Events and Conference Attraction

Major events and conferences play a vital role in attracting visitors to Mackay and supporting the region's tourism industry.

The impact of major events on regional communities is undeniable, with Mackay Regional Council taking a lead and investing $3.8 million into the Invest Mackay Conference and Event Attraction Program since 2015.

The funding is being used to strategically target major leisure and business events and conferences that can generate the following benefits to our region:

  • raising awareness of the Mackay region, contributing to destination image and appeal
  • attracting overnight visitation and expenditure from outside the region and increase length-of-stay
  • contributing to the regional economy by generating new investment and developing business
  • fostering community pride.

Event and Conference Attraction progress

The Invest Mackay Events and Conference Attraction Program has supported 103 events and conference since the inception of the program in 2015, which injected an estimated $52 million into the local economy.

Council’s Economic Development team in conjunction with the MECC has secured a number of additional events which will be announced over the coming months.

The events listed below are expected to inject millions of dollars into the Mackay economy by attracting thousands of visitors from outside the Mackay region.

Click on the individual event link for further information about the event or conference.

Year

Event

Location

Date

2015

Orchids in Paradise Conference and Show

MECC

Sept 18-22

 

#MackayPride Trans-Tasman Series

Mackay Multi-Purpose Stadium

Sept 23-2

 

Bulls Masters Country Challenge

Harrup Park

Oct 3-5

 

Futures League Cricket Match

Harrup Park

Oct 19-22

 

Northern Australia Surf Life Saving

Mackay Harbour

Oct 30 - Nov 1

 Sheffield Shield Cricket MatchHarrup ParkDec 6-9
2016

NAB Challenge Brisbane Lions V St Kilda

Harrup Park

March 6

 

Australian Veterinary Association QLD Division Conference

Ocean International

March 12-14

 

Marian Soil Health Field Day

Souths Leagues Club and Marian Farm

April 26-17

 

Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ASSCT) Conference

MECC

Apr 28-29

 

Indoor Netball Supernationals

Mackay Indoor Sports Centre

Apr 29-May 8

 

Shitbox Car Rally

Bluewater Quay, Mackay City Centre

May 7

 

Australian Masters Indoor Cricket Nationals

Mackay Indoor Sports Centre

May 22-28

 Greater Whitsunday Farmers MarketWood Street Park, Mackay City CentreEvery Wednesday from June 2016
 

NQ Law Association Conference

Clarion and surrounding region

June 3-4

 

Northern Avian Conference

Bob Wood Cultural Hall Sarina

June 11-12

 Bulls Masters V Baggy Blues T20 Cricket Match for BraveheartsHarrup Park and MECCJune 16-17
 Haven Video Game and Pop Culture ExpoMECCJuly 2
 Queensland Country ChampionshipsSarina & District Club IncJuly 2-3
 

Queensland Mining and Engineering and Engineering Exhibition

Mackay Showgrounds

July 26-28

 Bowen Basin Mining Club Contractor AwardsMackay Civic PrecinctJuly 14
 Offshore SuperboatsMackay HarbourAugust 6 - 7
 Sugar City ConMackay ShowgroundsAugust 13
 Mechanos Wings and Wheels MackayMackay Aero ClubAugust 14
 One Day Limited Over Quadrangular SeriesHarrup ParkAugust 24-Sept 4
 Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing FestivalMackay Harbour, Clarion, MECCAugust 25-27
 Grasstree Beach Motorbike RacesGrasstree BeachAugust 28
 

Sarina Beach Coconut Festival

Sarina Beach

Sept 3

 Mackay’s Bluewater FlingBluewater QuaySept 10
 #MackayPride WNBL Spectacular (JCU Townsville Fire V Sydney Uni Flames)The Crater, Mackay BasketballSept 17
 Mackay Big Boys Toys ExpoMackay ShowgroundsSept 17 - 18
 City Centre CriteriumCity CentreSept 18
 

Qld Cricket Indoor Junior State Titles

Mackay Indoor Sports Centre

Sept 23-25

 SPERA National ConferenceCQUSept 28-30
 

Bulls Masters Country Challenge

Harrup Park

Oct TBC

 

Rio Tinto River 2 Reef Charity Ride

Bluewater Quay, Mackay City Centre

Oct 1

 Queensland State Mountain Bike ChampionshipsMackay and District Mountain Bike ClubOct 1-2
 

