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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.
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MBHR launches World’s First Air Jockey Competition

MBHR launches World’s First Air Jockey Competition

Considered to be regional Queensland’s most cheeky event, Mackay Beach Horse Races organisers, Sound Australia are thrilled to announce the debut of the world’s very first air jockey competition.

Competitors on the beach will don their specially made Mackay Beach Horse Races jockey caps - thanks to Fullhammer Mackay- and battle it out against other wannabe jockeys for the title. A social media-based competition will also be held, with punters from around Australia cordially invited to get in the mix by submitting their most enthusiastic videos. Major prizes for this competition will soon be announced.

The always-popular Fashions on the Sand is also back this year with incredible prizes on offer, including 1 x nights’ accommodation in a King Room at the Emporium Hotel Southbank, a Camira Sailing Adventure for 2 adults with Cruise Whitsundays and more. The categories include Best Dressed Classic Lady, Best Dressed Contemporary Lady, Best Man on the Sand, and Best Headwear.

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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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