Regional Tourism Guide for Mackay
The Lounge Suite with Dale Pengelly
Date Fri 15th Feb 2019
MAP Pharmacies West Mackay and Ooralea Morning Melodies 2019 - The Lounge Suite with Dale Pengelly.

When romance collides with cabaret and swing attempts to seduce you once again, you know you’ve found The Lounge Suite!

A high energy celebration of dance and song, The Lounge Suite beckons you to peek behind, through its curtains. Swoon and sway to timeless tunes from The Rat Pack and Nat King Cole alongside classics from musical theatre favourites such as Singin' in the Rain, The Boy from Oz, Chicago and Hot Shoe Shuffle.

Travel back to the way it was. Discover the allure of nostalgia and be carried on a journey through Dale Pengelly’s incredible career in the world of artistic performance.

But they’re missing something…Showgirls!
Supported by his Loungin' Ladies, you’ll be hard pressed to resist singing and dancing your way through the swing era hit with this sensational trio.
Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates to Pinafore
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019
Promac Productions are proud to announce the national tour of a world first. All 14 Gilbert and Sullivan musicals in one sensationally fast paced, hilarious and beautifully sung production.

Hit songs and scene highlights from such wonderful musicals as The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, The Gondoliers, Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe and Patience to name but a few. The songs speak for themselves. You will hear hits such as I am The Pirate King, Take A Pair of Sparkling Eyes, A Policeman’s Lot, He Is an Englishman, Three Little Maids, The Hours Creep on a Pace, and many many more.

Pirates To Pinafore is the latest instalment from Promac who have performed many great and critically acclaimed Gilbert & Sullivan productions over a number of years to all parts of Australia.

The production is seen through the eyes of the three main men, Gilbert, Sullivan and Carte as they reflect on their successful careers. But as Gilbert himself wrote “…things are seldom what they seem…”, and it’s well known these three men who created such magic around the world … did not get on.

So join this stellar cast for a production of true hilarity and beautiful singing, in a world first.
Date Thu 21st Feb 2019
Two by Jim Cartwright. Directed by Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry, Jim Cartwright’s timeless comedy Two introduces 14 colourful characters, all skilfully played by Brian Meegan and Kate Raison.

Set in the local pub, you’ll meet all the regulars, a misfit crowd of eccentric and hilarious individuals. There’s Moth, who loves Maud (and every other woman) fervently; Mrs Iger, with her passion for quiet, strong men; possessive Roy, jealous of anybody who looks at Lesley (even the darts players); Alice and Fred and their Elvis obsession; and the publicans themselves – a married couple with an unspoken secret…

By turns funny, heart-warming and poignant, don’t miss this smash hit comedy.
The Just Saying Project Presents Real Body Runway
Date Fri 22nd Feb 2019
Celebrate the beauty of every woman. This body positive event will feature style and stories from fabulous females while shining a light on self acceptance and body love.

'Role models' from the Mackay community will walk the Real Body Runway and share their inner fashionista and what fashion and beauty means to them.

Along with the runway, there will be a panel of self love speakers sharing their stories on body image and self esteem.

There will be entertainment and empowerment for women from all walks of life.
An Evening with Billy Slater - Mackay
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
Billy Slater is a once in a generation player, from humble beginnings Billy started his journey by riding track work for legendary trainer Gai Waterhouse on his way to trialing with the Melbourne Storm.

With an unbelievable work ethic Billy cemented his spot in the top squad, before announcing himself on the representative football scene with explosive speed, skill and toughness.
Reinventing the fullback position, Billy Slater has achieved every imaginable award rugby league has to offer! From club premierships to Origin domination to World Cup victories with the Kanagaroos, this man has done it all! Including being voted the worlds best rugby league player!

Billy Slater will be live on stage across 10 nights in a variety of regional towns and capital cities, including the MECC in Mackay!

Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the games greats and hear his amazing story of resilience, achievement and 'never say die' attitude!
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+.
NRL Trial Match - Cowboys Versus Storm
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019
Watch the NQ Cowboys go head to head with the Melbourne Storm in the final NRL trial match before the 2019 season begins. Gates will open at 2.30pm with games throughout the afternoon in the lead up to the main game at 7pm. This will sell out fast, purchase your ticket today! All bags will be checked upon entry.
JLT Community Series: Gold Coast SUNS versus Western Bulldogs
Date Sun 3rd Mar 2019
Support your Gold Coast SUNS in Mackay for the JLT Community Series match against the Western Bulldogs on Sunday March 3 at Great Barrier Reef Arena.

All the action kicks off from at 6.40pm local time - it'll be a great evening for the whole family ahead of the official AFL season launch.
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.).
International Women’s Day Event
Date Sun 10th Mar 2019
Zonta Mackay International Women’s Day Fundraiser. Join them in celebrating International Women’s Day. Invite your friends, family and colleagues, male or female, to their UN themed “More Powerful Together” Luncheon.

Guest speaker Dr Helena Popovic MBBS believes our decisions are more powerful than our DNA. Helena is a medical doctor, a leading authority on improving brain function, a best-selling author and an international speaker with a mission to educate rather than medicate.

Speaking topics include Boost Your Brain, Turn Stress into Success, Come Alive and Thrive and Rewire your Brain to Reshape your Body. Dr Popovic will have her best-selling books for sale at this event. The Luncheon event is a time to socialise.

Enjoy raffles, silent auctions, a grazing table, sit down Luncheon meal, and cash bar.

Partnering with the MECC, they also have the “All About Women” simulcast, live from the Sydney Opera House.
The winner of the Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs Award will be announced.

All funds raised go to local charities in addition to the international projects supported by Zonta International. The event concludes at 2pm.
I Want To Know What Love Is
Date Wed 13th Mar 2019
Around the world, people love. They sing for love, dance for love, compose poems and stories about love. Tell myths and legends about love. They pine, live, kill and die for love. Anthropologists have found evidence of romantic love in 170 societies. They’ve never found a society that did not have it. Helen Fisher, The Brain In Love.

I Want To Know What Love Is throws a spotlight on long-buried memories, bedroom fantasies, crushes and conquests. Acclaimed Queensland performance collective The Good Room asked members of the public to anonymously submit their stories of love - fragments and memories, confessions and admissions – and they’ve transformed those submissions into magnificent declarations centre stage.

Submission #87: “It’s been years, but I still think of you and wonder ‘What could have been?’”
Submission #346: “I choose to say it did not fail. It just finished.”

Following a sold-out premiere season in Brisbane Festival 2014 with Queensland Theatre, the work had a subsequent sold-out return at Brisbane Powerhouse’s Wonderland Festival in 2015, and a Melbourne season at Provocare Festival in 2017. This thrilling production is on national tour in 2018.

This is for everyone who’s ever loved or hurt. This is for you.
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!
Mackay's Amazing Race
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
Teams of four will race around Mackay finding clues and facing challenges before racing to the finish line, all to raise funds for charity! You don't have to be the fastest to win. The race consists of a circuit around the Mackays Central Business District with 20 exciting checkpoints with challenges along the way.

Get your team of four together and show your interest for this amazing community event!

There will be stacks of prizes and goodies to be won with money raised going to Tour de Cure and Eimeo SLSC.

Tickets on sale in December 2018.

If you run a business and are interested in sponsoring, send them a message.
The Sapphires
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019
The Sapphires is a multiple award-winning musical play and film that is coming to the MECC stage.... for the first time. Four young women from regional Australia, who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance to change their tune, their clothes and their lives. Wearing sequins, armed only with microphones they find themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that is the Vietnam War. The Sapphires is a funny, heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing Motown hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval. It is an energetic, fun and engaging play that affirms life and the realisation of dreams.
We’ve Only Just Begun – The Music of the Carpenters
Date Fri 29th Mar 2019
MAP Pharmacies West Mackay and Ooralea Morning Melodies 2019.

The Carpenters were one of the most successful and cherished bands of all time. Recording some of the greatest love songs in pop music history, they captivated not one but three generations of fans.

