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Whether you are a local, a traveller or someone who just wants to know more about Mackay, the following list of blogs are sure to provide you with some enlightening facts about the sugar city.

From the best places to explore, hidden gems, Instagram-worthy cafes and tips from locals, these blogs are a lighthearted way for you to discover Mackay.

August - Top 10 things to do around the region

August - Top 10 things to do around the region

Top 10 things to do around the region

Mackay will be party central this weekend as the BE Social Fest returns bigger and better at Harrup Park and the kids will not want to miss immersing themselves in a Roald Dahl experience at the MECC during the week. If looking for something a little more low-key, there are plenty of activities on offer across our libraries and exhibitions on display at our galleries, even catering for those seeking some mother/daughter time together.

1) Healthy Feels Good!

Wednesday, August 3, 1pm to 2pm

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July 25th- Top 10 things to do around the region

July 25th- Top 10 things to do around the region

 Top 10 things to do around the region

The core program of the Festival of Arts winds up this weekend with the live cabaret show BARE but there’s still plenty of great fringe events to come in August. Grab the kids to explore some of the latest exhibitions at Artspace or the Lagoons Gallery and join in a community tree planting event to celebrate National Tree Day.

1) Book Clubs

Are you interested in joining a book club? Come along to book clubs held each month at the various libraries in our region and connect with people who have similar reading interests. Check out the book clubs that are available and what they are currently reading at What’s On. Bookings are required.

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July Fortnightly - Top 10 things to do around the region

July Fortnightly - Top 10 things to do around the region

Top 10 things to do around the region

The Wisely Wine & Food Day may be over but there’s still more to go for Mackay Festival of Arts, including some great fringe events. If you’re after something a little quieter, head along to one of the libraries or Artspace Mackay for a look at what’s happening this week.


1) BMA Kidspace
Tuesday, July 19, 10am to 2pm (music session 11.30am to 12.15pm)

Artspace Workshop Room
BMA Kidspace is Artspace Mackay’s free and ever-popular toddlers’ program, giving children under five a chance to explore and have fun with art in a climate of co-operative learning. Local artists and performers deliver art and music activities in the gallery, designed especially for toddlers and their adults. Proudly presented by BHP Mitsubishi Alliance and Artspace Mackay. Drop in anytime, no booking required.

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July - Top 10 things to do around the region

July - Top 10 things to do around the region

There’s excitement building around one of the biggest events on the Mackay social calendar, the Wisely Wine & Food Day. The event will showcase hand-picked wines, beer and foodie delights plus an array of great performances. Be sure to check out other exciting Mackay Festival of Arts events on this week.


1) 3D Your Heroes

Tuesday, July 12, 3.45pm to 4.45pm
Gordon White Library
Bring your superheroes to life and learn more about 3D printing at this exciting workshop for young adults aged 12 years and older. Learn clever methods to have your knights and villains looking just like they have been purchased from the store. Register

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Top 10 things to do around the region

A mix of school holiday activities and the Mackay Festival of Arts program is giving people of all ages the chance to enjoy art, music, food and culture this week. Bring the family along to Festival Hub, travel the region and discover the Wonder Rooms and have a laugh with mates at Read the Room.

1) Ukulele for kids
Thursday, July 7, 3.40pm to 4.40pm
Gordon White Library

This program is the perfect opportunity for children and their parents to come along and have a go at playing the ukulele and learn some basic musical skills in a fun environment. Specifically designed for children aged eight to 12 years and their parent/guardian. This program will run on the first Thursday of the month at Gordon White Library. Book tickets.


2) The Festival Hub
Thursday, July 7, to Friday, July 8, 6pm to 9pm daily
Bluewater Quay, Brisbane Steet Mackay
Festival Hub, located on our picturesque Pioneer River will feature live entertainment and family fun for all ages on select dates during the July school holidays. With live musicians, roving street performers, food options and a licenced bar – take a seat, relax, and enjoy the festival atmosphere. This is a free ticketed event for all ages. Book tickets.

3) Read the Room
Thursday, July 7, and Friday, July 8, 7.30pm

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5 Must-do activities in Mackay’s CBD.

5 Must-do activities in Mackay’s CBD.

Are you heading up to the Mackay Region and looking to stay in the CBD? Well then, this blog is for you. Read on to discover more about the five must-do CBD activities in Mackay.

Before you arrange your itinerary, we’d like to recommend one of the best places to stay close to Mackay’s city heart.

Coral Cay Mackay’s resort-style accommodation is conveniently located on Nebo Road, just a short drive from the CBD. The property has some of the best hotel rooms in Mackay, suitable for business travel, family escapes or just to take a break.

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10 ways to stay active in the Mackay Region

10 ways to stay active in the Mackay Region

10 Best ways to stay active during your stay in the Mackay Region.

The Mackay & Isaac Regions has some amazing views and scenery to offer, but what if you’re looking to stay active? Well, fear not because our home has something for you too.

