Great Barrier Reef Arena | Cox Architecture

Great Barrier Reef Arena | Cox Architecture | Photographer: Liz Andrews Photography

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Great Barrier Reef Arena | Cox Architecture

Traditional Land Owners
The Yuwibara People



North Queensland

Public Architecture
Liz Andrews Photography Murray Fletcher
Project summary

Designed by Cox Architecture and built by the community, for the community, Mackay’s Great Barrier Reef Arena is a hub for Culture, Sports, and Community celebrations.

The Arena offers world-class facilities for a diverse range of events, including concerts, elite sports, and cultural festivals.

The design emulates the colours, cultures, and landscape typical of the region. Indigenous culture and traditions, the early Maltese immigrants and the people that have built this region are celebrated in the design.

The new grandstand is deeply rooted into the landscape and is conceived as growing out of the landscape.

Its roof, founded in the new plaza, slowly rises as it hugs the oval to cover the players and media facility. It floats over a rusticated ribbed wall that grows out of the landscape, establishing a unique simplicity of two elements, one hovering over the other.

We were thrilled to host a series of successful sporting events at the Great Barrier Reef Arena from September to November.

These events showcased our topnotch facilities, drew enthusiastic crowds, and provided the Mackay community with the opportunity to experience elite level competition right here in Mackay.

These events not only engaged the wider community but also inspired local players to aim for excellence in their sports.
Adrian Young – Harrup Park

Project Consultant and Construction Team

McKenzie Group Consulting, Certification
Omnii, Fire Engineer
STP Consultants, Mechanical and Electrical Consultant
Tango Projects Pty Ltd, Project Manager
Tract Consulting, Landscape Consultant
TTM Consulting Pty Ltd, Traffic, Waste Management and Acoustics

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Great Barrier Reef Arena | Cox Architecture | Photographer: Murray Fletcher

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