We’ve Only Just Begun is a moving music-filled performance that celebrates the hits of the band. Australian music theatre star, Angela Lumicisi’s spellbinding performance follows Karen Carpenter’s transformation from a little girl behind a drum kit to one of the brightest stars of the 70s.

While Karen was entertaining and inspiring the world, Angela was an Italian girl struggling with growing up in the confines of her traditional life in Melbourne. Karen and Angela’s lives begin to intertwine through their struggles and their loves as Angela finds the strength to be the person she’s always wanted to be. Karen’s soaring and heart wrenching vocals spoke to Angela.

Angela Lumicisi channels Karen Carpenter’s unique voice to recreate the distinctive style that made the Carpenters among the best-selling artists of all time.

If you cherish the music of the Carpenters, long to hear it live again, if you love great singing and lush melodies, don’t miss this fabulous show.
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.
Kids’ Day at the MECC
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
DBCT Young People’s Entertainment Season 2019.

Buckle up and take the whole family on a fun-filled adventure day at the MECC!

Be welcomed through the doors by Australia’s Prince of Circus and Physical Comedy, Dandyman, and immerse yourself into the wonderful world of performing arts. Take a trip in a giant time machine and travel back to the era of dinosaurs. Sit back and relax, enjoy a snack box and a movie - Rumpelstiltskin filmed live on stage!

Let your creativity run wild and make your own marvellous, glowing puppets. Or let Guru Dudu take you on a silent disco tour through the secret corners of the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre and dance like no one is watching.

Kids Day at the MECC is not just a show, but an experience – they will see you there! Kids Day at the MECC is not just one show, it’s hours of fun and adventure!
Tommy Emmanuel Plus Very Special Guest Jerry Douglas
Date Sun 14th Apr 2019
Australia’s internationally acclaimed acoustic guitar icon Tommy Emmanuel CGP returns to Australia this April, having combined a special 30th anniversary appearance at the hugely successful Bluesfest in Byron Bay with select capital city performances plus some rare regional shows.

Tommy brings the power and dynamism of a full band to his solo acoustic playing, with incredible charisma, stunning speed, dexterity and unerring command of melody.

Tommy’s message is pure love for the guitar, music and his delight in sharing it with the world, one audience at a time. Tommy’s greatest honour was being named by his childhood idol Chet Atkins as a ‘Certified Guitar Player’ (CGP). The legendary US guitarist and producer Atkins gave this designation to only five players in history.

Tommy brings a very special guest with him for these shows – for the first time in Australia, audiences will be able to see legendary dobro master Jerry Douglas in action. A great friend of Tommy’s and winner of 14 Grammy Awards, Jerry has played on more than 1600 albums and will not only open the shows, but also team up with Tommy for some very special musical treats together that will leave audiences with mouths agape.
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+.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow 2019
Date Sat 4th May 2019
Looking for a laugh? The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is coming to town.

Forget I-Spy, spotto and stale servo snacks, this road trip is jam-packed with a crew of fantastically funny comedians, specially selected to bring the fun of the Festival to towns and cities around the nation.

For 20 years the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has been touring far and wide, bringing giggles, guffaws and good times to Australia and further afield.

You can experience Australia’s largest and best-loved comedy festival in your own backyard. They’ve got over 80 destinations on the laugh-laden schedule, and a line-up of artists to tickle anyone’s funny bone.

The Roadshow really has something for everyone! Grab a mate, grab a date… grab a ticket to the Roadshow!

Please note: Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older. Smoke Machine/Hazer may be used during this performance.
Lamberts Beach Seafood and Wine Festival
Date Sun 5th May 2019
The Seabreeze Hotel Mackay presents The Lamberts Beach Seafood and Wine Festival. This family friendly festival includes fresh and local Seafood, Food Stalls, Kids Zone, Craft beer, Wine and Cider Stalls.

This event will feature all day live music, headlining act to be announced soon!

The event is held on the shores of Lamberts Beach Mackay Queensland. One of Mackay's best kept secrets.

