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Tue, 01 Mar 16 – Sun, 31 Dec 17

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Sun, 01 Jan 17 – Sun, 31 Dec 17

Events around Barcoo Shire Queensland 2017

Jundah Fishing Competition  On 14 April 2017

Windorah Great Yellow Belly Hunt at Cooper’s Creek  From 01 July 2017 until 02 July 2017

Windorah Gymkhana  On 08 July 2017

Windorah Bronco Branding  On 09 July 2017

Stockman’s Challenge at Windorah  On 09 July 2017

Windorah Campdraft  On 12 August 2017

Windorah Rodeo  On 13 August 2017

Stonehenge Rodeo, Bronco Branding and Gymkhana  From 19 August 2017 until 20 August 2017

Windorah International Yabby Races  On 30 August 2017

Needle Creek Motorbike and Horse Gymkhana  From 23 September 2017 until 24 September 2017

Barcoo Big Bash Cricket Match at Stonehenge  From 14 October 2017 until 15 October 2017

Cooper Arts & Crafts Car Rally at Windorah  On 04 November 2017

Melbourne Cup at Windorah Hotel  On 07 November 2017

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Fri, 17 Mar 17 – Sun, 26 Mar 17

Castlemaine State Festival is a regional arts festival held Biennially and encompassing visual arts, music, theatre, opera, and dance.

This event is held during March biennially.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 01 Apr 17 – Tue, 31 Oct 17

The live Outback Stockman's Show is a tribute to the skills of past and present stockmen – a true depiction of the unique quintessential Australian character.

Entertainer, Lachie Cossor, formally from Yackandandah, is a third generation horse breaker & stockman who has been in the entertainment business for 10 years. Lachie has worked with Jack Bragg around Julia Creek, won open campdrafts, has a state Saddle Bronc title and has won both the King of the Ranges and Snowy Stockmans Challenges.

As part of the Animal Wranglers team, Lachie has performed at Royal Shows, the International Rodeo at Rod Laver Arena, competed on Australia’s Got Talent and many corporate functions and events.

Lachie delivers a highly professional show featuring trick horses and dogs, a one tonne bull and so much more.  A must do on everyone’s itinerary.

The Outback Stockman's Show runs Tuesday – Sunday during the months of April to October. Actual dates TBC

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Sat, 10 Jun 17

If you've never been to sheep races before you're in for a real treat. Enjoy a fun filled day with Sheep racing complete with “jockeys”, shearing demo's, the Rousy's Roundup; cheese making demonstrations from sheep's milk, billy cart racing, art competitions and novelty events.

Dress up in your finest clobber and join us at Jundah for a day you will not forget.

Onsite food stalls and bar facilities.

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Fri, 01 Sep 17 – Sat, 09 Sep 17

The Boonah Arts Festival is an 8 day event every September that features street entertainment, competitions in art, performance, live theatre, writing, haute couture, debating, and more.

If this is your event and you would like to add more information please contact us on the link below.

This event is held during September each year, Dates to be confirmed.

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Fri, 08 Sep 17 – Mon, 02 Oct 17

A series of events that include Mudgee Wine Show, Go Tasting, Go Grazing, Mudgee Wine Festival Ambrose Golf Tournamentand Flavours of Mudgee. Taste local wines and fresh regional produce with local bands to entertain and art to inspire.

If this is your event and you would like to add more information please contact us on the link below.

This event is held during September each year, Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 22 Sep 17 – Sun, 24 Sep 17

The Meeka Outback Festival is four days of nonstop events and entertainment for the whole family, mark it on your calendar today!

This event takes place in September each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 28 Sep 17 – Sun, 01 Oct 17

With a variety of entertainment including, Magicians, Comedians, Celebrity Chefs, a range of local acts as well as the Seafood Cook-off, the Oyster Shucking Competition and Stein Holding Competition Ceduna Oysterfest promises to be a fun filled weekend.

This event is held during October each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 29 Sep 17 – Sat, 30 Sep 17

Celebrating Australia's love of the Ute, a good time, and all things Aussie. Held on the flattest natural open plains in the world in the Southern Riverina of NSW, the festival celebrates everything Australian.

This event is held in September each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 29 Sep 17 – Sun, 08 Oct 17

Enjoy the best of Country Music, featuring a great line up of Australian Independent Country Music acts, on the banks of Mildura’s mighty Murray River.

This event is held in September / October each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 29 Sep 17 – Sun, 01 Oct 17

Rodeo is a culmination of the strongest cowboys and fastest cowgirls in the country. Competitors put their skills to the test in a number of different events, which test skill, strength and stamina.

Dates for this event, usually held on NSW Labour Day Weekend and have not been confirmed

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Fri, 29 Sep 17 – Sun, 01 Oct 17

Celebrating the unique cloud formations in the Gulf of Carpentera with The Burketown Camp Draft and Rodeo, dance workshops, art workshops, live music, market stalls, Bush Foods gala dinner, displays, art exhibitions, story telling, kids activities, photographic competition and more.

This event is held during September each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Fri, 29 Sep 17 – Sun, 01 Oct 17

A three day festival celebrating music & the arts; music, dance, theatre and workshops amongst the Far North Queensland rainforest. Includes a children’s festival, street theatre, poets breakfast, market stalls and more.

This event is held during September each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 29 Sep 17 – Sun, 01 Oct 17

Festival of the Stars is a celebration of the astronomical background and significance of Coonabarabran and the Warrumbungle Shire.

This event is held during October each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Thu, 05 Oct 17 – Sun, 08 Oct 17

Witness one of the most exciting sporting championships in the world held in NSW’s very own town Bathurst.  This world renowned race draws in thousands of racing fans in each year.  With tonnes of entertainment including the races themselves it’s an event you don’t want to miss.

Event is held in October each year,

*Dates yet to be confirmed*.

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Fri, 06 Oct 17 – Sat, 07 Oct 17

Usually observed with the naked eye or through binoculars; birdwatching, birding or twitching is the observation of birds as a recreational activity; and with around 10,000 living species of birds, it isn’t surprising that the activity of birdwatching is a popular hobby.

On the second weekend of October, the tiny town of Rankins Springs, New South Wales comes alive with birdwatchers, birders and twitchers alike for the Birds of the Bush Festival.

Rankins Springs and the surrounding area is home to many Australian Bird Species including the Glossy Black Cockatoo, Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Malleefowl, Gilbert's Whistler, Chestnut Quail Thrush, Shy Hylacola and the Painted Honeyeater. The area surrounding town offers several designated birdwatching sites; some with hides. The area also boasts an incredible abundance of native flora and fauna.

The weekend ‘Birds of the Bush Festival’ is a showcase of the delightful town and its surrounding area and is filled with fun and entertainment for all with; market stalls, rides and activities for children, a traditional campfire dinner under the stars and a competitive Art and Photography exhibition with prizes in all sections. There will be entertainment throughout the weekend including a nocturnal bird watching tour.

Whether you are a lover of birds, or just want a fun weekend to enjoy with the family, you can’t go past Rankins Springs Birds of the Bush Festival. Come along and join in the fun!

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Sat, 07 Oct 17 – Sat, 21 Oct 17

Includes Torimba Ball, Miss & Master Torimba funday, Mardi Gras & parade, street stalls and Festival of the Forest Timber Display.

This event is held during October each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sun, 08 Oct 17 – Sat, 21 Oct 17

Griffith showcases a range of private gardens ranging from small cottage plots to stunning large acreage creations and outback station gardens and over 50 large 3D sculptures that must be seen to be believed over 2 weeks in October.

*If this is your event and you would like to add more information, please contact us on the below link*

This event is held in October each year – dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 12 Oct 17 – Sun, 15 Oct 17

The festival celebrates all that is wonderful about living in a rural and outback NSW community that is surrounded by five of the most iconic river systems in NSW.

This event is held during October each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Mon, 16 Oct 17 – Sun, 22 Oct 17

Join the throng of music lovers and impressive line-up of artists in a week-long celebration of Kempsey's favourite son, Slim Dusty and his country music legacy. the Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Week is held at the Kempsey Showgrounds, with proceeds going towards the Slim Dusty Centre

*If this is your event and you would like to add more information, please contact us on the link below*

This event is held in October each year – dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 19 Oct 17 – Sun, 22 Oct 17

Two Savannah Guides Schools are held each year at varying locations across the top of Australia, featuring experts in fields such as ecology, traditional culture, geology, land management, guiding technique and tourism. They are usually four days in length with many activities in the field and are an awesome opportunity for a behind-the-scenes experience of the area and are open to all to enjoy.

The October 2017 School will be a special opportunity to join the Gangalidda Garawa Rangers as they showcase their new range of tours which provide cultural insights into a classic Gulf Savannah landscape. Bush Tucker, Albert River Fishing and Boat Touring, Stargazing on Australia's largest salt pans, some fabulous birding around the announcement of Tarrant Station's East Asian – Australasian Flyway recognition and a set of insightful presentations will make this a Field School to remember, AND we'll be keeping our fingers crossed for a Morning Glory cloud formation to top it off!

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Fri, 20 Oct 17 – Sun, 22 Oct 17

The Heartland Festival is growing into a major calendar event  and includes  an Art Exhibition, Photography, Music, Poetry, Sculpting and Painting as well as billy cart racing and sheep shearing.

This event is held in October each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 21 Oct 17

Get dressed in your finest duds and head to this traditional race meet. The track has all the facilities including TAB, Bookmakers, Bar, Horse stalls and Food

This event is held in May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 21 Oct 17

A full which includes wine and produce samplings, entertainment, Model Railway Display and Exhibition, Art Beyond the Divide Art Show, Seymour Cup, Seymour Quilt Fair and more.

This event is held during October each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Mon, 23 Oct 17 – Sun, 29 Oct 17

The riders and the bucking stock come together each year for compete in “Australia's Most Famous” The riders and the bucking stock come together to try and prove the old saying wrong – “never the horse that couldn’t be rode, never the rider that couldn’t be throwed”.

This event is held in October each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 27 Oct 17 – Sun, 29 Oct 17

Cobar, is a vibrant, prosperous and clean mining town with a proud history that owes its very existence to The Great Cobar Mine. The Great Cobar Heritage and Visitor Centre occupy the original mine offices building, your first stop when visit Cobar.

Spend a couple of hours here soaking up the mining and pastoral history before looking over the original opencut mine.

Then, celebrate the culture and character of Cobar's annual Festival of the Miners Ghost.

The festivities include Art and Craft Exhibitions, Music, Sporting Activities, School Song and Dance Events and much more.

The Festival has something for everyone to enjoy which includes a spectacular Fireworks display over the old Great Cobar Copper Mine Open-Cut, Markets in the Park, Live Music, Street Theatre, Clowns, Buskers, Police Charity Golf Day, Family Kite Flying Day, Monster Fancy Dress Dance and a Mine Open Day.

The event is a highlight of the Cobar events calender and promises to be another fun filled weekend this year.

After the Festival why not stay on for a few days to enjoy all this town has to offer – heritage walks and self-drive tours will reward you. Fort Hill Drive; a lookout over town and a working mine, Mt Grenfell, a significant aboriginal art site or some of the rugged landscapes surrounding town. Cobar will surprise you.

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Fri, 27 Oct 17 – Sun, 29 Oct 17

Fishing is just the beginning!

The 2017 annual Lake Moondarra Classic offers a program jam packed with fun and excitement for all tastes.

Hosted by the Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group the Fishing Classic raises funds for re-stocking local impoundments with native fish species for recreational and environmental purposes.

The activities of the 2017 Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic will take place from 6pm Friday through to 10.00pm Saturday.

Reformatted to accommodate for forecast low Lake levels organisers have packed all the traditional favourites into the two days including 20 prize categories along with an enormous line up of entertainment including:

  • A Fireworks Spectacular
  • The DYI Dragon Boat Regatta
  • A Beach Volleyball Competition
  • Yabby races
  • Casting competitions
  • Live bands
  • Trade exhibits
  • Camping
  • Drawing of the Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group raffle
  • Food, drink and bar facilities

and much, much more!!!

NOMINATIONS:

Nominations for the 2017 Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic will open ONE WEEK out from the competition, be available from local supporting businesses and be announced in local media, on our webhsite and on social media pages.

Nominations will also be available at the event from 12noon Friday 

Opening times for the nominations tent in 2017 will be as follows:

  • 12noon – 10.00pm Friday 
  • 6.00am – 5.00pm Saturday

Nominations are $30. for seniors or $10 for juniors (Juniors are persons under 15 years of age/ have not had their 15th birthday prior to the first day of competition).

GETTING HERE

The 2017 Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic will be held at Black Rock, Lake Moondarra, located 15 kilometres North of Mount Isa.

Mount Isa is located 200 kilometres from the Northern Territory border and 1,829 kilometres from Queensland's capital, Brisbane. The nearest major city, Townsville, can be found 883 kilometres from city.

It is accessed by direct flights from Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns, Darwin and the Gold Coast.

Mount Isa as undergone a transformation in recent years. Once know as being a rough and ready mining town, it now boasts a metropolitan feel with trendy bars, coffee houses and boutique shops. The small town community spirit lives on through a force of dedicated locals who organize events such as the famous Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic and Isa Rodeo.

ACCOMMODATION

Mount Isa has a wide variety of accommodation available ranging from 4 and a half star Hotels to motels, caravan parks and backpacker hostels.

During the competition nominated competitors are invited to make the most of their outdoor experience during the Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic by camping in designated camp areas. See here for more details and camp rules

Check out the website below for more information, photos and video of the event.

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Fri, 27 Oct 17 – Sun, 29 Oct 17

The weekend kicks off on Friday night with Country music, rodeo Saturday followed by more country music. Other entertainment includes: Car and Bike show, Market stalls and much more.

This event is held during October each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Sat, 28 Oct 17

Explorer Charles Sturt referred to a ‘broken hill’ in his diary, when describing and naming the Barrier Ranges in 1844.

This ‘broken hill’ was home to a large silver-lead-zinc orebody, and although, due to mining, the ‘broken hill’ referred to in the diary no longer exists, the mining town of Broken Hill is very much still alive.

Broken Hill is colloquially referred to as ‘The Silver City’, evidently due to the mining of silver from the local mineral deposit.

The Silver City Cup will be held at the Broken Hill Racecourse in October each year.

The $15,000 ‘Silver City Cup’ leads a full day of racing, together with the 5 supporting races offer $50,000 total winnings.

The day is to be filled with fun for all ages, including pony rides, face painting and a jumping castle for the kids and a public bar, food stalls, bookies, on-course tote and coverage of other major interstate races for the ‘grown-ups’.

A fully catered Silver City Cup marquee – located in prime position at the edge of the track for a bird’s eye view of the races – is expected to be a welcome addition for racegoers.

There is ‘Fashions on the Field’ with prizes for Most Elegant Silver City Lady, the Trendiest Chick and Country Casual Male, as well as Best Dressed Girl and Boy.

Seating for the event is plentiful, with groups of 10 or more being able to purchase picnic sites with a table, chairs and an esky of ice and Club Members having access to the Grandstand and Members Bar.

Club members are also entitled to a free race book, members badge and entry into the members prize draw!

For a memorable day, filled with friends, family, fun for everyone and maybe even a prize or two, come on down to the Silver City Cup in Broken Hill!

For more information visit the website below

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Thu, 02 Nov 17 – Sun, 05 Nov 17

MURGON MUSIC MUSTER

 Proudly presented by the Rotary Club of Murgon.

Country music’s faithful following will soon be heading to Murgon in Queensland’s South Burnett to enjoy this year’s line-up of talent at the annual Murgon Music Muster to be held on the first weekend in November.

Starting Thursday evening the entertainment continues right through till Sunday afternoon with Poets Breakfast on Friday & Saturday morning.

A highlite of the muster will be “Tastes of Murgon”, where foodstalls will showcase the district's gourmet produce including wine, cheese, beef, pork and peanuts, all sourced from local growers. 

The Murgon Showgrounds can accommodate a multitude of caravans in comfort with plenty of room to spread out (some powered sites) and all entertainment is under cover next door at the PCYC Complex.

There are 2 other Caravan Parks in town, Yallakool Caravan Park at the Bjelke Petersen Dam /Lake Barambah (also a popular fishing spot) as well as several motels, hotels and a B&B (Murgon Motor Inn, Bonara Homestead B&B, Australia Hotel/Motel, Sippel's Cabins and Royal Hotel)

Licensed bar and full catering is supplied including the dining room with home cooked meals

After the Muster why not stay on for a few days and enjoy a visit to the local Queensland Dairy and Heritage Museum, some of our award winning Wineries, The Ration Shed at Cherbourg or to enjoy the leisurely surrounds of Bjelke-Petersen Dam.

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Fri, 03 Nov 17 – Tue, 07 Nov 17

The High Country Festival is an opportunity for young people to be heard, artists and musicians to showcase original work, for community groups to celebrate together and welcome friends and visitors to the area.

