Regional Tourism Guide for Mackay
Jamie's Ministry of Food is in Mackay
Date Mon 12th Nov 2018 to Sat 15th Dec 2018
Learn to make delicious, simple and affordable meals from scratch through hands on cooking.

Join them for a fun and engaging cooking course where you will learn to cook simple, healthy and tasty meals using fresh ingredients.

This five week cooking course goes from Monday 12 November to Saturday 15 December 2018.

Five week hands on cooking course (one 90 minute cooking class per week), all ingredients, recipes and a meal in class each week. Plus a meal for two to take home.

With thanks to Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation and their Let’s Shape Up! Program and Woolworths.

Party in the Park, 150 Years of Mackay Cricket
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Major community event to celebrate 150 years of Mackay Cricket. Free concert featuring Thirsty Merc, 20/20 Charity Cricket Game, Fireworks display, Kids Activities, Sporting Activations, Eat Street Food Festival.

The Bistro will be open from 12pm, bookings recommended.
Dance Express Mackay presents Let's Dance
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
Dance Express Mackay is excited to present ‘Let’s Dance 2018’, a dance party like no other to celebrate their successful year. You will be entertained by over 250 talented dancers as they take the stage to perform outstanding Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acrobatic, Musical Theatre and Cabaret award winning routines. Making their dancing debut at ‘Let’s Dance 2018’ will be our very popular ‘Ready Set Dance’ cuties aged from 2 years.

Each year Dance Express Mackay lifts the bar on presenting a show with exciting modern choreography, fabulous costumes, and the very latest in lighting techniques. 2018 will once again not disappoint!

Book now to watch some of Mackay’s most talented dancers and entertainers as they take the stage in ‘Let’s Dance 2018’.

Please note, this is a local Mackay dance school production.
Roby Rogers School of Dancing presents Dynamite Dancing 2018
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Roby Rogers School for Dancing is proud to present Dynamite Dancing 2018. A Dynamic, non-stop production, celebrating a successful year of dance and performing at RRSD.

Dynamite Dancing is action-packed with outstanding, award-winning routines in Modern Jazz, Tap, Classical Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and more!

Be captivated by their performers ranging from 18 months to Pre Professional, to their super talented Mature and Motivated dancers. This show has something for everyone to enjoy.

Dazzling costumes, award-winning choreography, modern lighting designs and stage sets, Dynamite Dancing 2018 is truly a show not to miss!

Please note: This is a local Mackay dance school production.
Dance Avenue Mackay presents Dance Dance Dance
Date Mon 26th Nov 2018
Be entertained by their talented dancers as they take you on a jam-packed dancing adventure with fantastic routines, stunning costumes, amazing lighting and brilliant choreography in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Cheer, Cabaret, Acro, Music Theatre and of course their very cute Tiny Tots classes.

Featuring winning routines and entertainment from start to finish this is a show not to be missed!

Please note, this is a local Mackay dance school production.
Crossroad Arts in association with the MECC presents Loose Ends - Kooky. Social. Inclusive.
Date Fri 30th Nov 2018
Crossroad Arts 2018 major fundraiser is a quirky night of entertainment, giveaways, socialising and more!

Loose Ends will be an evening featuring a mixed bag of live and quirky acts from cabaret, to poetry to karaoke sing a longs from performers with and without disability.

Expect frivolity, giveaways and a chance to socialise in this fun and kooky evening! Auslan interpreted event and accessible venue.

Loose Ends is an official event of International Day for People with Disability.

Please note > Children under the age of two years at the time of the event, are admitted free on the lap.

Crossroad Arts is supported by Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, ArtsQLD and Australia Council for the Arts.
Leisa Payne School of Dance presents The Greatest Show
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
Featuring Elite Dancers accomplished across all styles of dance and Performing Arts including Classical Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acrobatic Arts and Musical Theatre.

Please note > This is a local Mackay dance school production.
Aspire Performing Arts presents It’s Showtime!
Date Sun 2nd Dec 2018
After a very successful second year, Aspire Performing Arts is thrilled to present 'It’s Showtime!'.

Join them as they celebrate the wonderful achievements of their fabulous students in 2018. With something for everyone – ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre, drama and acro, this is a show not to be missed.

Please note > This is a local Mackay dance school production.
Karen Knowles at Christmas
Date Fri 7th Dec 2018
Gold and platinum award winner, Karen Knowles is one of Australia’s favourite singers and is coming to Mackay for a special Christmas concert in December 2018.

Star of the musical Big River and lead singer with The Seekers in the early 1990s, Karen started her career on Young Talent Time and became the highest selling Australian female recording artist for two consecutive years.