Definitely not an event to be missed!
Foster and Allen
Date Sun 5th May 2019
Legendary Irish folk music duo Foster and Allen are number one stars across the globe, having 30 new-release charting albums over a 40-year career, the only act in the world to do so.

This legendary Irish folk music act began in 1975 when Mick Foster and Tony Allen formed their duo after many years of playing together.

Their big break came with the single ‘A Bunch of Thyme’ which stayed in the Irish Charts for an unbelievable 53 weeks and became a number one single in the British Top 20. Foster and Allen’s mega-hits include ‘Old Flames’ and ‘Maggie’ which has seen them amass record sales in excess of 20 million sales worldwide due to their loyal fan-base.

Foster and Allen’s style and easy listening sound remains as fresh and exciting as ever.

Join them on their 2019 Australian tour!
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).
Djuki Mala
Date Thu 23rd May 2019
Direct from North East Arnhem Land, Indigenous dance sensations and landmark dance/theatre company that took the world by storm present their internationally acclaimed smash hit production.

Unique, infectious, high energy… like a confetti cannon point blank to the heart.

Djuki Mala wow audiences with a spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning with a hefty dose of heart and soul! Their appearances have electrified audiences at major festivals and events worldwide with multiple award nominations and wins alongside huge media interest.

Djuki Mala’s performances offer a rare and insightful view into Indigenous Australia.
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.
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.
Billionaire Boy
Date Tue 28th May 2019
A play by Maryam Master Based on the book by David Walliams.

Twelve year old Joe has everything a boy could ever want, from a golden underwater Ferrari to his very own cinema. Joe and his Dad have more money than you could imagine, but what Joe really needs is a friend. When Joe arrives at his new school, life really gets tough. Facing the school bully, his Dad’s new girlfriend and the world’s worst school canteen, Joe is about to learn that money might buy you a lot in Raj’s shop, but it can’t buy you everything.

David Walliams’ best-selling books comes to life on stage for 6 to 12 year olds - and their adults! Don’t miss this original Australian adaptation as the team behind Mr Stink and The 13-, 26-, 52- and 78-Storey Treehouses live on stage return with songs, laughs and yes, that cat sick and sweet potato mash from the canteen.
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.
Musical Mystery Tour with Danny Elliott and Sharna Le-Grand
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019
Danny Elliott is truly an extraordinarily talented musician, singer and all-round entertainer. Together, with beautiful singer Sharna Le-Grand, they present the music of the Beatles in a way not heard before.

As only Danny can, the Beatles music is performed on instrument after instrument, more than 12 actually, as well as wonderfully sung by both Danny and Sharna.

From the early Rock ‘n’ Roll days to their beautiful ballads and mind altering hits of the 70s, this show features wonderful melodies, stories and music from the greatest band of all time.

Whether rocking out on the guitar or piano, a howling sax solo or beautiful melodies on the pan flute, whistles or clarinet, there is amazing versatility and variety on display. The stirring bagpipes also feature in this wonderfully eclectic and entertaining show it’s no wonder Danny has been awarded multiple “Mo” and “ACE” awards in Australia for Versatile Variety and Variety Entertainer of the Year and has supported some huge industry names including Dame Shirley Bassey, The Supremes and Marina Prior to name a few.

Danny is also a regular on many of the world’s most luxurious cruise lines including Cunard, Silver Seas, Crystal, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Princess.
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.
The Last Great Hunt presents Bruce
Date Wed 12th Jun 2019
Created by Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd and Tim Watts, performed by Daniel Buckle and Nick Pages-Oliver.

From the creator of the award-winning international hits The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer and It’s Dark Outside comes a new low-fi puppetry spectacular.

Get ready for an epic puppet adventure that bends time and melts your heart.

Keeping you on the edge of your seat, Bruce will sweep you away on an epic adventure of love and revenge. He may be just a floating block of yellow foam, but Bruce is out to prove he’s got a heart of pure gold. These exceptionally skilled puppeteers bring Bruce to life as we witness the incredible comedic story of his life as a self-proclaimed hero-cop turned novelist-astronaut. Bruce is a loveable screw-up; he's got one last shot at redemption but, with a lifetime of regrets hunting him down, he's running out of space-time. Created and performed by Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd and Tim Watts, this sidesplitting story is unapologetic in its minimal approach.
Bruce is a non-stop rollercoaster of action, adventure and nostalgia.