Mackay Swap Meet

Mackay Showgrounds

Oct 2

 Miss Teen Australia Queensland FinalistsClarion, Mackay HarbourOct 8
 Grass is Greener Music FestivalMeadowlands AmphitheatreOct 16
 North Australian Surf Life Saving ChampionshipsMackay HarbourOct 22 - 23
 Destination Q MECCOct 24 - 25
 Ted X Women's TalkMECCOct 28
 

International Association of Popular Music IASPM-ANZ Conference

Central Queensland University

Dec 7-9

 

Bulls Masters Youth Cup

Harrup Park

Dec 11-15

2017NRL Trial Match - Cowboys Vs RoostersBB Print Stadium MackayFeb 11
 AFL JLT Community Series Gold Coast Suns Vs EssendonHarrup ParkFeb 26
 Carnage in the CageMECCMarch 4
 Mackay Italian FestivalWood Street, MackayApril 29
 Mackay City Roller Maidens Roller Derby TournamentMackay Basketball CourtsApril 29 - May 1
 Zach Mach Adventure ChallengePinnacleMay 13
 Australian National Budgerigar Championship ShowMECCMay 27 - 28
 Parks & Leisure State ConferenceMECCMay 31
 BIIG ConferenceMECCMay 2017
 QCWA Northern Region ConferenceApostolic Hall Sams Road North MackayJune 5 - 9
 Queensland Maroons Fan DayGordon Street, MackayJune 14
 Footy ShowMECCJune 15
 Football Queensland State Country ChampionshipsMackay Football Park, GlenellaJune 28 - July 2
 Haven Pop Culture ExpoMECCJuly 1 - 2
 Australian Indoor Cricket ChampionshipsMackay Indoor Sports CentreJuly 1 - 15
 Bulls Masters V Baggy Blues T20 Cricket Match for BraveheartsHarrup ParkJuly 6 - 7
 Offshore SuperboatsMackay HarbourJuly 15 - 16
 AWA NQ ConferenceMECCJuly 20 - 21
 Sugar City ConMackay ShowgroundsAug 5
 Mackay Mountain MarathonEungellaAug 6
 International Rugby Sevens - Australia Vs JapanBB Print Stadium MackayAug 17 -18
 Mackay Airport Beach Horse RacesMackay HarbourAug 19
 Sarina Beach Coconut FestivalSarina BeachAug 19
 Seaforth Car ShowSeaforthAug 26
 Taxi Council Queensland ConferenceMECCAug 30 - Sep 1
 Elton John and His Band 'Once in a Lifetime' ConcertBB Print Stadium MackaySept 22
 Timberfest Music, Arts 7 Lifestyle FestivalRowallan Park, FarleighSept 23
 Eungella Bird Week and Bushwalking FestivalEungellaSept 25 -1 Oct
 Rio Tinto River 2 Reef Charity RideBluewater Quay, Mackay City CentreSept 30
 Bulls Masters Country ChallengeHarrup ParkSept 29 - Oct 2
 Hibiscus Coast Spring Showcase (Equestrian)Mackay ShowgroundsSept 30 - Oct 1
 Queensland XCO State Mountain Bike ChampionshipsRowallan park, FarleighOct 1
 Australian Fishing ChampionshipsMedia eventOct 2 - 15
 Waste Q ConferenceMECCOct 11 - 13
 Sugar City Classic (BMX)Sarina & District BMX ClubOct 12 - 15
 The Australasian Bioenergy and Bioproducts SymposiumMECCOct 18
 North Australian Championships  (Surf Life Saving)Mackay HarbourNov 3 - 5
 Caravanning Queensland ConferenceMECCNov 13 -15
 Bulls Masters Youth CupHarrup ParkDec 11 -16
2018Women's Big Bash League - Brisbane Heat Vs Melbourne StarsHarrup ParkJan 12 - 13
 International Pro Darts SeriesMECCJan 27 - 28
 Case IH StepUP! 2018 conference  (Australian Cane Farmers Association)MECCMarch 26 - 28
 Tour De CureMackay MarinaApril 27 - 28
 Wagyu Association Australia ConferenceMECCMay 2 - 4
 SEGRA ConferenceMECCOct 22 - 25

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More Information

Council’s Economic Development team is available to discuss potential event and conference proposals for the Mackay region – email business@mackay.qld.gov.au or call 1300 MACKAY (622 529) and ask to be directed to Economic Development.