North Queensland Games

The next NQ Games will be held in our region from May 5 to 7, 2018.  It is anticipated that over 30 sports will be delivered in Mackay and the surrounding Isaac and Whitsunday regions.  There will be a Games Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony and additional events to be confirmed. The best way to stay up to date is keep an eye on the Game’s Facebook page or contact their office.

The North Queensland Games are the largest, regularly run, multi-event sporting carnival in regional Australia, as well as Australia's largest regional Games.  The inaugural North Queensland Games were held at Townsville at Easter in 1984 and are now staged every two years on a rotational basis between the regional centres of Mackay, Townsville, and Cairns.

Applications for sporting event hosts are currently open.

For more information, head to: www.nqsports.com.au/nq-games

Important dates

  • Sunday, February 11 - The 2018 Mackay City Auto Group NQ Games launch will take place at the Mackay Sports Expo. (Registration for events will open)
  • Friday, May 4 - 2018 Sporting Conference. (Australian Cricketing legend John Buchanan & more will present at the conference)
  • Friday, May 4 - Opening Ceremony. (Official opening & entertainment)
  • Monday, May 7 - Closing Ceremony.

Calendar of events

COMPETITORS CHECK-IN – GAMES HUB
Date: Monday, April 30 – Saturday, May 5, 2018
Venue: BB Print Stadium 1st Floor
2 Casey Avenue, South Mackay  
Time: 9:00am to 6:30pm

SPORT & RECREATION CONFERENCE – WHAT’S YOUR NEXT MOVE (FREE ENTRY & LUNCH)
Date: Friday, May 4, 2018
Venue: CQUniversity Mackay City Campus, Building 2 Theatrette 90-92 Sydney Street, Mackay
Time: 9:00am to 4:15pm (registration 8:30am)

You'll have the opportunity to hear from industry experts on what's new in the sport and recreation field as well as future trends likely to impact the industry.

Come along to find out how to:

  • develop winning team cultures and leaders
  • harness participation, engagement, diversity and inclusion
  • optimise the use of data.

Featuring a presentation targeted at the Sport and Recreation sector on what enables organisations, teams and individuals to excel, presented by Australian cricketing royalty, John Buchanan.

OPENING CEREMONY (FREE ENTRY & ENTERTAINMENT)
Date: Friday, May 4, 2018
Venue: Harrup Park Country Club, Juliet Street, Mackay
Time: 6:00pm
Athletes march, athletes oath, lighting of the games cauldron, entertainment, Eat Street

CLOSING CEREMONY (INVITATION ONLY)
Date: Monday, May 7, 2018
Venue: Harrup Park Country Club, Juliet Street, Mackay
Time: 1:00pm
Handing of the flag to Townsville City Council for the 2020 NQ Games.