Please note > Contains adult themes and language.
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).

The Whitlams – Last drinks at the Morrison Hotel Tour
Date Fri 28th Jun 2019
The Whitlams are thrilled to announce their 2019 'Last drinks at the Morrison Hotel Tour'.

It’s 20 years since 'Blow Up the Pokies' was released in the multi-platinum album 'Love this City' and even though all the band can really do is shrug their shoulders that nothing has changed on the pokies front they can mark the passage of time and recall partying like it was 1999 by playing most of the album each night on this tour.

Tim Freedman says, “I have identified 12 songs and two bonus tracks that I still want to play from 'Love this City', so that will make up the core of the show The other half of the rambunctious long set will wander widely through the other five albums, stopping off for six minutes at Bob Dylan’s ‘Tangled up in Blue’ which it’s time to play again”.

The band's career achievements include seven albums, three multi-Platinum and three Gold and three ARIA Awards, including the Best Group presented by Gough Whitlam in 1998. In 2011 Eternal Nightcap was voted 27th on ABC's ‘My Favourite Album’ poll, and more recently earned the 17th spot in ‘Triple J's Hottest Australian Albums of All Time.
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.

John Paul Young and The Allstar Band - The Vanda and Young Songbook
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
John Paul Young and The Allstar Band The Vanda and Young Songbook is a concert celebrating this incredible song-writing duo's creations; the songs that gave Australia its unique soundtrack during the 60's 70's and the 80's and still to this day.

With hits written for The Easybeats, AC/DC, Grace Jones, Ted Mulry, Vanda and Young's own studio unit "Flash and the Pan" to the wealth of hits written for John Paul Young, this show will have you up and dancin' like it's 1979.

John Paul Young and The Allstar Band will travel you through the decades of mega hits and John's own behind the scenes stories about the songs and their making, at a time when music was king.
Queensland Ballet presents Dangerous Liaisons
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019
Based on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ time honoured novel, Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Associate and world-renowned choreographer Liam Scarlett breathes life into this sultry tale. Set amongst the aristocratic elite of late 18th century France, this evocative and vivid work will scintillate audiences.

With a story that has captivated audiences around the world for over 200 years, Dangerous Liaisons is a hedonistic tale of love, virtue and humanity, re-imagined into a dramatic new ballet for mature audiences.

A co-production between Queensland Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater.

Please note: Dangerous Liaisons contains adult themes and is not recommended for children.
Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus by Circa
Date Tue 23rd Jul 2019
Straight from the score and onto the stage, the man known as Mozart appears amid a storm of powder, tumbling and twirling, as musical mayhem and movement fuse in this family show with a circus twist.

To those who know him, he is Wolfgang, the dart-playing, pun-loving ratbag. To those who are watching and listening, he is the wigged genius Mozart. Come and discover his irrepressible spirit and vibrant compositions through physical comedy and mischievous antics.

Designed to amaze people from the age of three and upwards, Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus reinvents the composer’s magical music in a skilful and illuminating show featuring Circa’s dexterous daredevil artists and a live accordionist. Watch as the notes are physically lifted off the page as performers bring the renowned compositions to life amidst a storm of powder, tumbles and crashes, all under the eccentric swirl of the conductor’s baton.
Opera Australia National Tour - Madama Butterfly
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019
Puccini. A man enchanted by the beauty of the East.
A woman in love with the promise of the West.
Separated by vast ocean and many years, what will become of their love?

Madama Butterfly is a love story that reaches across cultures, oceans and time. U.S. Naval officer B.F. Pinkerton is ashore in Japan, and enchanted with its beauty and freedoms. He decides to take a wife, and when the gorgeous geisha Butterfly arrives, he is transfixed by her charms. She falls hopelessly in love, and a passionate marriage begins.

Years later, Pinkerton has returned home. Abandoned by her family, Butterfly waits faithfully for her husband to return. Dawn breaks on a ship in the harbour. What will become of her great hope?

