Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 26 Feb 2020

There’s plenty to do around the region…

1) Money Smart

Thursday, February 27, 10.30am to 11.30am
Dudley Denny City Library

Tools and information to help you navigate the financial world. Need to talk about your utility bills, concessions, information about credit, superannuation, financial hardship, budgeting? Drop in and have a chat to find out where to locate information online and start making a difference to your financial well-being thanks to The Neighbourhood Hub. Find out more at

2) Mackay Airport Twilight City Run

Friday, February 28, 6pm
Start and finish at the carpark opposite Reilly Real Estate in Wood Street

Join the fun on Friday for the Twilight City Run, everyone is welcome as long as you can walk, dance, jog or run. All proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia Foundation. Tickets can be purchased online or in person between 5pm to 5.30pm at the start precinct. Entry is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Please arrive between 5pm and 5.30pm for a 6pm start. More details at

3) Up, Up & Away!

Friday, February 28, 11am
MECC Plenary Halls

Travel with Up, Up & Away! Airlines in this riotous dance cabaret on a once-in-a-lifetime journey around the world! With fabulously tipsy sky-high shenanigans, spectacular dance numbers and captivating harmonies as part of the live in-flight entertainment system, join the crew as they demonstrate what never goes on at 39,000 feet! Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits before the performance from 10am. Book your tickets at

4) Create your own soap

Saturday, February 29, 9.30am to 10.30am
Dudley Denny City Library

If you want to learn how to make your own foaming soap, this session is for you. Soap making is a fun experience that is not difficult and worth the effort. Even better when you can make it yourself without any harmful chemicals or drying additives. It’s better for you, the environment and your pocket! This event is for adults aged 18+. Book your place at

5) Craft and Conversation

Saturday, February 29, noon to 3pm
Gordon White Library

Do you craft so hard you sweat glitter? Come along to create and chatter with this imaginative group. All experience levels and craft types welcome. Access to free events is only one of the benefits of library membership. Find out more at

6) Busy People’s Book Club

Tuesday, March 3, 12.15pm
Dudley Denny City Library

Do you love to read and are keen to join a book club but are always too busy to commit? At the Dudley Denny City Library, you can now share the benefits of being part of a book club on your busy schedule. The Busy Person’s Book Club is a new book club designed for busy people just like you, meeting for 45mins at Dudley Denny City Library the first Tuesday each month starting in March. At the Busy People’s Book Club, you are welcome to bring your lunch and share a quick chat about the club’s latest read. More details at

7) Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, March 4, 7am – 11am
Bluewater Quay

Join the fresh local produce revolution and support our farmers by buying seasonal local produce straight from the farmer. Want to know who will be selling at the markets each, head to their Facebook page every Tuesday, all the details of markets stall and produce will be listed. For more details visit

8) Get Active – Physical Activity programs

Until June, 2020
Various locations

There are plenty of ways to get Active in the City! From Zumba, tai chi, and aqua fitness to boxing, cross training, and yoga, our Active in the City program is a great way to get fit and meet new friends.

Active in the City 

> Aqua Fitness with Sue
Until April 4, Saturdays, 9am - 10am
Bluewater Lagoon

> Elena’s Fitness Fusion (Zumba)
Until May 10, Sundays, 9am - 10am
Bluewater Quay

> Time Out Tai Chi (Balance Minder)
Until June 22, Mondays, 5.30pm - 6.15pm
Bluewater Quay

Live Life Get Active – City Centre
The Live Life Get Active program offers FREE weekly sessions in boxing, cross training and yoga. Register today for your free sessions.

Council Lawns, Civic Precinct, 6am - 6.45am
> Cross-training - Mondays and Wednesdays
> Boxing - Tuesdays and Thursdays
> Yoga - Fridays

Live Life Get Active – Northern Beaches and Sarina
To commence shortly. Register today for your free sessions.

9) JamFactory Icon Catherine Truman: No surface holds

Opening Friday, March 6, 6pm
FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay

Catherine Truman is one of South Australia’s most renowned artists and jewellers who works with a variety of diverse materials to create captivating and one-of-a-kind pieces. This JamFactory touring exhibition incorporates a mix of objects, installation, images, video and new works from her 20 years of research at the nexus of art and science. ‘Catherine Truman: No Surface Holds’ is the first time that Truman’s collaborative practice with artists and scientists is presented.

10) Artist Talk: Catherine Truman

Saturday, March 7, 10.30am to noon
Artspace Mackay

Join us at Artspace Mackay for a free artist talk by JamFactory Icon Catherine Truman. The JamFactory Icon exhibition series celebrates the achievements of South Australia’s most outstanding and influential craft and design practitioners. Catherine Truman is an established contemporary jeweller and object-maker working across the disciplines of art and science. Find out more at


Gold Coast Suns V Geelong Cats

Friday, March 6, 5pm to 9pm
Harrup Park  

Come join all the AFL action at Harrup Park and The Great Barrier Reef Arena as the footy season starts to kick-off for Mackay's first ever official AFLW match. Be a part of History!  There will be extra entertainment, grab something delicious from Mini Eat Street. AFL Kids Activations, jumping castles, face painting, Maccas Kick 2 Kick and so much more! Gates will open at 5pm to this free event.