2021 National Trust Heritage Festival in Mackay

Council’s Character and Heritage Advisory Committee, the Art Deco Society, council’s Planning team and local historians collaborated to bring our region a jampacked month of history and heritage during April-May, 2021.

The events were Mackay’s contribution to the 2021 National Trust Heritage Festival, which took place from April 18 to May 19. The theme for the nationwide festival was “Our Heritage for the Future”.

Mackay highlights included the  launch of new Pioneer Valley and Sarina Heritage Tours, a Heritage Bus Tour, virtual tours – and guided tours – of  Mackay Cemetery and Greenmount Homestead’s gardens, as well as guided tours of the City Centre.

There were also guided tours of Customs House and the Mackay Family History Society had family charts on display at the old Day and Night Pharmacy on Sydney Street.

All events were well attended, highlighting the passion and interest Mackay people have in our region’s heritage and history.

Digital resources

Take the self-guided City Centre Heritage Trail

Take a step back in time in the footsteps of our locals with this guided city centre heritage tour.

Greenmount Homestead virtual tour

Using exciting new technology, the Museums team have created an immersive 3D tour that allows you to experience the gardens like never before!  The story of the Greenmount gardens is shared through photographs taken from the extensive archive left by the Cook family, and showcases the story of the gardens’ past, present and future.

Pioneer Valley heritage driving trail

This driving trail will take about four hours at a leisurely pace, but there will be plenty of opportunities to explore the present, interact with all our region has to offer and stop along the way for lunch, a snack or a beverage.

Discover Sarina self-guided heritage trail

Adventure into the past, in the footsteps of our locals and enjoy a series of self-guided heritage discovery trails from around our region. The heritage trails are presented on a digital platform, displaying multi-media including some fantastic historic images and fascinating stories of our rich historic and cultural heritage.

Cemetery virtual tour