Puccini’s popular opera inspired the musical Miss Saigon. Filled with gorgeous music, from the lovers’ first rapturous embrace to the intense finale. It features the famous aria ‘Un bel di vedremo’ and Humming Chorus, with Japanese and American musical themes.

One of Australia’s greatest theatrical minds, John Bell, directs this production, complete with beautiful costumes and sets.
Hear Opera Australia’s wonderful singers perform with a chamber orchestra, along with a children’s chorus, drawn from local communities.
Possum Magic
Date Mon 29th Jul 2019 to Tue 30th Jul 2019
For more than 30 years, Mem Fox’s Possum Magic has captivated and enchanted young people all over Australia.
Grandma Poss loves making magic. She makes wombats blue and kookaburras pink. She makes dingoes smile and emus shrink. But one day, when danger arrives in the form of a snake, Grandma uses her most magical spell to make Hush invisible. Hush has many wonderful adventures. But being invisible isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Hush longs to see herself again.

One problem. Grandma Poss can’t find the spell to make Hush visible again. And then she remembers...this particular magic requires something more, something special, something to do with food…people food.

Possum Magic takes us on a whimsical journey to cities around Australia to find the food that makes Hush visible again.
Yamato – The Drummers of Japan
Date Thu 1st Aug 2019
Following their hugely successful tour in 2017, the Yamato Drummers are back in Australia by popular demand.

Their acclaimed performances of Japanese Taiko drumming and music have captivated audiences of over seven million people in 54 countries across the globe.

In their brand new show "Passion", the drummers challenge and push themselves to their absolute limits. Yamato will leave audiences exhilarated by this visually spectacular, high-energy and explosive show.
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.

Lab Kelpie presents Spencer by Katy Warner
Date Wed 21st Aug 2019
There’s no such thing as fun for the whole family…
A brand new comedy-drama looking at a gloriously dysfunctional Australian family, this is modern storytelling at its best! Told over the course of one weekend in a suburban Australian home, Spencer is the story of tight-knit family led by single-mum matriarch Marilyn and her three adult children – wayward daughter Jules, mouthy coulda-been Ben and AFL golden boy Scott.

About to meet the young son – Spencer – he never knew he had, Scott and the family have returned home to help mark the occasion. With the surprise appearance of Ian, the father they barely remember, the entire family is forced to work together to clean up both the house and their own fractured relationships as the clock ticks down to Spencer’s arrival.

Starring Jane Clifton (Prisoner) and Roger Oakley (Home and Away), and supported by Lyall Brooks, Jamieson Caldwell and Fiona Harris, Spencer employs classic Australian vernacular, lashings of humour, and recognisable characters that ask us to consider how much our family defines who we are, if we can exist without them - and if we ever really grow up…
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.
Bell Shakespeare – Much Ado About Nothing
Date Thu 12th Sep 2019
By William Shakespeare. Directed by James Evans.

Claudio and Hero are deeply in love. Beatrice and Benedick would rather swap sassy insults than sweet nothings. Much Ado About Nothing is a saucy and razor-sharp battle of wits between the bickering Beatrice and Benedick, who wield words as weapons, their banter betraying their love for each other. Claudio however is quickly consumed by envy and his idyllic world threatens to come tumbling down as he humiliates Hero. Beatrice and Benedick must join forces to defend true love – even if they can’t recognise it in themselves.
Will truth and honesty win the day, and does love really conquer all?

Directed by Bell Shakespeare’s Associate Director, James Evans (Julius Caesar) and starring Zindzi Okenyo (Antony and Cleopatra, MTC’s An Ideal Husband) as Beatrice, this Much Ado About Nothing will be a powerful exploration of the struggle for identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world. The pursuit of love is framed in a social context that enhances the darker themes in this timeless comic gem. Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s contemporary comedies where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusations, broken promises, and bumbling cops.
Or is it?
Roald Dahl’s The Twits - Mackay
Date Fri 13th Sep 2019
Mr and Mrs Twit, the most horrible people ever to live on the stage of the earth!

