Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
There are plenty of ways to celebrate in the Whitsundays this Australia Day.
10:00am to 1:00pm
Proserpine Entertainment Centre
Join Whitsunday Regional Council on Australia Day as the community celebrates Australia Day, Our Whitsunday Way Family Fun Day, from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre. The family fun day will include a whole host of free family activities including live Aussie music, wildlife meet and greet, little red train, face painting, jumping castle, slip ‘n’ slide, craft workshops, family games and more! Plus, there will be a free sausage sizzle and lamingtons (while stocks last).
The family fun day will be followed by a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony before the inaugural Whitsunday Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremonies inside the PEC from 1pm onwards. General admission seating will be available for the awards ceremony until seating is exhausted.
Collinsville Community Centre
Every year, Collinsville residents gather at the Community Centre on Australia Day for breakfast facilitated by local community groups. During the event Australia Day Awards are presented, recognising the tireless efforts and contributions of volunteers and community members. The morning will also include music, arts and cultural performances from local community groups.
Breakfast will start at 7:00am with the Australia Day Awards to be presented by Mayor Julie Hall at 8:00am.
Registration opens 9:30am, run starts 10:30am
Join Proserpine Youth Space on Australia Day for their slime run spectacular! Fun for all ages, there will be an obstacle course set up with a jumping castle. The event will also feature a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country, Aussie BBQ, lamingtons, slime slide, entertainment and plenty of family fun. $5 per person or $25 per family with proceeds funding support and programs for local disadvantages youth.
Proserpine Youth Space is a not-for-profit organisation that allows the youth of the region to have a safe and open space to talk freely about how they are feeling or just catch up with mates.
10:00am to 1:00pm
Whitsunday Sailing Club
Discover sailing this Australia Day at the Whitsunday Sailing Club. There are opportunities to go for a sail with an experienced sailor, explore the club facilities and find out about the programs and sailing courses available. There will be a sausage sizzle going and activities available for the whole family. Discover Sailing Days are free to attend, and all boats and safety equipment are provided by the club. All you need to bring is clothes you don’t mind getting wet, a change of clothes, sunscreen, a hat and a friend or two. Suitable for ages 7 to 80.