Spring has well and truly sprung, and the kids are done with schooling (for a few weeks anyway).
Looking for ways to entertain and engage the kids these September School Holidays?
I’ve got your back mum and dad, I did the leg work so you can plan the fun easily!

*Did I miss anything?
If you are an organiser of a school holiday activity or event, please contact me at hello@mackayfamilylife.com and let me know all about it!

mackay school holiday activities

Expressions of Interest
Marlins Swim School
Intensive School Holiday Swim Program

Marlins swim school are taking expressions of interest for a holiday program starting on the 20th of September and running until the 24th of September.
Cost $87.50 for 5 x 30-minute lessons
Approximate times 8.30 am to 11.30 am
If you want to give your kids, grand kids, nieces or nephews the very best start to life with the skills to be safe around water this is a wonderful way to invest in them


things to do with kids in mackay

Sarina Beach Coconut Festival
Held on 18 September 2021
by Sarina Beach Progress Association and proudly sponsored by Mackay Regional Council

The Sarina Beach Coconut Festival is tipped to be another cracker event.
There’ll be coconut events, palm weaving, de-husking and de-nutting, tropical market shopping, along with a myriad of extraordinary food experiences incorporating local produce and – of course – coconuts!
Other highlights will be camel races and rides, spectacular international kite flying display and amazing entertainment.
You may even sight a humpback whale on its annual migration.
Whatever your tastes we will have something to excite you, so come and join in the fun at one of the most beautiful beaches Queensland has to offer.


things to do with kids in mackay

September KIDS Tours
September School Holidays
Sarina Sugar Shed
(45 Minutes)

A fun interactive session that focuses on the kids!  Adults welcome at kids prices!
Discover the growing and harvesting of the sugar cane, complete a hunt for the critters that live in our Sugar Cane Patch.
Enter our miniature sugar mill to see how sugar cane is crushed, sample deliciously sweet sugar cane juice straight from our miniature mill – ‘Bill the Mill Junior”.  Our stickers help the kids understand the machines that work in the process from turning juice into sugar. 
Touch and feel the different stages of the production from the bagasse to the sugar, taste the molasses!

*Please note, the full tasting experience is not included in this tour.

The tours have been modified to comply with COVID-safe practices but each visitor will still receive the same rich tour experience.


things to do with kids in mackay

Caneland Central
Your Sweet Escape
Visit the Popsicle Parade

For a limited time visit four zones full of fun for all ages. Spin the wheel to win a prize*, pose with your bestie in Strawberry fields or Gummy Bear Galaxy, taste a fairy floss cloud and immerse yourself in a sweet escape.  There will be plenty of fun games and activities to keep the kids busy over the school holidays with freestyle basketball, a snakes & ladders style board game, Bee mazes through sunflowers, become a Chef in your own ice-creamery cafe and more!

Plus the first 50 customers that visit the candy bar at Melting Moments will receive a free treat, all you need to do is show the staff that you follow the Caneland Central Facebook page!

Every Tuesday and Wednesday during the promotion we will also be giving away free fairy floss! There’ll be a different flavour on each of the six days and just like the candy bar, show that you follow our Facebook page to claim your sweet fix! This will be limited to the first 50 customers, so get in quick so you don’t miss out.


september school holidays in mackay


Dogtanian is an impulsive and idealistic young fellow who lives with his parents in a village in Gascony. His only objective in life is to follow in his father’s footsteps and become one of the King’s Muskehounds.
With his horse Sandy, Dogtanian leaves for Paris in search of adventure. He is joined there by Pip, a scrappy and garrulous mouse who becomes his squire.
Together with his comrades-in-arms, the Muskehounds Porthos, Aramis, and Athos, he discovers the value of friendship and justice in an endless battle with the perverse Richelieu and his henchmen, fighting against the Cardinal’s power and the threat of war between France and England.

Will Dogtanian manage to become a Muskehound and at the same time win the heart of his beloved Juliette?
An updated version of the classic 80s television cartoon inspired by the most famous novel by Alexandre Dumas.

Click to disover Dogtanian’s Labyrinth Activity Sheets

school holiday events in mackay

Rock, Paper Scissors Art and Design Market
Sunday September 19
1pm to 4pm
Mackay Civic Precinct

Come along for a free curated market featuring a fabulous selection of stalls highlighting the talented artists, designers, makers, and foodies of our region!
Artspace Mackay will be open for all to enjoy the exhibitions on show. 

Foodspace and local food vendors will be serving their best food and coffee.
Families can venture into the Art Yurt for free craft activities for kids.

There will be entertainment on the market stage with local musicians performing throughout the afternoon.

