Outback Events

Wed, 30 Aug 17

Windorah International Yabby Races

Windorah International Yabby Races....

Cherax destructor– more commonly known as the Yabby is an Australian freshwater crustacean, usually found in dams, rivers, channels and other waterways throughout Australia.  However, in August of each year, yabbies can be found in a more unusual place – on the track at the Windorah International Yabby Races.

1200kms west of Brisbane, Windorah is one of three towns that make up the ‘Barcoo Shire’ in Central Queensland. Windorah is colloquially known as ‘The Heart of the Channel Country’ - the perfect habitat for the Yabby.

Hundreds of people passing through Windorah on their way to the Birdsville Races are captivated and entertained by the Windorah International Yabby Races held on the Wednesday night prior to the big weekend event.

Kicking the night off at 7pm is the all famous The Barcoo Bolt followed closely by the Thompson Trot, The Kyabra Kanter. The last race of the night is the grand finally - The Cooper Cup.

Each of the 10 yabbies in every event is named and auctioned off prior to the race, with the funds from the night going back into the community and a great portion of all proceeds going to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The night comprises fun and entertainment for all with live music, food, and a bar operating throughout the night!

Come along and get involved in the Windorah International Yabby Races. It can’t be guaranteed that your yabby will crawl it’s way to first place, but it can be guaranteed that you’ll have a fun night that you’ll never forget!