Karen’s best known hits include Why Won’t You Explain, You are the Reason, By Request, La Vie en Rose, Amazing Grace and Moonglow. She is well known for her Carols and Christmas repertoire and regular performances as part of the Lord Mayors Carols broadcast throughout Queensland on Channel 7. Karen will perform with her musical director accompanying her.
An Evening with Johnathan Thurston
Date Sat 8th Dec 2018
An Evening with Johnathan Thurston provides a rare insight into the mind of a champion.

From humble beginnings to rising through the ranks collecting every individual rugby league accolade and team honour, Johnathan Thurston is a once in a generation footballer.

Please note: All Diamond Tickets are a Meet and Greet ticket.

All Meet and Greet’s will commence approximately 15 minutes after the show concludes. They suggest all ticket holders remain in their seats, ushers will direct them in an orderly fashion to the appropriate area post show.

All photos will be shot by a professional photographer and uploaded to a link where photos can be downloaded by 9am the following morning. No personal phones or cameras will be permitted to be used during the meet and greet.

One item only may be brought along to be signed. They ask all ticket holders to please be patient while the meet and greet process is under way, expect reasonable delays while you wait in line for your turn to meet Johnathan Thurston. Any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour will not be tolerated and will result in removal from the theatre with no refund applicable.
Centre Stage Dance Company Presents That’s Entertainment
Date Mon 10th Dec 2018 to Tue 11th Dec 2018
The first half of the 2018 concert will be a Christmas Celebration as they take you on a feel good story of the North Pole. Second half features a smorgasbord of dance routines including Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Boys Hip Hop, Showgirl and Footwork. The performers range in age from 2 - 19 years. It's a Show not to be missed!

Please note, this is a local Mackay dance school production.
Nashville Live
Date Sun 24th Feb 2019
For the very first time in Australia, the hit musical production Nashville Live delivers the energy, glamour and magic of the city it’s named after.

Nashville Live takes you through the history of country music from golden greats Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, through to the contemporary platinum selling sounds of Shania Twain, Garth Brooks, Dixie Chicks and more. This live show is a celebration of country music and the stories behind the genre’s biggest hits.

Audiences will be moved through a mixture of classic solos, amazing duets and fantastic group harmonies as the cast of international performers step up alongside the stellar live band to perform.

With 44 timeless songs including Folsom Prison Blues, Crazy, Jolene, The Gambler, Walk The Line, Stand By Your Man, Islands In The Stream and Man I Feel Like A Woman, this trip through country music’s greatest moments is a night that will reaffirm the fact that there really are only two types of music, Country and Western!

Catch this show as it arrives on our shores for its Australian debut, performing in all major capital cities and over 20 regional venues around the country.
Heath Franklin’s Chopper – Bogan Jesus
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019
Australia's MOST WANTED comedian is back. He's rolled away the rock, dusted himself off and resurrecting his hit show of the 2018 comedy festivals, which saw him nab the coveted Comic's Choice award and sell over 25,000 tickets.

The world has had religion ever since God was in nappies, and what have we got to show for it: wars, terrorist attacks and Christian rock. It's time religion took a hard look at itself, so Chopper is starting his own one, in his own image and giving hell to the almighty.
There is a new 'Mo-ssiah' for a new age and he's holier than Oscar Pistorius' bathroom door. Thou shalt harden up and become a Chopostle! So gather round and be healed by Bogan Jesus! Again!

Please note > This event is recommended for mature audiences 16+.
Senior Moments – A Comedy Revue
Date Tue 5th Mar 2019
A comedy revue about ‘old’ people – and the young people they have to deal with. John Wood, Benita Collings and Max Gillies are having some Senior Moments, with Geoff Harvey on piano, in this senior theatrical sensation.

Senior Moments is a comedy revue with a deliciously funny and fresh collection of comic sketches and songs performed by a cast who are old enough to know better. Gold Logie winner John Wood (Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules), Play School icon Benita Collings, master satirist Max Gillies (The Gillies Report) with former Channel 9 Midday maestro Geoff Harvey on piano, all combined to deliver a somewhat silly show for otherwise sensible seniors.

Senior Moments: a seriously funny revue for slightly old people. (That’s you. Be honest.).
Cliff Richard and The Shadows 60th Anniversary Tribute Concert
Date Fri 15th Mar 2019
Cliff Richard and The Shadows 60th Anniversary Tribute Concert is a show that delivers a captivating live concert recreating the unforgettable sound of Cliff Richard and The Shadows.

