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October 2017

Australia’s Changing Islands

October 1, 2017 - March 29, 2018
Unnamed Venue,
Mackay, Queensland Australia
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Australia's Changing Islands

Rising temperatures and increased frequency of extreme weather events is changing the distribution of species on Queensland’s tropical islands. Help researchers understand how a changing climate is impacting the wildlife that inhabit them. On this expedition, you will hike with researchers across the rugged island to better understand how climate change is impacting the landscape. You will document the nature of these changes by undertaking surveys of plant species, observing koalas and wallabies, bird watching and recording small reptiles and…

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Free Guided Heritage Walk of Mackay

October 1, 2017 - September 24, 2018
Mackay City,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Free guided heritage walk of mackay

Join the Mackay Tourism Volunteer Ambassadors, John and John, on this guided walking tour of Mackay City Centre’s heritage and art deco buildings. Immerse yourself in the history of Mackay through Story telling and humour. This event takes place every Wednesday and starts at Paxton’s warehouse, corner of River and Carlyle Street. The walk takes approximately 90 minutes and finishes with complimentary tea and coffee.

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Greater Whitsunday Farmers Markets

October 1, 2017 - May 26, 2018
Wood St Park,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
Greater Whitsunday Farmers Markets

The Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market is the showcase of local, fresh produce and value added products from within Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday Region. Every Wednesday afternoon in Mackays vibrant city heart in Wood Street, join families and restaurateurs in buying local produce that does not come any fresher. All stall holders are guaranteed local to the region and are selling guaranteed local goods that either are grown and caught locally or are made with local ingredients.

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Grasstree Beach Motorbike Races

October 1, 2017 - January 10, 2018
2017 Grasstree Beach Motorbike Races,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Grasstree Beach Motorbike Races

The annual and only legal motorbike beach race in Australia – the King of the Beach Motorbike Races are making a return to Grasstree Beach! The iconic annual event sees competitors travel internationally to participate one of the few remaining races of its kind. The event consists of various qualifying heats with placeholders progressing through the rounds to the final. In conjunction with a great day of racing various activities will be held on site including a jumping castle for…

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Dracula by Bram Stoker created and adapted by shake & stir theatre co

October 1 - December 3
MECC,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Dracula by Bram Stoker created and adapted by shake & stir theatre co

Another bloody classic. The Gothic horror story swoops the country in a gripping, critically-acclaimed production created by shake & stir. When young Lawyer Jonathan Harker visits Castle Dracula deep within the Carpathian mountains, he’s not expecting the strange hospitality he receives from his mysterious host. Alone and trapped within the castle walls, Jonathan discovers that Dracula wants more than his presence at the dinner table – he might also be the main course. Leaving Jonathan for dead and his castle…

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Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Young People’s Theatre Season Mr Stink

October 1, 2017 - March 3, 2018
Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Young People’s Theatre Season Mr Stink

David Walliams’ award-winning book comes to life on stage for children 6-12 and their adults. This charming original Australian adaptation plays at Mackay on Friday 2 June as part of a national tour following its 2016 Sydney Opera House premiere. “Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…” It all starts when Chloe, just about the loneliest girl in the world, makes friends with Mr Stink, the…

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Welcoming Place Exhibition

October 1 - November 25
Coalface Art Gallery,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Welcoming Place Exhibition

You are invited to view a collaborative exhibition featuring works by indigenous artist, ‘Deadly’ Arthur Conlon, local school students across the region and community members.

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MND Charity Ball

October 1 - November 25
Magpies Sporting Club,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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MND Charity Ball

Raising funds for Motor Neuron Disease. Special Guests Robert ‘Dipper’ Dipierdomenico and Merv Hughes plus a live band. Enjoy a three course meal and beer, wine and soft drink. Black Tie Dress Code.

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Dancing at Dows Creek

October 1, 2017 - September 2, 2018
Dows Creek Community Hall,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Dancing at Dows Creek

If you’re around Mackay then don’t miss a great night of “Old Time Dance”, with amazing old fashioned Hospitality!! Featuring a live two piece band playing the best dance music in Mackay district. They dance the “Old Time Waltz”; “Pride of Erin”; “Gypsy Tap” “Oxford Waltz”; “Maxina”; “Progressive Barn Dance”; “Jazz Waltz” and many more. It’s a very social night with many laughs and a great place to learn the “dying” art of old time dance. Their supper has won…

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Seaforth Car Show

October 1, 2017 @ 7:00 am - January 6, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Seaforth Beach Foreshore,
Mackay, Queensland 4740
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Seaforth Car Show