How unpleasant is Mr Twit, a hairy-faced, grubby and messy old man! How mean-spirited Mrs Twit is, whose once pretty face, is now ugly and reflecting her consumption of nasty thoughts!

Being the delightful humans they are, Mr and Mrs Twit spend their days playing dirty tricks on each other. Mrs Twit puts worms in Mr Twit's spaghetti – yuck! Mr Twit convinces Mrs Twit has the dreaded shrinks – how mean! Insults are flying left, right and centre and a tag game of revenge and out-trickery is never ending. Meanwhile, Muggle-Wump, a poor little monkey is held captive by Mr Twit. Obsessed with putting on The Great Upside-Down Monkey Circus, Mr Twit relentlessly trains Muggle-Wump to perform death defying stunts, punishing the monkey as he sees fit. Poor little Muggle-Wump. But! Fate changes for Muggle-Wump with the arrival of Roly-Poly, a glorious bird full of grace and pomposity. Together a plot is devised to secure Muggle-Wump’s freedom and punish The Twits forever.
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.
Tenori – Timeless
Date Fri 27th Sep 2019
Why do some songs stand the test of time? David Kidd, Craig Atkinson and Andrew Pryor share a classic collection of songs that remain as current as the day they were written.

These three Queensland tenors met while touring internationally with The Ten Tenors; performing in venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, The Pantages Theatre in LA and the Sydney Opera House. After some time apart working with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and many of the country’s finest orchestras, they are back together doing what they do best.

Tenori have established themselves as a national touring force, travelling the length and breadth of Australia, performing on the iconic Queen Mary 2 and sharing the stage with the likes of Emma Pask, Marina Prior and James Morrison.

The lads have been working hard on a new album and are excited to share fresh versions of some of their favourite songs, this time with a three-piece band.

David, Craig and Andrew are known for their stylish, unique and often hilarious takes on songs from the worlds of Opera, Music Theatre, Pop and Jazz.
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.

Adventurethon Mackay Stage Race
Date Sat 12th Oct 2019 to Sun 13th Oct 2019
Start your weekend of adventure with a mountain bike ride around the always interesting Rowallan Park tracks. Look out for inclusion of the ‘floating bridge’ and ‘spiral of doom’, they may re-appear for the race. Follow your ride with a flat water paddle on Kinchant Dam to enjoy the sights before settling in for the night at the campsite. Awake Sunday to take on the very popular Finch Hatton Gorge Adventure Run through the rainforest and get a close look at the waterfalls but be prepared to get wet!
Practically Perfect – The Music of Julie Andrews
Date Fri 1st Nov 2019
For generations she has graced the stage and screen, and is fondly remembered for being Maria in the Sound of Music and of course, the wonderful nanny in Mary Poppins. Now in one glorious stage production, Practically Perfect celebrates the life and music of the legendary Dame Julie Andrews.

Featuring some of her best known songs from shows such as Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Victor Victoria and more, interwoven with stories of her life both on and off the stage, be taken on an all singing, all dancing journey from the West End to Broadway and onto Hollywood.

With beautiful costumes, extraordinary dancing together with some of the most memorable music ever written and sung, this is an exquisite musical tribute to a living legend which will thrill and delight audiences of all ages.

Starring Karla Hillam and her Leading Man, Jonathan Guthrie-Jones, Practically Perfect - The Music of Julie Andrews is, well simply practically perfect.

Another wonderful production brought to you by the team behind the blockbuster shows 'A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire', 'Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men' and 'A Night in Vegas'.
The Beggars Christmas Favourites
Date Fri 29th Nov 2019
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year! Santa Claus is coming, Rudolph’s nose is glowing, and The Beggars are singing everyone’s favourite Christmas songs around the Christmas tree.

Get into the Festive spirit with this wonderful concert full of our favourite carols, songs and sing-alongs. Featuring the beautiful playing and three part harmony singing of The Beggars, and presented in their relaxed and friendly style with projected images providing the visual background and atmosphere.

Make a list, check it twice – The Beggars are coming to town!