Over 25 community groups work together to create a significant themed, high quality event.
The 12 day event features heritage initiatives art exhibitions, performance, music, bush markets, a grand parade, fireworks, food and wine events.

This event is held in October / November each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 03 Nov 17 – Mon, 06 Nov 17

Experience a usually sleepy town come alive for their annual folk festival, there will be much to see and do including musical theatre, bush dancing, markets, workshops, garden art, competitions, didgeridoo performances and much more.

The Maldon Folk Festival is an event with appeal for everyone including families or travellers in need of some fun!

Event is held in November each year, *dates yet to be confirmed.

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Sat, 04 Nov 17 – Tue, 07 Nov 17

A traditional outback horse race with all the trimmings of the city, TAB, Bookmaker, Sky Channel, Food and Bar.

This event is held in November each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 09 Nov 17 – Sun, 12 Nov 17

Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival is a four day event of Blues and Roots performances and workshops throughout Bendigo and surrounding towns, the highlight of which is a day long family friendly concert featuring 16 acts over two stages in the picturesque Rosalind Park.

This event is held during November each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 10 Nov 17 – Sat, 11 Nov 17

Historic Beechworth will celebrate all things Celtic, with a program of live music, theatre, dancing, comedy, village markets, pipe bands and a street parade.

This event is held during November each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 16 Nov 17

Margaret River Gourmet Escape will once again showcase an unparalleled line up of over 25 international, Australian and local food & wine celebrities. Indulge in long lunches, exclusive dinner degustations, the incredible pop up Beach BBQ and much more.

This event takes place in November each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 17 Nov 17 – Sun, 19 Nov 17

Join in and celebrate the arrival of strawberry and cherry season along the Avenue of Honour and throughout Bacchus Marsh.

This annual event is held in mid November.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Wed, 22 Nov 17 – Sun, 26 Nov 17

The Festival includes events such as Great Bartenders of Broome, Mango Quiz Night, Mango Cocktail Party, Cocktail making (& drinking) Competition, sales of Mango Jams and Chutneys, Mango Tasting, Great Chefs of Broome Contest and The Mango Cook Off Brunch

This event is held in November each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 25 Nov 17

Have you ever seen pigs fly???? Well if not you best come to the Nindigully Pub Pig Races on the last Saturday in November every year and watch our piggies fly!!!! A 6 race programme….gates open high noon….1st race 2pm gully time (can vary a little)….date 25th November….last race app 8pm with great live country music entertainers.

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All Piglets are treated humanely and with respect and do retire early to a great farm life on Noahs Farm…all 6 piggies are auctioned individually every race and named by winners for the race calling…..the winning pig is the 1st piggie in the milk bowl (they all share the milk at the finish)….it’s the obstacle course that makes for the laughs …not hard nor too easy but they are in training for this event…..the winning piggie gets the whole prize pool and shares 50% with the Royal Flying Doctors and the other 50% with his generous owner (who won him at auction)…the owner also gets a priceless trophy to display on the mantelpiece at home….a lot of generous owners donate all or part of their winnings back to RFDS….it’s all in the spirit of the event………

2017 is our 13th year of racing piglets and we hope with your help and attendance to make it bigger and better than ever…..last year saw nearly 600 people support us and we hope all return plus more….in the past 5 years Cow Wilson and friends ..The Nindigully Pub staff and people like you have helped rise over $14500 for RFDS….that’s a lot of money from a small town like Nindigully (our permanent population is only 9 people…yes 9)

 

FACILITIES…well we are in the bush (edge of the outback) but we really don’t miss out on much..550 kms east of Brisbane..200ks south Roma and 200 kms north of Moree….so yes we do have hot showers and cold toilets available at the pub free of charge always…and we have heaps of camping and caravan (unpowered) spots along our beautiful tree lined and water filled Moonie River where you can swim. Fish and trap yabbies at your leisure anytime for free…..at the pub always we have qualified chefs on staff and have beautiful fresh meals available 7 days a week (the biggest and best 1 kilo plus T bone in Aust) and recently launched the challenge for the biggest hamburger in Australia with our now famous 5 kilo plus Road train Burger (it feeds min of 4 adults)…if you eat the T-bone and chew the bone on your own you get a free pot of beer if you eat the road train burger on your own you get a free keg of beer….

At the pig races it is traditional to have outside vendors to set up to tempt you with the finest in show quality food plus we have available for you to partake in a beautiful pig on the spit…sorry food is not free (nor drinks) but it is all reasonably priced and excellent quality….

If you don’t want to camp St George is only 45klms away (25mins) and has over 100 wonderful motel rooms in total as well as 3 caravan parks and full town facilities …

Last and never least for your pleasure and ours our friend and professional pyro technician Warren Ritchie from Fireworks Downunder will light up the beautiful night sky at appx 8pm with a show you will remember……

ALL WE NEED IS YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS to make it successful….            

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Fri, 01 Dec 17 – Sun, 31 Dec 17

A traditional outback race meet with all the facilities on course such as TAB, Bar, Bookmakers and Food all with a Christmas twist.

This event is held in December each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 02 Dec 17

A show with a difference, Working Dog Demonstrations, Community Street, Trade shows and Stalls, Animal Nursery, Sport Competitions and lots of fun for all the family.

The Kilmore Show is held annually in December.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 09 Dec 17

Since 2001 The Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival has been celebrating the diversity of their horticulture and providing a wide range of entertainment to locals and travellers alike; with  fine foods, a variety of market stalls, exclusive dining opportunities, wine tasting, street theatre, a wood chopping competition and their unique cherry pip spitting competition plus much more to see and do.

This event is held in December each year,

*Dates yet to be confirmed*.

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Wed, 27 Dec 17 – Fri, 29 Dec 17

Southbound is WA's largest annual Music and Camping festival held at the beginning of the year in the beautiful south West Town of Busselton, campers enjoy live entertainment and activities throughout the whole weekend.

This event takes place in December each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 28 Dec 17 – Wed, 03 Jan 18

Eight days and seven nights of eating, drinking, entertainment, art exhibitions and live performances on the Hobart waterfront, a sensory feast, featuring Tasmania’s local produce.

This event is held during December and January each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 30 Dec 17 – Mon, 01 Jan 18

The historical gold rush town of Gulgong in the Central West of NSW proudly presents the Gulgong Folk Festival.

This event is held during January each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sun, 31 Dec 17

Rodeo is a culmination of the strongest cowboys and fastest cowgirls in the country. Competitors put their skills to the test in a number of different events, which test skill, strength and stamina.

All of the events are designed to display precise, controlled actions and tight teamwork between horse and rider at speed.

This event is held during December each year

*Dates to be confirmed!

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Wed, 10 Jan 18 – Sun, 14 Jan 18

The festival features a jam-packed 5-day program of events including a Miss Priscilla Competition, the Elvis Street Parade, Cars of the Era Show, free main stage entertainment, look-a-like contests, Tribute to Elvis Competition, Poets Breakfast and many more events.

This event takes place each January.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 13 Jan 18

Wine & Dine under the stars in a magical atmosphere with lights and candles reflected in glasses of local wine.

Taste fine food / wine supplied by local producers and vendors while you enjoy the company and the street entertainment during the evening.

This event is held in January each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 19 Jan 18 – Sun, 28 Jan 18

The Tamworth community and visiting country music enthusiasts will celebrate the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Attracting up to 55,000 visitors to the regional city, there are more than 2,500 events held over the course of the 10-days including concerts, bush poetry, record releases and much more. On average, there are over 700 musicians (including buskers) that come to Tamworth for the Festival to enjoy the celebrations and if not already, try and create a name for themselves.

With more than 60 venues spread across the Tamworth that provide entertainment and activities during the Festival, visitors can be guaranteed there will be something on to their liking.

The Tamworth Regional community becomes involved with all aspects of the Festival from accommodation to hospitality services, banks, fuel stations and even mechanics – the local community embraces the Festival and all the visitors which come to town to celebrate this unique event.

In more recent years, there are generally about 700 musicians on hand to entertain the crowds over the 10-day long festival including all the big stars that regularly make the journey to Tamworth every January such as John Williamson, Gina Jeffreys, Troy Cassar-Daley, Sara Storer, Tania Kernaghan, Graeme Connors, Beccy Cole and Adam Brand.

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Fri, 26 Jan 18 – Sun, 28 Jan 18

Enjoy a French influenced Festival weekend of free entertainment at Howitt Park in the lead up to the Audax Alpine Classic Bicycle Tours.

This event is held during January each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Fri, 26 Jan 18

This event will be held on Australia Day at the Dirranbandi town pool starting from 7.30am -11am. Breakfast and Morning Tea will be available. For more information contact Rose Smith

This event is held in January each year.

*Date to be confirmed.

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Fri, 02 Feb 18 – Sun, 04 Feb 18

Festivale, one of Tasmania's premier summer events, is a three day celebration, designed to showcase the very best of Tasmanian food, wine, beer, arts and entertainment.

This event is held in February each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sun, 04 Feb 18

Competitors put their skills to the test in a number of different events, which test skill, strength and stamina. Rodeo events still conform closely to their historic roots, but incorporate a few modern changes to keep both competitors, and animals, safe and sound.

This event is held in April or May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Wed, 14 Feb 18 – Sun, 18 Feb 18

SA Caravan and Camping Show

With over 200 exhibitors you need an early start to see all the South Australian Caravan & Camping Show has in store for you. The show is stretched over 5 big days at Wayville Showground in February each year with more new exhibits at every show.

There is something to suit everyone’s taste in travel, from super stylish and chic luxury caravans and 5th Wheelers to comfy camper vans, tents and camper trailers for those who relish the freedom of setting up camp wherever your adventurous side takes you. If that is not enough there are hundreds of amazing accessories and gadgets on offer to make your travel that much more time saving and fun.

Entertainment will be on offer everywhere you turn, from live demonstrations, interactive seminars, opportunities to join into events and exciting competitions going on throughout the entire show; the Seminar Stage will run continuously with informative presentations on all aspects of travel and destinations and the main stage will feature your favourite celebrities and heaps of other entertainment.

There is a lot to take in, so if you need a break to catch your breath, grab something to eat or drink from the street food vans or if you’d like to ponder you future adventures pull up a chair at the licensed bar and have a cool drink.

The SA Caravan and Camping Show is family friendly, there is an entire section dedicated to the children who attend the event, with activities and a stage full of fun shows to keep them happily occupied.

Car parking is available on the Main Arena via Leader Street, pre purchasing your admission tickets and parking tickets is recommended to save time and money.

*DATES to be Confirmed*

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Thu, 15 Feb 18 – Sun, 18 Feb 18

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Fri, 16 Feb 18 – Sun, 18 Feb 18

Presenting some of the most celebrated names in Australian music on one stage under the towering river gums on the banks of the mighty Murray River. Three laid-back days and three rockin’ nights of Australian musical talent.

This event is held during February each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Fri, 16 Feb 18 – Sun, 18 Feb 18

Since 1991, Seymour Alternative Farming Expo has grown into the most successful alternative farming expo in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the best in the world.

Each year, over three days in February, more than 450 exhibitors present the world's best agricultural technology for a general audience of 45,000 visitors including farming professionals and members of the general public.

Seymour Alternative Farming Expo is a massive outdoor supermarket for leading edge farm machinery, products and services from Australia and around the world and showcases Australia's unique engineered and technical solutions to the challenges of farming on one of the world's driest continents.

The technology at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo each year focuses on advances in alternative livestock, cropping enterprises, small to medium farm machinery, implements and building systems (home and farm).  The Expo has a strong lifestyle focus including food growing and preparation, animals such as cattle, sheep, goats and backyard chooks.  Regular event features include the Snake Show, Chainsaw Carving, Working Sheep Dogs, Country Cook Off and the Butchers Shop, Gourmet Food Marquee, The Owner Builder Lectures, Agricultural Society Lectures and the NMIT Ag Zone Lectures.
The Alternative Farming Expo is located on a superbly laid out site at Kings park in Tallarook St, Seymour.

The site is situated only 1hr from Melbourne in Victoria, and is easy accessible from the Hume highway.

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Sun, 18 Feb 18

A day of fun in the mud.

This event is held during February each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Sun, 18 Feb 18

Shepparton Motor Museum MOTOR SHOW

A great day for the whole family, Cars, Bikes, Live Music, BBQ, Food Stalls and Kids Activities.

*Date to be confirmed*

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Wed, 21 Feb 18 – Sun, 25 Feb 18

Talented and well known country music artists will be performing for an acion packed week at cluBarham.

This event is held each year, in February,

*Dates to be confirmed*.

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Wed, 21 Feb 18 – Sun, 25 Feb 18

Running since 1954 the Victorian Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow has a lot to experience crammed into five huge days.

On show will be hundreds of the newest and best products to the caravan and camping industry, a massive range of motorhomes, caravans, 5th wheelers, campervans, pop-tops, tent and camping accessories, car-top tents, camper trailers and 4×4 off road & touring accessories. Some products will be exclusively unveiled for the first time at the show, that’s something you won’t want to miss out on!

For those hungry for information and entertainment there will be no less than 40 seminars covering all the tips and tricks you will need to know to travel safely and entertaining stories from well known television personalities to keep you amused. In previous years we have seen Frankie J. Holden and Michelle Pettigrove from What's up Down Under, Coxy from Coxy's Big Break, Tim Smith and Brooke Hanson from Discover Down Under and Spida Everitt from The Great Australian Doorstep.

As usual the Grand Stand will be chocked full of information regarding Australia’s tourism destinations and attractions for those planning on holidaying around our great country.

The show is family friendly, so feel free to bring along the children as there will be plenty of fun and educational entertainment to occupy them all day.

There will be free parking all day. If you plan on catching a train or tram expect only a short walk minutes away from the venue.

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Fri, 23 Feb 18 – Sun, 04 Mar 18

The biennial (even years) festival features Food & Wine Fiesta, Gala Ball, Street Parade and Celebrity Grape Crush, Quilting Competition and Exhibition, wine tasting, Apple Pie, Cake & Jam Competition and more.

This event is held during Feb/March every second year.

Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 24 Feb 18 – Sun, 25 Feb 18

A family orientated running event, promoting enjoyment, participation and for some a challenge. Events include 2km, 5km, 10km, half marathon and full marathon.

This event is held during February each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 24 Feb 18

Forty years ago at Bassett Park, The first Bendemere Cup was held at the newly formed Roma Turf club at the suggestion of the Wallumbilla community (the original race club in the Bendemere district) who wanted to establish a presence in the new club.

If this is your event and you would like to add more information please contact us on the link below.

This event is held during February each year,

*Dates to be confirmed*

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Thu, 01 Mar 18 – Wed, 31 Oct 18

A natural phenomenon that is caused by the rising of the full moon reflecting off the exposed mudflats at extremely low tide at certain times of the year, creating a beautiful optical illusion of stairs reaching to the moon.

Depending on the tides and moon cycles – staircase to the moon is usually visible for several days each month during March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October.

Check with the local Visitors Information Centre for correct dates each month

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Fri, 02 Mar 18 – Sun, 18 Mar 18

Celebrate, gather and revel in arts, culture, food and community. Events include the Shepparton Shorts Short Film Festival – renowned as the best and one of the longest running short film festivals in rural Australia, the Cartonography Exhibition, Opera in the Orchard and Gin on the Lawn, The Farmer’s Cinematheque, the Progressive Lunch, music, theatre, poetry and much more; a feast of art, culture and flavour to experience.

This event is in March each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 03 Mar 18

The small town of Carrathool (about 70kms west of Griffith), the small community of 99 friendly souls, bursts at the seams with over 2,500 excited race lovers and larrikins ready for the annual race meeting; add the licensed bar, food, bookmakers and entertainment .

This event is held in March each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 03 Mar 18

Another unique Outback Australia race. The Moonie Yabbie Races are a fun filled day for all the family to enjoy with sweeps on the yabbies, raffles, fashions of the field and heaps of fun for the young ones as well.

This event is held in March each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 09 Mar 18 – Sun, 11 Mar 18

Fun for all with activities such as: Live music, Woodworking shed, Petting farm, Vintage tram rides and lots more.

This annual event is held on the Labour long weekend each March.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Sat, 10 Mar 18 – Wed, 14 Mar 18

The jewel in Sunraysia’s sporting crown the Mildura Racing Club.With a Mediterranean climate the Mildura race course is surrounded by the mighty Murray River and miles of vineyards. Join us for our feature events including the Euston Club Resort Mildura Cup Carnival.

This event is held in March each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 10 Mar 18

The Baradine Show showcases local arts and produce, agriculture, livestock, machinery displays, market stalls and the traditional sideshow alley.