***Due to recent catastrophic events in their area, their Car Show gas been postponed*** Date to be advised. Classic Seaforth Car Show is back in 2017. Seaforth will come alive with a variety of entertainment including their famous Car Show, Food and Beverage Stalls, over 120 market stalls, Rocket Cover Racing, Pin Up Girl competition and Photobooth, Live Entertainment and so much more! Saturday 8.30am Breakfast at The Old Station Tea House 10am Cruise around the District 1pm Late lunch…

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Sarina Tourist Art and Craft Markets

October 1, 2017 @ 9:00 am - March 9, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Sarina Tourist Art and Craft Markets,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Sarina Tourist Art and Craft Markets

This is a community market – everyone welcome! Sausage sizzle available. Various stalls including local produce, plants and crafts. $10 site fee for store holders. There is a covered playground close by for children. See you there!

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Glen Miller Orchestra

October 19
MECC,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Glen Miller Orchestra

The long-awaited return of the greatest big band of the 1940’s. Direct from the USA… The Glenn Miller Orchestra. A concert spectacular… 24 musicians, singers and dancers on stage! The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform all their great classic hits including Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the Mood, Tuxedo Junction, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade and songs from the repertoire from the Andrew Sisters. The concert will also feature sensational dance routines by the Broadway Swing Dancers. The unforgettable music…

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Global Grooves

October 21
Queens Park,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Global Grooves

Tour the globe at Global Grooves 2017 held at beautiful Queens Park, celebrating the cultural diversity of the Mackay region. This one-day open-air event is free to the public and they encourage all of the Mackay region to travel the globe in a day! Line Palm Avenue for the Opening Parade featuring traditional dress from many countries. Wander through the Global Village and experience the culture, traditions and food from the many different cultural groups of Mackay. With craft workshops…

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PBR Mackay presented by Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal

October 21
BB Print Stadium Mackay,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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PBR Mackay presented by Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal

The concept is simple enough: match the world’s best bull riding athletes against the toughest animal athletes on the planet in an eight-second man versus beast duel. Of course, it’s only simple until you strap a tough and determined 70 kilogram cowboy to the back of a temperamental 900 kilogram bull. The result is unparalleled action where danger, drama and heroic accomplishments are just a part of the game. The PBR brings “The Toughest Sport on Dirt” back to Mackay’s…

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FirstWorldWhiteGirls Botox Party!

October 28
MECC,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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FirstWorldWhiteGirls Botox Party!

Brisbane comediennes #FirstWorldWhiteGirls are bringing their latest show Botox Party! to Mackay, as part of an extensive Queensland tour, following great success at Adelaide Fringe Festival and Brisbane Comedy Festival earlier this year. The comedy show satirising first world privilege revolves around spoilt ‘trust fund princesses’, Tiffany (Judy Hainsworth) and Madison (Meg Hickey), who are throwing a Botox party where the audience are the guests. “Botox parties are a real thing!” says Judy Hainsworth, who wrote the show and also…

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Zerek Barra Tour 2017

October 30 @ 12:00 am - November 6 @ 10:00 am
Kinchant Dam,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Zerek Barra Tour 2017

The Barra Tour is a series of four catch-and-release barramundi fishing events on some of the best barramundi lakes in Queensland. In 2017, the Barra Tour will be run on Lake Kinchant, Lake Teemburra and Lake Proserpine (Peter Faust Dam – two events). It’s a teams-format that’s open to anyone who likes catching barra. It’s artificial lure and fly only and catch-photograph-release. You can fish one event or you can fish them all. Cash and prizes for the top teams…

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November 2017

Explore Eungella Day Trip

November 4
Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Explore Eungella Day Trip

The Pioneer Valley awaits! Sit back and relax as they do the driving for you on this fantastic day trip to Eungella. If you have never been or haven’t been in a while, this little mountain township has so much to offer. They’ll make a morning tea stop along the way before arriving at Broken River where they will hopefully spot a platypus. Their next stop will then be at Cloudbreak Lowlines and Eungella Beef. There they will be treated…

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The Rhythms of Ireland 10 Year Anniversary Tour

November 5
Unnamed Venue,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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The Rhythms of Ireland 10 Year Anniversary Tour

Ireland’s most celebrated show, The Rhythms of Ireland, will return to Australia in 2017 on their worldwide “10 Year Anniversary Tour”. The Rhythms of Ireland has been seen by over two-million worldwide amassing an unsurpassed reputation of their “stunning executed performances”. The incomparable quality and pure unadulterated spectacle of their work perfectly blends the ancient traditions of Irish dance and music with the innovative and flawlessly choreographed production values of contemporary Irish excellence. Antipasto Platters available for this event.

