Australia Day events in Mackay & the Whitsundays

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Australia Day events in Mackay & the Whitsundays

Whitsundays events

Tasty food fare and live entertainment are on the menu this Australia Day as part of the Great Australian Bites festival at Fairy Tree Park – Airlie Beach Foreshore. The day of festivities is from midday until 5pm and includes pop-up food stalls from local restaurants, live music by homegrown performers and iconic Aussie-themed activities. 

Collinsville's community BBQ breakfast kicks off at 7am at the Collinsville community centre followed by the official ceremony at 9am

Bowen's community BBQ bunch starts at 12:15pm at the Merinda Village Hotel followed by the official ceremony at 1:15pm.

Proserpine's community afternoon tea starts at 3:30pm at the Proserpine RSL followed by the official ceremony at 4pm.


 Mackay events

A Day at the Beach
9am – 2pm Friday, January 26
Eimeo Beach, Eimeo Esplanade
Hosted by: Eimeo Surf Life Saving Club

Australia Day @ Sarina Beach
12pm - 6pm Friday, January 26
Sarina Beach, Sarina Esplanade

Hosted by: Sarina Surf Life Saving Club

Bare Foot Bowls and BBQ

11am - 6pm Friday, January 26
Northern Beaches Bowls Club, Rural View

Hosted by: Northern Beaches Bowls Club

BBQ in the Park

11.30am – 3pm Friday, January 26
Quota Park - Southern end of Binnington Esplanade, Mackay

Hosted by: Mackay & District Australian South Sea Islander Association Inc

Bob Wood Cultural Hall 30th Anniversary
10am - 1pm Friday, January 26
Bob Wood Cultural Hall and Anzac Park Precinct, Sarina

Hosted by: Rotary Club of Sarina

Family Fun Day
10am - 1pm Friday, January 26
Jaycee Park, 52 Fernleigh Avenue, Andergrove

Hosted by: Banksia Scout Group

Habana ‘Beach’ Party

3pm – 7pm Friday, January 26
Habana Community Precinct, 1091 Mackay-Habana Rd

Hosted by: Habana and Districts Progress Association


Magpies Australia Day Games Challenge

1pm – 3pm Friday, January 26
Magpies Sporting Club, Glenella

Hosted by: Magpies Sporting Club



Pioneer Valley Awards Day
9am - 1pm Friday, January 26
Pioneer Valley Show Hall, Finch Hatton

Hosted by: Pioneer Valley Tourism and Development Association

Sarina Bowls and BBQ
1pm – 4:30pm Friday, January 26
Sarina Bowls Club, 1 Patroyce Ct, Sarina

Hosted by: Sarina Bowls Club


Seaforth Family Australia Day
9:30am - 1:30pm Friday, January 26
Seaforth Foreshore Park

Hosted by: Hibiscus Coast Progress and Sports Association


Walkerston Fun in the Sun

11am - 4pm Friday, January 26
Western Suburbs Rugby League Football Club, Branscombe Road, Walkerston

Hosted by: Western Suburbs Rugby League Football Club