The group dominated British popular music in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the years before the Beatles. Cliff Richard and The Shadows were in the forefront of the UK beat-group boom, placing 69 UK charted singles from the 1950s to the 2000s, 35 credited to The Shadows and 34 to Cliff Richard and The Shadows.

Performing all the classic hits including ‘Do You Want To Dance’, ’Singing The Blues’, ’Move It’, ‘Lucky Lips’, ’Summer Holiday’, ‘Bachelor Boy’, ‘The Young Ones’, ‘Living Doll’ and ‘Congratulations’. Also including legendary instrumentals from The Shadows like ’Apache’, ’Wonderful land’, ’FBI’, ’Atlantis’, ’Sleep Walk’ amongst many more with a mix of Cliff Richard Solo Hits, ’Devil Woman’, ’Wired For Sound’, ’We Don’t Talk Anymore’, ’Some People’, ‘Wired For Sound’ and ‘Dreamin’.
This is a tribute Show not to be missed!
Ian Moss – 2019 Acoustic Tour
Date Wed 3rd Apr 2019
Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound – not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice, ringing with clarity and resonating with pure soul. While primarily recognised as an axeman of tenacity and sweet melodic sensibility, Ian’s distinctive vocal is the essential signature of his soulful, bluesy muse – as it has been since his first tentative foray into music during the early 1970s.

Born and raised in Alice Springs, Ian started playing guitar in local teenage bands but moved to Adelaide after failing one of his high school years, planning to repeat in the big city. Fate intervened when he answered an advertisement for a guitarist in a shop window in 1973, joining the band that was to become a legend in Australia and that made such an undeniable impact that they are now etched in the Australian music psyche forever. That band was Cold Chisel. Moss has released six incredible and dynamic studio albums – The #1 and multi-platinum, Matchbook, Worlds Away, Petrolhead, Let's all Get Together, Soul on West 53rd and 2018’s Ian Moss
Charley Pride – 50 Years of Pride
Date Fri 5th Apr 2019 to Sat 6th Apr 2019
Charley Pride is one of the biggest selling country music artists of all time. He has sold an incredible 70 million albums, including 31 gold and 4 platinum albums – as well as one that achieved quadruple platinum status.

On RCA Records Charley Pride is second in sales only to Elvis Presley. This incredible legacy is a powerful reminder that 'The Pride of Country Music' remains one of the great legends in popular music - and that he is still going strong.

Charley Pride will be returning to Australia and New Zealand in March and April 2019. His 2013 tour of Australia & New Zealand sold out. Fans can expect to see him perform his many greatest hits, along with live and personal favourites, in what is sure to be the country music concert event of the year. Support Act > Bevan Gardiner and Georgie Daniell.
The ABBA Show
Date Mon 15th Apr 2019
Far from being ‘just another cover band’, The ABBA Show is a full-scale theatrical production featuring more than two hours of live musical performances with a live backing band, replica costumes, theatrical lighting and effects and all the dancing an ABBA fan can handle. Starring incredibly detailed performances from internationally acclaimed impersonators ABBAsolutely fABBAulous, The ABBA Show gives fans of all ages a chance to re-live the ABBA concert experience, celebrate the music of ABBA and dance the night away!
Charmaine Wilson – The Australian Medium
Date Fri 3rd May 2019
Charmaine Wilson is a world-renowned Australian medium, who has been consistently recognised for her skill and compassion since awakening to her gift in 1999.

She was the winner of Channel Seven’s inaugural season of The One, and was also honoured as Queensland Psychic of the Year in 2008 and Australian Psychic of the Year in 2005. Charmaine tours extensively around the country, and runs workshops all year long.

She has lived through a lot of heartache in her life, including the death of her brother and her four-year-old daughter, both to tragic accidents. Her mother passed in late 2006. These deaths have made her a most compassionate and understanding reader, especially in relating to how her clients may be feeling.

Charmaine has been dedicated to giving accurate information about the spirit world to her clients since she began her work in 2002. She has toured extensively around Australia and works on radio stations throughout regional Australia.

Please note > This event is 16+.
Zach Mach Mackay Adventure Challenge
Date Sat 18th May 2019
A fun, action packed adventure for the whole family based in the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Mountain Bike the great divide, kayak with Barra on Teemburra Dam, run with butterflies in the rainforest near Cattle Creek and road ride past historic cane farms.

Mountain bike, trail run, kayak and road cycle though the majestic Pioneer Valley in Mackay's only multisport adventure challenge. The Zach Mach is an adventure race that celebrates the life of an outstanding young man, Zach Roberts. Zach was an adventure racer and a much loved student at Mackay Christian College who tragically passed away in an accident at the age of 18.

