Lamington eating competition and thong throwing are just some of the fun stuff going on around town this Australia Day. If you are looking for something to do this Australia Day, then look no further the Mackay Council has a bunch of free events for all ages.
Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony
Hosted by: Mackay Regional Council
When: 10am, Saturday, January 26
What's happening: Mayor Greg Williamson will welcome a large group of new citizens.
For more information, call 1300 MACKAY (622 529)
A Family Day at the Beach
Hosted by: Eimeo Surf Life Saving Club
When: 9am – 2pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Eimeo Surf Lifesaving Club, Eimeo Beach, Eimeo Esplanade
What’s happening: This ‘ripper’ event will include more fun than you can poke a stick at with thong throwing competitions, egg and spoon races, beach cricket, Aussie Iron person race (500m run and 200m swim and eat a cold pie and drink a milo), Aussie beach flag races and vegemite face painting competition. Note - this is a free event but some food and drinks will also be available for sale.
For more information, call 4969 6680 or email [email protected]
Australia Day @ Sarina Beach
Hosted by: Sarina Surf Life Saving Club
When: 2pm - 6pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Sarina Beach, Sarina Esplanade
What’s happening: In its 6th year, this event will be bigger than ever with DJ, BBQ, water slide and heaps of fun competitions like pie eating, thong throwing, fastest man on the sand and wheelbarrow races. Cash prizes are up for grabs! BYO picnic blanket and chair. Note - this event is free to attend but some activities and food may require a gold coin donation.
For more information, call 4956 6476, visit www.sarinasurfclub.com.au or email [email protected]
Aussie Family BBQ in the Park
Hosted by: Mackay & District Australian South Sea Islander Association Inc
When: 11am – 3pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Quota Park - Southern end of Binnington Esplanade, Mackay
What’s happening: Come along and celebrate our diversity and culture at a community BBQ by the beach. Activities on the day will include a free BBQ and plenty of beach game activities for the kids and family. A special bus service is available for the elderly.
For more information, call Starrett on 0488 113 181
Aussie Day at Harbour Beach
Hosted by: Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club
When: 11am - 6pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club, Harbour Beach, Mackay Harbour
What’s happening: Dive into Australia Day and bring the kids to this Aussie themed event with jumping/water castle, beach volley ball, live music, tug-of-war, thong throwing competition and more!
For more information, call Lexi on 0455 686 196
Australia Day Scouts Open Day
Hosted by: Banksia Scout Group
When: 10am - 1pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Banksia Scout Den, Jaycee Park, Cnr of Fernleigh Av and Bedford Rd, Andergrove
What’s happening: Parents bring a chair and enjoy the shade of the trees while the kids have some fun this Australia Day. Activities will include rope bridge, low ropes course, 'land based' canoe races, damper cooking and much more! Sausage sizzle and drinks available for gold coin donation.
For more information, call Peter 0419 732 783 or visit www.facebook.com/BanksiaScoutGroup.
Fishing and Games at the Beach
Hosted by: Lifeline Mackay
When: 10am - 2pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Town Beach, 14 Binnington Esplanade
What’s happening: Get your vitamin 'sea' at this great event with family fishing competition, kite making/decorating/flying, beach games and aussie BBQ. There will also be a memory tree to remember those who have taken their life by suicide.
For more information, call Tania 0439 775 217.
Habana ‘Beach’ Party
Hosted by: Habana and Districts Progress Association
When: 3pm – 7pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Habana Community Precinct, 1091 Mackay-Habana Rd
What’s happening: Activities include sand castle competition, Byrnes pies with mushy peas (for sale), backyard cricket, inflatable water play area and slip 'n' slide, lamington eating and thong throwing competitions, Habana community award presentation, display by the Habana sew’n’sew and a Tai Chi demonstration by Habana School of Tai Chi.
For more information, call Palmina on 0403 729 505 or visit Habana Progress Association on Facebook.
Pancakes and Play in the Park
Hosted by: Shed Happens G'day Mate Inc - Mackay
When: 10am – 3pm Saturday, January 26
Where: On the grass area near the Mackay Sugar Bowl, Scriha Street, North Mackay
What’s happening: Shed Happens G'day Mate is a local men's group and in partnership with NHW, they are supported by Mackay Cutters and Change The Game initiative. They are proudly sponsored by Absolute Enterprises. It will be a fantastic day with heaps of games and group sharing opportunities, and of course free pancakes! The games will be family oriented and involve team building exercises including golf ball relay, knots and blanket toss. A special guest Jayden Hodges from Mackay Cutters will make an appearance.
For more information, call Frank on 0434 908 968
Pioneer Valley Awards and Celebrations
Hosted by: Pioneer Valley Tourism and Development Association
When: 9am - 1pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Pioneer Valley Agricultural Show Hall, Finch Hatton
What’s happening: Loads of family entertainment including community awards, free morning tea, lamington eating competition, thong throwing competitions and games, craft and face painting for the kids.
For more information, call Vern on 4954 4299 (from 9am - 3pm) or 4959 1693 or email [email protected]
Sladie's Australia Day at the Beach
Hosted by: Slade Point Neighbourhood Watch Community Group
When: 9am - 3pm Saturday, January 26
Where: Lamberts Beach, Slade Point
What’s happening: Come on down for this fair dinkum Aussie Day event at Sladie with beach volleyball, BBQ, park games and more!
For more information, call Tammy on 0406 589 539