Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 02 Oct 2019

There is plenty to do around the region this week…Children in prep to year six will grow a green thumb with spring-inspired craft activities at your local library, join Reef Clean for the Great Barrier Reef Clean Up this Saturday and if you love utes and country music, then head down to the Sarina Showgrounds for the Sarina Ute Muster this long weekend.

1) Spring inspired craft activities

Thursday, October 3, at Dudley Denny City Library
Friday, October 4, at Sarina Library
10am to 11am

Children in prep to year six will grow a green thumb and get busy outside with our spring-inspired craft activities. Book online at

2) Library After Dark

Friday, October 4, 6pm to 8pm  
Gordon White Library    

We’re making the library available exclusively to young adults aged 12 to 18 years old.
There will be gaming (online and boards), anime, theatre sports, some acoustic music, a bit of dance, pizzas, snacks and plenty of chill zones. For more details visit

3) Community Movie Night

Friday, October 4, 6.30pm to 10pm  
Mirani Hall

Join the Valley District Youth Council for a movie night under the stars. Lego Movie 2 will be showing behind the Mirani Hall at 7pm. Gates open at 6.30pm and a gold coin donation is welcome. For more details visit

4) Great Barrier Reef Clean Up

Saturday, October 5, 8.30am to 1pm
Mackay Town Beach    

Calling all citizen scientists, schools, community groups, local governments and ocean lovers! The day will start at 8:30am and end with a lunch for our volunteers. The clean-up data collected will help track litter to its source and prevent it from entering the waste stream and harming our Great Barrier Reef. To register visit or email

5) Fun Palace

Saturday, October 5, 10am to 1pm  
Gordon White Library

Everyone is a scientist, everyone is a technologist, everyone is an artist! Fun Palaces are all about being exposed to new and interesting things and learning together. Roll up your sleeves and join our library team together with artists, storytellers, inventors, performers and adventurers from across the community as they gather to share their skills. Take part in experiments and games; draw, write, dance and explore the scientific and artistic mysteries of our weird and wonderful world. The possibilities are endless!

6) Sarina Ute Muster

Saturday, October 5 to Monday, October 7    
Sarina Showgrounds

Love utes and country music? Then October is a must-er for your social calendar! If a weekend of thrills and spills, utes, mates and a proper good time sounds like fun, put a big circle around the October long weekend. For all event information, visit

7) Altered books and collage

Until Sunday, 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

8) ‘Jeepers Creepers’ by the Botanic Art Interest Group

Until October 27
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens    

The ‘Jeepers Creepers’ botanical art exhibition focuses on colourful, curious and captivating flora which are commonly known as vines, scramblers, climbers, creepers or lianas.
Botanical art combines detail, accuracy and artistry, with many hours needed for each graphite drawing, pastel drawing, watercolour or acrylic painting. Showcases display how the artists take live specimens and create a “living” piece of botanical art via their sketch books, photos and art materials. For more details visit

9) Mackay Through The Lens photo competition

Until Friday, November 1  
Mackay region    

Capture the Mackay region this October and you could win $3000 in Camera House vouchers! From beautiful sunsets and sunrises to lush rainforest and lookouts, the list of possible photo locations is endless. A $2000 voucher will be awarded to the best judged photo and a $1000 voucher will be awarded to the People’s Choice winner. Visit the council website for more details and the scavenger hunt clues.

10) Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday, 7am to 11am
Bluewater Quay

Join the fresh local produce revolution and support our farmers by buying seasonal local produce straight from the farmer. For more details visit .


Movies in the Meadow

Friday, October 11, 5.30pm to 9.30pm  
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens   

Movies in the Meadow is on again!
There will be two movies showing:
> 6.30pm - Spider-Man - Into the Spider-Verse (Rated PG)
> 8.15pm - SHAZAM (Rated M)
Popcorn and hot food will be available to purchase on the night from 5.30pm. Bring a picnic blanket or chairs to enjoy a movie under the stars.

Greenmount Spring Picnic

Sunday, October 13, 9am to 1pm
Greenmount Homestead  

Bring a picnic to this relaxed, family-friendly event and enjoy a morning under the fig trees.
Enjoy old fashions games, face painting, musicians and Devonshire teas.  There will also be some food vendors on site, providing coffee, cold drinks, treats and wood-fired pizza. For more details visit