Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 18 Dec 2019

There is plenty to do around the region this week.

1) Christmas for kids at the library

Dudley Denny City Library      
Thursday, December 19, 10.30am – noon
Sarina Library                          
Friday, December 20, 10am – 11.30am

Hey kids, get into the spirit of Christmas at your local library! Create beautiful Christmas craft and join in with some festive carols. For children aged 5 – 12 years.

2) School holiday activities at the Sarina Youth Centre

Thursday, December 19: Tech free Thursday
Friday, December 20: Pool competition
Monday, December 23: Stroll and sausage sizzle at Sarina Field of Dreams
Tuesday, December 24: Movie day

Activities run daily from 10am until 2pm for youth aged 10-18 years old. For more information contact the Sarina Youth Centre on 4961 9277 or email

3) Kids Christmas Craft

Friday, December 20, 10am – 11.30am
Meeting Room opposite Gardens Café, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Join us at the Gardens to create nature inspired Christmas decorations. Suitable for children aged six - 12 years. Parental supervision required, $5 per child. Bookings are essential, places limited. For more information or to book a spot, please call 4952 7300 or email

4) Farm to City Christmas Twilight Market

Bluewater Quay, River Street
Friday, December 20 from 4pm

Our annual Farm to City Christmas Twilight is coming back again this year! Join us Friday, December 20 from 4pm for a night of fun, shopping and farm to plate food! Our Mackay City Centre main stage will be alive with music from 4pm to 8pm with many local performers taking the stage.

Back by popular demand are the Jarravale Alpacas! You will be able to take a photo in front of the big Christmas tree and spend some time with these cuddly creatures. Watermelon is the best in Summer and we want to see who fast you can consume a slice of juicy melon. Be ready for the 5pm watermelon eating competition!

5) Movie matinee - Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

Gordon White Library
Friday, December 20, 2pm – 4pm

When the kingdom of Arendelle empties out for the holiday season, Anna and Elsa realize that they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out on a merry mission to bring home the very best traditions and save Christmas.

6) A Roomful Of Magformers: Magformers Drop-In Day

Sarina Library
Monday, December 23, 9am – 5pm

Click. Connect. Create. Magformers are educational construction toys for children of all ages that allow you to build your own magnetic 3D structures. A world of exploration and discovery limited only by your imagination! No bookings required, just drop in! For children aged 5 – 12 years.

7) Summer Reading Club – “A Roomful of Stories”

Until Friday, January 24, 2020
The Summer Reading Club is on again! Participation in the Summer Reading Club is free and is a great way to keep the kids busy and reading over the school holidays. There are online competitions to participate in, reading logs to complete and submit into prize draws, a 40-day reading challenge plus competitions and activities at your library. Register online or ask for assistance at any one of our library branches.

8) Summer Holiday Art

Until Saturday, January 25
10am – 5pm Tuesday to Friday, 
10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday
Artspace Workshop Room
North Queensland Bulk Ports and Artspace Mackay present the Summer Holiday Art for all ages program. It is a free drop-in art activity for families and people of all ages to experiment, create, and have fun using shiny aluminium embossing shim. A simple manual embossing tool and a variety of colourful craft materials to make your own mobile, wall decoration or small metallic masterpiece to take home. Come along and drop-in anytime, stay for a few hours or a few minutes. (Children under 13 years old must be supervised by an adult). For more information call 49 619722.

9) A Sense of Place by Margaret Worthington

Until Sunday, January 26, 2020  
Lagoons Gallery – Botanic Gardens Café
Tree kangaroos have always fascinated Margaret. During her visit to far north Queensland, she stayed with a tree kangaroo carer. Margaret also spent time exploring the Crater Lakes National Park, watching birds and studying plants. Margaret wanted to capture how special tree kangaroos and other inhabitants are in the ecosystem of the Tablelands Wet Rainforest. This exhibition consists of Dobby the Young Tree Kangaroo book and the watercolour paintings used in the book. There are also a series of contemporary aluminium sculptures fabricated by Margaret Worthington and Clive Rouse. Find out more at

10) Tibbles Hide N Seek – Self-Guided Activity

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Bring the kids for a visit to the Botanic Gardens to find Tibbles, the resident gnome. He has hidden a series of letters which spell a secret word. Find Tibbles to spell the word. Pick-up an activity sheet from the Gardens Administration and begin your hunt through the lush Tropical Shade Garden…can you find them all? Please note that Gardens Administration will be closed from Saturday, December 21 and will re-open from 9am on Monday January 6, 2019.


Australia Day Awards

Applications close January 5, 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 endeavors. Now is the time to nominate someone in our community who deserves to be recognised for their selfless contributions.