Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 20 Nov 2019

1) Jenni Barnett – Author visit

Thursday, November 21, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Dudley Denny City Library
Come along and meet Jenni as she discusses her books Native Companions and Alongside the Waterways. Native Companions presents life as it may have been in a bygone era providing readers with a glimpse of traditional Indigenous life through a fictional narrative. Many Dreamtime mysteries are solved, while further questions are raised about the past. More details at

2) Sacred Ink: Connecting to culture

Until February 16, 2020
Artspace Mackay, Foyer Gallery

Sacred Ink: Connecting to culture is an Artspace Mackay photographic exhibition delivered in partnership with the Mackay and District Australian South Sea Islander Association (MADASSIA). It explores how the art of tattooing has been embraced by local Australian South Sea Islanders as a means of cultural connection to, and affirmation of, their South Sea Islander heritage. Sacred Ink investigates the stories of their tattoos and how they intersect with themes of family, heritage and identity. For more information visit

3) How Mackay businesses can create Christmas sales on social media

Friday, November 22, 7am – 9am  
Jubilee Community Centre

Jingle sales, jingle sales, jingle all the way right? Maybe not. As a business owner, are you prepared for the silly season online? If you answered no, then this workshop is for you!  Create, implement and set up a Christmas digital marketing plan and monitor your online sales. Register online at

4) Dance Avenue Mackay presents Dance Dance Dance 2019

Friday, November 22, 6pm
MECC Auditorium

Be entertained by Dance Avenue Mackay’s dancers as they take you on their 2019 jam-packed dancing adventure! With fantastic routines, stunning costumes, amazing lighting and brilliant choreography in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, cheer, cabaret, acro, music theatre and of course their very cute tiny tots’ classes there is something for everyone. Featuring winning routines and entertainment from start to finish this is a show not to be missed! Please note – this is a local dance school production.

5) Dance Express presents Let’s Party 2019

Sunday, November 24, 10am and 2.30pm
MECC Auditorium

Dance Express Mackay is thrilled to present LET’S PARTY 2019!, a dance extravaganza like no other!  Jam packed with mind-blowing jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, acrobatic and music theatre performances, that is sure to have the whole family grooving in their seats. Each year Dance Express Mackay raises the bar to present an electrifying show incorporating professional level performances, dazzling costumes and vibrant lighting design. Please note this is a local dance school production.

6) Hibiscus Coast Progress and Sports Association meeting

Sunday, November 24, 3pm  
Community Hall, Prince Charles Street, Seaforth

The Hibiscus Coast community are invited to this special monthly progress association meeting. Council will be introducing an exciting proposal, about a new project relating to Seaforth Esplanade, and invite the community to attend.

7) Time Out Tai Chi

Monday, November 25, 5.15pm – 6.15pm
Bluewater Quay

Mental health is an important area of our life and regular exercise is considered a great tool for a healthy mental wellbeing. Time Out Tai Chi provides gentle, effective and easy to follow moves perfect for the end of the working day. Great for an after-work wind down. Beginners always welcome. Please wear cool comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for walking and bring a water bottle.

8) Gadgets and Gizmos: Virtual vs Augmented Reality (50+)

Wednesday, November 27, 10am – 11.30am
Dudley Denny City Library

With so much tech out there in the world, let us introduce you to some of them. Enter a new realm of possibilities with virtual reality and augmented reality. For ages 50+. Book your place at

9) Transitioning to Adulthood

Wednesday, November 27, 5.30pm
Dudley Denny City Library  
A guide to understanding the system for youth transitioning to adulthood! Come along to learn an understanding of the fundamentals of Centrelink and Medicare by taking the mystery out of these two systems. Learn what they do and how they can help you and set you on a path for the future. Find out more at

10) Australia Day Awards

Applications close January 6, 2020
Mackay Regional Council

Mackay Regional Council Australia Day Awards pay tribute to individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to their local community and/or achieved exceptional results in sporting, or cultural endeavours. Now is the time to nominate someone in our community who deserves to be recognised for their selfless contributions.


T2A Expo

Friday, November 29, 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Sugar Bowl Skatepark Mackay

Come along for an afternoon of skateboarding, performances, stalls by local support agencies and prizes. Winner of the 2019 T2A Youth Art Exhibition to be announced at the expo!