This event is held during March each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Sat, 10 Mar 18

The adults can sample great wines from the South Burnett's award winning wineries along with a variety of fine foods and the family can enjoy live music, entertainment and street stalls.

This event is on in March each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Sat, 10 Mar 18

Riders put their skills to the test with a stunning backdrop of the Victorian High Country. This event is part of the triangular series with Kyabram and Chitern Rodeos.

This event is in March long weekend each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 10 Mar 18 – Sun, 11 Mar 18

Food, wine, music and entertainment, wine-maker masterclasses, the Rhone Roaming Dinner, a celebration of the vintage at Rutherglen.

This event is held during March each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 10 Mar 18 – Mon, 12 Mar 18

The Bathurst Autofest features such events including Burnout Competition, Indoor and Outdoor Show N Shine, Autokana, Trade Displays and Super Sprints in a family friendly weekend.

This event is held during March each year,

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sun, 11 Mar 18

Great family fun with competition such as: Barefoot Grape Stomping, Gumboot Throwing, Best Apple Pie and Backyard vegie patch.

This event is held in March each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Sun, 11 Mar 18

Celebrate the diversity of fantastic produce that is available on the North West Coast.

Taste the Harvest is North West Tasmania’s premier food and wine festival and is held at the Mersey River Foreshore, Devonport.

This event is held in March each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 15 Mar 18 – Fri, 16 Mar 18

The Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival is one of Australia’s longest running festivals of its type, a true celebration of everything from the 50s and 60s era.

This annual event is held in mid March each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Fri, 16 Mar 18 – Mon, 19 Mar 18

The John O'Brien Festival has unfortunately been cancelled for 2017. We look forward to it's return in 2018.

Bush poetry, Irish music sessions and dancing, as well as top class performances of humour, word and song, contribute to an authentic outback Australian event.

Head off to the Narrandera John O’Brien Festival of bush poetry and music.

The Festival provides three days of poetry, music, culture and fun activities for the whole family in the beautiful town of Narrandera

Come along and join the locals and help us celebrate this annual event in honour of the famous Australian poet John O’Brien, who lived and worked as Narrandera’s Parish Priest for many years.

Heaps of new talent will add freshness to proceedings over the four days; but there will also be the festival favourites who will be at their entertaining best… poets, storytellers, musicians, and dancers.

Australia’s Bush Poet Champions past and present rub shoulders with the new chums, leaving a liberal legacy of laughter to brighten your visit.

Features include an Art Show, poets’ breakfasts and competitions, yarns “Around the Boree Log”, buskers, stalls, street entertainment, bush dancing, wine tasting, and Poetry, Port and Pottage!

The Street Carnival this year features a Carnival Conga.

Local groups, clubs and schools, along with Festival visitors are all invited to dress up and join the Conga Line!

Great prizes for the bestdressed,the most outrageous, and the funniest.

Variety is part of our festival spice, so while on location in Narrandera enjoy visits to:

  • Parkside Cottage Museum (where Macarthur’s coat is on display)
  • Can Assist Book Sale (with hundreds of books and magazines of all types to choose from)
  • Eco Tour (with running commentary and the chance to see koalas up close)
  • A visit to the Inland Fisheries Centre to see the huge freshwater fish aquariums.

Narrandera in March is the place to be!

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Fri, 16 Mar 18 – Sun, 18 Mar 18

2 big shows for the price of 1 and around 250 exhibitors make this event one not to be missed.

The National 4X4 and Outdoor Show covers 4WD manufacturers and accessories, camping accessories and products, Tourism destinations, attractions and associations, tour operators, campertrailers, communications, solar, lighting and 12v accessories ,4WD clubs, magazines and publications to name a few while The Fishing & Boating Expo showcases Boats and marine craft, (including Kayaks and Jet-ski's) motors, accessories and products, Fishing rods, bait and tackle, Fisheries Queensland, Fishing associations and publications and so much more.

On the Outback Stage look forward to a treasure trove of information, entertainment and inspiration for aspiring 4WD-ers, campers or travellers from an impressive line-up of celebrities, persenters and special guests that will run non stop throughout the show. .

The Action Arena features 4WD tests and recovery demonstrations, stunts and test rides, driving exhibitions and Freestyle Motorcross Rider shows throughout the days.

On the Fishing Stage, free daily seminars with celebrities and experts cover topics on all manner of fishing and boating tips and tricks, safety, destinations and experiences both on and off the water.

Take advantage of the free train loop service for event ticket holders that will be operating across all the three days of the show between Roma St, Central, Fortitude Valley and Exhibition Grounds (Brisbane Showgrounds) Stations. In order to receive FREE travel on this service you will need a valid show ticket, which can be purchased online.

For more information or to purchase tickets follow the links below

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Fri, 16 Mar 18 – Sat, 17 Mar 18

Experience the thrill of bush racing at one of outback Queensland’s best turf clubs. The Roma Turf Club boasts great  horse racing, entertainment and a lively atmosphere.

If this is your event and you would like to add more information please contact us on the link below.

This event is held during March each year,

*Dates to be confirmed*

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Sat, 17 Mar 18

The Broken HillSt Patrick’s Race Club began in early 1965 when John Toms, a well-known local trainer thought of a way to boost local racing and help alleviate the desperate financial position of the local Catholic schools.

This event is held during March each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Wed, 21 Mar 18 – Sun, 25 Mar 18

The Perth Caravan and camping show is a show that the whole family will enjoy, so come along to the Claremont Showgrounds to plan your next adventure.

There will be many live and interesting demonstrations including vehicle recovery and safe use of snatch straps, reversing tips and demonstrations, cooking demos for the travelling chefs of Australia, plus specialised seminars and techincal information presented by the industry experts – everything you need to know for your safe getaway.

Don’t worry about the kids being bored whilst at the event because all ages will be catered for with multiple activities including minigolf, face painting, mechanical surfboard rides and a jumping pillow to name a few.

A whole range of exhibitors will be displaying their products and services, including  4WD & automotive accessories, boating & fishing exhibitors, camper trailers, tent trailers, rooftop campers, slide-ons, camping equipment, caravans, 5th wheelers & motorhomes, manufactured homes, insurance products, lifestyle products, and tourism destination specialists.

If you need to have a break there is a wide range of food outlets both indoors and out – don’t miss out on sampling some the delicious goods on offer at the lifestyle pavilion.

There will be live entertainment and performances all throughout the event and plenty of prizes and competitions for your chance to win anything from vouchers and state of the art equipment through to a campervan.

There will be limited parking at the venue, catching a train or bus is highly recommended.

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Thu, 22 Mar 18 – Sun, 25 Mar 18

The next Horsham Country Music Festival will be held in March with another excellent artist line up. Various venues around Horsham and surrounding towns host budding and established musicians & bush poets.

This event is held during March each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Fri, 23 Mar 18 – Sun, 25 Mar 18

Attend this fun orientated festival, only 28km's from Wodonga, showcasing a variety of entertainment such as song, dance, theatre, film, poetry, food, literature, visual arts and music.

There will be interesting workshops, free events and childrens programs, something for everyone to enjoy.

Camping grounds close by.

*If this is your event and you would like to add more information please contact us on the link below.

This event is held during March each year, Dates to be confirmed.

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Sat, 24 Mar 18 – Mon, 02 Apr 18

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Thu, 29 Mar 18 – Mon, 02 Apr 18

Easter in the Country is widely recognized as one of South West Queensland's premier Easter events and brilliantly showcases the country lifestyle with a range of activities for the thrill-seeker, the cultural buff, and those that like to take things a little more leisurely. 

This event is held during March or April each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 29 Mar 18 – Mon, 02 Apr 18

The Byron Bay Bluesfest is firmly entrenched as one of Australia's premium music events. Attracting all the big names in music from both Australia and overseas the event has been held over Easter for the last 20 or so years, and boasts a lineup of around 100 bands and artists that perform over 4 days on multiple stages.

This event is held during March/April each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Fri, 30 Mar 18

An exciting, fun-filled day of Camel Racing at Forbes!

Camel racing is returning to Forbes, and the 'ships of the desert' again promise to deliver an entertaining day at Forbes Racecourse.

The 14th annual Forbes Camel Races are to be held with a 7-race programme planned; including the feature race, the ‘Camel Cup’.

Gates open at 10am with the first race scheduled for 11.30am.

Other attractions and entertainment to the day include:

  • Full bar and canteen facilities
  • Market stalls
  • Kids foot races
  • Amusement rides
  • Live entertainment
  • Karate demonstration
  • RM Williams Fashion Parade
  • Helicopter rides (weather permitting)
  • Charity Sweeps
  • Animal Nursery
  • Antique tractor displays
  • “Push bike shearing”
  • Sheep dog trials

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Fri, 30 Mar 18 – Sun, 01 Apr 18

The Lightning Ridge Easter festival is a fun-filled weekend for all the family.

This event is held during Easter each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 30 Mar 18 – Sun, 01 Apr 18

The Dash is a motorsport event that pits car against car and bike against bike and then the quickest of each against each other to determine who will be crowned “King of the River”

This event is held in April each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 30 Mar 18 – Mon, 02 Apr 18

The festival celebrates the importance of the rice industry to the community. The five day event provides entertainment and family activities.

This event is held every 2nd year in March or April.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 30 Mar 18 – Sun, 01 Apr 18

The Daly Waters Pub invites you to enjoy the weekend of outback fun when a legendary B & S Ball comes to town.  Bring your swag and dancin shoes and dont forget to polish the Ute for the annual XXXX Gold Ute Show.

This event is held in Easter each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 31 Mar 18 – Mon, 02 Apr 18

Known for its fishing Burketown's World Barramundi Fishing Championships is not to be missed, prizes for the heaviest Barra, best dresses team and lots more prizes on offer.

This event is held in March or April each year

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 31 Mar 18

Coober Pedy -The famous outback town and opal capital of the world is set to showcase its mining heritage on Easter Saturday with an action packed weekend of entertainment for all the family.

This cosmopolitan town with its relaxed and friendly lifestyle is well known for its underground accommodation, museums, opal shops, galleries, churches and of course the opal mines them-selves.

The Opal Festival Ball is BACK in 2018

The weekend commences on Friday night when the Desert Cave will host the Opal Festival Ball with live music.

The Coober Pedy Opal Festival

The Opal Festival kicks off at 1.00pm with a colourful street parade in Coober Pedy’s unique main street and heads towards the Oz Minerals Oval where festivities will continue from 2.00pm.

Entertainment will include the ever popular exciting events:

Novelty events

Sumo Suits

The Opal Walk

The Opal King and Queen Ironman/Woman competition

Tower of Terror

Pony Rides

Heaps of kids entertainment – and so much more

Street stalls and the food and beverage marquees will operate throughout the day.

Why not try your luck noodling for opal at the noodle pit, or take a scenic flight over Coober Pedy with Wrights Air.

Save the date on your “must do” social calendar!

 

Now that you’ve made the decision to join us, why not stay a few days and soak up some of the spectacular scenery and attractions that his exciting town has to offer. Coober Pedy – you've never seen anything like it!

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Sat, 31 Mar 18

A full rodeo program of Saddle Bronc, Bare Back, Bull Rides, Steer Rides, Steer Wrestling, Rope n Tie, Breakaway Roping, Team Roping, Steer Undecorating, and Barrel Racing.

This event is held in Easter each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 31 Mar 18

Part of the fun of the Roma’s Easter in the Country Festival is an afternoon of country racing after the excitement of street parades and bustling morning markets downtown.

This event takes place in Easter each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 31 Mar 18 – Mon, 02 Apr 18

Vineyard with a difference

Looking for something to do over the Easter break? Are you thinking of an Outback Queensland family get away?

Easter in the Vines is for you!

Set in our lush country garden overlooking the vines, Easter is always a family focused event with kid’s activities like face painting, Easter egg hunt, colouring competitions & plenty of space to play! Maybe a spot of cricket….

Toowoomba based country music artist Cathy Drummond will be on stage Saturday and Sunday for a return gig at Riversands. Cathy is a regular performer in the west.

Also returning will be our resident compere Neale Stuart, the golden voice of commercial radio; Neale’s interviews and banter provide for great entertainment.  

A sizzling BBQ with cook your own rib fillet packs; cheese platters, delicious homemade scones, mud cake and coffee are all available from our café. Naturally our cellar door will be open for those wishing to taste our fabulous wines.

Guests are welcome to free-camp on our riverbank over Easter or St George offers a great range of quality and inexpensive accommodation options to choose from.

With free entry, free camping, live entertainment, family friendly atmosphere, great wine and food Easter in the Vines promises you a weekend to remember, so gather some friends and head to Riversands.

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Sat, 31 Mar 18

Outback fun for the whole family.

Event is held in March or April each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Sat, 31 Mar 18

The Murray River Giant Pumpkin Competition has become a highlight of the Cadell Harvest Festival held on Easter Saturday each year to showcase the town and its diverse harvest.

The Murray River Giant Pumplin Competition has now been endorsed an official weigh-in site for the ‘THE GREAT PUMPKIN COMMONWEALTH’

With a grand prize of a return trip to San Francisco and transfers to the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin & Art Event (compliments MGA Insurance Brokers) up for grabs for the winner of the Heaviest Pumpkin; this event has attracted some serious attention from all over Australia.

Other categories include:

  • The Ugliest Pumpkin
  • Best Looking Pumpkin
  • Biggest Squash
  • Best Dressed Pumpkin. 

Last year’s winner from Byron Bay took out the grand prize with an amazing weight of 394 kilograms.

The festival also boasts a range of good old fashioned country style entertainment including:

  • Cockroach Racing
  • Grape Catching
  • Orange Throwing
  • Carp Tossing
  • An Easter egg hunt

Best Home brew, pickles and jam competitions, wine tastings, pumpkin cuisine, giant jumping castles for children, food and craft stalls as well as bar facilities are also available on the day.

The annual Scarecrow competition has become a highlight of the festival with categories such as:

  • Best Original Scarecrow
  • Best Movie Character Scarecrow
  • Most Humorous
  • Scariest Scarecrow

All creating an interesting spectacle as you enter town.

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Sat, 31 Mar 18 – Sun, 01 Apr 18

The Coober Pedy Gem Trade Show, specialising in rough and cut opal will coincide with the Opal Festival.

Numerous local and national exhibitors will showcase high quality opals at trade prices to international and domestic buyers.

This event is held in March or April each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Sun, 01 Apr 18

Rodeo is a culmination of the strongest cowboys and fastest cowgirls in the country. Competitors put their skills to the test in a number of different events, which test skill, strength and stamina.

This event is held in March/April each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sun, 01 Apr 18 – Thu, 31 May 18

A traditional country race meet.

This event is held in May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 05 Apr 18 – Sun, 08 Apr 18

Man From Snowy River Bush Festival

Proudly bought to you by R.M. WILLIAMS

5th – 8th April 2018 continuous Thursday to Sunday…

The whips are a-crackin’ and the dust is flying at The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival.

Held in Corryong, at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival celebrates all the best parts about growing up and living life in the country.

A truly unique Festival which attracts thousands of visitors annually who are proud of their Aussie bush heritage and like to come along for a yarn around the campfire or bend an elbow at the bar…either spinning or listing to the tall, or true tales that emanate from story tellers of yesteryear.

Regardless of what you’re interested in, there is something for everyone at The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival. Watch in awe as bush horseman conduct a re-enactment of the Man From Snowy River poem and chase the wild horses down the mountainside in pursuit of the colt that got away.

Kick back and relax whilst enjoying some of the best Aussie Bush Poets or be entertained by the top Australian horsemen and women who compete for the title of ‘The Modern Day Man From Snowy River’ and battle it out to take home a piece of the $80,000 prize pool on offer.

Highlights from the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival:

  • Art & Photography Show Opening Night
  • Victorial Bush Poetry Championships
  • Music Competitions & walk-ups
  • $80,000 Man From Snowy River 3 Day Challenge
  • Ladies Silber Brumby Catch Final
  • MFSR Striplings Challenge
  • Man From Snowy River Street Parade
  • Bendigo Bank Tribute Stage Country Rock Concert (Friday & Saturday night)
  • Rodeo, Cattle Dog Championships
  • Quarter horse cutting demo
  • Lachie's Outback Show
  • Aussie Bush Idol Talent Quest
  • Busking Competitions
  • Ute Muster
  • Arts & Craft Street Markets and much much more…

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Fri, 06 Apr 18 – Sun, 08 Apr 18

A weekend of Fishing, Music, Market Stalls and Workshops. Fun for all the family including cast net throwing and mud crab tying competitions.

This event is held in April each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 06 Apr 18 – Sun, 15 Apr 18

10 days of unforgettable eating and drinking as we celebrate the best of our region’s wine and produce or taste your way around the region with our Farm Gate Trail.

