The Lanes Easter Carnival

This annual Easter carnival returns to Mackay on Sunday, starting at 9am with an Easter egg hunt, live music, activities and wildlife rescue animals. Join in on the festive fun with egg and spoon or sack races to tire out the kids, or get involved in the giant Twister competition. If the family is starting to feel peckish, fill up on local goodies from the market food stalls before sending your kids on the jumping castle or merry-go-round. Admission to the carnival is free, but if by dinnertime you still want to carry on there is a dive-in movie at Memorial Pool; at a gold coin donation this will be the best cinema experience of the weekend as you paddle around while LOL-ing At How to Train Your Dragon 2. This full day out of activities is sure to keep your family fed and happy this Easter long weekend.
Event details: further information can be found here.
Bluewater Quay, River Street, Mackay QLD 4740
Mackay Leisure Centre
Your eldest child wants to go skating, your daughter wants to go bowling and your husband wants to play squash. Where on earth could you go that would cater to all of these activities? Luckily the Mackay Leisure Centre has all of these activities and more, with a licensed bar and café to keep everyone happy. These guys are open every day except for Easter Friday, so if you can’t get everything done in one day why not head back again for round two? You can sit back and relax with a hot coffee and an antipasto platter while the whole family has fun.
Where: 95 Bruce Highway, South Mackay QLD 4740 

Mackay Marina Village

If your family is water-obsessed, check out the Mackay Marina Village. This is a great location for a relaxing and low-key day out, complete with a park and waterfront view. Why not pack the car with a football and frisbee and lather yourselves in sunscreen for a fun day by the sea. If you get hungry, check out these takeaway stores below to grab a bite to eat for the whole family.
Lighthouse Seafood

Grab fish and chips, Lighthouse Seafood - Mackay
Grab fish and chips, Lighthouse Seafood – Mackay

Lighthouse Seafood is part of the Mackay Marina Village, serving up fresh seafood, pizzas and burgers all long weekend. If you’re after typical fish and chips by the sea, the Lighthouse serves up some of the most succulent pieces of fish. If you’d prefer to split a pizza amongst yourself and the family, they can cook you a traditional Hawaiian pizza, or a king prawn pizza for something different. Grab a yummy meal from this cafe and have a picnic by the bay this Easter.
Where: Mackay Marina, Mulherin Drive, Mackay Harbour QLD 4740
Casu Jacks
Scrumptious French toast, Casu Jacks - Mackay
Scrumptious French toast, Casu Jacks – Mackay

If you’re down at the marina and want a filling meal, Casu Jacks is open all Easter weekend from 7am until 2pm. Serving up incredible breakfast food including French toast or a big juicy burger for lunch, this is the place to head to if the family wants something other than fish and chips. With raving reviews on their customer service and delicious meals, don’t miss out on this café for a meal to keep the family running around all day.
Where: Lot 50, Mulherin Drive, Mackay Harbour QLD 4740