There's plenty of events on around Mackay this Australia Day.
There's plenty of events on around Mackay this Australia Day.

WHAT’S ON: Australia Day events around Mackay

Australia's national holiday is just around the corner.

So dust off your Aussie flag boardies, slap on your thongs and fire up the barbecue - here's the Daily Mercury's guide of Australia Day events happening around the region on January 26:


Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony

Mayor Greg Williamson will welcome more than 80 new citizens at the MECC.

Time: 10am

Place: The MECC


Australia Day at Sarina Beach (free)

Enjoy a barbecue, water slide and heaps of fun competitions like fastest man on the sand and wheelbarrow races. Cash prizes are also up for grabs. BYO picnic blanket and chair.

Time: From noon

Place: Sarina Beach, Sarina Esplanade (Hosted by Sarina Surf Life Saving Club)


Aussie Family Barbecue at Quota Park

Activities on the day will include a free barbecue and plenty of beach game activities for the kids and family like tug of war, thong throwing and sand castle building competition.

Time: From 11am

Place: Quota Park - Southern end of Binnington Esplanade, Mackay (Hosted by Mackay & District Australian South Sea Islander Association Inc)


Aussie Family Fun Day

Activities will include a jumping castle/water slide, AFL grudge match (juniors versus parents), volley ball (round robin), cricket match and free barbecue lunch.

Time: From 10am

Place: Zeolla Park AFL Grounds (Hosted by North Mackay Saints AFL)


Come on over, we're home celebration

Weet-bix eating competition, thong throwing competition, lamington eating competition, children's house making activity and housing trivial pursuit game.

Time: From 10am

Place: Iluka Park, Binnington Esplanade (Hosted by St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland)


Habana Aussie Day

Community picnic (BYO) and traditional Australia Day activities including sand castle building on our "borrowed" beach, backyard cricket, inflatable water play, lamington eating, tug of war and thong throwing. Cold drinks and meat pies will be available for sale.

Time: From 3pm

Place: Habana Community Precinct, 1091 Mackay-Habana Rd (Hosteby by Habana and Districts Progress Association)


Pancakes and Play in the Park

Shed Happens Mackay, a local men's support group, will run heaps of games and group sharing activities during the event and free pancakes. The games will be family oriented and will include three-legged races, sack races and egg and spoon races.

Time: From 10.30am

Place: On the grass area near the Mackay Sugar Bowl, Scriha Street, North Mackay


Sail Away on Australia Day

Get sailing this Australia Day with a fun-filled adventure at Kinchant Dam. The event will include a free sausage sizzle, fun races, heaps of prizes and a commodore's sail past.

Time: From 10am

Place: "Sailor's corner", Kinchant Dam Road, Kinchant Dam (Hosted by Mackay Sailing Club)


Sarina's Big Bash Aussie Day

Activities will include thong-throwing competition, big game of cricket, cockroaches race, Aussie foods and best-dressed competition.

Time: From 10.30am

Place: Brewers Park, Sarina (Hosted by Sarina Demons Junior AFL Club Inc)


St Helens Beach Australia Day

Activities will include Aussie-themed community barbecue including camp oven, Australian best-dressed competition, beach cricket and Australiana trivia quiz.

Time: From 11am

Place: Repulse Esplanade, St Helens Beach (Hosted by St Helens Beach Progress and Environment Association Inc.)


Shamrock Hotel's Australia Day party

Games, great prizes, free face painting and a barbecue.

Time: From 11am

Place: 165 Nebo Rd Mackay


Austral Hotel's Austral Day

Grab the microphone and tell your best Aussie yarn, along with a classic game of thong throwing.

Time: From 10am

Place: Austral Hotel (Victoria St)


Australia Day Beach Party (free event)

Giant water slide, beach volleyball and Aussie Day activities. Take your rug and relax, with entertainment by R & R Unlimited.

Time: From 9.30am

Place: Mackay Surf Life Saving Club


Australia Day at Harrup Park (free event)

Live music from MARKUS, food and drink specials, pie and lamington eating competition, live sport on the big screen and meat tray raffles.

Time: From 10am

Place: Harrup Park, 89 Juliet St, Mackay


Smoke Fest Australia Day at the drags

A day of drag racing and burnouts.

Time: From 8am

Place: Palmyra Drag Racing Club


Australia Day at Eimeo Beach (hosted by Eimeo Surf Life Saving Club)

Games, a water slide, tug-o-war, table tennis, beach cricket, a sausage sizzle and live music.

Time: From 2pm

Place: Eimeo Esplanade


Australia Day at the Burb

Competitions, pie and lamington eating contest, live music and free lawn bowls.

Time: From 10am

Place: Souths Surburban Bowls Club - 39 Wardrop St, West Mackay


Australia Day at the Galley

All Australian music, plus come dressed in your best Aussie attire with prizes to be won.

Time: Monday, January 25 - 7pm to 4am

Place: The Gallery Lounge and Bar


Australia Day - Carmila Sportsground

The free event will include a water slide and barbecue.

Time: From 10.30am

Place: Carmila Sportsground


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Australia Day at Seabreeze Hotel (free event)

Featuring live music by Mango Junction, jumping castles, face painting, and Aussie games for the kids. Competitions for the 'best mullet' and the 'best dressed Aussie bogan'.

Time: From 2pm

Place: 72 Pacific Esplanade, Mackay


Australia Day - Glenden Pool

Annual Australia Day celebrations with free entry to the pool.

Time: From 2pm

Place: Bell Pl, Glenden


Australia Day Pinnacle Family Hotel

Take a blanket and picnic basket (buy a famous Pinnacle Meat Pie) and enjoy the entertainment.

Time: From 11am

Place: Pinnacle Family Hotel - 21 Child Street, Pinnacle


Australia Day - St Lawrence Sportsgrounds

The free event will include a water slide and barbecue.

Time: From 3pm

Place: Macartney St, St Lawrence


Australia Day At The Bowlsie

Great Aussie Sausage Sizzle with the first 500 snags free, DJ Funky, water slide, jumping castle, games and prizes to be won.

Time: From 11am

Place: Mackay Northern Beaches Bowls Club


Moranbah Australia Day Triathlon

The adult's triathlon consists of an 800m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run and for the juniors under 16 years, the course will cover a 400m swim, 5km cycle and 1.5km run.

A free barbecue breakfast and presentation of winners will follow the completion of the event.

Time: From 6am

Place: Moranbah Swimming Pool


Banksia Scout Australia Day Open Day

Making damper, crate stacking, rope bridge, experiments, soft archery, thong-throwing, sausage sizzle plus lots more. BYO sunscreen, closed in shoes and chairs.

Time: From 10am

Place: 53 Fernleigh Ave, Andergrove


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