Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 12 Sep 2022

There’s plenty to do around Mackay this week with a new wellbeing exercise program for parents of young children, the reopening of the Bluewater Lagoon and exciting new events coming to Mackay involving putt-putt golf for young and old and fairy tale characters performing on ice.

1) Healthier Parents Program

Tuesday, September 13, 9.30am to 11am (Session 1)
Wednesday, September 14, 9.30am to 11am (Session 2)
Andergrove Community Hall, 80-84 Celeber Drive, Andergrove
Join a free child-friendly weekly exercise program. Meet other parents for morning tea and weekly guest speakers focused on improving the overall wellbeing of parents in the first 1000 days. Session 1 (Tuesday) involves low intensity activity with Shannon Smith (Pilates Instincts). Session 2 (Wednesday) involves high intensity low impact exercises with Lauren Neill (Women’s Health Physio Mackay). Attend one or both sessions each week up until Wednesday, October 12. To find out more and register your interest, visit

2) Be Connected One-to-One

Wednesday, September 14, 11am to 11.30am
Gordon White Library
Attend a 30 minute private session to improve your confidence, skills and knowledge to navigate the digital world. Register here.

3) Anime-Manga Club

Thursday, September 15, 5.30pm to 7pm
Gordon White Library
Come on out Manga fans! A place to share your favourites, or most despised, story ideas, drawings and all things Japanese. For young adults aged 12 to 18 years. Register here.

4) Guitar Sessions

> Acoustic Guitar Step One
Thursday, September 15, 3.40pm to 4.40pm
Gordon White Library
A special beginners acoustic guitar course with some serious campfire vibes. Ages 15 and above. Register here.

> Shredded Fingers Guitar Group
Thursday, September 15, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Gordon White Library
Come along for a monthly get-together of playthroughs, gear try-outs and to share playing techniques. There’s something different every month and all musical tastes are welcome. We even provide guitars if you are just starting your musical journey. Ages 15 and above. Register here.

> Electric Guitar Step One
Friday, September 16, 2pm to 3pm
Gordon White Library
Step into the classic rock-n-roll vibe with power cords to learn tunes in record time. Ages 15 and above. Register here.

> Guitar Jamming
Friday, September 16, 3.40pm to 4.40pm
Gordon White Library
Come along to learn and experience the joy of playing guitar with others. A great play-along session for beginners. Ages 12 and above. Register here.

5) Guided Walks in the Gardens

Friday, September 16, 10am to 11am
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Enjoy getting outdoors and the magnificent spring weather by discovering the gardens with one of their guides as they take you on a free guided walk through the grounds. There is always something new to discover with what’s flowering, local wildlife and the history of the gardens. Bookings are essential as places are limited. Contact the gardens on 4952 7300 or by email at Keep up-to-date by following the event on Facebook.

6) Conversations with Art

Friday, September 16, 1pm to 2.30pm
Artspace Mackay
A free and enjoyable discussion led by Artspace staff as they look at images of traditional and contemporary artworks. Not a theory lesson, but simply a casual conversation to talk about the art, deconstructing the works, considering themes, possible techniques used by the artist, and creating links with your own personal experiences. Whether you’re an artist, an art and language lover, beginner, or expert, come along and join in. Book tickets.

7) Pixar Putt

Friday, September 16 to Sunday, October 9
Various times
Mackay Civic Lawn, between Artspace Mackay and the MECC.
This open-air mini golf sensation is made up of interactive putt-putt holes inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films including Toy Story, Cars, Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, Luca, plus many more! There will also be 'Pixar Putt After Dark' sessions available for adults 18+ on Thursday to Saturday nights from 7pm, which will include a licenced bar. Book tickets.

8) Bluewater Lagoon Reopens

From Saturday, September 17, 9am to 5.45pm daily
Bluewater Lagoon, River Street, Mackay
Winter maintenance has been completed in time for school holidays and the warmer weather! Grab your togs, sunscreen, towel and the kids and head down to the Bluewater Lagoon. The free facility provides loads of fun for the whole family with a three-tiered lagoon, waterfall, slide, all-abilities waterplay area, barbecues and café. To find out more, visit council’s website.

9) International Dance Affair presents “A World of Imagination”

Saturday, September 17, 7pm
MECC Auditorium
Experience some of the most prominent performers showcasing their talents to the Mackay community! "A World of Imagination" is the best variety show of dance, baton twirling and acrobatic arts you will see in Mackay this year. It has something for everyone and is a great way to kick-start the September school holidays! Book tickets.

10) Pace Live presents ‘Fairytales on Ice’ 2022 Australian Tour

Sunday, September 18, 6pm
Monday, September 19, 6pm
MECC Auditorium
Direct from its sell-out tour in the US, the ice-skating spectacular ‘Fairytales on Ice’ is touring Australia this year. Delight in the spectacular as award-winning skaters bring your favourite fairytale characters to life through ice skating, singing, and music! Featuring stories and characters from The Little Mermaid & The Pirate Adventures, explore the fairytale land alongside Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, and more! Follow the ice-skating magic as swashbuckling pirates embark on an underwater adventure and let these well-known characters lift you high into another world. Book tickets


Rhythm & The Reef 2022

Saturday, September 24, 2pm to 10pm
Bluewater Quay, Mackay
The boutique music and arts festival returns to Mackay bigger and better and with a brand new waterfront location. Featuring Running Touch, Touch Sensitive, ShockOne, Godlands, Jack Botts, Ivan Ooze, Moss, Felipe Baldomir and more with artworks by David Day, Louis Gervais, Mathew Currie & Muddy Grimes, this is one event not to miss! Book tickets.

75th Annual Mackay Eisteddfod

Sunday, October 2 to Saturday, October 15
The annual Mackay Eisteddfod returns to the MECC with singing, dancing, choral speaking, speech and drama and instrumental sections. Tickets are available online or at the box office. Book tickets.