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29 January, 2021

Australia Day Events To Celebrate the Nation’s Birthday

The time to wear your favourite pair of thongs and slap on your Akubra is fast approaching as Australia Day is just around the corner.

By Andrew Sorensen

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Some of the children building sandcastles on the borrowed beach at Habana. Photo: Contributed

To make the day even more special, the Mackay region is chock-a-block with activities galore for the family and here are just some of the events that are available in the region: 

Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony 

Hosted by: Mackay Regional Council 

When: 10am, Tuesday, January 26 

Where: MECC 

What's happening: Mayor Greg Williamson will welcome more than 80 new citizens at the MECC. 

For more information, call 1300 MACKAY (622 529).

A day at the beach

Hosted by: Eimeo Surf Life Saving Club

When: 2pm – 6pm Tuesday, January 26

Where: Eimeo Beach

What’s happening: Activities will include family sand castle competition, Aussie beach flags, Aussie Iron-person race (run 200 metres, swim 100 metres, eat a cold pie and drink a Milo), Vegemite face painting competition, thong throwing, prizes, water slide and live music.

For more information, call 4969 6680 or email

Australia Day at Sarina Beach

Hosted by: Sarina Surf Life Saving Club

When: noon - 5pm Tuesday, January 26

Where: Sarina Beach, Sarina Esplanade

What’s happening: In its 8th year, this event will be bigger than ever with a BBQ, 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. 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 or email

Aussie Family BBQ at Quota Park

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

When: 11am – 3pm Tuesday, 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 like tug-of-war, thong throwing and sand castle building competition.

For more information, call Starrett on 0488 113 181.

Aussie Family Fun Day

Hosted by: North Mackay Saints AFL

When: 10am – 3pm Tuesday, January 26

Where: Zeolla Park AFL Grounds

What’s happening: This event is guaranteed to make you shout "Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!". Activities will include a jumping castle/water slide, AFL grudge match (juniors versus parents), volley ball (round robin), cricket match and free BBQ lunch.

For more information, call Peter on 0487 046 124.

Australia Day Beach Party

Hosted by: Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club

When: 10am - 3pm Tuesday, 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 water slide, live music, beach volley ball and beach cricket, tug-of-war, thong throwing competition and more!

For more information, call Lexi on 0421 900 944 or visit

Australia Day Scouts Open Day

Hosted by: Banksia Scout Group

When: 10am - 1pm Tuesday, 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, crate stacking, thong throwing, damper cooking and more! Sausage sizzle and drinks available for gold coin donation. 

For more information, call Katrina 0498 739 233 or visit

Come on over, we're home celebration

Hosted by: St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland

When: 10am - 2pm Tuesday, January 26

Where: Iluka Park, Binnington Esplanade

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

For more information, call 0491 345 662 or email

Habana Aussie Party

Hosted by: Habana and Districts Progress Association

When: 3pm – 7pm Tuesday, January 26

Where: Habana Community Precinct, 1091 Mackay-Habana Rd

What’s happening: 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. Find out about local groups you can join at the event including craft, rural fire and Tai Chi.

For more information, visit Habana Progress Association's Facebook page or call Palmina on 0403 729 505.

Pancakes and Play in the Park

Hosted by: Shed Happens Mackay and Neighbourhood Watch Northern Beaches

When: 10:30am – 2:30pm Tuesday, January 26

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

What’s happening: Shed Happens Mackay, a local men's support group, will be running heaps of games and group sharing activities during the event and of course free pancakes! The games will be family oriented and will include three legged races, sack races and egg and spoon races. Special thanks to Neighbourhood Watch Northern Beaches and DGH Engineering for their support. 

For more information, call Frank on 0434 908 968.

Sail Away on Australia Day

Hosted by: Mackay Sailing Club

When: 10am – 3:30pm Tuesday, January 26

Where: "Sailor's corner", Kinchant Dam Road, KInchant Dam

What’s happening: 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. We encourage anyone who already has a sailing dinghy to dust it off and join in the fun. All members of the general public are welcome to participate. Flag raising starts at 10am.

For more information, call Commodore Geoff on 0432 033 188 or email

Sarina's Big Bash Aussie Day 

Hosted by: Sarina Demons Junior AFL Club Inc. 

When: 10:30am - 4pm Tuesday, January 26 

Where: Brewers Park, Sarina 

What’s happening: Activities will include thong throwing competition, big game of cricket, cockroaches race, Aussie foods and best dressed competition, Pre-sign up is also available for both AFL and soccer. 

For more information, Call 0407 466 138 or email

St Helens Beach Australia Day Celebration 

Hosted by: St Helens Beach Progress and Environment Association Inc. 

When: 11am - 3pm Tuesday, January 26 

Where: Repulse Esplanade, St Helens Beach 

What’s happening: Activities will include Aussie themed community BBQ including camp oven, Australian best dressed competition, beach cricket and Australiana trivia quiz. 

For more information, Call 0499 013 016 or email 

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