Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 04 Apr 2019

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Come along to the Unlimited Choices event this Friday, April 5 in  Sarina to celebrate Youth Week, Charley Pride, one of the biggest selling country music artists of all time, is performing at the MECC this weekend and gain skills for life at the Easter Intensive holiday swim program at the Mackay ARC next week.

1) Understanding Superannuation

Thursday, April 4, 6pm – 7pm  
Gordon White Library  

Free seminars for your financial future delivered by the Department of Human Services. Understanding Superannuation; How superannuation works, Contribution and access rules, Fund choices and investment options, Taxation and superannuation. Light refreshments provided. Bookings are essential. For information and bookings, phone 13 63 57 or email

2) Charley Pride – 50 years of pride

> Friday, April 5, 7.30pm
> Saturday, April 6, 7.30pm
MECC Plenary Halls

Charley Pride is one of the biggest selling country music artists of all time. He has sold an incredible 70 million albums, including 31 gold and 4 platinum albums – as well as one that achieved quadruple platinum status.

3) Discover IT – Email

> Friday, April 5, 10am – 11.30am at Gordon White Library
> Wednesday, April 10, 10am – 11.30am at Dudley Denny City Library

Learn how email works and how to make the most of this form of online communication. Participants require basic computer skills and an established web-based email account. If you do not have an established web-based email account please contact the Digital Literacy Librarian on 4961 9387 who will schedule a time with you to register an account prior to attending an Email class. Please book for one branch only, no bookings will be accepted for the same session at different library branches.

4) Unlimited Choices

Friday, April 5, 3pm – 6pm
Sarina Youth Centre

Unlimited Choices Sarina Youth Week Event will be held at the Sarina Darts Hall on Friday, April 5. FREE Entertainment: Jumping Castle, Horizontal Bungee Run, Rockwall, Mechanical Bull, Interactive Gaming Van, Facepainting and a finale colour explosion; so wear white. The event will host an array of youth services including Headspace, Ideal Placements, PCYC, Deadly Choices, APM and many more. There will be local live performances on stage throughout the afternoon. Food & drinks will also be available to purchase. Come and join in this amazing event celebrating our youth.

5) Photo Walkabout

Sunday, April 7, 10am
Meet at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Meeting Room (opposite café)

Come and explore these wonderful gardens and take photos with others that are keen to learn about photography.  This group workshop is for beginners up to advanced amateurs wanting to learn more. The best way to learn is in a practical, active and fun environment.

6) National Youth Week

> Monday, April 8, 2pm – 3.30pm at Sarina Library
> Tuesday, April 9, 10am – 11.30am at Walkerston Library
> Tuesday, April 9, 2pm – 3.30pm at Mirani Library
> Wednesday, April 10, 1pm – 4pm at Dudley Denny City Library
> Thursday, April 11, 1pm – 4pm at Gordon White Library

It’s National Youth Week and we’re playing in the dirt! The theme for 2019 is ‘unlimited’. Libraries have teamed up with the clever people from council’s Parks and Environment team so we can play with seed bombs, identify weeds, and chat about careers in the great outdoors! Please book for one branch only, no bookings will be accepted for the same session at different library branches.

7) Easter Intensive Holiday Swim Program

Monday, April 8 – 12, 9am – 11.30am  
Mackay ARC

Looking for something to keep yourself and the kids active over the holidays? Intensive programs are a great way for children to gain water confidence and allows for rapid progression of their swimming and survival skills. Five lessons over five consecutive days. Available for ages two and above. Bookings are required. $70 for five lessons ($14 a lesson). Book your spot today on 07 4847 5400 or

8) Street Wise After Hours

> Artspace Mackay
Thursday, April 11, 5.30pm

STREET WISE Art After Hours is an exciting after dark collaborative event presented by Artspace Mackay Foundation and Young Professional Mackay, which lets you experience Artspace Mackay in a different light. You can enjoy open access to the Gallery’s major exhibitions outside of usual opening hours, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

9) How Nature Motivates Me to Create Art by ArtSake

Until April 28
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Nature is a motivating influence of creative inspiration. Throughout history, nature has maintained an important function as a resource of inspiration for visual artists. Nature is a natural part of how we learn about our surroundings, interact with each other and respond to events that can develop, maintain and change our perceptions in unique ways within the community space of where we live.

10) Greater Whitsundays Farmers’ Markets

Every Wednesday, 7am – 11am
Bluewater Quay

Join the Fresh Local Produce Revolution and support our farmers by buying seasonal local produce straight from the farmer.


Kids Day at the MECC

Saturday, April 13, 9am & 2pm
MECC Plenary Halls

Take a trip in a giant time machine and travel back to the era of dinosaurs. Sit back and relax, enjoy a snack box and a movie - Rumpelstiltskin filmed live on stage! Let your creativity run wild and make your own marvellous, glowing puppets. Or let Guru Dudu take you on a silent disco tour through the secret corners of the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, and dance like no one is watching. Kids' Day at the MECC is not just one show, it’s hours of fun & adventure!

Family Fun Fishing Competition

Saturday, April 13, 9am – 11.30am
Mackay Gooseponds  

The Tilapia fishing competition is back on Saturday, April 13. There are prizes to be won, face painting, jumping castle plus much more. Register now to secure your spot

Come and try

Saturday, April 13, 11am – 2pm  
Mackay Aquatic Recreation Complex

Mackay ARC is holding a 'come and try' day at our brand-new Aquatic and Recreation Complex. Join us to experience the newly launched 'Go Swim' learn-to-swim program, or our Splish Splash (aqua playgroup) program. People who register and participate will have free entry and can ‘stay and play’ for the day. Register online at for your free entry! The day will be filled with FUN for the whole family; jumping castles, track and field activities, and much much more!