Australia Day community events

Australia DayCelebrate what’s great at one of thirteen council supported Australia Day events across the Mackay region! From lamington and pie eating competitions to water slides and jumping castles, there’s something for everyone.

The Aussie themed events will take place at Andergrove, Glenella, Habana, Northern Beaches, Pioneer Valley, Seaforth, Town Beach and Walkerston.

Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony

Hosted by: Mackay Regional Council
When: Friday, January 26, 10am
Where: MECC
What's happening: Mayor Greg Williamson will welcome nearly 80 new citizens.
For more information, call 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

A Day at the Beach

Hosted by: Eimeo Surf Life Saving Club
When: 9am – 2pm Friday, January 26
Where: Eimeo Surf Life Saving Club, Eimeo Esplanade
What’s happening: This ‘ripper’ event will include more fun than you can poke a stick at with frisbee and thong throwing competitions, egg and spoon races, three-legged sand races, Aussie Iron person race (1km run and 400m swim then eat a cold pie and drink a hot soft drink), tug-of-war, partner carry, dummy spit, bite the biscuit into Australia shape and vegemite-eating competition.
For more information, call 4969 6680 or email

Australia Day @ Sarina Beach

Hosted by: Sarina Surf Life Saving Club
When: 2pm - 6pm Friday, January 26
Where: Sarina Beach, Sarina Esplanade
What’s happening: In its 5th year, this event will be bigger than ever with free sausage sizzle and heaps of fun competitions and prizes for pie eating, thong throwing, fastest man on the sand, wheelbarrow races and rum coin toss.
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Bare Foot Bowls and BBQ

Hosted by: Northern Beaches Bowls Club
When: 11am - 6pm Friday, January 26
Where: Northern Beaches Bowls Club, Rural View
What’s happening: Festivities will include bare foot lawn bowls, live music, water slide, jumping castle, three-legged races, sack race, lamington eating contest, mini iron man competition, BBQ for a gold coin donation and seafood buffet (for an additional cost)
For more information, call 4954 8677 or email

BBQ in the Park

Hosted by: Mackay & District Australian South Sea Islander Association Inc
When: 11.30am – 3pm Friday, January 26
Where: Quota Park - Southern end of Binnington Esplanade, Mackay
What’s happening: Come along and celebrate our diversity and culture at a community BBQ by the beach. Activities on the day will include a free BBQ and plenty of beach game activities for the kids and family. A special bus service is available for the elderly.
For more information, call 0488 113 181.

Bob Wood Cultural Hall 30th Anniversary

Hosted by: Rotary Club of Sarina Inc
When: 10am - 1pm Friday, January 26
Where: Bob Wood Cultural Hall and Anzac Park Precinct, Sarina
What’s happening: A free community event with Australian traditions featuring entertainment, food, children's activities and the unveiling of a new plaque to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Bob Wood Cultural Hall, opened on Australia Day 1988.
For more information, call the Sarina Neighbourhood Centre 4961 9290

Community Cricket Comp

Hosted by: Mackay Stallions Indigenous Corporation
When: 10:30am – 1:30pm Friday, January 26
Where: TBC
What’s happening: Get the kids out of the house this Australia Day for a classic Aussie event - a cricket competition open to people of all ages. Sausage sizzle and drinks available for a gold coin donation.
For more information, call 0401 827 245.

Family Fun Day

Hosted by: Banksia Scout Group
When: 10am - 1pm Friday, January 26
Where: Jaycee Park, Fernleigh Avenue, Andergrove
What’s happening: Parents, bring a chair and enjoy the shade of the trees while the kids have some fun this Australia Day. Activities will include giant games, rope bridge, low ropes course, chariot races, horseshoe toss, thong throwing competition, scout displays, damper cooking and science experiments. Sausage sizzle and drinks available for gold coin donation.
For more information, call Katrina 0410 455 615, email or visit

Habana ‘Beach’ Party

Hosted by: Habana and Districts Progress Association
When: 3pm – 7pm Friday, January 26
Where: Habana Community Precinct, 1091 Mackay-Habana Rd
What’s happening: Activities include sand castle competition, jumping castle, tug-of-war, water slide, Byrnes pies with mushy peas, volley ball, backyard cricket, lamington eating and thong throwing competitions, Habana community award presentation, display by the Habana sew’n’sew and a Tai Chi demonstration.
For more information, visit Habana Progress Association on Facebook.

Maggies Games Challenge

Hosted by: Magpies Sporting Club
When: 1pm – 3pm Friday, January 26
Where: Magpies Sporting Club, Glenella
What’s happening: Enter your sporting club team in a range of games like thong throwing, lamington eating, vegemite sao challenge for some ‘fair dinkum’ fun. The winning teams will receive a donation to their club from Magpies Sporting Club and Mackay Regional Council.
For more information, call 4965 6100

Pioneer Valley Awards Day

Hosted by: Pioneer Valley Tourism and Development Association
When: 8.30am - 1pm Friday, January 26
Where: Pioneer Valley Show Hall, Finch Hatton
What’s happening: Loads of family entertainment including community awards, free morning tea, face painting, games for the kids, displays and information stalls by various community organisations.
For more information, email or call 4954 4299

Sarina Bowls and BBQ

Hosted by: Sarina Bowls Club
When: 1pm – 4:30pm Friday, January 26
Where: Sarina Bowls Club, 1 Patroyce Ct, Sarina
What’s happening: A community get together including a fun afternoon of lawn bowls, lots of games, prizes and a free sausage sizzle.
For more information, call 4956 1612

Seaforth Family Australia Day

Hosted by: Hibiscus Coast Progress and Sports Association
When: 9am - 1pm Friday, January 26
Where: Seaforth Foreshore Park
What’s happening: An action-packed day the whole family will enjoy with loads of entertainment including sausage sizzle, lamington judging and thong throwing competitions, jumping castle,native Australian animal races and more.
For more information, visit or

Walkerston Fun in the Sun

Hosted by: Western Suburbs Rugby League Football Club
When: 11am - 4pm Friday, January 26
Where: Western Suburbs Rugby League Football Club, Branscombe Road, Walkerston
What’s happening: Plenty of free fun for the whole family including jumping castle, water slide, tug-of-war competition, face painting, thong toss competition, pie eating competition, toad races and sausage sizzle for gold coin donation.
For more information, contact Julie on 4959 2480 or by email