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Top 5 Reasons you need to be seen at The Mackay Beach Races

Top 5 Reasons you need to be seen at The Mackay Beach Races

Kick off your shoes, grab a glass of champagne and get the sand between your toes because it’s a race day of a different kind.

Set on the stunning Mackay Harbour Beach, the iconic Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival encapsulates some of the things Queensland is famous for - sun, sand, surf, fashion and sport and wraps it up into one unique event.

The event was founded by the late Mick Pope; a man who was as charismatic and energetic as his race day vision. While Mick’s passing was felt farand wide, it also ignited the flame for his partner Chrissy Evangelou and the local community to carry on his vision to run ‘an event like no other’.

Now one of the Top 10 Social Events in Queensland, as named by the Sunday Mail, the Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival is unique, fun and growing year-by-year.

Here’s a list of reasons to schedule in Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival on the social calendar.


1. Fashion

Dress up or dress down, the choice is yours. The Beach Races encourages a diverse variety of fashion from beachwear to traditional race day attire. Those who dare to be different can really stand out from the crowd at this event and the Fashions on the Sand competition showcases the cream of the crop of the fashion during the day.

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Photo credit: Belinda McMahon


2. Sun, Sand and Surf

What’s not to love about looking out at the Whitsunday Islands and enjoying the stunning blue water of the Mackay Harbour? Going barefoot is completely acceptable at this race day, so kick off the shoes and enjoy the sand between your toes all day long. 

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Photo credit: Belinda McMahon


3. Wine and Food

Drinking alcohol on the beach is normally illegal in Queensland, but you can enjoy the novelty  (and get the photos to prove it!) of unwinding on a beach with a beer or wine at this licensed event. Depending on your ticket, you’ll also have a delicious variety of food delivered straight to…bare feet.  

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Photo credit: Belinda McMahon


4. Horse Racing and other Sport

I can bet you’ll never find a horse race as unique as this! You’ll be guaranteed front row tickets where you can cheer them on as they gallop past and you may notice that even the jockeys dress down for this event.  There’s a range of horse betting options available and even the most amateur of punters can have a go. The Classic Catches is also a fun feature of the day, which tests out the hand-eye coordination.  

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Photo credit: Belinda McMahon


5. Family-Friendly Entertainment

There’s roving entertainers throughout the day, great local and travelling musicians and lots of fun for the kids. You can kick on after the event and really let your hair down with live music in the park afterwards.

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Photo credit: Belinda McMahon


So what are you waiting for? Mark the Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival on your calendar for next year and visit The Mackay Region for ‘an event like no other’.

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