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Melbourne Cup Luncheon – Magpies Sporting Club

November 7
Magpies Sporting Club,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Melbourne Cup Luncheon - Magpies Sporting Club

Join Dave Perkins from 4MK AM as he hosts Magpies Sporting Clubs annual Melbourne Cup Luncheon, in the comfort of Magpies Sporting Clubs Skys Function Venue. Upon arrival receive a complimentary beverage, then settle in the air conditioned comfort in front of the big screens for the famous race that stops the nation. Plus Fashions on the Carpet, Lucky Door Prizes, Sweeps and of course Magpies Famous King Prawn Buffet.

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Church Cafe Pinnacle Dinner

November 11
Church Cafe Pinnacle,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Church Cafe Pinnacle Dinner

Are you looking for the perfect excuse to catch up with friends while enjoying great food? Leave your car behind, enjoy some drinks and be treated to the creations of Davide, direct from Vercelli in northern Italy. Davide uses simple ingredients yet creates Italian culinary magic! Enjoy a set three course dinner starting with antipasto and breads, followed by lasagna, cannelloni and salad. If that wasn’t enough, enjoy a delectable dessert just to top off your ultimate Italian dining experience.…

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Healthpoint Chemist Group Morning Melodies – Sentimental Journey

November 17
MECC,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Healthpoint Chemist Group Morning Melodies

Sentimental Journey – with violinist Vov Dylan and Vocalist Glenn Amer. A musical journey through over a hundred years of songs from ‘light classical delights’, the standards of ‘the American songbook’, through to the musical theatre hits of recent years. Vov Dylan Australia’s Andre Rieu and awarded 2014 World’s Fastest Violinist and Glenn Amer the voice of Mario Lanza and fingers of Libcerace, join forces to take audiences on a musical journey filled with great stories and of course great…

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Airlie Beach Christmas Shopping Trip

November 18
Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Airlie Beach Christmas Shopping Trip

Join helloworld as they take you on a wonderful day exploring the beautiful Whitsundays region. Gather your friends and make a day of it. With your Christmas shopping list in hand they will help you along the way to find that unique gift, something different for the hard to buy for or maybe a little treat for yourself. For the caffeine addicts they will make an early stop on the way to Airlie to get your fix at the Organic…

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Damien Leith Starring in The Parting Glass – An Irish Journey 2017

November 24
MECC,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Damien Leith Starring in The Parting Glass - An Irish Journey 2017

After wowing audiences and critics in 2015 with his cabaret show “The Parting Glass – An Irish Journey”, Damien Leith is proud to revisit the show in 2017. Filled with great conversation and humour, heartfelt emotion and a repertoire of rousing and touching Irish Songs (Danny Boy, Raglan Road, Toss the Feathers, Molly Malone, Galway Bay, Carrickfergus, Rocky Road to Dublin…), The Parting Glass is a show like none other. It showcases Damien as not only an exceptional musician and…

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Dance Avenue Mackay and Dance Central Sarina presents Dance Dance Dance 2017

November 27
MECC,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Dance Avenue Mackay and Dance Central Sarina presents Dance Dance Dance 2017

Dance Avenue Mackay and Dance Central Sarina present Dance Dance Dance 2017, a celebration of their 2017 dance year. Be entertained by their talented dancers as they take you on a jammed packed dancing adventure with fantastic routines, stunning costumes, amazing lighting and brilliant choreography in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Cheer, Hip-Hop, Cabaret, Acro, Music Theatre and of course their very cute Tiny Tots classes. A show not to be missed! Please Note: Performers Ticket can only be purchased with…

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December 2017

2017 Brooke Lee Modelling Graduation

December 3
MECC,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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2017 Brooke Lee Modelling Graduation

Doors open at 4.30pm and the show starts a 5.30pm. Brooke Lee Modelling and Deportment School presents their 2017 Modelling Graduation showcasing their students of 2017. This year their students will be performing their class routines and single routines on the catwalk and stage. This is their annual event for the students to perform for an audience, friends and family to build their confidence and self esteem and also for friends and family to see how much the students have…

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Mackay Choral Society presents Legends Through Time

December 17
THE MECC,
Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia
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Mackay Choral Society presents Legends Through Time

Mackay Choral Society and the Producers of “Legendary” bring to Mackay Audiences a third Legendary concert – Legends Through Time: A Musical Tribute. This Legendary show will take audiences on a journey as they follow the travels of their gallant knight as he seeks his fair maiden. This adventure will take you through Legendary songs throughout the ages paying tribute to the musical genius of Michael Jackson, Linkin Park, David Bowie, George Michael, Elvis, The Beatles, Carmina Burana, the Flower…

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