Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do this week around the region

1) Queensland Women’s Week

March 3-11, 2018
Queensland Women’s Week recognises and celebrates the achievements of Queensland’s women and girls. This year Queensland Women's Week celebrations will be held from 3 to 11 March with the theme 'Celebrate wellbeing. Everybody wins.' The theme aims to encourage women and girls to celebrate their wellbeing which benefits not only individual women and girls, but the whole community.

2) Wild Imaginings

March 7-11, 2018, 7pm each night
Bluewater Lagoon  

Wild Imaginings, a 360 degree experience, will leave you dizzy - with the only view in sight….love! Lovers will fight, tears will be shed and fairies will fly in this immersive, site-specific spectacular. This is Stormborn Production's contemporary re-telling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, an epic homage to all things love, water and magic. The course of true love never did run smooth...

3) Writing Workshop – start your writing journey

Thursday, March 8, 6pm to 7pm
Gordon White Library  

Learn what it takes to write and get published with local Mackay author Sharon Johnston. Sharon is described as an author to watch out for by Wendy Higgins, USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, and has released two novels, Divided (2015) and Shattered (2016). Start your writing journey is for novice writers, bookings essential.

4) Tech Talks

Friday, March 9, 10am to 11am  
Dudley Denny Library

Dilemma with your device? Is there just one or two things confusing you about your phone, tablet or other device? Come to a Tech Talk and we’ll figure it out together.

5) Friday River Street Twilight Market

Friday, March 9, 4pm to 8pm  
Bluewater Quay

A community market for all to enjoy and meet local producers, value adders, creators and bakers along with many support business operators from our region. Bring a blanket and relax on your Friday night and take a walk through the markets, then head in to Mackay City Centre to explore more and dine at local cafes, bars and restaurants.

6) SES Recruitment Day

Saturday, March 10, 11am to 2pm
SES HQ, Ness Street, West Mackay

Want to be part of an awesome team? Fancy learning some new skills? Feel like giving back to the community? The State Emergency Service wants you! Mackay SES is officially opening its new upgraded headquarters in Ness Street on Saturday, March 10. A recruitment day will be held in conjunction with this event so come along and find out how you can help your local SES Group.

7) Girl Guides

Monday, March 12, 4pm to 5.45pm
Dudley Denny Library

The Northern Beaches Girl Guide troop is inviting girls in the community to Dudley Denny City Library for an afternoon of fun. Girls aged between eight and 10 are invited to take part in the free afternoon activities including a mock campfire, craft activities and biscuit decorating.

8) Frankenstein Exhibition

Until March 16, 2018
Mirani Library  

The story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster is a gothic masterpiece full of scientific curiosity, unorthodox experiments and classic science fiction elements. Come and view the exhibition aimed at young adults, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the original Frankenstein novel.

9) After the Storm Exhibition

Dudley Denny City Library - Thursday, March 1 to April 21  
Gordon White Library – Thursday, March 1 to March 31  

2018 marks the Centenary of Mackay’s disastrous 1918 cyclone – an event that left the town devastated and many residents homeless. View the ‘After the Storm’ exhibition and accompanying short film about one of Queensland’s most significant disasters, as well as the website - a treasure trove of images, stories and anecdotes about this event

10) MCA Celebrates 25 years of Primavera

Until May 13
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Weekends 10am - 3pm
Artspace Mackay, FIELD Engineers Gallery

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Australia celebrates 25 years of Primavera – the annual exhibition dedicated to showcasing the work of young Australian artists. Drawn from the MCA Collection, Primavera at 25 brings together established and emerging artists working across a range of disciplines from painting, sculpture, video, performance, kinetic and installation art.


Queen’s Baton Relay
March 20, 2018, 2.30pm to 6.30pm

The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Mackay on March 20 in 2018, as the Queen's Baton journeys through North Mackay with a special ride up the Pioneer River towards its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). Residents can begin planning their Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) experience with the street-level detail and community celebrations now available to explore at The day will culminate with a community celebration at Bluewater Quay, where residents will have the chance to get up close and personal with the Queen's Baton.