This event is held during April each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 07 Apr 18 – Sat, 14 Apr 18

8 days of fun in the sun as you play Nullarbor Links – the longest golf course in the world. 18 holes spread across 1300kms over some of the most interesting terrain makes for a great festival.

This event is held in April each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 07 Apr 18

There will be a camp draft, sheep, cattle, rodeo, yard dogs, entertainment, a bar operating, food available, pavilions and much more. The event is all day and night, hosted at the Dirranbandi showgrounds.

This event is held in April each year.

*Date to be confirmed

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Sat, 07 Apr 18

The Orange Apple Ramble celebrates all things Apples – our region, its history, as an orchard area and the fruit itself. Includes Farmers Market, Fun Run, Orchard and Packing Shed Tour, Heritage Apple Walkand heaps more.

This event is held during May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 12 Apr 18 – Sun, 15 Apr 18

In the true Aussie spirit of fun, party and adventure we'll celebrate colour and fantasy, vehicles of tinsel, rainbow colours, fish-net stockings, make-up and, yes- that music; in Queen of the Desert Festival. From Marree to Coober Pedy via William Ck, Oodnadatta and Arckaringa Station.

This event is held during August each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 13 Apr 18 – Sun, 15 Apr 18

The Julia Creek Dirt & Dust Festival

From modest beginnings, today’s event brings together people from all walks of life – people from Queensland, Australia and overseas.

Julia Creek, based in McKinlay Shire, is proud to host what is fast becoming Queensland’s “must go-to” event.

Each year the Committee aims to reproduce the highlights of the previous years and add new attractions to continually showcase the town, its people and the true Aussie outback.

The Julia Creek Dirt and Dust Festival is three jam-packed days of fun and entertainment staged in Julia Creek, North West Outback Queensland.

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Sat, 14 Apr 18

With a number of things to see and do including market stalls, a bar, entertainment, farm animals and even pig races – the Get Pinkt Family Fun Day really does have something for the whole family!

This event is held during April each year, Dates to be confirmed.

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Sun, 15 Apr 18

A great weekend of Racing action together with Bull riding, Saddle Bronc, Bareback, Steer Wrestling, Rope & Tie, Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping, Poddy riding and live music.

This event is held during April each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 20 Apr 18 – Sun, 22 Apr 18

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Mon, 23 Apr 18 – Sun, 13 May 18

Set along the uniquely coloured cliffs there are many opportunities, from the Jetty end of the Festival to follow the foreshore to interactive fun, parades, entertainment and competitions.

This event is held in May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Tue, 24 Apr 18 – Sun, 29 Apr 18

The NSW Caravan, Camping, RV, and Holiday Supershow will display all the latest and greatest caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, slide ons, 5th wheelers, camping equipment, tents, holiday park displays, tourism displays, caravan, 4WD and touring accessories and much more.

Over 450 exhibitors will be on site showcasing everything that the travel and tourism industry has to offer; and over 60 tourism groups that will show you the best places to visit and explore (including some of the best kept secrets) in their area. Clubs such as Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) and Australian Caravan Club will be on hand to demonstrate the support, services and friendship that comes with membership of their organisations.

Free daily seminars with special guest speakers and celebrities cover topics such as Towing Safety tips & techniques, Travelling with pets, Travel safety, Travelling tales, 4WD travel tips and tricks and Travelling with children.

There are hundreds of prizes to win including the ever popular Passport Competition where a prize pool exceeding $65,000.00  is in offer including a brand new luxury caravan valued at almost $60,000.00

Take advantage of the free shuttle bus between Paramatta Station (loop bus on Darcy St), Paramatta Wharf and the Supershow at Rosehill Racecourse and avoid congestion and parking delays.

For more information or to purchase tickets follow the links below.

FREE shuttle bus operating every day of the show between Paramatta Station (The Loop Bus Stop on Darcy Street), Parramatta Wharf and the Supershow at Rosehill Racecourse. – See more at: http://www.caravan-camping.com.au/AboutTheSupershow#sthash.CCzNN4ip.dpuf
FREE shuttle bus operating every day of the show between Paramatta Station (The Loop Bus Stop on Darcy Street), Parramatta Wharf and the Supershow at Rosehill Racecourse. – See more at: http://www.caravan-camping.com.au/AboutTheSupershow#sthash.CCzNN4ip.dpuf

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Wed, 25 Apr 18

A traditional outback horse race meeting with TAB, Bookmakers, Bar and Food.

This event is held in April each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 26 Apr 18 – Mon, 30 Apr 18

Celebrating Barcaldine’s colourful past and the beautiful town it is today are several events and activities that together make up The Barcaldine Tree Of Knowledge Festival.

Barcaldine’s settlement began when a descendant of the Campbell’s of Barcaldine Castle in Scotland took up land on the Alice River and a railway line was constructed to the area in 1864.

Barcaldine’s fame arrived in 1891 when the Great Shearers Strike (marching under the “Eureka” flag), was held under the boughs of The Tree Of Knowledge, heralding the formation of the political movement we now know as the Australian Labor Party.

Offering something to enthral every member of the family, the Tree Of Knowledge Festival kicks off on Friday with Rugby League at the Barcaldine Showgrounds.

On Saturday,

  • Street Parade in honour of the May Day tradition (Main St to Showgrounds)
  • Barcaldine Showgrounds Markets
  • Goat Racing heats
  • Live music, novelty events and more
  • Barcaldine Race Club’s Tree of Knowledge Cup (Barcaldine Racecourse)
  • Saturday Night Town Party featuring Live Bands (Barcaldine Showgrounds)
  • Revfest Cruise and Show and Shine
  • Goat Racing Finals and Barcaldine Regional Council Tree of Knowledge Festival Cup
  • Market and food stalls, Licensed bar

And on Sunday

  • The rubber-burning Barcy Rev Fest Drag Racing (Barcaldine Aerodrome)
  • Ecumenical Service at Town Hall Park
  • Music in the park
  • Junior Rugby League action including
  • The Converted Tree Of Knowledge Shield (Barcaldine Showgrounds)

When the festivities draw to a close why not spend a few days exploring this history-rich town in outback Queensland, home to the Australian Workers Heritage Centre, Between the Bougainvillea’s Heritage Trail and it’s dozens of beautifully restored buildings. 

* Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 27 Apr 18 – Sun, 06 May 18

The Bright Autumn Festival is a ten day celebration of the wonderful autumn colours and autumn produce of the valleys of Victoria's Alpine High Country.

This event is held during April each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Sat, 28 Apr 18 – Mon, 30 Apr 18

Each year outback workers, drovers, stockmen and women come together to honour the Drovers of days gone by. This has become an annual pilgrimage to come back to Longreach each year, to the home of the Drover.

Sitting around the campfire they tell yarns and remember those who lived lonely in the saddle moving stock through the Australian Outback. The Stockmen and women are here to participate in the annual outback games at Longreach.

Experience life in the bush with the Longreach Outback Drover's Reunion – all welcome.

Highlights of the weekend include Billy Tea and Damper, camp oven meals, Outback Games such as Whip Cracking, Billy Boiling and Damper Making, Driving the Nail, Boot Throwing.

There will also be Campfire Dinners with Yarn Telling.

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Sat, 28 Apr 18 – Sun, 29 Apr 18

The weekend is mainly dedicated to the working of these magnificent heavy horses; events such as ploughing, log snigging and slide driving which would have been an everyday sight on farms, coupled with harnessed vehicle events and a variety of ridden classes all show just how versatile these gentle giants are.

This event is held in April or May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 28 Apr 18 – Mon, 30 Apr 18

The Boggabri Lions Club Inc hosts the Drovers Campfire Weekend at the Boggabri Showground on the last weekend in April each year.

Bring your Caravan, Motor home, Camper, 4 X 4, Ute, Tent or Swag to enjoy a big weekend of music, camping, demonstrations and fun or just sit around the campfire and enjoy the entertainment.

A huge variety of tempting food is available for purchase including Roasts & Vegies, Camp Oven Dinners, Baked Dinners, BBQ’s and Scones cooked traditionally on wood fired stoves and camp ovens – byo drinks.

Features of the weekend include:

Tours of the local mines & cotton gin (weather permitting)

Shearing demonstrations

Working farm machinery and stationery engine displays

Heavy horses’ demonstrations

Camp oven & Damper cooking demonstrations

Billy boiling competitions

Weekend markets & Local trade stalls incl RV & camping specialists

5 nights of entertainment, music and bush poetry

Saturday night hilarious Skits by locals (Subject to change)

Talent night Sunday night (bring your favourite musical instruments and talents)

Community Church on Sunday and a whole lot more…

An extremely popular and educational activity is conducted by some safety minded local transport operators who demonstrate life on the road from a truckies point of view.

They invite you to take a ride with one of them to experience some of the challenges that truckies face daily, how to make your trip safer and how to avoid becoming another over-represented statistic on our roads

Category Winner: Community Festivals and Events, 2013 CountryLink Inland Tourism Awards.

Camping is available onsite from Tuesday charges apply. Limited powered sites available – priority offered to people with medical conditions. BYO chairs. Generators welcome with 9pm curfew.

Campers’ showers and toilets are provided, water to fill tanks is available onsite and Dump Point is in town.

Check out the Boggabri Drovers Campfire on YouTube

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Thu, 03 May 18 – Sun, 06 May 18

Held over 4 days with Street Parade, Children's activities, Poet's breakfast, Celtic Stalls, Celtic Ceremonies, food, tours, concerts, book readings, street party and more.

This event is held during May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 04 May 18 – Sun, 06 May 18

Set your course for Richmond, North West  Outback Queensland for the Outback Fossil Fest. The weekend promises fun for everyone:

This event is held in May bienially, even years.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Fri, 04 May 18 – Sun, 06 May 18

Catch a taste of the diverse & vibrant culture of the Gascoyne region of WA. Enjoy Music, street performers, food stalls, dance and more.

This event is held during May each year,

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 04 May 18 – Mon, 07 May 18

The festival takes place at Camerons Pocket near the foothills of Eungella National Park.

Not only does the festival showcase some of the worlds best music performers over three stages, there is also market stalls, hand made products, holistic health services and massages on offer.

Campers are well catered for with hot showers and plenty of toilets.

This event is held in May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Sat, 05 May 18 – Sun, 06 May 18

The Emerald Show boasts a spectacular array of entertainment to entice the whole family.

This event is held during June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 05 May 18 – Sun, 06 May 18

A catch and release competition held annually at the beautiful Corroboree Billabong, part of the renowned Mary River. The competition is based at Corroboree Park Tavern. 

This event is held during May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sun, 06 May 18

The St George Show showcases local arts and produce, agriculture, livestock, machinery displays, market stalls and the traditional sideshow alley.

This event is held in May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sun, 06 May 18

While you're in Melbourne City why not travel only less than an hour to join in the celebrations for Gladysdale's Apple and Wine Festival with family and friends for a great day out, there will be many activities and side events such as live bands, wood chop and blacksmith demonstrations, raffles, auctions, gourmet cheeses, wines and much more!

*If this is your event and you would like to add more information please contact us on the link below.

This event is held biennally during May, even years; Dates to be confirmed.

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Fri, 11 May 18 – Sat, 12 May 18

Barcaldine Pastoral, Agricultural & Horticultural Society Inc presents the Barcaldine Show showcasing local arts and produce, agriculture, livestock, machinery displays, market stalls and the traditional sideshow alley. 

In 1914 Barcaldine held its first agricultural show and in 2015 the Barcaldine Show celebrates 101 years of showcasing the local area, history, produce and industries; and will also host the Queensland State Sheep Show.

The show includes all the entertainment, (including side-show alley and rides) displays, demonstrations and competitions you would expect of a rural show in a relaxed atmosphere and some more, a highlight on the district social calendar.

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Sat, 12 May 18 – Sun, 13 May 18

Bronco Branding is where teams compete to be the quickest to brand the required number of cattle using the traditional method of branding in the bush, whilst campdrafting is a test of dexterity, riding and rope work – both combine to keep alive Australian bush skills of the past.

This event is held during May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 12 May 18

A top day of racing at Cobar with a 6 race program, fashion on the field, bookmaker and TAB facilities, marquee packages, BBQ and canteen facilities available.

This event is held during May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Sun, 13 May 18

A huge program designed each year to showcase different elements of our shared heritage and the rich historic assets of Ballarat including free entertainment, activities, performances, markets, tours and other heritage experiences.

This annual event is held over the Mother’s Day weekend in May.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Thu, 17 May 18 – Sun, 20 May 18

We're taking the Country back to the bush.

Wandilla Station is a working sheep and cattle property with permanent water from the Paroo River and Werai Creek offering opportunities for bird watching, photography and bush walking all year round.

Wandilla Station also offers bush camping in the spectacular red soil mulga country 15km south of Eulo in South West Queensland and is home to the Music in the Mulga country music festival held over the Mother's Day weekend each year.

This unique festival is five days full of great country and country rock music with the atmosphere of a large family gathering and in true outback style everyone is made to feel welcome.

Daily Walk-up concerts start at 10 am each day with nightly entertainment, the main concert is on Saturday from 1pm till late.

Artists that have graced our stage include: Tania Kernaghan, Simply Bushed, Col Finley, Roo Arcus, Andy Abra, Trainwreck Trio, Graham Rodger, Jared Porter Band and Adam Kilpatrick

 

On Friday night there is a Celebrity Camp Oven Cook Off and Sunday morning is a Mother’s Day Breakfast with an Up Close & Personal Concert.

On Sunday night we are having a Charity Auction and the famous Wandilla Cup Yabby Races.

Bar and BBQ operate nightly during the festival

There is unlimited camping with toilets, showers, camp kitchen, laundry and water but no powered sites. Generators are allowed during designated times.

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Fri, 18 May 18 – Sun, 20 May 18

The Mataranka Never Never Festival is a magical weekend filled with a variety of activities for everyone. Feel the magic of the Never Never over a weekend of fun activities, including a campfire dinner and music workshops, plus the local thermal pools.

This event is held in May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 18 May 18 – Fri, 25 May 18

Welcome to the SHARK BAY FISHING FIESTA!                                                         

Held at the Heritage Hotel on the Denham Foreshore, the Shark Bay Fishing Fiesta is much more than a fishing competition, it is a festival to promote and celebrate the Shark Bay area, a remote and unique location on Western Australia’s Coral Coast.

Star attraction is the beautiful World Heritage Area that encompasses Shark Bay Marine Park, Francois Peron NP, Hamelin Pool Marine Park, numerous natural attractions including the dolphins at Monkey Mia and the 110 km Shell Beach, and one of Australia’s best diving and fishing destinations, all showcased by the Shark Bay Fishing Fiesta.

Hosted by the Shark Bay Fishing Club Inc the weeklong event includes daily activities such as the fishing competition for adults and children, the daily commentary and information as fish are weighed-in, market days, a drink can regatta, street parade, decorated boat competition, auctions, movie nights, craft workshops, seniors luncheons, fireworks and nightly entertainment.

The entertainment will include live music from local bands.

The Shark Bay Fishing Fiesta will suit beach, boat or jetty fishing and offers prizes in 17 Species Categories and 9 special categories.  

  • Best Over-All Fisher
  • Most Consistent Fisher
  • Boat Prize for Most points (averaged) on a boat over the Fiesta Week
  • Ladies Heaviest Fish
  • Heaviest Fish of each day
  • Children’s Jetty Competition – Sunday Only
  • Bill Fish – catch & release so please take a photo with your registration tag
  • Decorated Boat
  • Drink Can Regatta

Great Fishing, Great prizes, Great entertainment, Daily weigh-in's, Fireworks, Markets, Bar facilities, Food and Auction.

The Shark Bay Fishing Fiesta is part of Gascoyne in May, a celebration of the wider Gascoyne region and includes The Burringurrah Festival of Fire, Gascoyne River Music Festival, Carnarvon TropiCOOL Festival, Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival and the Carnarfin Fishing Event.

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Fri, 18 May 18 – Sun, 27 May 18

Enjoy the unique experience of dancing under the stars with the Kimberly community at the Ord Valley Muster.

The Muster will feature an outstanding line-up of nearly 30 concerts and activities for the entertainment of Kimberley residents and the many visitors from around the nation and across the globe that this spectacular region attracts each year.

This event is held in May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 18 May 18 – Sun, 20 May 18

This iconic charity event sees entrants race from Mareeba to Chillagoe pushing a wheelbarrow and following in the footsteps (and tyre tracks) of the region’s hardy pioneers – much the same way that things were done in the gold rush era of the 1880's.

This event is held during May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 18 May 18 – Sun, 20 May 18

Great family entertainment for everyone including a Poets' Breakfast! You can see local and visiting performers, watch the lantern Parade, participate in workshops or dance the night away. Whateveryou do, make sure you get along to the White Cliffs Music Festival!

If this is your event and you would like to add more information please contact us on the link below.

