Top 10 things to do...

Published: 04 Dec 2019

1) Seniors matinee movie – Storm Boy (original 1976)

Friday, December 6, 2pm - 4pm  
Gordon White Library  

Join us for a timeless Australia classic that will captive you. Mike is a lonely Australian boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father. In search of friendship, he encounters an Aboriginal native loner and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans. Featuring: David Gulpill, Greg Rowe and Peter Cummins. Access to free events is only one of the benefits of library membership. If you are not already a library member, please join at

2) Dad’s Reading Group

Saturday, December 7, 10.30am - 11.30am
Dudley Denny City Library  

The Neighbourhood Hub invites you to attend the Dad's Reading Group for a fun morning with amongst dad’s! Access to free events is only one of the benefits of library membership. If you are not already a library member, please join at

3) Sarina Community Christmas Celebration

Saturday, December 7, 5pm - 8.30pm
Sarina Cultural Hall

Come along to the Cultural Hall Precinct for a celebration with friends and family.
Come dressed as an authentic villager of Bethlehem. Enjoy a sausage sizzle, face painting, a visit from Santa, lots of giveaways (hampers), carols and, of course, the lighting of the Sarina town Christmas tree. For further information, phone Sarina Neighbourhood Centre on 4961 9283 or visit

4) 4MK’s Carols in the City

Saturday, December 7, 3pm - 8.30pm
Bluewater Quay

Bring your picnic blanket or deck chair and your singing voice to the Bluewater Quay for 4MK's Carols in the City! Featuring many talented musicians and singers who will ring out festive cheer with popular carols and Christmas songs you know and love. There will also be a Mackay Airport kids’ zone with free activities and plenty of food vendors for the whole family. Make sure to reserve your spot for Christmas carols at 6:30pm. More details at

5) Rocky Dam Creek Flood Study Information Stall

Saturday, December 7, 4pm - 6pm  
Koumala Christmas Fair – Gordon Morrison Oval    

Cyclone Debbie ripped through our region in March 2017. This saw flooding that some residents say was the worst they have ever seen. The community provided valuable feedback on the flooding they experienced during severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in Sandy Creek, Rocky Dam Creek and Funnel Creek catchment areas at various community consultation sessions held earlier this year. The information was used to calibrate the models used in the draft flood studies and determine areas where council can improve rainfall and river data collection into the future. Come along to this information session to learn about the findings of the draft flood studies.

6) Create and immerse yourself in 360 videos

Monday, December 9, 10am - noon
Gordon White Library  

State Library of Queensland have kindly lent Mackay Regional Libraries a few 360 cameras to experiment with before the short film workshops in January. How many library tours can we create? This event is for ages 15 - 18 years. Access to free events is only one of the benefits of library membership. If you are not already a library member, please join at

7) BMA Kidspace

Tuesday, December 10, 10am  
Artspace Mackay  

Join local artists and performers for creative art activities designed for toddlers and their adults. BMA Kidspace, Artspace Mackay’s ever popular toddler’s program, gives children under five a chance to explore and have fun with art in a climate of co-operative learning. The program includes free artist-run workshops from 10am to 2pm and live musical entertainment for kids from noon to 1pm. Bring your children along for a fun day of art-making, singing and dancing. More information at

8) Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, December 11, 7am - 11am
Bluewater Quay 

Join the Fresh Local Produce Revolution and support our farmers by buying seasonal local produce straight from the farmer. Grab your fruit, vegetables, seafood, honey and coffee under one roof. Find out more at

9) Summer Reading Club

Until Friday, January 24, 2020
Mackay Regional Council Libraries

The Summer Reading Club is on again! Participation in the Summer Reading Club is free and is a great way to keep the kids busy and reading over the school holidays. There are online competitions to participate in, reading logs to complete and submit into prize draws, a 40-day reading challenge plus competitions and activities at your library. Register online at or ask for assistance at any one of our library branches.

10) A Sense of Place by Margaret Worthington

Until Sunday, January 26, 2020  
Lagoons Gallery – Botanic Gardens Cafe

Tree Kangaroos have always fascinated Margaret. During her visit to far north Queensland, she stayed with a tree kangaroo carer. Margaret also spent time exploring the Crater Lakes National Park, watching birds and studying plants. Margaret wanted to capture how special tree kangaroos and other inhabitants are in the ecosystem of the Tablelands Wet Rainforest. This exhibition consists of the Dobby, Young Tree Kangaroo book and the watercolour paintings used in the book. There are also a series of contemporary aluminium sculptures fabricated by Margaret Worthington and Clive Rouse. Find out more at


Australia Day Awards

Applications close January 6, 2020
Mackay Regional Council

Mackay Regional Council Australia Day Awards pay tribute to individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to their local community and/or achieved exceptional results in sporting, or cultural endeavors. Now is the time to nominate someone in our community who deserves to be recognised for their selfless contributions.