Ages: eight and above.
Mini MACH: Mountain bike, Creek Crossing, Run, Mountain bike (Return).
Full MACH: Categories (Solo, pairs, relay teams) Stages (Mountain bike, Kayak/Canoe, Trail Run, Road Cycle).
Mackay Expo
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
The Mackay Expo transforms the Mackay Showgrounds into the perfect scene for outdoor enthusiasts and home renovators, where it combines a massive outdoor adventure display with the very best of home and outdoor living. View the latest in homewares, renovation ideas and outdoor living, alongside an impressive caravan and camping show, featuring caravans, camper trailers, boating, 4x4’s, vehicle accessories and camping must-haves. The whole family is welcome at the Mackay Expo, with great entertainment and amazing prizes to win.

Opening Hours:
Friday 24th May 8:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday 25th May: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday 26th May: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Velos in the Valley
Date Sat 25th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
Come and join a cycling adventure through the Pioneer Valley, Mackay Queensland. The Velos in the Valley route will take you from the Mackay Marina to Finch Hatton cruising their country roads, cane fields and bush. Camp overnight at the Finch Hatton Show Grounds and return to the harbour the following day.

All funds raised will go to Tour de Cure and Grapevine Mackay. Spaces are limited so get in early.

They will have riding groups for all: 20 kilometres per hour, 25 kilometres per hour, 30 kilometres per hour and 35 kilometres per hour.

The event is fully supported, they will transport your camping gear and provide you with snacks and meals.
Mackay Marina Run
Date Sun 2nd Jun 2019
Mackay is a booming Queensland Region and the BMA Mackay Marina Run is the signature running event for the exciting and expanding city of Mackay. The event showcases the spectacular features of the tropical coastal city and celebrates the role that fun and fitness has in the community.

While attracting running enthusiasts from around the country it also has a key focus of attracting first time competitors through the provision of a half marathon, an eight kilometre run, a five kilometre fun run, five kilometre corporate challenge and three kilometre junior dash. Significant funds are raised for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Entertainment is provided at certain locations on the course including traditional jazz, rock n roll and folk to enhance the great feel to the event.
St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
The St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend is an immersive off the beaten track weekend in an authentic Australian coastal wetlands where visitors can make friends with nature, tantalise their tastebuds with local produce and get hand's on and creative with environmental art workshops.

Held off the beaten track in the small community of St Lawrence, there is plenty to do and see;

- take a tour of the wetlands and learn about the endangered bird species that call it home.

- tantalise your taste buds with local seafood sourced direct from the coastal waters of St Lawrence including their signature chilli mud crab lunch at the pop-up beer garden.

- discover the history of how St Lawrence came to be on a town tour and swap stories with the locals over a cold drink at the annual dinner where the town's premier free-range pork will be crackling again.

- spend the night right by the wetlands in their luxury glamping tents and rise to the early morning birdsong or bring your own tent or caravan and camp onsite.

- re-energise the mind and body with yoga and reiki in nature.
The Ten Tenors – Love Is In The Air
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019
Love is in the Air – and they want to share it with you!

We all adore songs about love. From “All You Need Is love” to “Money Can’t Buy Me Love”, “How Deep Is Your Love" to "The Look Of Love”, and that enduring classic "The Book Of Love”.

These songs and many more celebrate one of the greatest feelings in the world, the glory of love, which is all around us each and every day. They’re the best reminder that love is free but can make you feel like the richest person in the world, if you open your heart.

In 2019, The TEN Tenors are embracing love and will be singing some of the most popular feel-good love songs and wedding first dance songs of all time. They’ll cover many of your favourite romantic tunes, from pop songs with a twist to classic love songs, and even a few of the most famous and touching love arias in existence. For anyone with a soft spot for a tender tune, this is an experience not to be missed.
Leaving Jackson – The Johnny Cash and June Carter Show
Date Sat 22nd Jun 2019
Take a step back in time to when country music told a true story of life, love and heartache. From the famous Walk The Line and Folsom Prison Blues to the iconic Ring of Fire. Johnny and June together again in a fantastic tribute to some of the greatest songs ever written. For more than 40 years Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of life, love and heartache.

A love story played out through some of the greatest songs ever written. Now Jeff Carter together with Brooke McMullen bring to life a captivating and unforgettable musical concert not to be missed, their on stage performance has to be seen to be believed. This show will have you singing, laughing and crying for more.
Mackay Cross Country Mountain Cup
Date Fri 28th Jun 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019
It will be a round of the Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) National Cup for 2019.