This event is held during May each year, Dates to be confirmed!

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Sun, 20 May 18 – Fri, 01 Jun 18

An adventure of a lifetime!

Welcome to the Harry Redford Cattle Drive, the ultimate, authentic, true blue, fair dinkum Aussie outback experience.

Over 14 unforgettable, spectacular days, some of Australia´s most experienced drovers will drive approximately 600 head of cattle by horseback through the twists of the rugged Redford trail, reliving one of the world´s greatest cattle duffing drives known to man.

This 2 week trek takes in some of the most impressive scenery in the Aramac Shire.

How long you go is up to you! Packages range from 5 day to 9 days (including pre & post accommodation)! For the first week a 9 day minimum applies. You will be instructed how to ride a horse and drive the cattle throughout the day. Horses are provided, matched to riders and spelled during the day for you.

Expect to see spectacular desert country, amazing claypans and the brilliant Mitchell grass plains as your journey takes in 200 kilometres from Lake Dunn (near Aramac) to Muttaburra.

With wide-open rolling plains, natural lakes, historical Aboriginal sites and a sky that stretches from one horizon to the other – spectacular by day and glowing with stars by night.

A land with some of the oldest geology on the planet; it´s a vast, uncompromising land that turns everyday battlers into heroes and legends.

To visit here is to experience the vastness of  Outback Queensland.

Each day the support crew sets up camp, and offers hearty camp oven cooking for you to enjoy. Breakfast, morning smoko, lunch, afternoon smoko and evening meal are provided.

Camping is under the stars and an authentic droving experience.

The team at Outbacknow have had the pleasure and privilege of joining the Harry Redford crew and guest drovers over 2 evenings during the 2012 drive. The atmosphere could only be described as exhilarating around the campfire in the evening. The food was first class and at an impromptu “awards” ceremony the guest drovers (some of whom were repeat guests) from all walks of life agreed unanimously that the Harry Redford Cattle Drive was a highlight of their life, The holiday of a lifetime and many vowed to return.

Please Note: Dates to be confirmed and due to Drought this event may need to be cancelled.

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Wed, 23 May 18 – Sun, 27 May 18

Enjoy a weekend full of live country music performances in a fully air conditioned venue with great dance floors.

Event is held in May each year,

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Fri, 25 May 18 – Mon, 28 May 18

A festival of education, and enjoyment with a Float Parade, Fun Run, Live Music and performances, Market Stalls and Displays.

This event is held during May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 26 May 18

The Hawker Cup is the major highlight on the Hawker district calendar, attracting a large crowd from all over the state as well as those just passing through.

This event is held in May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sun, 27 May 18

Roll a pumpkin down Policemans Hill, participate in pumpkin bowls or enter the Giant Pumpkin competition.

This event is held in May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed*

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Fri, 01 Jun 18 – Sat, 02 Jun 18

A traditional country show with sideshow alley, produce and animal exhibitions, showmanship & entertainment for all.

This event is held during June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 01 Jun 18 – Mon, 04 Jun 18

The Leonora Golden Gift Carnival is an Outback Australian 3 day event  jammed pack with fun for all the family. Dirt track horse racing, fireworks, market stalls and live entertainment all weekend.

This event is held on the June long weekend each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 01 Jun 18

Drive up to Hungerford from Bourke and the local’s joke that you have to open the gate to enter their town; the gate they are referring to is in the Dog fence which stretches from The Great Australian Bite to the Darling Downs, just one of the many things to see out this way. Another, in June biennially (odd years) is the Hungerford Field Day hosted by Hungerford Progress Assoc. Inc. and the field day has been going from strength to strength for about 28 years; such is its popularity.

Visitors from far & wide drive in or fly in to take advantage of the businesses that exhibit their goods and services at Ross Wallace Sports Ground, from all over NSW, as well as SA & Qld. There are bulls, rams and working dogs from Cattle & Sheep Studs and breeders as well as tourism displays, stalls selling swags, camping goods, UHF radios, leather goods, electrical goods for the home and office; cosmetics and beauty, others with locally made jewellery, an opal display, a craft display and haberdashery.  There is even a hairdresser.

Displays of work clothes, a bush outfitter, tools, fencing display, poly tanks, troughs, gardening implements and supplies, motor bikes, irrigation, water pumps and generators, a stock and station agent and a steel and rural merchant have their goods on show and for sale; all part of a good old fashioned country field day.

The National Parks & Wildlife Service has live snakes, bilbies and lizards on show, the RFDS and McGrath Foundation nurse conduct health checks alongside displays from the Rural Fire Service, local Catchment Management Authority, Dept. Agriculture, Paroo Contact Children's Mobile Play Group and Rural Financial Counsellors.

A traditional camp oven dinner is available at the Historic Royal Mail Hotel on the Thursday night and catering and bar facilities are available from Thursday evening till Saturday morning. Friday evening sees a giant auction in aid of the RFDS and McGrath Foundation– auctioning goods donated by many of the exhibitors before the band takes to the stage signalling an end to the day’s formalities.

Camping is permitted at the grounds or at the Caravan Park in town, so if you’re anywhere near Hungerford at the beginning of June, make sure you use the Hungerford Field Day as an excuse to see more of this beautiful area.

Hungerford is accessed along the Dowling Track from either Bourke NSW (212 kms) or Thargomindah (166 kms) or through Currawinya NP from Eulo (120kms). All 3 routes involve a fair component of formed gravel roads but the detour to experience Hungerford, Currawinya NP and Thargomindah is well worth while.

Dates to be confirmed….

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Sat, 02 Jun 18

Muttaburra is one of five communities within the 53677 sq km Barcaldine Regional Council area and is the most remote. Muttaburra is located at the geographical Centre of Queensland about 1.5 hours north of both Longreach and Barcaldine. 

The Landsborough Flock Ewe Show attracts people of all ages including families with children who are well catered for at this very popular two day rural Festival. Visitors from outside the area describe it as a ‘highlight’ and The Harry Redford Cattle Drive has in the past culminated at the Show, swelling the crowd with tourists from out of the area.

This well run event held at the Muttaburra Race Course captures the imagination of locals and visitors alike and gives them the opportunity to attend a day that caters for a variety of interests.  

The main focus of the day is to promote our local industries. Sheep/wool and cattle competitions are held along with extensive displays of farm equipment available for sale together with the latest in technology and work/health and safety, vegetation management & grazing practises by both Government departments & Private enterprise companies.

The Pavilion is a hive of activity with the sale & display of crafts, gifts, soft furnishings, all manner of fashion accessories, jewellery, shoes and hats, photographs, art, and a plant nursery.  It is a worthwhile opportunity for local artists of all disciplines to showcase their wares.

A popular crowd pleaser of the day is the afternoon Fashion Parade and live entertainment at night.

A very small dedicated committee plan, organise & run the day and all work on a volunteer basis.  There is no charge for admittance to the Event.  It has a very typical bush theme & showcases Rural Queensland in a friendly atmosphere, with great pride.  This Event promotes the social, cultural & economic benefits of our Community and has previously won ‘Event of the Year’.

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Sat, 02 Jun 18 – Sun, 03 Jun 18

This spectacle of historic motorsport presents a wide vareity of cars from vintage wire wheels, post-vintage and classics as well as open wheel racers and big cube muscle cars.

Held Annually on June long weekend.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Sat, 02 Jun 18 – Sun, 03 Jun 18

A two stage handicap race across the Goldfields from Kalgoorlie-Boulder to Menzies and on to Leonora.

This event is held during June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Tue, 05 Jun 18 – Mon, 11 Jun 18

Queensland caravan show to showcase latest and greatest

Travel enthusiasts are expected to roll into Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds in their tens of thousands when one of Australia’s largest caravan exhibitions, the Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show  is held in June 2017.

Showcasing the latest for holidaymakers and road travelers, the show continues to be staged at Brisbane’s iconic RNA Showgrounds in areas unaffected by the current redevelopment. 

Reflecting the continued popularity of touring holidays across couples, families and retirees, the show will cater for the budget camper through to the deluxe motorhome devotee.

The show will feature nearly 300 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations, services, and destinations, along with informative and entertaining seminars and displays.

Last year, more than 70,000 people visited the show and organisers are expecting a similarly strong attendance this year with renewed interest in affordable Australian holidays.  

Visitors to this year’s show will also have the opportunity to win a caravan, complete with a tinnie and outboard motor.

Today, there are about 400,000 caravans, motorhomes and camper trailers registered in Australia, making it one of the world’s most caravan-friendly countries. There are 112,000 registered in Queensland alone.

Please Note….

Parking is limited at the RNA Showgrounds and it is strongly recomended that you take advantage of the free train services and leave your car at Fortitude Valley, Central or Roma Street Station.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 07 Jun 18 – Mon, 11 Jun 18

Celebrate The Henry Lawson Festival with Grenfell and enjoy art exhibitions, street procession, children's rides, street entertainment including busking and live music, a car show and much more taking place over the festival weekend.

This event is held during June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 08 Jun 18 – Sun, 10 Jun 18

It's on again, the biggest event in Cape York, The Weipa Fishing Classic will be run solely for community benefit, with all proceeds supporting a large number of local community and sporting groups.

This event is held in June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 08 Jun 18 – Sun, 10 Jun 18

Barunga Festival showcases the community of Barunga and the people of the region economically, socially and culturally.  Barunga Festival is a celebration of remote Australian indigenous community life though music, sport and culture.

This event is held in June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 08 Jun 18 – Sun, 17 Jun 18

Highlights of the festival include; the Henry Lawson Heritage Parade including marching band, vintage vehicles, festival floats and the Henry Lawson Society Theatre Restaurant.

This event is in June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 09 Jun 18 – Mon, 11 Jun 18

The Tatts Finke Desert Race is an off road, multi terrain two-day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads through desert country from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) community and is one of the biggest annual sporting events in the Northern Territory is one of the biggest annual sporting events in the Northern Territory and has the reputation of being one of the most difficult offroad courses in one of the most remote places in the world.

This event is held in June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 09 Jun 18 – Sun, 10 Jun 18

A journey of discovery through the history of the Jandowae timber industry to a celebration of the agricultural links the town relies upon today.

The whole family will be entertained over the weekend with endless entertainment, food and The Timber Games which guests can all participate in.

This event is held biennially in June.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Sat, 09 Jun 18 – Mon, 11 Jun 18

Traditional Rodeo and Campdraft action with Live Entertainment, Food & bar facilities, Retail Stalls, Wine Tasting, Mechanical Bull Rides and Kid's Jumping Castle.

This event is held during June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Sat, 09 Jun 18 – Sun, 10 Jun 18

One of Victoria's longest running and largest exhibits of yester-year with street parades, kids entertainment, markets, shearing & blacksmith demonstrations plus a whole lot more.

This event is held during June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 09 Jun 18 – Sun, 10 Jun 18

The longest running and most respected wine event in Northern Victoria with over 20 participating wineries where you can taste the finest of Rutherglen's wines, participate in competitions like the Rutherglen Grape Stomp and The Great Australian Barrel Rolling Competition or enjoy the Country Fair and Farmers Markets.

This event is held during June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 15 Jun 18 – Sun, 17 Jun 18

Display of local arts and crafts, market stalls selling food, local produce, crafts and gifts bands, buskers and street performers, gold panning displays, live music and poetry, cane toad races and the Re-enactment of Captain Cook’s 1770 landing on the banks of the Endeavour River.

This event is held during June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sun, 17 Jun 18

An impressive line-up of local and international Blues, Soul and Reggae musicians over 2 stages and 3 days.

This event is held during June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Wed, 20 Jun 18

Brunette Downs Station, on the Barkly Tablelands, approx. 350 kms North-East of Tennant Creek hosts four days of non stop outback fun and entertainment including amateur horse racing, campdrafting, rodeo, gymkhana, kids and adult events as well as art and photography exhibitions.

This event is held during June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 22 Jun 18 – Sun, 24 Jun 18

The Kilmore Celtic Festival is our tribute to these early settlers and we would like to celebrate their influence on the area in a presentation of Celtic tradition, with the emphasis on the fun-filled music and dance which they have left for our enjoyment.

This event is held in June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 22 Jun 18 – Sun, 24 Jun 18

When first settled in the 1880s Croydon was a large pastoral holding.

Following the discovery of gold in 1885, the town swelled to become a rich, booming, gold mining town and the 4th largest town in Queensland but returned to its pastoral beginnings when gold became scarce by 1926.

To celebrate Croydon’s pastoral heritage Croydon Rodeo & Camp draft Association Inc proudly (and with tongue-in-cheek) present a fun filled weekend each June with the Croydon Poddy Dodgers Festival.

Events Include:

  • World Title Wild Cow Milking competition
  • Mutton Busting (Kids rodeo on a sheep)
  • Greasy Pig Chase
  • Team Roping
  • Steer Wrestling
  • Stockman’s Challenge
  • Poddy Dodging Challenge
  • Kids Horse Sports Events
  • Open Bull Ride
  • Junior Bull Ride
  • Bullock Ride
  • Camp Oven Cook Competition
  • Crosscut Saw Competition
  • Poddy Ride
  • Tug of War

The Sheep Auction and much more rounded out with Mechanical Bull Ride Competition, Themed Fancy Dress Dance and Live Music, Markets, Kids Lolly Drop and Street Parade make for an action packed fun weekend.

Over $10,000.00 in prize money (and a pig) are too be won.

Throw in Free Entry & Camping at the Rodeo Grounds all weekend and you have a hard-to-beat cracker of a weekend.

After the festival why not stay on for a few days and enjoy all that the area has to offer before either taking on the Savannah Way West towards the NT or East to Cairns on the next leg of your Gulf Savannah adventure.

Croydon offers a unique window into its history with the many National Trust and Heritage listed buildings that line the streets as well as being the eastern terminus of the “nowhere to nowhere” (Croydon to Normanton) service of the Gulflander train – a truly unique rail journey.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Fri, 22 Jun 18 – Sun, 24 Jun 18

A traditional bush race meeting and Rodeo where ringers and stockmen compete with professional rodeo riders for prizes and trophies. Food stalls, bar facilities and camping is available.

This event is held during June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 22 Jun 18 – Sun, 24 Jun 18

The Truffle Kerfuffle has much on offer, with master classes, farmers markets, truffle hunts and farmers kitchen; various gourmet dining opportunities and a line-up of Australia’s most loved chefs from our nationally recognised restaurants and popular TV shows.

If this is your event and you would like to add more information please contact us on the link below.

This event is held in June each year,

*Dates yet to be confirmed*.

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Sat, 23 Jun 18

Combining two favourite Aussie sports – rugby and races, the Roma Rugby Race Day is held in June.

In an effort to co-operate rather than compete for attendance for the regions major sporting events, the Roma Turf Club and the Echidnas Rugby Union club annually combine resources to host the Rugby Race Day.

The day of football and horse-racing attracts a good crowd af supporters as both teams playing in the Western Downs competition turn up in force for the big afternoon which is always followed by some gas heating around the bar to ward off the winter chill and music for post-match dancing.

 

This event takes place in June each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 23 Jun 18 – Sat, 30 Jun 18

Over 20 heritage registered sites and the nationally accredited machinery collection along with Croydon's gold mining and civic history is celebrated during April each year.

This event is held during May each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 23 Jun 18 – Sun, 24 Jun 18

Bringing you the latest and greatest equipment to set you up for your next adventure is the Darwin 4WD Boating & Outback Camping Expo, one of the Top End's biggest and best events of the year. The event will be held at the Darwin Showgrounds, Stuart Highway Winellie NT.

There will be a wide range of the latest gadgets, equipment, vehicles, boats and trailers on show and available for purchase; including 4WD equipment and accessories, caravans, camper trailers, and all the necessary camping gear, touring equipment, fishing rods, tackle, nets, and equipment you could think of!

There are always plenty of competitions and give aways – for your chance to win one of the great prizes, the latest equipment or maybe a holiday package make sure you visit all the stalls & displays throughout the two days.

If you’re a fan of 4WD then you would have heard of the legendary John Rooth aka ‘Roothy’, the man himself will be making an appearance so don't miss out the opportunity to meet him and share some of his great travel tips.

This event is family friendly so there will be plenty of fun activities and entertainment for the kids as well.

Darwin Showgrounds offer lots of parking space and for a gold coin donation one of them will be yours. Darwin 4WD Boating & Outback Camping Expo, one of the Top End's must see events.

*Dates to be confirmed*

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Fri, 29 Jun 18 – Mon, 02 Jul 18

Alice Springs is one of Australia’s unique towns and it is only fitting that the Alice Springs Beanie Festival is one of the worlds’ most unique festivals – it sort of fits right in with racing boats up a dry riverbed….weird.

The four day festival celebrates non–indigenous and indigenous art and culture at its brilliant, creative finest through the humble beanie.

