Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 01 Nov 2022

There’s plenty to see and do in the Mackay region this week! Check out a new art exhibition at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, learn a new instrument at the library, enjoy a free guided public art walk through the city centre, or see Creedence Clearwater Collective as they walkthrough the life and music of one of the world’s most iconic bands at the MECC

1) Art Whitsunday Inc. exhibition ‘Whitsunday Wildlife’

Wednesday, November 2, from 9am
Lagoons Gallery, Botanic Gardens Cafe
"Whitsunday Wildlife" is a collaborative exhibition by members of Art Whitsunday Inc.This exhibition features original artworks which highlight the broad theme of wildlife in theWhitsunday region. The exhibition will be on display at the Lagoons Gallery, within the Botanic Gardens Café during opening hours, until Sunday, December 4.

2) Healthier Parents Program – Activate Mackay Region

Wednesdays from 9.30am
Andergrove Hall
Following the success of the recent pilot program and overwhelming interest, the Healthier Parents program has become part of Activate Mackay Region and will continue to be conducted at the Andergrove Hall by Lauren Neill of Women’s Health Physio Mackay. The subsidised class is part of Activate Mackay Region at a cost of $5 paid directly to the service provider. To find out more about these classes, visit council’s website.

3) Music at the Library

Enjoy entry level programs for beginners to advanced. A number of instruments are provided, although you are welcome to bring your own. Each of the classes offer a different experience.

Ukulele & Guitar Rescue

Thursday, November 3, 10.30am to 11.30am, Gordon White Library
Do you have a ukulele or guitar that does not stay in tune or is missing a string? Come along and get advice and tips from the experts. Register

Ukulele for kids

Thursday, November 3, 3.40pm to 4.40pm, Gordon White Library
Specifically designed for children aged eight to 12 years and their parent/guardian. Register

Fully Uked

Thursday, November 3, 5pm to 6.30pm, Gordon White Library
Ukulele players of all levels are welcome to come and play along with our monthly ukulele songs. Register

Ukulele Step One

Friday, November 4, 2pm to 3pm, Gordon White Library
If you are new to musical instruments, this is a perfect opportunity to learn some practical skills quickly in a supportive environment. Register.

Banjolele for Uke Players

Friday, November 4, 3.40pm to 4.40pm, Gordon White Library
A new program for the ukulele player! Register.

4) Harvest Music Development Program Workshops

Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday, November 3
Various times and locations
The Harvest program provides the opportunity for local emerging and established performers and music industry practitioners to develop, extend on and improve their professional industry skills through a range of free workshops being held at various locations in. There are four workshops on this week covering venue development, setting up a live gig, recording fundamentals and setting up a concert for a venue. Each workshop is led by experts in their field. To register, or find out more information, visit the website.

5) Careers Development

Friday, November 4, 9am to 10.30am
Gordon White Library
This informative and interactive workshop focuses on exploring pathways to gaining your dream job. Register here

6) Friday Guided Walks

Friday, November 4, 10am
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Join the friendly guides and be lead down the Botanic Gardens' paths to see a variety of very special plants and wildlife. Each Friday is different, so come as many times as you like. Cost is free. Bookings are essential by emailing or call 49527300

7) Public Art Walk

Friday, November 4, 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Departing Artspace Mackay, Gordon Street
Hosted by Artspace Mackay Director Tracey Heathwood, the free city art walk for all ages begins at Artspace Mackay and takes you through the city centre. Along the way, participants will learn about Mackay’s iconic public art installations, and the local, and internationally acclaimed artists who created them. Bring a hat, comfortable shoes and water. Book your free ticket.

8) Carter Entertainment presents Creedence Clearwater Collective

Friday, November 4, 7.30pm
MECC Auditorium
Join in the celebration of Creedence Clearwater Revival, as we walk through the life and music of one of the world’s most iconic bands – from the songs they wrote, to the songs covered, to the songs they wrote for others. The Creedence Clearwater Collective brings to the stage a six-piece band – with a guest Saxophonist and a vocalist that emulates John Fogerty’s distinct vocals – to capture the unique CCR sound. Book tickets.

9) Phone Photography

Saturday, November 5, 9.30am to 10.30am
Dudley Denny City Library
Learn tips and tricks for using your phone to take outstanding images. Register.

10) National Recycling Week recycling facility tours

Monday, November 7 to Friday, November 11, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Materials Recovery Facility, Paget
Would you like to learn what happens to your recyclables when they reach council’s Materials Recovery Facility? Book a tour any day during National Recycling Week (November 7 to 11) from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Register online.