Top 10 things to do...

Published: 06 Nov 2019

1) Woodlands District Park ideas session

Thursday, November 7, 3.30pm to 6.30pm
Broomdykes Park

Enjoy a free sausage sizzle, have your face painted or get involved in the fun of a treasure hunt tour at our idea’s session in Andergrove/Beaconsfield. Council is planning to upgrade Woodlands District Park and the aim is to transform it into a sought-after destination for leisure and social activities. Help council develop a long-term vision for this project and come along between 3.30pm and 6.30pm and contribute your thoughts to the park’s master plan. Learn more at

2) Beeswax Wraps

Thursday, November 7, 4pm – 5pm (12 – 18 years old)
Thursday, November 7, 5.30pm (18+ years old)
Dudley Denny City Library

Beeswax Wraps are an amazing and eco-friendly alternative to cling wrap.
Keep your food fresh and reuse your Beeswax Wraps again and again. Made by infusing cotton fabric remnants with Marian Organic Beeswax. Learn how to make your own sustainable food wraps and start being environmentally friendly. Book tickets at

3) River Street Twilight Market

Friday, November 8, 4pm to 8pm
Bluewater Quay  

Join our monthly River Street Twilight Market which brings the Mackay community together to support local food and artisan creators, makers and bakers. Enjoy live music, stallholders, farm produce, food vendors and face painting fundraiser to raise funds for Buy a Bale!

4) Airlie Beach Festival of Music

Friday, November 8 – Sunday, November 10
Airlie Beach – various locations

The Airlie Beach Festival of Music is fast becoming one of Queensland’s premier live music events. Only in Airlie Beach can you see 74 bands alongside 74 islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. With jaw-dropping sea views from the main tent at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, it’s a party like no other in a tropical paradise. Watch big name acts and discover new talent - there is something for every musical taste. Experience a town coming alive to the sound of music. With live entertainment spread throughout 18 venues, the atmosphere is electric.

5) Brittany Elise – Something More Tour

Friday, November 8, 7.30pm
MECC North Foyer

Brittany Elise is a vibrant, award winning, singer songwriter who has certainly been kicking goals within the music industry. Her album Something More, released in February 2019, debuted at number two on the Australian iTunes Country Charts. The Mackay born artist returned from pre-launching her album in Nashville, Tennessee, and headed straight to Tamworth for her tenth appearance at the Country Music Festival. Book tickets early to join Brittany Elise and special guests as she returns to Mackay on her Something More Tour.

6) Dads n Bubs

Saturday, November 9, 10am – 10.30am
Dudley Denny City Library

Promotes early language and social development in babies from birth to walking. The session features nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs, and is a great opportunity for dads to do something special and beneficial with their little one.

7) Gadgets and Gizmos: 3D Printing (50 years +)

Tuesday, November 12, 1.30pm
Gordon White Library

Welcome to a month of Gadgets and Gizmos! With so much tech out there in the world, let us introduce you to some of them. Join a fun hands-on workshop involving mini 3D printers.

8) Free safeTALK Suicide Prevention training

Tuesday, November 12, 6pm – 9pm
Ocean International

SafeTALK is presented by LivingWorks’ qualified trainer and provides educational and information that encourages suicide alertness and promotes suicide-safer communities. Learn how to identify someone at risk of suicide, talk to those experiencing suicidal thoughts and help guide them to resources.

9) Anti-poverty food drive

Until November 13
Mackay Regional Council facilities  

Did you know charities in our region have hundreds of requests for food parcels every month? Help us help them by donating non-perishable food items and toiletries. Donations will be given to St Pauls Uniting Church Mackay, Anglicare Mackay Whitsunday Region - Counselling and Support Services and Sarina Inter Church Council to replenish their food pantries and prepare charitable Christmas hampers. Food items must be in-date and undamaged.
Drop-off points: Jubilee Community Centre, Council Client Service Centre - 73 Gordon Street, Dudley Denny City Library, Gordon White Library, Paget Council Depot, Mirani Library and Client Service Centre, Walkerston Library and Sarina Neighbourhood Centre.

10) “Chasing the Light” by Jeff Jones

Until November 24
Lagoons Gallery at the Botanic Gardens Café

Jeff Jones is a Mackay based photographer who is intent on preserving what’s left of our natural environment and all the creatures that it supports. Jeff is also a carpenter/builder and makes the old hardwood frames you see in his display. This type of framing does not often happen due to the considerable time involved and the scarcity of suitable timber.


Cyclone Saturday

Saturday, November 16, 8am – 1pm
Caneland Central  

Cyclone Saturday is the perfect opportunity for you to ensure you have all the information you need to be prepared for this storm season. Drop by and talk to the experts. There will be representatives from a range of different agencies in the one spot at the same time. Anyone who attends can also enter a draw to win a generator.