Thousands of them are created and decorated in many of the local communities, as well as nationally and internationally and brought to Alice Springs in search of the Holy Grail of fellowship in the beanie community.

The Alice Springs Beanie Festival is an opportunity to share this cross-cultural event with the world.

During the weekend Beanie Central will be home to over 6000 all-individual beanie creations and masterpieces – every one for sale and in need of a proud new owner.

Opening night of the Beanie Exhibition at Araluen Gallery is a serious affair akin to an art exhibition with competition winners announced and National Beanie Hall of Fame winner awarded.

Enjoy live music and entertainment, dancing and food.

Why not be a part of the Guinness World Book of Records attempt to make the longest beanie. Drop in anytime over the festival and do your bit.

There are children’s activities, Beanie Olympics, Indigenous art stalls, traditional bush tucker and bush medicine stalls, traditional indigenous spinning and several drop-in and free workshops covering knitting, weaving, felting, spinning and crochet; you can even create your own masterpiece at one of the textile and fibre workshops.

Other workshops include beading, dying, print making and wearable art. 

Join the Tjanpi Desert Weavers Workshops and learn traditional indigenous basket weaving and learn how to make traditional bush medicines by local Arrernte elder women.Some workshops are free; most have a cover charge for materials.

The Beanie Festival is a non-profit organisation and proceeds are reinvested into the communities. Beanies are also donated to various charities and community organisations.

PS If you plan to be in Alice Springs in June, why not volunteer to help out at the Beanie Festival, your expertise will be put to good use during a fun 4 days that you will remember for a long time. Call the number below for details.

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Fri, 29 Jun 18 – Sat, 14 Jul 18

Two weeks of unique and varied events to celebrate the Kimberley lifestyle and culture.

Come to our Boab Festival and experience magnificent scenery, awesome tides, friendly locals, aboriginal art and culture, live music, fine food and feel part of a vibrant community.

This event is held in July each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 29 Jun 18 – Sun, 15 Jul 18

A celebration of voice in all its forms, providing a platform for singers, celebrities, choirs, cabaret artists, performers, actors, speakers and thinkers
to work with and entertain local artists and audiences.

This event is held during July each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sun, 01 Jul 18 – Mon, 02 Jul 18

Enjoy traditional outback horse racing with all the facilities including TAB, Bookmakers, Bar and Food.

This event is held in July each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sun, 01 Jul 18 – Sun, 08 Jul 18

**Please Note** This Cattle Drive is unconfirmed for 2018…. please see the below links for other cattle drives:

The Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive is the ultimate Outback holiday. Climb into the saddle and herd cattle along one of Australia's most evocative stock trails, the Oodnadatta Track, passing through inspirational landscapes and collecting a swag of adventure stories along the way.

Each tour is four nights and five days long, with the campsite located on the biggest cattle station in the world – Anna Creek Station. Both experienced and weekend riders, even those who have never ridden before, can be a part of the adventure of The Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive.

Each night you’ll enjoy superb catering and unwind around a roaring campfire beneath a canopy of desert stars before retiring to a camp bed in a carpeted tent. Hot showers will be available to soak off the desert dust each evening.

Gather around the bar with your new friends over a cold drink where you can share your droving stories.

So if you’ve ever wanted to escape the city, let go of your nine-to-five existence and experience real adventure in true Australian style, The Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive is one journey you can’t afford to miss. It will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

**Please Note** This Cattle Drive is unconfirmed for 2018…. please see the below links for other cattle drives:

Harry Redford Cattle Drive

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Thu, 05 Jul 18

The Mowanjum Community, on the Gibb River Road near Derby, warmly invites you to their annual Festival. Join workshops on ochre painting, didgeridoo playing, traditional dance and boab nut carving. Food, drinks (no alcohol) and bush tucker available and a traditional Aboriginal corroboree starts in the evening.

This event is held during July each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 06 Jul 18 – Sun, 08 Jul 18

All events are designed to display precise, controlled actions and tight teamwork between horse and rider at speed, although most clubs offer a variety of classes, allowing riders to compete at the speed level they are most capable of, and comfortable with.

Great music and entertainment continues long into the night on Friday and Saturday.

This event is held in July each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 07 Jul 18

With 115 years of experience under their belt, the Stamford Races and Community Fun Day is sure to be a special event for the whole family.

The day includes a Stockman's Challenge, Fashions of the Field, Foot Races, Family entertainment, fun for the kids and of course the races themselves.

For those who would like to stay on, there is live entertainment during the evening.

FREE Camping and Complementary Breakfast on Sunday morning.

Dates to be confirmed.

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Sat, 07 Jul 18

Marree & District Progress Association Inc. gives visitors the opportunity to experience their unique brand of outback culture (and humour) during the Marree Australian Camel Cup to be held at the Marree Racecourse in early July.

The event-filled day starts at 9 am and there are heaps of prizes to be won.

The 13 race program including the Marree Australian Camel Cup is a fun filled family day with Calcutta on the Cup, Fashions of the field, Licensed Bar & Catering, Sky Chanel & On-course Bookmakers; but that’s pretty much where similarities with other races end.

As if camels are not hard enough to steer towards the winning post, what about Donkey Races and Dog Races (otherwise known as mutts – definitely none of the Greyhound variety here), thrown in for good measure.

A Tug Of War – against a camel (what else?) where half-a-dozen punters pit their strength against a tonne of slobbering bad breath; and Camel Polo (can you imagine that?) will be hilarious – it’s near-impossible to get camels to go where you want them to go anyway…

And what about Hole-in-one (golf) – where one of the officials wanders about 30 metres out into the middle of the race track & buries a plastic cup amongst the divots and you’re supposed to get a golf ball into the cup in one shot…good luck with that, I think their $100.00 prize money seems pretty safe.

There’s also Children’s entertainment, Foot Races, Lolly Toss, Children’s Fashions of the Field and heaps more including live music to keep you rocking well into the night.

Then, if you haven’t had enough of camels; head 700 kms up the Birdsville Track (for another adventure) through Birdsville to Bedourie and enjoy The Western Queensland Camel Festival; Bedourie, Boulia and Winton Camel Races over the next 3 weekends for some more outback fun.

This much fun should be illegal….

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Sun, 08 Jul 18

Have a Flutter in the Flinders; be part of this unique outback horse racing event. Come dressed for “fashions off the field” and enjoy a great days racing.

This event is held in July each year.

* Dates to be confirmed

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Tue, 10 Jul 18 – Thu, 12 Jul 18

The Birdsville Big Red Bash has already become a bucket list item for families and travellers who want an authentic outback experience and the thrill of a rock concert under the biggest star studded skies in the world.

The three-day desert camping and concert gig will fall during the July school holidays – July 10th to 12th, 2018  at the Simpson Desert’s iconic Big Red sand dune allowing families to take their children on an outback adventure to the heart of Australia.

Big Red sand dune offers both an awesome backdrop to the main stage and an energy-sapping, sand-pit playground for kids of all ages.

The last Bash saw cartwheels and back-flips; boogie boards, pieces of cardboard and even the odd esky lid and their riders surfing down the Big Red sand dune.

Some of the biggest names across Australian country music, pop and rock attended the 2017 Birdsville Big Red Bash, with headliners Lee Kernaghan and James Reyne & Mark Seymour. Joining them were some of the most talented and cherished Australian musical acts in rock and country history, with Ian Moss, Kate Ceberano, Russell Morris and Ray Ryder in tow; an incredible day of rock ‘n roll. The 2018 headliners, full artist line up and ticket pricing and inclusions will be announced ahead of tickets going on sale in November.

The tent-city that emerges in the desert, will be dubbed ‘Bashville’; and will provide free daily entertainment for the kids in the form of Discover Australia – fun and educational workshops filled with Australian bush songs and anecdotes connecting back to the early history of Australia. 

Birdsville is one of Australia’s most iconic outback towns, perched on the edge of the vast Simpson and Sturt Stony deserts and the famous Channel Country. Despite its isolation and wild foreboding country, it has been named Queensland’s friendliest town and its famous pub is noted for true outback hospitality.

The Bash also falls between two other exciting outback events – the Bedourie Gymkhana and Rodeo and the Bedourie Pig and Camel Races. Create an outback itinerary while you’re in the region and start ticking off those bucket list experiences. 

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Thu, 12 Jul 18 – Mon, 16 Jul 18

The Ernest Henry Mining Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge will be held  at the Cloncurry Equestrian Centre, finals will take place on Saturday afternoon.

This event is held during July each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 13 Jul 18 – Sat, 14 Jul 18

Winton QBOA Opal Festival

The Queensland Boulder Opal Association’s Winton Opal Festival brings together miners, buyers, retailers, exporters, jewellers and the public in a social atmosphere to trade, sell and admire Australia's national gemstone.

Program:

A variety of Queensland Boulder Opal will be on offer in all forms – rough, faced, cut and set into jewellery. The trading areas shall start in the Beer Garden of the North Gregory Hotel flowing into the car park where the tailgaters will be set up to do their trading.

Saturday morning also sees the Cobb Lane markets joining in on the trading with a variety of stalls.

A Boulder Opal Jewellery Design Competition will be held for the novice as well as the professional jeweller. A Dress Design Competition is to held again, in which the dress design has to be inspired by Opal. The exhibits in these competitions will be paraded and the winners announced at a Gala Dinner Dance held on the Saturday night as the grand finale of the Opal Festival.

The Boulder Opal Jewellery Design Competition categories:

1. Student/Novice: 1st prize $1,000 Any form of Jewellery up to a retail value of $2,500.

2. Professional: 1st prize $2,000 Any form of Jewellery – retail value is open ended.

The Boulder Opal Dress Design Competition will have two categories from which 10 finalists shall be chosen, and from these a 1st prize of $1,000 will be awarded.

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Fri, 13 Jul 18 – Sun, 15 Jul 18

Promoting Australia's Natural Gem Stone – The Opal. A weekend full of entertainment, meals, opal displays, mine tours and much more.

This event is held in July each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 14 Jul 18 – Sun, 15 Jul 18

Windorah – Bronco Branding & Gymkhana

Put this weekend in July aside for a great time at the Windorah Bronco Branding and Gymkhana.

Saturday is the Gymkhana with events for both horse and bikes for all ages.

Saturday night will see live entertainment at the grounds.

Sunday is the popular Bronco Branding and Stockman's Challenge.

The term ‘Bronco’ generally refers to the modern rodeo bucking horse, which is a domestic animal specifically bred for its bucking ability and raised for the rodeo.

‘Bronco Branding’ is Australia’s traditional and unique method of branding stock in the bush, it has been practiced on most large stations throughout Australia. Bronco branding is now a competitive sport, first performed in Alice Springs in 1984, with nearby Stonehenge holding the first Queensland ‘Bronco Branding’ event in August 1991.

Windorah hosts their ‘Bronco Branding’ event in July of each year, a highlight on the local social calendar. The weekend brings visitors from near and far and has a variety of events sure to entertain everyone, including – a gymkhana, stockman’s challenge, rodeo, team penning and bronco branding. 

There will be camping available on the grounds,food stalls and bar facilities. For a great weekend of sports action get to Windorah in July.

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Sat, 14 Jul 18

While camels may have a reputation as dedicated 'ships of the desert', these magnificent beasts are certainly not short on personality. Racing them can prove a nightmare for riders and handlers but fantastic viewing for spectators.

This event is held in July each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 14 Jul 18

A slice of Camel racing history in outback Australia.

The Camel has come along way from the days of being used as a pack animal by the early Australian explorers in the late 1800's. In the early 1900's camel racing in the Australian outback came in the form of picnic days.

As the event grew with popularity so did the prize money and the outback towns of Australia now reconize camel racing events and festivals as a major tourist draw card.

So come and join all the fun at the Bedourie Camel Races.

The day will consist of Camel Racing and novelty events that cater for all the family with fantastic prizes up for grabs.

We may even throw in a “Wood Chopping” event if we can round up some volunteers. The festival caters for all with fantastic prizes up for grabs.

Come and enjoy the great food, bar, music and dancing at the Bedourie race track

Sky Channel, Bookmaker Facilities, Southern Races and Race Commentary will be available all day at the track.

And yes….there is FREE camping at the track!

Winton Camel Races         Boulia Camel Races

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Sat, 14 Jul 18

The remote pastoral town of Milparinka about 300kms north of Broken Hill is well known for the action packed Milparinka Gymkhana and Family Fun Day.

This event it held on the second Saturday of the NSW July school holidays each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 20 Jul 18 – Sun, 22 Jul 18

Part of the Western Queensland Camel Festival. Its Camel Cup Time!

This must-see event at the Show Grounds in Boulia consists of three days packed with thrilling entertainment, including the camel races. The most prominent races are the Quarter-Mile Flyer and the Camel Cup.

The event attracts people from all over the world and the town bursts at the seams with around 3000 people attending the weekend.Festivities commence on Friday night with great music and entertainment including a magic show.

Saturday sees the start of the camel race heats to determine which camels will make it into the finals on Sunday to win the silver and gold cups. All throughout the day there is track entertainment of the fun family type, with foot races and other comic events. 

On the Saturday afternoon, there is a rush to the arena to see the Camel Tagging event which has been growing in  popularity over the years and is now one of the major attractions of the weekend.  Monster fireworks light up the night sky  before  another great concert to round off the day.

Sunday morning, tension is in the air for the running of the Boulia Cups, camels, jockeys, trainers and handlers are all hoping that this year will be the one they take home the trophies.

Throughout the weekend there is entertainment in the form of market stalls, childrens amusements, camel rides and much more. A catered kitchen and a bar operate within the specified hours.

So come along and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere that  is the Boulia Camel Races, you will be glad you did.

Bedourie Camel Races               Winton Camel Races

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Sun, 22 Jul 18

A boat made out of cans in a race where anything goes; flour bombs, water sprays and generally anything to sabotage the opposition. The boats must sail around the course until they find an object that has been hidden under water somewhere in the course.

The Regatta involves lots of fun beach events to keep young and old entertained.

This event is held in July each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 26 Jul 18 – Sun, 29 Jul 18

The famous outback mining town of Lightning Ridge will celebrate local culture and character with its annual Opal Festival. The Opal & Gem Expo will have a fantastic range of opal, jewellery, beads and gems from all mining fields and the OJDAA Trade Show will boast some of the world’s best black opal.

This event takes place in July each year,

*Dates to be confirmed

 

 

 

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Fri, 27 Jul 18 – Sun, 29 Jul 18

Part of the Western Queensland Camel Festival.

Holding the tradition at Winton Camel Races

Camel racing is a great tradition in the bush and the Winton races have something for everyone.

For one day jam packed with fun and entertainment including an 8 races program including the Winton Camel Cup, with gates opening at 10am till late.

This year we have a Motor Bike challenge with the 2009 wheel stand competition champion riding 1.1km on his back wheel; Ross Oakhill has set a high bench mark to beat!

Along with the Wheel Stand Challenge there will be Motor Bike Barrel Races and Bending Races with three age classes to enter in; 8 and under, 9 – 14 years and Opens.

Over $12,000 in cash and prizes to be won! Get ready for some rip roarin' one day only desert action.

Watch as these unpredictable yet magnificent ships of the desert battle their way down the dusty straight of the outback to the finishing line.

Bedourie Camel Races       Boulia Camel Races

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Fri, 27 Jul 18 – Sat, 04 Aug 18

The Festival brings together outstanding musicians from around the world and around Australia, musicians who won't necessarily be performing elsewhere in Australia. They play beautiful music in comparatively small venues, in a tropical setting of blue skies and perfect temperatures.

This event is held in July each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Fri, 27 Jul 18 – Sun, 29 Jul 18

An annual three day festival drawing contestants from right across Queensland and contains some big name entertainers and a poets breakfast.

This event is held in July each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Sat, 28 Jul 18 – Sun, 29 Jul 18

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Sat, 28 Jul 18 – Sun, 29 Jul 18

Devonport Jazz is an annual music festival in the City of Devonport on Tasmania's northwest coast.

Devonport Jazz breaks the mould by incorporating elements of education, food, visual art, dance and film into the traditional jazz festival program.

This event is held in July each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 02 Aug 18 – Sun, 05 Aug 18

The Desert Harmony Festival features music, visual arts, theatre, food, cultural activities, parades, film and dance presented by a mix of artists both local and from around Australia. Enjoy Live Music, Artist Market, Workshops, Bush Tucker Talks, a Street Parade and more.

This event is held during August each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 03 Aug 18 – Mon, 06 Aug 18

Since 1954 the ‘Merry Muster’ has provided Cloncurry and the surrounding region with all the thrills and spills of rodeo brimming with community spirit.

The original rodeo based concept for the event was developed in Kuridala, a railway siding; today the event has grown to a festival boasting a ‘pro-rodeo’ renowned as Australia’s highest single payout professional rodeo.

