Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 30 Oct 2019

There is plenty to do around the region this week… Join MADASSIA’s (Mackay & District Australian South Sea Islander Association) president, Starrett Vea, for a free walking tour of previously unmarked graves of South Sea Islanders, Brisbane Heat are back in Mackay for two matches against the Adelaide Strikers at Harrup Park and witness Australia’s six-foot something songstress, Prada Clutch and her ‘girls’, perform hits from Priscilla Queen of the Desert plus music from today’s icons and divas.

1) Books and Beers (18+)

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

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

2) Practically Perfect – The Music of Julie Andrews

Friday, November 1, 11am
MECC Plenary Halls

For generations she has graced the stage and screen. She is fondly remembered for being Maria in the Sound of Music and of course, the wonderful nanny in Mary Poppins. Now in one glorious stage production, Practically Perfect celebrates the life and music of the legendary Dame Julie Andrews.

3) 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.

4) Unmarked Graves Project, A guided walking tour with Starrett Vea

Friday, November 1, 4.30pm to 6pm
Mackay Cemetery grounds (meet at corner Hume Street and Cemetery Road)

Join MADASSIA’s (Mackay & District Australian South Sea Islander Association) president, Starrett Vea, for a free walking tour of previously unmarked graves of South Sea Islanders, learn about the project and join the conversation about our proud local Australian South Sea Islander histories.

5) Mackay WBBL Festival Weekend

> Saturday, November 2, 6.15pm
> Sunday, November 3, 3pm
Great Barrier Reef Stadium, Harrup Park

Don’t miss the third annual Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) weekend here in Mackay! The Brisbane Heat are returning for two matches against the Adelaide Strikers. Come along to Harrup Park under the lights this weekend with fast-paced action on the field and great family entertainment off the field, including a firework spectacular! Free entry

6) 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 and 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 current music icons.

7) The Highwaymen – Outlaws of Country

Sunday, November 3, 1.30pm
MECC Auditorium

Produced by Canadian Entertainer, Dail Platz, The Highwaymen - The Outlaws of Country is a re-creation of the magic that Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson gave to us. This level of professionalism has really hit the mark with audiences. It is the only genuine, touring Highwaymen show in the Southern Hemisphere.

8) Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, November 6, 7am to 11am
Bluewater Quay

The farmers’ market showcases our region’s 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.

9) Woodlands District Park ideas session

Thursday, November 7, 3.30pm to 6.30pm
Broomdykes Park

Enjoy a free sausage sizzle, have your face painted or get involved in the fun of a treasure hunt tour at our ideas session in Andergrove/Beaconsfield. Council is planning to upgrade Woodlands District Park, and the aim is to transform it into a sought-after destination for leisure and social activities. Help council develop a long-term vision for this project and come along between 3.30pm and 6.30pm and contribute your thoughts to the park’s master plan. Learn more at Connecting Mackay.

10) 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.


River Street Twilight Market

Friday, November 8, 4pm to 8pm
Bluewater Quay  

Join our monthly River Street Twilight Market bringing the Mackay community together to support local food and artisan creators, makers and bakers. Enjoy live music, stallholders, farmers produce, food vendors and a special ‘Dogs on Parade’ fashion show raising money for charity