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Once you have moved to Mackay, what Activities in Mackay will you do?

If you have kids, Mackay offers a wide range of clubs and sporting facilities across the region. Every year, the local council arranges a sports sign-on day, among other activities in Mackay. All the sporting clubs come together under one roof so that parents and children can sign up for their favourite sport.

Sports Activities for Kids

Here are a few sports activities for kids that are big in Mackay:

  • Boxing
  • Martial Arts
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Cricket
  • Hockey
  • Swimming
  • Sailing
  • Surf Lifesaving
  • Tennis
  • Rowing
  • Little Athletics
  • Golf
  • Mountain Biking
  • Scouts, Cubs and Girl Guides

The region has been a hub for sport for decades and has produced some of the finest athletes in modern history, notably:

  • Cathy Freeman – Track and Field
  • Geoff Huegill – Swimming
  • George Moore – Horse Racing
  • Nicole Pratt – Tennis
  • Dale Shearer – Rugby League
  • Wendell Sailor – Rugby

Sports Activities for Kids in Winter

We have seen a huge amount of kids wanting to play rugby league, and soccer. There are a number of clubs across the region. Magpies Sports Club is one of the biggest clubs in the region and has teams in rugby, soccer, cricket, and much more.

On the Magpies fields there can be up to 8 soccer matches running at the same time for boys and girls. It’s a great morning out supporting our local sports stars of the future. Soccer has become of the biggest sports activities for kids in the region during winter.

Sports Activities for Kids in Summer

In summer, the best sport activities for kids has to be near the beach. It’s best not to enter the water unless it has been patrolled recently. In Eimeo, you often see kids learning surf life saving skills. You’ll also find SUP riders cruising along our waterways.

In terms of team sports, cricket has to be the number one sport locally.

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Things To Do Near Mackay

Here are some things to do near Mackay. The Mackay region hosts some of the best natural wonders in Australia.

Fishing, camping and boating are popular things to do near Mackay. There are loads of free and low-cost activities for locals. Many people in the region own boats and explore the rivers, estuaries, creeks, and reef to catch the elusive barramundi. Beware of the big ‘salties’ in the area. Saltwater Crocodiles can be seen from time-to-time.

Every weekend can be an adventure. Take a drive out to Eungella and view the Pioneer Valley, search for a platypus at Broken River, watch a sunrise with wallabies on the beach at Cape Hillsborough.

One of my favourite things to do near Mackay would be a day trip into Cathu State Forest. The views are spectacular and the mountain air refreshing. The region boats some of the best 4WD tracks in Queensland and if you want to try remote camping, it’s all possible. I have too many favourite things to do near Mackay. Camp right alongside Kinchant Dam, catch barra, or watch the speedboats race across the water. It’s only a 30 minute drive out of town and worth the effort.

For a safe swim, consider the Bluewater Lagoon, an inner-city water park for young and old.