Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 20 Sep 2021

Along with the various school holiday activities, there are also plenty of other events on this week. Try the 5 is back for 2021, launching Monday, September 27, with five weeks of different sports to help motivate you to get moving. Clean out your old clothes that no longer spark joy and bring them to the Clothes Swap event at the library and come along to Artspace Mackay to enjoy a casual conversation about art.

1) Rumble on the Reef

Tuesday, September 21 to Saturday, September 25
Sugarbowl Skate Park, North Mackay
Come and watch your favourites compete in various skateboarding competitions during the week and be sure to be there for the ASF Street Skateboarding Championships Final on Saturday, September 25 followed by the official after party at McGuires Hotel. View the timetable of events here

2) Understanding the Mountain Bike Visitor

Thursday, September 23, from 11am
Robert Potter, avid traveller and mountain bike enthusiast, is the special guest speaker and subject matter expert for this webinar. This webinar will provide you with insight and valuable information about mountain bike visitor, reshaping what you think you know and creating a greater understanding of this unique customer segment. Register via

3) Women's cricket: Australia v India

Tuesday, September 21, 10.05am
Friday, September 24, 3.10pm
Sunday, September 26, 10.05am
Harrup Park
Harrup Park's Great Barrier Reef Arena has been chosen by Cricket Australia to host three consecutive women’s cricket one day international games between Australia and India. The CommBank One Day series pits the number one ranked Australian team against the world’s most highly supported women’s sporting side. To purchase tickets, visit

4) Clothes Swap

Friday, September 24, from 2pm to 4pm
Dudley Denny City Library  
Clear out what doesn’t spark joy and drop your clean, adult-sized clothing and receive up to five swap tokens in return. Book your time slot and bring your tokens to browse the racks and leave with something new to spice up your closet!

5) Conversations with Art

Friday, September 24, from 1pm to 2.30pm
Artspace Mackay
Come along for a free and enjoyable discussion led by Artspace staff as you look at images of traditional and contemporary artworks from gallery and museum collections from around the world. It’s not an art theory lesson, it’s simply a casual conversation to talk about the art, deconstructing the works, considering themes, possible techniques used by the artist, and creating links with our own personal experiences. Whether you’re an artist, an art and language lover, beginner, or expert, we’d love you to join us! It’s free, interesting, thought provoking and extremely enjoyable. Book your seat via

6) Queensland Rugby Union Junior Girls Sevens State Championships

Friday, September 24 to Saturday, September 25
Games held from 9am onwards, both days
BB Print Stadium 
The State Championships will cater for U15 and U17 age groups, and will see 16 teams from across Queensland converge on the region during the school holiday period, in what will be a boost for Rugby in the region. More information here:

7) Weekend Inflatable Fun

Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26, from 10am to 4pm
Mackay Aquatic Recreation Complex
Come along to the Mackay ARC for some inflatable fun! There will be a giant crocodile in the 50-metre pool along with individual floaties available for use. These events will occur every weekend throughout September, with free entry, whilst the Bluewater Lagoon is closed for maintenance.

8) Try the 5 Launch

Monday, September 27
Bluewater Quay
Try the 5 is back for 2021. There will be five themed weeks of activities to get you moving, including personal fitness, water sports, team sports, wheels sports and walking/running. There will be some great prizes up for grabs and you can enter as many times as you like.

9) How to use government websites

Tuesday, September 28, from 10am to 11am
Gordon White Library
Come along to this small, interactive workshop and have your questions answered. Learn which government websites might benefit you, how to set up a MyGov account and link your services, and how to keep your personal details safe and secure. Register via

10) Activate Mackay Region

Tuesday to Saturday
Various locations
Join subsidised fitness classes in Mackay city and suburbs. All programs are $5 paid directly to the service provider. View the timetable

11) Lagoons Gallery Exhibition ‘Alchemy’ by Felicity Chapman

On display until Sunday, September 26
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Cafe
The latest exhibition is now on show at the Lagoons Gallery within the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens café. Take a look at ‘Alchemy’ by Felicity Chapman and other beautiful artwork on display at the gallery. Enjoy food and drink overlooking the gardens while there. The café is open Tuesday to Sunday. For more information, phone the gardens on 4952 7300.


Kids Art Club Term 4

October 9 to November 13
Artspace Mackay

+Local award-winning artist Rosemary Payne will deliver this rich, six-week program of creative art for kids aged eight to 12 years. They'll learn new techniques and make art using many varieties of quality creative art mediums, and depending on the exhibitions and the artist tutor, may try their hand at anything from creative sculpture and painting to textiles and making large collaborative artworks. Book here

Rhythm and the reef

Saturday, October 2, from 11am to 8pm
Wakehouse Australia
Mackay's newest single day music and arts festival will feature The Kite String Tangle, DZ Deathrays (DJ Set), Luude, Odd Mob and more! Grab your friends and your family and come check out Rhythm and the Reef at Wakehouse Australia on the Saturday of the October long weekend. Check out the live graffiti artist or just kick back under some shade, set up by Boho on the Go Mackay… what else could you want with your long weekend?