There is always something special happening in Mackay to suit visitors and locals alike. Mackay’s Festival of Arts every July is a jam packed program of artistic talent sure to please. The Aero Club Mechanos, and the Sarina Coconut Festival, are major draw cards for visitors as well as the Grasstree Beach Motorcycle Races and Mackay’s Blue Water Fling. Mackay, Sarina and Finch Hatton Shows are always favorite events for children of all ages.
Theatre Performances at the MECC (Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre), BB Print Stadium, and Creative Arts at Artspace Mackay also dominate the events calendar. Music festivals include Grass on the Green, Wintermoon and TimberFest.
National and International Sporting events are held in our region including Cricket, Rugby, Soccer and Hockey. From Bird-watching Festivals, River to Reef Charity Rides, Global Grooves, PRB Bull Riding, QLD Kart Championships to Barramundi Fishing Tournaments. #mackaypride
Into fishing then the World Sooty Championship, is a great weekend of camping and fishing scheduled over the May Day long weekend at the picturesque Eungella Dam. Come and compete in the only fishing competition specifically targeting the native Sooty Grunter.
Helloworld Mackay hosts a variety of local day trips and special events including Long Lunches On The Beach, Day Trips to Eungella, Local Food Trails, and Chill Out Valley Sessions. Contact Helloworld on 4942 1444 for more information.
Mackay also plays host to a number of major Conferences and Expos. This includes Wedding Expos, Travel Expos, the Queensland Mining Expo held at the Mackay Showgrounds in late July every 2nd year, and the Mackay Home Show & Caravan and Camping Expo.
Local businesses run a number of Tours/Activities for visitors and locals. These include miniature sugar mill tours with rum tastings, riding on a zip line through a tropical rainforest, to paddle board lessons, tours of historic homes and Cable Park Wake Boarding to the unique experience of scuba diving with platypus.
Nature also does Mackay proud with Whale Watching Season and Turtle Nesting as well as Migratory Shore Birds, Wallabies on the beach at Cape Hillsborough and Platypus in their natural environment at Eungella National Park.