The volunteer committee has worked tirelessly to develop a diverse program that celebrates rodeo and involves a variety of events for all ages.

The 2018 Festival will incorporate the popular and colourful Street Parade; annually attracting in excess of 40 themed community floats.

A launch to the weekend festivities to follow the Street Parade also incorporates community stalls, food, bar and live entertainment.

Friday will showcase the famous Bush Poets Breakfast attracting local and visiting poets and incorporating a traditional camp oven breakfast, the Teddy Bears Picnic and a junior rodeo.

Friday evening and Saturday will boast the ‘Merry Muster’ pro-rodeo which see thousands of spectators from near and far flock to see the champions compete for top prize money and the chance to win a one of a kind hand crafted buckle.

Sunday will include the popular ATRA Roping and Community Markets; a great day to unwind from a big weekend.

 

 

 

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Fri, 03 Aug 18 – Fri, 10 Aug 18

A gathering of Australian writers who participate through lectures, lunches, panels, conversations, launches, readings and workshops to entertain, educate & share their literary skills and experiences. The festival is presented by The Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre that provides resources, information and literary activities for writers and readers and offers an opportunity for emerging writers to work closely with a professional mentor to develop their work and improve their publishing opportunities.

This event is held during October each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Fri, 03 Aug 18 – Sun, 05 Aug 18

The Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo held at the Toowoomba Showgrounds is one of the largest and most successful shows of its kind in Queensland attracting an estimated 15,000 people and featuring over 120 exhibitors over the three huge days.

There will be a wide range of outdoor adventure gear including clothing, camping gear, climbing or mountaineering equipment, diving kits, canoeing products, safety equipment, caravans including off road, campervans, trailers, tourist information and souvenirs, lighting and electricity needs including solar, outdoors cooking ideas, information on local attractions, D.I.Y kits, 4×4 equipment, vehicle maintenance and repair professionals, plus DVD’s and magazines just to name a few.

Food and drinks will be available to purchase throughout the show with disabled facilities and public toilets available too.

*Dates to be confirmed*

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Sat, 04 Aug 18

Over 200 exhibitors will display their products and services ranging from farm machinery and livestock to lifestyle, fashion, art, craft, emergency services, schools and children’s amusements. 

This event is held in August each year,

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 04 Aug 18 – Sat, 18 Aug 18

A perfect opportunity to visit the Cowra region and sample the fine food and wine on offer direct from the producers. The weekend includes gourmet markets, masterclasses, organic winery tours, dining experiences and the Wine Show Public Tasting.

This event is held during August each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 04 Aug 18

A full 6 race program with Fashions on the Field, Live Entertainment, Kids Entertainment, BBQ, hot & cold food stalls and bar facilities make for a great day out. The northern-most racing event in South Australia.

This event is held during August each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sun, 05 Aug 18

A day of Gemstones and Silver displays, jewellery and gem sales, raffles, demonstrations, morning and afternoon tea and much more proudly presented by The Atherton Tableland Mineral & Lapidary Club.

This event is held during August each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

 

Come along and enjoy a family day out at the 4th annual Gem Festival. Explore all the Gemstones and Silver displays, jewellery and gem sales, raffles, demonstrations, morning and afternoon tea and many more exciting things. The festival starts at 9 am and continues until 3 pm at the Tiger Race Course.

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Thu, 09 Aug 18 – Sun, 12 Aug 18

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Thu, 09 Aug 18 – Sun, 12 Aug 18

Approximately 45km west of Emerald in Central Queensland is the region known as The Gemfields which includes the towns of Anakie, Sapphire and Rubyvale of which Anakie hosts Gemfest – Festival of Gems that showcases the region in August each year.

This event is held during August each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 09 Aug 18 – Sun, 12 Aug 18

The Festival provides an opportunity for you to enjoy a wide range of authors and literature styles, chat with the authors as well as attend literary lunches and dinners.

This event is held during August each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 10 Aug 18 – Sat, 11 Aug 18

From humble beginnings in the early 1970's The Nameless Jarndunmunha Festival has grown to be a true showcase of the Pilbara community; local crafts and artworks on the village green, the much-loved and unique street parade, historic Nameless Ball, King of the Mountain fun run, X Factor TP (talent quest), novelty events, live entertainment and so much more are all on offer to enthrawl locals and visitors alike.

Under the Home Industries category exhibitors will show Wearable Art, Fine Art, all manner of Home Produce, Craft and Photography. Grease, Gears and Grills is a dedicated area for motoring enthusiasts and King of the Mountain is a foot race to the top of Mount Nameless; and at around 300m is the highest local point and the main backdrop to Tom Price township. 

The Nameless Jarndunmunha Festival is a hilight on the Pilbara event calendar and one not to be missed. After the festival why not spend a few days exploring our magnificent and spectacular corner of Western Australia.

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Sat, 11 Aug 18

Racegoers love the sheer isolation of Louth; the colourful bush characters and the experience of watching the horses thunder past the winning post in a cloud of dust.

This event is held in August each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Wed, 15 Aug 18 – Sat, 25 Aug 18

Attracting local, interstate and overseas anglers this fishing competition is a light tackle Billfish Tournament held in August each year promoting Tag and Release fishing.

Dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 16 Aug 18 – Thu, 06 Sep 18

The Alice Desert Festival is Central Australia’s premier arts and cultural festival, celebrating the desert and its rich cultural landscape. Featuring a vibrant program born out of the desert landscape, we celebrate the dynamic exchange between cultures in the heart of Australia.

This event is held in September each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 16 Aug 18 – Fri, 31 Aug 18

Darwin Festival is held over an exciting 16 days and nights, with local and touring performances and events including outdoor concerts, workshops, theatre, dance music, comedy and cabaret, film and visual arts.

This event is held in August each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 17 Aug 18 – Sat, 18 Aug 18

Each year hundreds rush to Clermont for the annual Gold and Coal Festival which sees locals and visitors enjoy all that this beautiful town has to offer, its rich gold-mining, copper-mining and pastoral history.

This combined treasure chest has been attracting punters to Clermont over the last 10 years, and the festival is now a 2 day event chocked full of activities to celebrate the unique culture and heritage of gold mining.

Musicians, poets, school groups, Clermont's own Music Makers and others will provide ENTERTAINMENT right through the festival with MARKET STALLS including gold jewellery, nuggets and jems being sold in the market stalls. Food, and general market stalls will be there in good numbers again too. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!!

It's Gold, Gold, Gold for Clermont!

During the Friday and Saturday you can win gold nuggets (valued at $50 each) on the  “gold wheel” (like a “ham wheel” only the prize is gold nuggets)

There are lucky spot prizes and second prize certificates provided by GoldFest's generous sponsors up for grabs throughout the weekend. 

Enjoy a serious case of gold fever with good food to enjoy, entertainment, market stalls and the chance to win gold nuggets and jewellery.

The Clermont GoldFest seeks to promote Clermont, its attractions and businesses with a special emphasis on our gold prospecting heritage. Local schools, professional and local musicians and bush poets all make it a great celebration.

After the festival why not stay on for a few days to enjoy some more of Clermont; popular places to visit include the Clermont Museum and Clermont Cemetary, Copperfield township – a ghost town with smelter chimney and old Copperfield Store the only things still standing, Hoods Lagoon – the site of old Clermont before floods necessitated it's move to higher ground, Theresa Creek Dam – a popular camp spot, Red Claw & fishing spot or perhaps do a bit of gold prospecting in the area.

*Note: Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 17 Aug 18 – Sun, 19 Aug 18

With two huge shows together at The Melbourne Showgrounds there’s so much to see over the weekend, you won't want to miss second of it.

The National 4×4 and Outdoor show covers what every 4×4 and camping fan loves to see. Like the range of manufacturers that will be putting their 4WD’s on display plus all of their latest and greatest gear, 4×4 magazines, solar lighting, 12v accessories and batteries, tourism destinations, 4×4 clubs, camper trailers, tents, and off road campers, tyres, winches plus so much more that is yet to be announced. Stay tuned.

Over at the Boating and Fishing Expo section there will be a wide range of today’s best boats from kayaks and jet ski’s right up to top-of-the-range Cabin Cruisers, along with motors, crabbing gear, clothing, fishing rods, lures, nets, tackle gear, fishing charts, torches and other great boating and fishing gear.

Regular seminars will run non-stop throughout the entire day with special guests and Australian celebrities such as “Roothy” on stage providing plenty of entertainment and vital information to 4WD, camping, and fishing enthusiasts, and there will be many opportunities to get your questions answered by the pros that’ve done it all before. Other guest speakers will include Pat Callinan – Mr 4×4, Australia’s Kangaroo Dundee,- Chris Brolga Barns, Carlisle Rogers from 4wd Touring Australia and Australian sports fisherman, television and radio host Paul Worsteling.

The Fishing Stage will have presenters telling all you need to know – from how to target certain species, using the correct bait and tackle, when and where to fish, deep sea fishing and more, whilst at the Outback Stage there will be interesting stories and exclusive tips about 4WDing and camping from those in the know.

There will be ample parking and public transport close by with disabled access all throughout the venue.

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Fri, 17 Aug 18 – Sun, 19 Aug 18

Saddle up the Thargomindah Stockmans Challenge. The event will see Australia's best stockman line up to take out the coveted award and prize money.

If this is your event and you would like to add more information please contact us on the link below.

This event is held during August each year,

*Dates to be confirmed*

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Sat, 18 Aug 18

Australia is known as a very big island nation. At its geographic centre 1,500 kilometres from the coast is Alice Springs, which hosts the famous Henley-on-Todd Regatta each August – albeit on a usually dry river bed.

This mad-cap event celebrates Alice Springs in a way like no other and Alice Springs Rotary Clubs have had over 50 years to perfect the one-day event.

The hilarious finale titled “Battle of the Boats” sees boats (built on 4wd’s) crewed by Rotary Members battling each other with flour bombs and water cannons; winner is last one still mobile.

Food and Drink stalls are available on the day. Entry fees for both entrants and spectators apply.

This event is held in August each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 18 Aug 18 – Sun, 19 Aug 18

Stonehenge Bronco Branding

Once used to refer to an untrained horse or one that habitually bucks or was prone to unpredictable behaviour, the term ‘Bronco’ now generally refers to the modern rodeo bucking horse, which is a domestic animal specifically bred for its bucking ability and raised for the rodeo.

Stonehenge in Central West Queensland is a small town whose name originated from drovers who found the area and upon deciding it to be a safe crossing of the Thomson River, built a stone 'fortress' for the men to use as a camp. The 'fortress' eventually fell to ruins and consequently the town was named. Stonehenge is located approximately 1350kms north-west of Brisbane.

‘Bronco Branding’ is Australia’s traditional and unique method of branding stock in the bush, it has been practiced on most large stations throughout Australia. Bronco branding is now a competitive sport, first performed in Alice Springs in 1984, with Stonehenge holding the first Queensland ‘Bronco Branding’ event in August 1991.

Stonehenge continues to host a ‘Bronco Branding’ event in August of each year with a horsemanship school being conducted on the Thursday and Friday prior to the event. The weekend brings visitors from near and far and has a variety of events sure to entertain everyone, including – a gymkhana, stockman’s challenge, rodeo, team penning and bronco branding.  There is live entertainment on the Saturday night, food will be available from Friday afternoon and a bar operates throughout the weekend!

Whether you are in need of a new and unique experience or you are a horse lover, come along to Stonehenge and join in the excitement at the annual Bronco Branding event.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Thu, 23 Aug 18 – Sun, 26 Aug 18

A celebration of Country Music set in bushland where you can set up camp, stoke the campfire and be entertained by Australian and International performers staggered over the many stages throught the family friendly 4 day festival.

If this is your event and you would like to add more information, please contact us on the below link.

This event take place in August each year

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 24 Aug 18 – Sun, 26 Aug 18

Events are designed to display precise, controlled actions and tight teamwork between horse and rider at speed, although most clubs offer a variety of classes, allowing riders to compete at the speed level they are most capable of, and comfortable with.

This event is held in August each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 24 Aug 18 – Sun, 26 Aug 18

The annual Drovers Camp Festival Camooweal held on the fourth weekend of August every year, celebrates Australia’s outback heritage and the contribution of drovers to the development of the nation’s cattle industry.

Enjoy a real Australian weekend and meet genuine Australian Drovers and hear of their amazing lives on the road in the outback. The fun starts on Friday afternoon with a street parade, followed by a hilarious charity race and fund raising auction at the local pub.

The fun continues on Saturday and Sunday with lots of entertainment such as:

  •   Live Entertainment – featuring various artists and music all weekend
  •   Saturday Night Concert – Country music celebrities put on a concert on the big stage at the Drovers Camp. Previous years entertainers have been Tommy Maxwell, John Williamson, Ted Egan to name just a few 
  •   Bronco Branding – this popular sport shows the age old skill of branding cattle although paint is used on the brands for the sport. 
  •   Mail Race – a fast-paced obstacle course for a team of three with a cash bounty
  •   Race Meeting – put on your best suit and frock for the one and only Country Classic
  •   Talent Quest – from singing to playing the spoons, you’ll see it all at the drover’s Camp Talent Quest Competition
  •   Bush Poetry – listen or enter your ballad or story in the Bush Poetry Competition to be in running for a Bronze Spur Award
  •   Yarn with a Drover – enjoy traditional camp cooking and tales by an old drover
  •   Art Competition & Exhibition – enter your masterpiece in one of five different categories for the chance of receiving cash prize
  •   Photo Competition – enter your favourite photograph in one of six different categories and have it on display for all to see
  •   Museum & Art Gallery – featuring artifacts from the droving era. Entry $5. Children 15 & under free, Open Daily 9am to 3pm May to September with guided tours (free) available to the end of August  
  •   Whip Cracking Competition – a quick wrist, a sharp eye and good co-ordination is what it takes to make it in Camooweal’s Whip Cracking Competition

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Fri, 24 Aug 18 – Sun, 26 Aug 18

Experience the thrill & hospitality of the west with Festival fun & PBR Touring Pro Division Bull Ride in Cunnamulla. Cowboys, bull riders, shearers and stockmen will converge on the famous town of Cunnamulla in Western Queensland for one of the most diverse events in the state.

Feel the energy…

The programme is presented and sponsored by the Paroo Shire Council, the Cunnamulla Fella Festival – a bush ‘Iron Man’ competition – a test of strength, bush cunning and survival skills, Poetry Competition and the Cunnamulla Opal Buckle – the richest bull ride in Western Queensland.

Expect to see…

Some action packed rodeo entertainment and PBR bull riding as Australia’s best professional riders compete for the coveted Cunnamulla Opal Buckle. The Cunnamulla Fella Bull Ride is open to adults – over 18 years. The Cunnamulla Fella Challenge is a 2 person team challenge made up of 7 bush events, includes whip cracking, cross cut saw race, wool rollin', brace & bit, back to back and fencing frenzie. Markets, children's activities, workshops of traditional bush skills provide a variety of events. A special feature this year is Dancing Classrooms to present a culmination of two weeks dance workshops with school students on Saturday morning

Great family entertainment…

There are plenty of things to do with a jam-packed program of entertainment with country music, live entertainment and a carnival atmosphere. The ‘Fella Festival’ makes for a great family day out with plenty of activities for the kids.

Join the flock…

Each year, the event goes from strength to strength with tourists coming from NSW, Queensland and Victoria. It is a fun celebration of the cultural heritage of Cunnamulla and the Paroo Shire. The festival has become a highlight of the outback events calendar and this year, it will be bigger and better than ever.

Catch all the action live…

The Festival includes a Rodeo, entertainment and live music on Friday evening, with the exciting PBR Touring Pro Division  Bull Ride on Saturday evening, where professional bull riders will compete for the coveted Cunnamulla Fella Festival & PBR Touring Pro Division, Opal Buckle and Prize money; followed by the fireworks spectacular and more great music.

Festival weekend passes will be available – check out the CFF website below

*Dates to be confirmed*

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Sat, 25 Aug 18

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Sat, 25 Aug 18

Winner: 2014 and 2015 Mitchell Australia Day Award for the Community Event of the Year.

The Mitchell Show Society is once again getting ready to host the Camel & Pig Races, coinciding with the weekend before the Birdsville Races.

The event won the Mitchell Australia Day Award for the Community Event of the Year in 2014 and 2015.

The camel races will feature a Calcutta race program with prize money for first, second and third places along with the Camel Cup final. Camels will be auctioned before each race with the winning bidder or syndicate nominating the jockey. Camels are provided by John Richardson from The Big Camel.

The Pig Races will see a field of 6 to 8 professionally trained, purebred Miniature piglets dash from the starting gate (responding to themed music) and race through the purpose built course. We will also have a $2 Sweepstake with each race.

After the Novelty races everyone will be entertained by the Fasolati Singers from the Gold Coast with their renditions of  popular hits of the 60’s and 70’s.

