The event doesn’t start until sunset (which is expected at 5:30pm), so you’ve got plenty of time to have a look at cameras, get some professional advice and clear the mind by filling your stomach. Here are some great places to eat and play across Mackay that aren’t far from the event.

Have a look at the cameras available and get some great advice.

Garrick’s Camera House

Get some friendly and professional advice, Gassicks Camera House – Mackay

When you are looking to upgrade from that old 10-megapixel camera to something a bit more fancy, visit Garrick’s Camera House inside Caneland Central. The team here are obsessed with cameras, and anything to do with cameras—which makes them the perfect starting point for your day. Come in, have a chat to their friendly staff, who can point you in the right direction for a camera that suits your needs and budget. They are also happy to help you with photo restoration, image editing, printing and much more.
Whether you’re looking for a Nikon, Canon, Sony or Panasonic camera, you’ll find it at Garrick’s Camera House!
Where: Shop 33, Caneland Central, Mangrove Road

Time to practice for the Instameet.

Austral Hotel

Rest up, get some brunch and take some practice shots, Austral Hotel - Mackay
Rest up, get some brunch and take some practice shots, Austral Hotel – Mackay

Now you have a new and better reason to take pictures of your food! Open from 11:30am, head over to the Austral Hotel for some delicious brunch and have a play around with your new camera, or simply find the angles that work best on your smartphone. This Mackay pub also offers some beautiful lush surrounds that are perfect for creating some intriguing shots!
Choose from one of their delectable mains including graziers beef pie, Atlantic salmon or their barbecue pork ribs. If you’re in the mood for something a bit lighter, but equally as photogenic, try their sweet potato and rocket salad with balsamic glaze—amazing!
Where: 189 Victoria St, Mackay QLD 4740

Full? Head over to river for a magical walk—with lots of photo ops!

Bluewater Trail
If photos of your food weren’t enough, head over to River Street and have a walk along the Bluewater Trail. On your walk you will come across the botanic gardens, Sandfly Creek environmental walkway, as well as the Catherine Freeman walk—all of which offer stunning views worthy of a photo (or hundred). This walk stretches on for kilometres, so be careful you don’t get too carried away!
Once you’ve finished taking in the sights and landing a few awesome shots, it’s time for a quick early dinner before the meet.
Kevin’s Place

Delicious Singaporean cuisine, Kevin's Place - Mackay
Delicious Singaporean cuisine, Kevin’s Place – Mackay

If you’re looking for a great place to get a quick dinner before the event, head over to Kevin’s Place. Open Monday to Saturday, you can sample fresh Singaporean cuisine here that is high-quality and delicious. Whether you’re after something small like a deep-fried spring roll appetiser, some soup, or something more filling such as sizzling beef steak, you’re sure to find a dish you love at Kevin’s Place.
Where: 79 Victoria St, Mackay QLD 4740
Now you’re full, time to head to the meet! Have fun!
So now you’ve got the basics of photography down-pat, hone your new skills by taking your family and your camera to these scenic hiking trails in Mackay.
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