31 Jul 2019

More than 2,000 people are expected to celebrate the Port of Mackay 80th Anniversary Maritime Carnival on Sunday 25 August.

From 10am to 3pm, North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) is bringing Old Mulherin Park alive with good old-fashioned fun for the whole family.

Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Fertin said the day will recreate the initial opening of the port in 1939.

“The Mackay and District Pipe Band performed at the laying of the foundation stone of the breakwater and the opening ceremony of the harbour, so it’s fitting to have them perform as part of our celebrations,” Mr Fertin said.

For the car lovers, Mackay’s first car will be on display as well as a prime collection from Vintage Car Club.

Songstresses, the Doo Wop Dolls will perform hits from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

“We will also have live performances from the Mackay Sugar City Rock and Roll Club, FAD Dance, Dance Express, Theatre Arts Mackay Dance Excellence, and roving performers from Sensory Circus,” Mr Fertin said.

Community members will be able to learn more about the port and community groups with displays from NQBP, Sugar Australia, Yuwibara, Volunteer Marine Rescue, Maritime Safety Queensland, Crane Logistics, and the Army and Navy Cadets.

Food vendors including Sarina Sugar Shed, El Papas, Spilt the Beans Mobile Café, Sweet Cakes – Dutch Pofferties, Kool Temptations, Issy’s Wood fired Pizza Café and Mini Melts will be on hand to take orders.

Jay and Dave from Triple M will be broadcasting live and crowd favourites such as free face-painting, children’s train and pirate ship rides, the reef jumping castle, sack races, fairy floss and popcorn will be on offer.

Community members are also invited to learn more about the Port of Mackay’s history by booking on a free guided bus tour. (booked out).

For those booked on tours - Photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, is required to attend.