Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 01 Nov 2021

Australian icon John Williamson celebrates 50 years in the music industry with a live show at the MECC, come along to Cyclone Saturday at Caneland Central to make sure you and your family are prepared for storm season and join the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens to discover pollinators in the gardens for a kids workshop.

1) MAP Pharmacies Morning Melodies 2021

Friday, November 5, 11am 
MECC Plenary Halls 

Stevie Nicks, Carole King and Linda Ronstadt are arguably three of the world’s most recognisable voices. With combined record sales topping more than over 300 million units sold, as well as an endless wealth of top 20 hits between them, they truly are three of the world’s greatest. In this brand-new show, Melbourne singer/songwriter, Bloom, will have you experience the incredible hits that span several decades from the Grammy Award winning artists.

2) John Williamson ‘Winding Back’ - Celebrating 50 years

Friday, November 5, from 7.30pm 
The MECC Auditorium 

Australian icon John Williamson, will celebrate his 50th anniversary in the music industry as he ‘winds back’ on touring Australia. Don’t miss the opportunity to see him live in Mackay and hear songs that capture the beauty of the Australian landscape and its people. Book tickets via

3) Artist's Talk: Jonathan McBurnie talks about BIRDLAND

Saturday, November 6, 10.30am 
Foundation Gallery, Artspace Mackay 

North Queensland artist Jonathan McBurnie draws upon the aesthetics of professional wrestling, a performative genre he describes as a fascinating paradox. BIRDLAND is an exhibition of new drawings on a large, immersive scale inspired by parallels between professional wrestling and McBurnie’s personal experience of continuing his creative practice amid illness and the impact of an ongoing recovery.

4) Cyclone Saturday

Saturday, November 6, from 8am to 1pm 
Caneland Central 

Cyclone Saturday is your chance to make sure you and your family have all the knowledge to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster striking the region. Come along and speak with a diverse range of emergency experts and agencies, collect a copy of council’s free Emergency Action Guide as well as learn about our online Emergency Dashboard ( Come and see us at Caneland Central (near Dusk).

5) Mackay Area Fishing Stocking Association Open Day

Saturday, November 6, from 9am to noon 
The Fish Hatchery, 2 Rosewood Drive, Rural View 

Come along and check out the barra fingerlings that are in the tanks! Between 11:30am and noon, they will begin loading the barra fingerlings into the trailer and transport them to the Gooseponds for release. It is estimated that there will be about 450 to 500 fingerlings between 65mm and 100mm in length. They will be released into the Gooseponds at about 12.30pm and it will be a great opportunity for the kids to be involved!

6) Collage and drawing with Jonathan McBurnie

Saturday, November 6, from 10.30am to 3.30pm
Foundation Gallery, Artspace Mackay
$25 per person

Learn the secrets of artist and cartoonist Jonathan McBurnie’s image making process. Skipping over roughs and sketches, McBurnie instead uses collage as a compositional process, allowing him to create visual mashups from comics, film, art and photography. Participants will plan a work using collage and then draw it, learning a fun and time-effective way of producing work that can easily incorporate the interests of the individual participant. The workshop begins with a free public artist’s talk from 10.30am in the Foundation Gallery. Workshop participants will follow the talk with McBurnie’s practical image making experience in the workshop room from 11.30am. This workshop is for people aged 13 years and above. Book via

7) Movie Screening – Blue

Monday, November 8, from noon to 2pm 
Gordon White Library 

This feature documentary comes at a time when we are making critical decisions that will decide the legacy we leave for generations to come. BLUE shows us there is a way forward and the time to act is now. This screening is thanks to the Australian Marine Conservation Society and is supported by Good Pitch Australia (Shark Island Institute & Documentary Australia Foundation).

8) COVID Vaccination Certificate

Thursday, November 11, from 10am to noon 
Dudley Denny City Library 

Drop into Dudley Denny City Library to receive assistance downloading your COVID Vaccination Certificate from Human Services Australia. If you can't make the session, book a digital coaching session by phoning 132850.

9) Pollinator Week Kids Workshop

Friday, November 12, from 10am to noon 
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens 

Join Kim and Hannah to discover some of the pollinators in the Botanic Gardens. Then get your creative hats on to make insect hotels to take home. Suitable for children aged 3-10years old. Parental supervision required. Bookings are essential

10) WBBL - Nine free Brisbane Heat games

Friday, November 13 to Saturday, November 20 
Great Barrier Reef Arena, Harrup Park  

Get ready for two huge weekends of WBBL featuring nine blockbuster matches. There will be fast-paced action on the field and great family entertainment off the field. Best of all, entry is FREE! Simply turn up and enjoy, no ticket redemption required.


BMA Kidspace

Tuesday, November 16, 10am to 2pm 
Artspace Mackay 

The ever-popular toddlers program gives children under five years of age a chance to explore and have fun with art. The program includes free artist-run workshops and musical entertainment from noon to 1pm.

Teal Heels

Saturday, November 20, from 4.30pm 
Hamilton Room, Harrup Park 
Tickets $155 

Brisbane Heat are bringing their annual Teal Heels fundraising event for Ovarian Cancer Australia to Mackay! Enjoy a fabulous night out at the Women's Big Bash League and help raise funds for a worthy cause. Food and beverages included, great raffle prizes, hear from inspirational guest speakers, cocktail dress code and get premium seating for Heat vs Renegades game from 6.05pm. All funds raised are donated to Ovarian Cancer Australia. Buy your tickets via