WHAT'S ON: See New Year's Eve in with a bang
EVERY year deserves a resounding climax and Mackay has the end of 2018 covered for eager partygoers.
Whether the dance floor beckons or you would rather stuff yourself, there's no shortage of events ringing in 2019 across the region - perhaps most popular, Mackay Regional Council's New Year's Eve River Party.
But there's a slew of venues vying for your presence.
MOJO's rooftop bar's Black and Gold party is one such nightspot set to celebrate New Year's Eve, and free entry may be a tantalising prospect - not to mention the picturesque views of the midnight fireworks display over the quay.
The rooftop bar will open from 4pm, while downstairs the organisers of Mushroom Valley Festival and a host of interstate and regional acts will put on a show in the basement from 8pm.
MOJO's manager Daniel Simpson is braced for a busy night and he reckons there's no place else to be in Mackay to send off 2018 in style.
"We try to mix it up; this is the first time we've done something like this for New Year's," he said.
"We had one of the Mushroom Valley events here a couple of months ago.
"That seemed to work really well, and they had interest in coming back to us as well.
"MOJO's is the place to be: best atmosphere, best drinks and the best view of the fireworks."
The celebrations have been in full swing at McGuires CBD Hotel since Friday, supported by a host of music acts in what has already been a dynamic weekend leading into the showcase event.
The likes of The Voice star Health Milner, who went to Nashville in the US with icon artist Boy George, have lit up the McGuires stage, while Saturday saw DJ Volt visit down under from the US to put on a show for patrons.
The entertainment rages on well into tonight.
McGuires CBD Hotel owner Paul Baxter believes there's no other place punters would rather be than the busy establishment.
"The big one will be our New Year's Eve which starts at 7pm," MrBaxter said.
"We've got Dave Brennan from the UK. He'll be our drawcard. We've also got DJ Moses Smith, he's a local act here who has a good following, Then we've got DJ Talis from Rockhampton and DJ Sonus.
"It's going to be a big night; it'll go until 5 in the morning and we're looking forward to it.
"Only $5 on the door to enter; it's cheap and it's going to be a big night of entertainment for everyone."
This has been the first instance the venue has hosted a four-day-long New Year's event.
"I've had this saying that if your friends aren't at McGuires they must be out of town," MrBaxter laughed.
"We call it the one-stop entertainment venue because you've got karaoke in the front yard, seven pool tables, then the big entertainment space out the back so people can come and roam around and do different things.
"You've got to give people a reason to come out and that's what we've been doing."
For a more family-friendly atmosphere, Bluewater Quay will host the council's annual river party.
It will be highlighted by two fireworks displays and a jam-packed musical cast.
There's something for everyone around the region, so excuses are rather thin on the ground to stay in this New Year.
Here's a taste of what you can expect in Mackay on the last day of 2018:
NYE River Party
Where: Bluewater Quay, Mackay.
When: 6pm start. Fireworks at 9pm and midnight.
What: Mackay Regional Council's New Year's Eve party suits one and all.
The free family-friendly event includes Hoot and Hootabelle from the ABC Kids show Giggle and Hoot, and regional rock band 4 Shades of Gray.
The party will include food and market stalls. Entertainment for children includes jumping castles, a merry-go-round and face painting.
Where: Seaforth Bowls Club
When: Bistro open from 6pm, live music by VaMa Music from 8pm.
What: Say Aloha to the new year at Seaforth Bowls Club.
Prizes for best dressed in Hawaiian/beach-themed attire.
Bookings essential. Free courtesy bus.
Black & Gold
Where: MOJO, Mackay.
When: Doors open at 4pm.
What: Get dressed up and party in the new year at the city centre nightclub, which boasts a spectacular view of fireworks over the Pioneer River.
Free entry all night and complimentary pizza from 5pm to 7pm. MRK on DJ duty.
The Basement, below MOJO, will also feature acts Purple Hayes, Smiggle Like Liquid and Clovr.
Where: Cartel, Mackay
When: From 8pm.
What: Camo party with a prize for best dressed.
Noy from Brisbane to headline the event.
Contact the nightclub for inquiries about VIP booths. Find army men between 9-10pm for a $150 venue voucher.
Carribean Dinner Dance
Where: Clarion Hotel, Mackay Marina
When: Doors open 5pm.
What: Live countdown until midnight, including authentic calypso, Caribbean, Latin and reggae, with Babash Boys on the steel drums.
Ticket-only event. Get in quick, limited tickets remaining at a cost of $99. Two-hour drink package, cocktails and a buffet.
Electric Garden NYE
Where: McGuires CBD Hotel
When: Doors open at 5pm.
What: Ring in the new year in the pub's popular outdoor area, the Electric Garden. Entry costs $5.
Featuring acts including Dave Brennan, Moses Smith, Sonus and Tarlos.
Get Hooked this NYE
Where: Mackay Northern Beaches Bowls Club, Rural View
When: From 6pm.
What: Beach and fishing-themed event. Includes jumping castles, a jumbo waterslide, DJ Feelgood and chart hits. Competition to win a tinnie.
Free courtesy bus.
Hollywood at Sails
Where: Sails Sports Bar, Mackay Marina
When: Live music from 8pm.
What: Hollywood theme, dress in your best bling. Mango Junction playing from 8pm to 1am.
Where: Harrup Park, Mackay
When: From 7pm.
What: New Year's Eve party with a masquerade theme.
Don a mask and party the night away in the renovated venue.
DJ Deebee will be playing from 7pm.
Where: Magpies Sporting Club, Mackay
When: From 8pm.
What: A throwback to the era that started it all. Come dressed in 1970s club glamour - litter, sequins, big hair, flares and platform shoes.
Alongside a dance floor and DJ, the free event will include games, prizes for the best dressed and a supervised kids room (until 12.30am).
NYE at Mount P
Where: Mount Pleasant Tavern.
When: From 9pm.
What: Hawaiian-themed event with karaoke in the public bar. Give-aways throughout the night and prizes for best dressed.
Where: Souths Leagues Club, Mackay
When: From 6pm.
What: Toga party, with a prize for best dressed. Purchase an outfit from Souths on the night, if need be.
Luke Miller band will be playing live in the sports bar from 8pm.
Souths will also be giving away $2500 in the Golden Egg Heist. Inquire within.
The Kids Superhero party will be held from 6pm for the children, with prizes for best dressed. Bookings appreciated.
Where: North Mackay Bowls Club
When: From 5.30pm.
What: Tropical buffet including a whole barbecue pig ($32, or $34 on the night).
Entertainment throughout the evening by Al's Rock N Roll. Bookings essential.