Comprising of a Tier 1 and UCI Cat 2 cross country (XCO) format.

Two races, one on the Saturday and One on the Sunday (UCI Cat2).

River Sessions
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
From 2009 to 2014 River Sessions drew thousands of tourists to the Mackay region with the biggest musical acts Australia had to offer. River Sessions then returned June 2018 with a huge positive impact on the community that left punters wanting more! River Sessions will not only return with a stellar musical lineup in 2019 it will again be bringing another culinary smorgasbord in the form of the 15 hand-picked food and Arts vendors from Mackay and the surrounding regions.

River Sessions is Queensland’s largest non-touring single day music festival that will aim to claim that statues again on Saturday June 29 2019 showcasing a multitude of Australia's leading live dance, hip hop and rock/indie acts taking the stage with an abundance of 15 food and arts vendors in a boutique setting at one of Mackay’s beautiful venues, Queens Park.

Mackay Mountain Marathon
Date Sat 3rd Aug 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019
The Mackay Mountain Marathon is a mountain bike adventure ride and running event catering for all ages and skill levels.

The event will start and finish at Eungella. There will be three run and ride distance that can be found on their web site.

Whether you are looking for a fun family adventure or an extreme Mountain Bike challenge this event, set in Eungella National Park, is sure to satisfy. Pedal your way through lush rainforest on a winding single track crossing platypus inhabited creeks and rivers. Then head out to tackle fire roads in the back country before making your way back to finish above the clouds and on top of the world!

Why not make a weekend of it? They have planned family events and entertainment on the Saturday evening and encourage all participants to camp out with them at the Eungella cricket oval Saturday night before the event.

Oceania Masters Athletics Championships 2019
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019 to Sat 7th Sep 2019
These championships are held every two years and Athletics Masters Members from the Oceania Federation Countries are invited to participate.

The track and field events at the 2019 host city of Mackay, Queensland, will be on a newly completed athletics facility opening February 2019.

Out of Stadia events such as the half marathon and 10 kilometre race walk are planned to be along Mackay's scenic river paths.

Beach Motorcycle Races
Date Sun 8th Sep 2019
Speeding Motorcycles under open tropical skies, at Grasstree Beach, 35 minutes south of Mackay, Central Queensland, first ran in the region back in 1927.

This iconic event is and the only competitive beach motorcycle race in Australia, one of only several in the world. The race attracts around 350 riders, from all around Australia and draws about 5000 spectators to the event. The event caters for thrill seekers, beach goers and provides a family friendly atmosphere.

Organisers, Gum Valley Motorcycle Club coordinate the event with the assistance of many local community groups. Gum Valley Club has a long history of well run high profile events including Australian Motocross titles and the Australian four day Enduro event and will bring their expertise to this experience.

The racing is unique with the final King of the Beach race, a competition between dirt bikes and street bikes. Most machines have been custom built by avid motorcycle fanatics. An awe inspiring sight to see on the beach. There are 13 classes including juniors, seniors, quad bikes and street bikes.

This family friendly event includes entertainment, trials demonstrations, jumping castles, face painting, trade alley and a beach vibe markets.
Mackay Inflatable Boat Race
Date Sun 15th Sep 2019
The Mackay Inflatable Boat Race will be held at the spectacular Eimeo Beach. It will be full of fun and excitement for everyone, attendees dress in fancy dress, armed with any type of inflatable raft, from pool ponies to caterpillars, and paddle a short course.

There will be activities suitable for all ages!

The original event was created by Denver Beven from Manly.
All money raised goes to Tour de Cure and the Eimeo Surf Life Saving Club.
Etnies Rumble on the Reef
Date Mon 23rd Sep 2019 to Sun 29th Sep 2019
The 2019 Etnies Rumble on the Reef is happening again!

Come to tropical North Queensland to see some of the worlds best skateboarders in this week long festival.

Exclusive signings, Queensland championships of skateboarding and international demonstrations all come as part of the week.
River 2 Reef Ride
Date Sat 5th Oct 2019
The River 2 Reef Ride charity event is a mass participation ride. The event raises funds for two local charities - RACQ CQ Rescue and Mackay Sporting Wheelies with the focus on encouraging more people to become active and involved in their health through cycling.

Last year this event attracted over 1,000 cyclists.

There are four ride distances to choose from: 35 kilometres, 60 kilometres, 90 kilometres or 135 kilometres.

They'll finish at the Blue Water Quay where breakfast food stalls will be operating - perfect for your friends and family to greet you when you cross the line.

The River 2 Reef Ride is a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the glorious scenery Mackay has to offer while raising money for worthwhile causes.