looks’ from unconventional materials such as steel wool, pipes, wire and wooden skewers Gibbs playfully pushes these boundaries, revealing his fascination with form and the avant-garde.

> Emerging Designer: Bethany Cordwell – until October 29
Winner of the 2017 Artspace Mackay Foundation ‘Hands On’ Bursary, Bethany Cordwell is a rising talent in the field of fashion design, currently studying at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

> A Milliner's Tale: Brenda Lui – until October 12
In this latest collection of works, Mackay milliner Brenda Lui presents her interpretation of millinery trends past, present and future. Inspired by everyday encounters, from art and vintage fashion to urban design and the natural world, Lui’s practice combines luscious, colourful fabrics with her fresh take on form.


Winter in Mackay is heating up with great events

There's plenty to do in Mackay during August and September thanks to our Invest Mackay Events Attraction Program. Here are some events we're supporting:

> International Rugby Sevens - Australia v Japan - August 17-18, BB Print Stadium Mackay
> Mackay Airport Beach Horse Races – August 19, Mackay Harbour Beach
> Sarina Beach Coconut Festival – August 19, Sarina Beach
> Mackay Bluewater Fling – Saturday, September 9, Bluewater Quay, Mackay City Centre
> Elton John and his band ‘Once In A Lifetime’ Concert - Friday, September 22, BB Print Stadium Mackay,
> Elton John ‘Still Standing’ Street Party – September 23, Wood Street, Mackay City Centre
> Eungella Bird Week and Bushwalking Festival – September 25 to October 1, Eungella

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 09 Aug 2017