Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 23 Oct 2019

There is plenty to do around the region this weekend – Take your senses on a tour around the world at Global Grooves on Saturday. Keep on snapping for the Mackay Through The Lens competition, it’s ending November 1, or visit Artspace Mackay’s new exhibition showcasing the work of 33 Artel Artists.

1) My library for seniors

Wednesday, October 23, 9am to noon
9 Dutton Street, Walkerston Library

Discover the free eResources you can download on your mobile device. You can access books, audio books, newspapers, magazines and music and movies 24/7. Do you have questions about how to get these resources on your digital devices? Come and join us at one of our sessions and let us walk you through getting connected in a relaxed environment.

2) Global Grooves

Saturday, October 26, 3pm – 8pm
Botanic Gardens, Meadowlands Amphitheatre

Take your senses on a tour around the world. Held at the Meadowlands Amphitheatre in the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Global Grooves is a free event and will feature authentic food, music, dance, costumes and art from around the world. An exciting program of global music and dance will run from 3pm to 8pm for an amazing evening for the whole family.

3) ‘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

4) Getting a foot in

Tuesday, October 29, 3.30pm
Gordon White Library

Are you a young adult resident aged 15 years and over, who may be considering taking up an apprenticeship or completing a traineeship upon leaving school? MRAEL are providing the opportunity for young adults to find out the qualities’ employers are looking for, and to ask questions regarding career paths into the future.

5) Books and Beer (18+)

Thursday, October 31, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Dudley Denny City Library

Goanna Brewing presents Homebrewing Hops for ages 18 years and over. Join us for a night to learn about producing delicious beer crafting techniques and find the perfect tasty read to match. Book your tickets through

6) 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.

7) Greater Whitsunday Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, October 30, 7am to 11am
Bluewater Quay

The farmers’ market showcases our regions amazing produce giving farmers and value adders an opportunity to help grow our local food culture. There is always an abundance of fresh and local produce, seafood and meats ready for any recipe! Grab your morning coffee and relax down at the Bluewater Quay.

8) Kids Art Club

November 2 until December 7
Artspace Mackay

Book in now for six-week program of creative art for kids in two age groups. Saturday art classes with award winning artist Rosemary Payne will have the creative sensors flowing! Students will explore and respond to the exhibitions on show at Artspace Mackay through fun-filled art activities. They learn new techniques and make art with all kinds of exciting creative art materials. $160 per child for six weeks (includes all materials). Call Artspace Mackay on 4961 9722 to book your spot!

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) Reasonable & Necessary: Prints and artist books by Artel Artists

Until January 19, 2020
This inspiring touring exhibition showcases the work of 33 Artel Artists, some of whom possess complex and profound disabilities. The studio offers space, instruction and an environment in which this community of individuals has been able, over many years, to express themselves as a dynamic artistic movement.


Prada’s Priscillas: An All-Male Revue

Saturday, November 2, 8pm
MECC Auditorium

Flanked by gorgeous men, Australia’s six-foot something songstress Prada Clutch & her 'girls', take you on a journey from where it all began with Les Girls in the 60’s, across the Aussie outback with Priscilla Queen of the Desert in the 90’s, and into today with a celebration of today’s music icons. Book at the