A Game Changer for our Region

A world-class sport, entertainment and leisure destination is coming to Queensland.


Welcome to GBRA

Founded upon the strength of one of the nation’s largest regional sports precincts and not-for-profit community Clubs, this magnificent venue will become a premier cultural and sporting landmark for Queensland.

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Great Barrier Reef Arena is born of the unbounded passion of a community that values the power of sport to bring people together, inspire participation and generate new opportunity.

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Great Barrier Reef Arena is conveniently positioned within 5 minutes of Mackay Airport and Mackay CBD

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Great Barrier Reef Arena is located in the tropical Queensland regional centre of Mackay, at the heart of one of Australia’s most popular domestic and international tourism destinations.

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At present there are no facilities in Central Queensland capable of staging AFL Premiership matches. The development of Great Barrier Reef Arena to deliver expanded spectator capacity and new media broadcasting facilities will provide important capability in this regard.

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Great Barrier Reef Arena has been designed to deliver a world class contemporary event experience for both live and broadcast audiences.

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The GBRA brings together state of the art spectator, player and media facilities with sustainable design principles to create one of Australia’s best regional event venues.

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Great Barrier Reef Arena provides flexibility of operation and scalable capacity in a multiplicity of event modes from major sporting fixtures to concerts, cultural and community events.

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Great Barrier Reef Arena is a world-class venue for elite cricket. The venue’s reputation as a destination for international cricket was further enhanced in September 2021 with the successful hosting of the Australia vs India women’s ODI series.

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Great Barrier Reef Arena is one of the nation’s premier regional venues for Australian Football League (AFL) matches.

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The Great Barrier Reef Arena lies at the heart of a precinct that provides multi-faceted leisure, sport and recreational amenities for year-round community use.

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Fans and Families

GBRA has a wide range of viewing options for fans attending sports and entertainment events.

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Access all Areas

Great Barrier Reef Arena has been designed to provide ease of access throughout the precinct for all event visitors and participants.

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The unique Great Barrier Reef Arena positioning is designed to promote the region’s attractions to external markets and inspire visitation through Australia’s premier tourism asset.

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Following completion in mid-2022, the Great Barrier Reef Arena & Events Precinct will deliver over $31 million annually in economic output to the region and create 90 new ongoing jobs.

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As our vision for Great Barrier Reef Arena comes to life, planning is already underway for the next stage of expansion.

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More than an Arena

We’re creating a place to participate, celebrate and inspire.


Harrup Park has already been the stage for great sporting
events and carnivals, including AFL and Cricket. Through the
support of our passionate community, it currently holds the
national record for a standalone WBBL match. Great Barrier
Reef Arena will host regular major sporting, entertainment
and cultural events that inspire our region’s young people to
participate and achieve their dreams.

Project Updates

The Great Barrier Reef Arena project is now rapidly progressing
with the vital funding support of the Federal and Queensland
Governments. Follow the journey as it takes shape.

Built by Community,
For Community

The project is not only making our region an even
better place to live, play and visit but creating jobs,
supporting business and attracting investment.