Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 25 Sep 2019

There is plenty to do around the region this week…

1) Empowerment workshop

Thursday, September 26, 10am to 12.30pm
Dudley Denny City Library 

Are you overcoming adversity, needing clarity and a mindset shift or just struggling to find yourself again? Join Karen Lyons for a free workshop that is sure to make you feel empowered. Access to libraries’ free events is one of the benefits of library membership. If you are not already a library member, please join online.

2) Etnies Rumble on the Reef 2019

Until Saturday, September 28
Sugar Bowl Skatepark

Rumble on the Reef is a skateboarding festival run in conjunction with the Australian Skateboarding Community Initiative, Etnies and the Australian Skateboarding Federation. The event invites contest skaters, anyone who loves to skateboard and new people to experience the amazing skateboarding culture. Check out the full schedule to plan your week at

3) Busby Marou – The Great Divide Central QLD album launch

Friday, September 27, 7pm
MECC Auditorium   

Tom Busby (hailing from Queensland) and Jeremy Marou (from the beautiful Torres Strait Islands) have been playing music together for over a decade since their initial music connection at a pub in Rockhampton. Since then there has been a potent chemistry that drives Busby Marou and the energy they put into touring regional Australia with fans from across the country loving the live experience. Get ready to rock at the MECC. Book your tickets at

4) Moneybowl

Friday, September 27, 4pm to 8pm
Sugar Bowl Skatepark

Part of the Rumble on the Reef, come along to Moneybowl and watch high adrenalin bowl skateboarding at its finest. Check out the Mackay local legends battle it out against some of the best in Australia. It’s free to watch and food and a bar will be available at the event. For more details visit

5) Tenori - TImeless

Friday, September 27, 11am
MECC Plenary Halls

David Kidd, Craig Atkinson and Andrew Pryor share a classic collection of songs that remain as current as the day they were written. These songs by Puccini, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lloyd-Webber, Simon and Garfunkel, Verdi and Peter Allen, to name a few, have defined our culture. The three Queensland tenors met while touring internationally with The Ten Tenors; performing in venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, The Pantages Theatre in LA and the Sydney Opera House. Book your tickets at

6) DiscoverIT- eTravel

Friday, September 27, 10am
Gordon White Library

Confused about the process of booking your travel needs online? How do you grab a bargain and not place yourself or your money at risk? This workshop will cover the process of online booking of flights, car hire, train tickets, tours and more. Please note: participants will need basic internet skills and an email account to attend this class. Check the

Requirements at

7) Orchid Extravaganza

Saturday, September 28, 8am to 4pm
Sunday, September 29, 8am to 3pm
Victoria Park State School

The Orchid Extravaganza is being held on September 28-29 at Victoria Park State School. There will be orchid displays, food and beverages, talks and demonstrations and raffles. Admission is $2. For more details visit

8) PBR Monster Energy Mackay Invitational

Saturday, September 28 at 7pm
BB Print Stadium Mackay

The PBR (Professional Bull Riders) will bring its thrilling, adrenaline-filled, edge-of-your-seat excitement this Saturday night to Mackay. For one-night only, Australia’s best bull riders will battle the sport’s toughest bovine athletes with thrilling eight-second rides and heart-stopping wrecks make the PBR the toughest sport on dirt. This is an ultimate entertainment experience like no other. Multiple camera angles will take you behind the scenes and inside the bucking chutes as riders prepare for the ride of their life whilst delivering you the ultimate live event bull riding experience.

9) Altered books and collage

Until October 6
Artspace Mackay

Drop-in to Artspace Mackay during the September school holidays and participate in our free artists’ book and collage activities! Enjoy a fun range of creative art projects inspired by the Mackay Regional Council artists’ book collection, including book making, drawing, collage and fun for all ages! You can leave your finished piece on display in the workshop room to inspire others or take it home to show family and friends. Parental supervision is essential, stay for a few minutes or a few hours. For more information phone 4961 9722 or visit

10) Council in the Community – Southern locality

Wednesday, October 2, 8.30am and 3pm
Sarina (two locations)

Residents are invited to a community catch-up with councillors in Sarina. There will be two opportunities to meet up to discuss local issues with them:

> Sarina Beach Road Shopping Centre at 8.30am to 9.30am
> Sarina Village Shopping Centre, Broad Street at 3pm to 4pm


Sarina Ute Muster

Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6
Sarina Showgrounds

Love utes and country music? Then October is a must-er for your social calendar! The inaugural Sarina Ute Muster has already attracted star power from throughout the country with performers already lining up to be a part of the event. There are loads of camping facilities for the weekend on site, so you won't miss a moment of the action. And there's action aplenty planned with a packed schedule. Check the schedule and information about booking a campsite at