Bring your friends, family and a picnic rug so you can linger as long as you like.


things to do with kids in mackay

Weekend Inflatable Fun
September 18/19 and 25/26
12pm to 4pm
Mackay Aquatic Recreation Complex

Come along to the Mackay ARC for some inflatable fun!
FREE ENTRY whilst the Bluewater Lagoon is closed for maintenance
There will be a giant crocodile in the 50-metre pool along with individual floaties available for use.


things to do with kids in mackay

Fulton Hogan Learn to Skate Workshops
September 21 to 24
9.30am and 10.30am

For the 4th year running, the team at Fulton Hogan have made sure the week of skate coaching and workshops is 100% free once again at Rumble on the reef.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to skateboard, or brush up on some skills,
Sign up to one of our 8 session during Rumble week.


nature craft for kids

Kids craft workshops – bookings required, limited spaces.
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Meeting Room
September 21
10am to 11.30am

Cost – $5.00 per child.
Join Kim in a relaxed creative space where you can use found leaves, paint, stones and other materials with clay to create your own clay nature inspired artwork.
Please bring a hat, water bottle, comfortable walking shoes as we may go for a short walk in the gardens too.
Parental supervision is required. Suitable for school children aged 6-12 years.


Self Guided Activities in the Gardens
Free Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

The weather is perfect to bring the kids down to the Botanic Gardens and enjoy one of our self guided activities.
On offer:
Botanic Gardens Scavenger Hunt
Tibbles Hunt in the Tropical Shade Garden
Alphabet I Spy
Birdwatching Quiz
Botanic Endeavour Trails

things to do with kids in mackay

Visit Ballantyne’s Strawberry Farm

Where: Brodies Road, Mount Charlton
Ballantyne Strawberries is a family business run by Alan and Margaret they grow the sweetest strawberries money can buy they are very passionate about what they do.
The farm is open from June to September just call us for the date we open this all depends on the plant growth.

Things to do:
Pick your own strawberries.
Dine in the Café.
Enjoy Coffee & scones, Jam & cream (with the scones made fresh every morning by Margaret).


Visit Bredls Wild Farm – Experience Wildlife up close and personal

Bredl’s Wild Farm is located 1 hour drive south of Airlie Beach and approximately 1 hour north of Mackay.
Tour includes all animal encounters and interactions.

The farm is constantly changing and upgrading therefore animals on the farm can vary from time to time.

  • Cuddle a Koala
  • Feed a Kangaroo;
  • Pat a Wombat;
  • Hold a baby Crocodile and Alligator;
  • Come face to face with an Emu;
  • Hand feed a Cassowary;
  • Wrangle a Reptile;

​Experience up close encounters with the large resident Crocodiles from the comfort and safety of the safari truck and witness these crocodiles being hand fed by our experienced staff;

And much, much more!!


Whitsunday Crocodile Safari
See Crocodiles in the Wild, native animals, birds and unique plants on our fully guided day tour. Great food, expert guides and a relaxed atmosphere.

Whitsunday Crocodile Safari is an advanced eco-certified full day nature exploration into the  Whitsunday hinterland and estuaries which are home to native animals, reptiles, birds and vegetation.
Operating daily, the Safari offers a fully guided and safe Australian nature experience with the opportunity to see crocodiles in the wild.


Platypus Viewing at Broken River

Eungella National Park, approximately a one-hour drive west of Mackay, is home to one of the most reliable spots in Australia to spot the elusive platypus – in the wild!
From the viewing decks at Broken River, spot this shy creature in its natural habitat, as well as turtles and other wildlife in this beautiful National Park.
The best times to see this special monotreme are at dawn or dusk.

The Broken River bridge also provides an excellent vantage point to see platypus swimming in the river below. Platypus are quite shy, so remain as still and as quiet as possible to increase your chances of seeing one. Keep an eye out for air bubbles, as the platypus feeds from the bottom, but surfaces to chew its food and breathe.

There are 22 kilometres of walking trails in Eungella, as well as accommodation, restaurants, and cafes. Try to spot a platypus if you can!

Wallabies at Sunrise

With Queensland’s Cape Hillsborough as a stunning natural background, experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture a magical Australian sunrise on the beach with our iconic wallabies. Learn and reflect on our role in preserving and protecting Australia’s natural beauty with your experienced guide. Cape Hillsborough National Park, approximately 45 minutes north of Mackay, is where you’ll find rainforest meets the shoreline, volcanic headlands, eucalypt forests home to koalas and kookaburras and prehistoric rock formations.

Cape Hillsborough Beach, also know as Casuarina Beach, provides one of the most iconic Australian photo backdrops, the ‘Roo on the beach’ at sunrise. Wallabies and kangaroos scour the morning tide for mangrove seed pods, seaweed and coral sand dollars. Enjoy the sunrise as wild marsupials bound up and down the beach.

Remember however, that these are wild animals and should be treated as such. Please do not feed the kangaroos and wallabies and ensure to keep a safe distance at all times.

school holidays mackay
Jarravale Alpacas
& Miniature Animal Farm

Come enjoy the country air and stay on a working animals in the peaceful Pioneer Valley
Farm Stay bookings
Guided farm tours available
By booking only 0437 348 762

*all event and activity details correct at time of publication, please check with the venue or event organiser to confirm

Holding an event or activity these school holidays?
Email hello@mackayfamilylife.com with the details and I will be in touch

I hope you and your family have fun these school holidays and be sure to #mackayfamilylife on social,

so I can see what you get up to and share it with other families who may be seeking ways to spend their holidays!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This