Australia Day community events

Australia DayGrab your stubbies and thongs and celebrate Australia Day at one of 10 council supported 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 on Australia Day 2019 (Saturday, January 26) at Andergrove, East Mackay, Eimeo, Habana, Mackay Harbour, North Mackay, Pioneer Valley, Sarina, Slade Point and South Mackay.

For more information and event organiser contact details, see the list of events below.

Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony

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

A Family Day at the Beach

Hosted by: Eimeo Surf Life Saving Club
When: 9am – 2pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Eimeo Surf Lifesaving Club, Eimeo Beach, Eimeo Esplanade
What’s happening: This ‘ripper’ event will include more fun than you can poke a stick at with thong throwing competitions, egg and spoon races, beach cricket, Aussie Iron person race (500m run and 200m swim and eat a cold pie and drink a milo), Aussie beach flag races and vegemite face painting competition. Note - this is a free event but some food and drinks will also be available for sale.
For more information, call 4969 6680 or email eimeoslsclub@bigpond.com

Australia Day @ Sarina Beach

Hosted by: Sarina Surf Life Saving Club
When: 2pm - 6pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Sarina Beach, Sarina Esplanade
What’s happening: In its 6th year, this event will be bigger than ever with DJ, BBQ, water slide and heaps of fun competitions like pie eating, thong throwing, fastest man on the sand and wheelbarrow races. Cash prizes are up for grabs! BYO picnic blanket and chair. Note - this event is free to attend but some activities and food may require a gold coin donation.
For more information, call 4956 6476, visit www.sarinasurfclub.com.au or email lifesaving@sarinasurfclub.com.au

Aussie Family BBQ in the Park

Hosted by: Mackay & District Australian South Sea Islander Association Inc
When: 11am – 3pm Saturday, 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 Starrett on 0488 113 181

Aussie Day at Harbour Beach

Hosted by: Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club
When: 11am - 6pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club, Harbour Beach, Mackay Harbour
What’s happening: Dive into Australia Day and bring the kids to this Aussie themed event with jumping/water castle, beach volley ball, live music, tug-of-war, thong throwing competition and more!
For more information, call Lexi on 0455 686 196

Australia Day Scouts Open Day

Hosted by: Banksia Scout Group
When: 10am - 1pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Banksia Scout Den, Jaycee Park, Cnr of Fernleigh Av and Bedford Rd, 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 rope bridge, low ropes course, 'land based' canoe races, damper cooking and much more! Sausage sizzle and drinks available for gold coin donation.
For more information, call Peter 0419 732 783 or visit www.facebook.com/BanksiaScoutGroup.

Fishing and Games at the Beach

Hosted by: Lifeline Mackay
When: 10am - 2pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Town Beach, 14 Binnington Esplanade
What’s happening: Get your vitamin 'sea' at this great event with family fishing competition, kite making/decorating/flying, beach games and aussie BBQ. There will also be a memory tree to remember those who have taken their life by suicide.
For more information, call Tania 0439 775 217.

Habana ‘Beach’ Party

Hosted by: Habana and Districts Progress Association
When: 3pm – 7pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Habana Community Precinct, 1091 Mackay-Habana Rd
What’s happening: Activities include sand castle competition, Byrnes pies with mushy peas (for sale), backyard cricket, inflatable water play area and slip 'n' slide, lamington eating and thong throwing competitions, Habana community award presentation, display by the Habana sew’n’sew and a Tai Chi demonstration by Habana School of Tai Chi.
For more information, call Palmina on 0403 729 505 or visit Habana Progress Association on Facebook.

Pancakes and Play in the Park

Hosted by: Shed Happens G'day Mate Inc - Mackay
When: 10am – 3pm Saturday, January 26
Where: On the grasses area near the Mackay Sugar Bowl, Phillip St, North Mackay
What’s happening: Shed Happens G'day Mate is a local men's group and in partnership with NHW, will be organising heaps of games and group sharing opportunities, and of course free pancakes! The games will be family oriented and involve team building exercises including golf ball relay, knots and blanket toss.
For more information, call Frank on 0434 908 968

Pioneer Valley Awards and Celebrations

Hosted by: Pioneer Valley Tourism and Development Association
When: 9am - 1pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Pioneer Valley Agricultural Show Hall, Finch Hatton
What’s happening: Loads of family entertainment including community awards, free morning tea, lamington eating competition, thong throwing competitions and games, craft and face painting for the kids.
For more information, call Vern on 4954 4299 (from 9am - 3pm) or 4959 1693 or email p.v.aust.day@gmail.com

Sladie's Australia Day at the Beach

Hosted by: Slade Point Neighbourhood Watch Community Group
When: 9am - 3pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Lamberts Beach, Slade Point
What’s happening: Come on down for this fair dinkum Aussie Day event at Sladie with beach volleyball, BBQ, park games and more!
For more information, call Tammy on 0406 589 539