 

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5 amazing things to do in the Mackay Region

5 amazing things to do in the Mackay Region

In the Mackay Region and looking for something to do? Fear not, because we have you covered. Check out these 5 amazing things to do in Mackay that will make you never want to leave!

 

Bluewater Trail

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5 Best Breakfast Spots in the Mackay and Isaac Region

5 Best Breakfast Spots in the Mackay and Isaac Region

Who doesn't love a good cafe breakfast on a Saturday morning? Crunchy hashbrowns, delicious coffee and best of all...you don't have to cook! 

We've put together a list of some of the top Mackay breakfast spots so you can eat your way through the region! Tick them all off your list and then start again!

 

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10 must-do activities in Mackay this Easter

10 must-do activities in Mackay this Easter

Looking to have fun in the Mackay Region with your family? We’ve got your back. Whether you’re planning a camping trip or looking for a lazy day at the beach, we’ve got you covered with these 10 best locations to spend Easter weekend!

 

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6 Hidden beaches to uncover in Mackay

6 Hidden beaches to uncover in Mackay

Heading to the beach in Mackay but don’t want to go to the same location time and time again? Don’t worry, we’ve got you!  Whether you’re a Mackay local or a tourist looking to explore the region’s famous beaches, check out this list of 6 hidden beaches in Mackay that will leave you in awe.

Campwin Beach

About 40 kilometers from Mackay CBD, the natural beauty at Campwin beach will blow you away. The isolated beach is a local favorite and offers a view of the Coral Point Reef. Famous for its prawns, the beach is considered to be a hidden gem among the local community. The beautiful sand and the outrageous views that this beach provides are known to leave tourists speechless. Want to stay close to this perfect beach? 

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7 ways to discover Mackay like a true local

7 ways to discover Mackay like a true local

Everyone knows locals have the best tips and tricks for travellers...after all we know our town like the back of our hand! Read on...you know you want to.

1. Pies for days

If you want to feel absolutely exhausted but also like you've well and truly made the most of your Sunday - head for a drive up to Finch Hatton Gorge in the Pioneer Valley for a hike and swim. It's also pretty much compulsory for locals to stop in at the Pinnacle Pub - sunburnt and still wearing togs - for a pie, peas and gravy on your way home. You're guaranteed to see someone you know there at lunch time on a Sunday, but hey, everyone else will look as dishevelled as you. The quality of your afternoon nap after a long day in the car will be worth the effort. 

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Top Camping Spots to Explore this Winter

Top Camping Spots to Explore this Winter

As in nature, the coming of winter signals an annual migration north for thousands of travellers seeking the warm, tropical climate of The Mackay Region. For our visitors escaping the dreary cold down south, and any curious locals seeking a couple of nights away from the stresses of modern life, we share some of the top spots to camp in the Mackay Region. Sharmin Messer from popular travel blog ‘The Hungry Travellers’ also gives some tips for those looking to make the most of their camping experience. Be sure to check out their social media channels.

Eungella National Park

High above the surrounding plains, Eungella National Park is one of Queensland’s most ecologically diverse parks with 860 plant species and 20km of walking tracks to explore. With a wonderful variety of wildlife and the opportunity to see platypus in the wild, it’s worth staying a few days.

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Getting Hooked in Mackay

Getting Hooked in Mackay

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? So, for once it’s not the kids in the back seat. This time it’s your partner’s inner child coming out in anticipation of tangling with a chrome-sided, bucket-mouthed, leaping Barramundi whilst fishing in Mackay.

Honestly, who could blame them, the fishing here is amazing. Oh, and while you are here, you may as well tick Fingermark, Mangrove Jack, Threadfin Salmon, Queenfish, Sooty Grunter, Saratoga, Coral Trout and Spanish Mackerel off your bucket list as well. You see if it has fins, swims and is an iconic Australian sports-fish highly prized by many, you will find it here in Mackay. It’s not hard to see why really, considering the diversity of aesthetically pleasing landscapes and abundance of species present in this fishing mecca.

Whether you are an experienced or inexperienced angler, whether you are young or young at heart, the options are literally endless and are only bounded by your sense of adventure. Heck, you don’t even need a boat to get amongst the trophy fish here. Fishing off the numerous rock walls, estuarine banks or dedicated fishing platform/pontoons puts you right in the game.

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A Family-Friendly Holiday in Tropical Mackay

A Family-Friendly Holiday in Tropical Mackay

If spending an enchanting sunrise on Casuarina Beach watching the wild wallabies and roos bounding alongside you isn’t on your bucket list, then you may have been living under a rock! Mackay is well known for this iconic Australian experience, but those who venture here during the Summer holidays quickly discover there is so much more to uncover throughout this gem of Central Queensland.

With a thriving local tourism economy and strong community support, options for adventures are plentiful. Teamed with the spectacular natural sceneries, this laid back tropical city is perfect for families looking to recharge the batteries, whilst avoiding the masses of tourists.

Deep blue seas, golden sands and tropical rainforests are a paradise for travelling families this summer. Let us take you on a journey to discover Mackay’s iconic blessings and hidden secrets with kids in tow, no matter how little (or big) they are! 

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