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Saturday 8th August 2015
10am - 6pm

Thursday 6th August 2015
6.30pm - Late

Friday 7th August 2015
From 8.30am

Friday 7th August 2015
From 6.30pm

Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th August 2015

The Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival

The Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival is a unique combination of events surrounding the festival highlight The Mackay Airport Beach Race Day. The mild 24 degree winter weather will see 7000 + people converge on Mackay Harbour Beach on Saturday 8th August 2015 to witness the 4th annual running of one of equines most exciting spectacles. The lead up to the race day offers visitors a great opportunity to experience some famous Mackay hospitality and weather. From Thursday 6th August, a swanky cocktail party will launch the festival followed by a fun social charity golf day (Friday 7th morning) & Garden Party/Calcutta (Friday evening) all adding to the fun. 

The Race day is regarded as the number 1 social and sporting event on North Queensland’s calendar. The event features up to 10 exciting horse races on beautiful Mackay Harbour Beach, festival bands, family entertainment and an abundance of ticket/package choices that will accommodate all budgets. Races and on course entertainment run from 10.30am-4pm with a festival band complimenting the entertainment from 4-6pm. Free courtesy buses to and from Mackay's City Center make attending the event both convenient and affordable.

After the races, the place to be is Mackay's newly refurbished city centre that boasts a thriving CBD restaurant/café/bar culture. If you are attending the whole festival, you are sure to spot a who's who list of VIP celebrity visitors letting their hair down in one of Queensland's most relaxed cities. If that’s not enough to get you excited, take in some of the bucket List activities and attractions that Mackay district has to offer. A visit to the local Mackay Tourism information center will give you plenty to do and see, from the Marina & Beaches on the coast of Mackay to the fabulous Eungella National Park & rainforest a short drive inland, Mackay has it all. The area is getting quite a reputation as a destination to discover some things that the laidback locals take for granted. It’s certainly worth staying another day in paradise.

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