 

More entertainment will follow with live music by Neil Duddy, a versatile, spontaneous entertainer with over 20 years experience.

Full bar and canteen operating plus Market Stalls. 

Gates open 11.30am. First race 1pm. 

Children: FREE.  Secondary students : $5. Adults (18 & over) $20.

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Sat, 25 Aug 18 – Sun, 02 Sep 18

Shinju Matsuri festival celebrates the rich diversity of people, local history, talented artists, community performers and the region's produce and includes a Float Parade, Mardi Gras, Closing Ceremony and Fireworks.

This event is held during late August/early September each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Sat, 25 Aug 18 – Sun, 26 Aug 18

Dalby's Delicious and Delightful Festival's unique feature is the spectacular lantern parade along the banks of the beautiful Myall Creek. Fireworks finish off the evening.

This event is held in August each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 25 Aug 18 – Sun, 26 Aug 18

A traditional bush race meeting with on course bookmakers, food and bar facilities, fashions, a dusty track and of course the stars of the day the Race Horses. A highlight of the Innamincka social calendar.

This event is held during August each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 25 Aug 18 – Sun, 26 Aug 18

One week prior to the famous Birdsville Races, Betoota Race Club Inc will host Betoota Cup Raceday – the first race meeting of the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival.

The ghost town of Betoota comes alive and literally rises from the dust; Live entertainment starts Friday night and continues with a full 6 race program commencing at 11.30 am on Saturday; and includes the ever popular Fashions on the Field.

The fun weekend is a prelude to the Birdsville Races held the following weekend and the Bedourie Races & Bedourie Ute Muster held at Bedourie, the following Weekend.

Catering and bar facilities are open on Friday evening and all day Saturday. A hearty breakfast is available on Sunday morning.

Camping is available onsite (at the racecourse) from Friday night until Sunday morning with hot & cold showers and toilets or if you prefer there is self-suficient bush camping at the waterhole nearby.

Weekend passes are available and include camping fees. Single entry passes are also available.

As the town offers no services make sure you purchase sufficient supplies, fuel, medicines etc when you pass through Windorah, Birdsville and Innamincka. Planes can refuel at Windorah and Birdsville, the nearest chemist is at Quilpie and medical clinics are located in Birdsville and Windorah.

Betoota Cup Raceday – part of the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival.

*Dates to be confirmed*

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Wed, 29 Aug 18

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!

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Fri, 31 Aug 18 – Sat, 01 Sep 18

Right from the very first race meeting back in 1882 Horse Racing in Birdsville has been well received.

After the success of the first meeting a jockey club was formed, Stewards appointed and committee elected – the rest as they say, is history.

The town was established in the 1880’s as a customs post on the SA/Qld border and at the head of the Birdsville Track Stock Route to southern markets but at Federation in 1901 tolls for cattle crossing the border were abolished and the population dwindled as a result.

The Birdsville Races however went from strength to strength.

The first course was moved to the present position after being regularly inundated with floodwaters but the cup distance has remained at 1 mile (1600 metres) since its first running in 1882, a point of difference being that the track is only one of four in Qld raced anti-clockwise.

The party starts in Thursday night with the Birdsville Races Cocktail Party – frock up and dance the night away with live music – just the thing to set the mood for the rest of the weekend….

The 13 race program with prize money in excess of $140,000.00 starts Friday and continues Saturday culminating with the XXXX Gold Birdsville Cup. Naturally, the all-important Fashions on the Field will be a highlight of the day and Oncourse Bookmakers; food and bar facilities are available throughout the event.

Racegoers will enjoy live entertainment both nights and apart from the live music be treated to one of Australia’s legendary shows with the Fred Brophy Boxing Troupe.

May be you might want to try your skills in the ring… A highlight of the weekend also occurs on Saturday night at Fred Brophy’s Boxing Tent –

The Giant Auction, where all manner of donated goods including collectables, memorabilia and vouchers – anything at all will go under the hammer to raise funds for RFDS. If you need a break from the racing, wander around the Market Stalls where you will find arts & crafts, clothes, leather goods, souvenirs and my favourite Riversands Wines wine tasting (their Black Magic Vintage Port is wicked) to name a few.

Tickets for the Birdsville Races Cocktail Party and Trackside Marquees together with Souvenir Medallion can be ordered online but must be collected along with general course entry tickets from the Birdsville Race Club shop located in the Visitor Information Centre on Billabong Boulevard during race week.

There is limited accommodation available in Birdsville during race week; camping sites are available at the Birdsville Caravan Park or overflow camping with limited facilities is available along the banks of the Diamantina River. The Birdsville Hotel is not available for accommodation during race week.

Rent-a-tent will provide tented accommodation at Tent City near the heart of the town and close to all of the action for visitors who do not want to bring bedding or erect their own tents. Packages vary but include hot showers, clean toilets and use of a basic camp kitchen facilities including power to recharge your electronic equipment. Click here for more information.

Birdsville Races, where the dust never settles – part of the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival

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Sat, 01 Sep 18 – Sun, 30 Sep 18

Another unique outback experience, entertainment for all the family.

This event is held in September each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

 

 

 
 

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Sat, 01 Sep 18 – Wed, 31 Oct 18

The Morning Glory is a rare and spectacular meteorological phenomenon that occurs at dawn over the Gulf of Carpentaria during the latter part of the dry season. It forms up to two kilometres above the earth in a series of rolls often stretching for hundreds of kms. Morning Glory attracts tourists, gliders and hang gliders who “ride” the clouds as a surfer would ride a wave.

Being a natural phenomenon, the Morning Glory formation is not guaranteed to occur.

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Sun, 02 Sep 18

The Burke and Wills Fishing Classic has something for everyone.

Cash prizes, Market Stalls, Rubber Duckie Race plus lots more fun for all the family.

This event is held in on the Father's Day weekend September each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 07 Sep 18 – Sat, 08 Sep 18

Bedourie Races and Rodeo are the third and final meeting of the famed Simpson Desert Racing Carnival following Betoota Raceday and the Birdsville Races held over the previous 2 weekends.

Action and entertainment starts on Friday evening with the bone crunching and butt bruising Bedourie Rodeo.

Catering and bar facilities are available on site at the Bedourie Racecourse.

Saturday sees a full race program with on-course bookmakers, food and bar facilities and entertainment.

After the races, stay around to enjoy the presentations and entertainment into the night at The Bedourie Ute & Travellers Muster.

The Bedourie Races “Where tourists and locals mingle and enjoy a down to earth, authentic outback experience” Just a great weekend….

Free camping including access to basic shower and toilet facilities is available at the Bedourie Racecourse but if you require something more civilised accommodation is available in town at Simpson Desert Oasis, Bedourie Hotel or Bedourie Caravan Park. Bookings are essential.

Bedourie other claim to fame is that it is home of the famous Bedourie camp oven, a lightweight metal dish with a matching lid that can also be used for a pan – bush ingenuity at its best.

Bedourie Races– part of the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival

*Dates to be confirmed*

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Fri, 07 Sep 18 – Sat, 08 Sep 18

Swim, Run, Mountain Bike, Paddle and run again. If this is your idea for fun then the Lake Argyle Adventure Race might just be what you are looking for.

Stunning scenery, cool water and an awesome atmosphere.

This event is held in August / September each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 07 Sep 18 – Sun, 16 Sep 18

Desert Song is Central Australia’s own singer’s festival.

The annual Festival will take place during September 2018 with an exciting program where singers, choirs and audiences from Alice Springs and Central Australia and visitors to the region will experience ten days of the most captivating choral performances.

Choirs from the vibrant multi-cultural Centralian communities will come together to present a  series of events that showcase the voice: the singer and the song.

Aboriginal traditional and sacred music, ballads, classical compositions, African freedom songs, Caribbean folk music and a Cappella singing will make their appearance on the cultural smorgasbord that is Central Australia.

‘Asante Sana’ and other Alice-based choirs, small vocal ensembles and individual performers will join together in a number of events including major concerts, chamber concerts, lunch time recitals, workshops and a 'progressive' concert through iconic heritage locations in Alice Springs, a singing tour through the Ranges and much more.

“Desert Song Central' – the late night festival club, will be back with a great 'off the main stage' line up and ‘A Cappella in the Gorge’ will again be the festival's climax.

This year’s festival will feature three ‘not to be missed’ events:

A ‘singing and cultural tour’ through the ancient and beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges – culture, landscape and song – a 4-day mid-week event, conducted by one of Central Australia’s award winning adventure tour operators. 25 lucky people will be have the experience of a lifetime, a not to me missed ‘money-can’t-buy’ tour offering cultural experiences, bush tucker, bush cooking and camping out under the stars: a serene outback adventure including interaction with the people of an Aboriginal community west of Alice Springs.

The Festival will provide a facilitator to lead the party in some wonderful singing while on this tour.

The ‘icing on the cake’ will be the celebration of ten great winter seasons of rehearsals and performances by the Festival’s main act – the community choir Asante Sana – during the Festival’s final weekend, with the customary festival-ending concert ‘A Cappella in the Gorge’ this year to be held at Central Australia’s premier bush getaway, the Ross River Resort in the in the majestic East MacDonnell Ranges.

This wonderful but largely unknown story of choral practice and musical heritage will be unveiled through a Festival-opening Symposium, followed by a ground-breaking performance at the Araluen Performing Arts Centre by Indigenous women’s choirs from Alice Springs, and from the remote communities of Hermannsburg, Areyonga, Titjikala, Mutitjulu and Docker River.

*Dates to be confimed*

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Sat, 08 Sep 18 – Sun, 09 Sep 18

A weekend combining the traditions agriculture show including livestock, machinery displays, market stalls and sideshow alley along with a rodeo where the strongers cowboys and girls compete showing their skills, strength and stamina.

This event is held in September each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 08 Sep 18 – Sun, 09 Sep 18

Traditional Australian Country Music with a variety of artists in a real bush atmosphere.

This event is held in September each year

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 08 Sep 18

The Bedourie Ute & Travellers Muster is the largest Outback muster of its kind and attracts motor enthusiasts from all around the country to celebrate both our humble Ute and the traveller’s motorhomes. Registrations and line-up for Judging commence at 9am Saturday at the racecourse.

Then it’s off to enjoy a day of racing action before returning to admire the entries and view the prize and trophy presentations. 

Ute categories include:

Best Outback Ute, Best Street Ute, Best Chick’s Ute, Best Mongrel Ute, Best Work Ute and Best Bullbar (any vehicle)

Travellers’ Motorhome Categories include:

Best Travellers’ Motorhome, Furthest Interstate Motorhome from Home (where vehicle is registered), Furthest QLD Motorhome from Home (where vehicle is registered), Ultimate Travellers’ Motorhome Name and Best Bullbar (any vehicle)

Travellers’ Vehicle Categories include:

Best 4WD Wagon, Best Travellers’ Wagon and Best Bullbar (any vehicle)

Registrations can be made at the Bedourie Outback Visitor Information Centre in person during the week leading up to the Muster or at the Rodeo on Friday Night. Nomination fees apply.

Free camping including access to basic shower and toilet facilities is available at the Bedourie Racecourse but if you require something more civilised, accommodation is available in town at Simpson Desert Oasis, Bedourie Hotel or Bedourie Caravan Park. Bookings are essential.

Bedourie Ute & Travellers Muster – part of the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival

*Date to be confirmed*

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Sun, 09 Sep 18

NATIONAL BILBY DAY – 2nd Sunday in September

These delightful furry Australians now have a special day of their own, NATIONAL BILBY DAY was officially launched in 2005 and the celebrations are held on the second Sunday of September annually. The National Bilby Day Celebration will be held in Charleville, South West Queensland and will capture the real bush and conservation flavour.

With a very exiting and interesting program for all young and young at heart to enjoy.

Save the Bilby Fund is running a competition for kids for National Bilby Day. The competition can be accessed via www.savethebilbyfund.org and by then clicking on the competition link.Schools can win live bilby visits and the kids can use this research activity to learn lots more about endangered species.

What can you do to help?

We invite you, your school, family and friends and local businesses to contribute $20 towards a panel of fence. Each donor will be officially recognised on-site at Currawinya National Park on a “Roll of Honour” permanently on display at the site and issued a personal certificate.

Donations will also be graciously received from larger corporate organisations wishing to make a larger financial commitment.

We also have a large range of Bilby merchandise that can be order by downloading the order form off our website www.savethebilbyfund.com and sent to the address supplied. The increasingly high profile of bilbies means more dollars for the fund. To date, The Save the Bilby Fund has raised over $800,000. Primarily donated by everyday Australians.

We need your support.

Now that we have become an incorporated entity, any costs that we can recover to put back into our wonderful bilbies will be critical to their survival and to the success of the fund. We want to keep you informed of what we are doing and how you can help participate in fantastic events such as the National Bilby Day.

This would not have been possible without all your support and I am convinced that the next generation will be most grateful.

For more information please contact:

Julie Anderson
'Save the Bilby Fund'
PO Box 155, Charleville,
Queensland, 4470

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Sun, 09 Sep 18

Gourmet in Gundy is a Wine, Food, Art & Music Festival held on the beautiful banks of the MacIntyre River on the Qld border and is aimed at promoting lifestyle in rural areas.

This event is held during September each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 14 Sep 18 – Sun, 16 Sep 18

Three days and nights of country music in a bush setting.

This event is held during September each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 14 Sep 18 – Sun, 23 Sep 18

Join in the family fun while enjoying flowers, food, wine, culture and entertainmentat at Toowoomba's annual horticultural event.

If this is your event and you would like to add more information please contact us on the link below.

This event is held during September each year,

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Mon, 17 Sep 18 – Sun, 23 Sep 18

The small town of Texas (110kms East of Goondiwindi) presents 7 days of action packed country music to enjoy.

This event is held during September each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Mon, 17 Sep 18 – Sun, 23 Sep 18

Don't miss 7 days of country music, bush poetry, entertainment and camping.

If this is your event and you would like to add more information, please contact us on the below link.

This event is held in September each year –

*Dates to be confirmed*

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Wed, 19 Sep 18 – Sun, 23 Sep 18

The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club is host to one of the iconic events on the national racing stage. People flock to the grounds from all around Australia and the spectacle of style, colour and excitement is quite amazing!

This event is held in September each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sun, 23 Sep 18

The Quorn Show showcases local arts and produce, agriculture, livestock, machinery displays, market stalls and the traditional sideshow alley.

This event is held during September each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 29 Sep 18 – Mon, 01 Oct 18

The Parkes Country Music Festival has offered opportunity to many performers who have gone on to attain acclaim in the country music industry of Australia.

Country music at it's finest, entertainment for the whole family.

This event is held in October each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 29 Sep 18 – Sun, 30 Sep 18

Held along Bowen's Front Beach at the new Soundshell and Festival Park, the event offers anglers the chance to compete for a host of fantastic prizes and entertainment for the whole family.

This annual event is first weekend of the School Holidays in September.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Tue, 02 Oct 18 – Tue, 09 Oct 18

Live Country Music in a bush setting, Bush Poets, Old Time Dancing and great entertainment catering for all ages and tastes.

The week long Country Music Festival held about 30 Kms from Forbes on a beautiful bushland setting at the Bedgerabong Showground.

This event is held during October each year.

*Dates to be confirmed.

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Thu, 04 Oct 18 – Sun, 07 Oct 18

The Melbourne Leisurefest is annually held at the Sandown Racecourse bringing you the latest and greatest of all things 4×4, outdoors, camping and fishing by the big brands over a course of four days.

A massive line up of exhibitors with everything you need are scheduled each year including 4×4 clubs, 4×4 touring accessories, communications, boats, campers, tent trailers, roof toppers, caravans, kayaks, towing gear, fishing tackle and marine accessories, motorhomes, campervans and 5th wheelers, RV gear, 4WD’s, magazines, books, DVD’s plus so much more you won’t want to miss.

Industry services and training, tourism, insurance, hire and rental services, RV repairers and services and finance information will all be available from various stalls also.

The ever popular 4×4 off road test track will be back allowing you to grab some touring experience while seeing amazing vehicles being tested against the rough off road trails.

The event is something you can bring the whole family out to with free children’s activities from the Friday to Sunday keeping the kids as entertained as you will be.

There will be plenty of free parking onsite, with disabled access and the Sandown Train Station right at the doors.

*Dates to be confirmed*

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Sat, 06 Oct 18 – Sun, 07 Oct 18

On the 12th December the Cooee’s reached Sydney with 277 men! The Cooee March was the first of many recruiting marches in this country, with recruiting marches playing a vital role in Australia’s World War I effort.

This event is held in October each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 06 Oct 18 – Sun, 07 Oct 18

Australian Camp oven Festival is on again October 2018

Millmerran, one hour south west of Toowoomba, swells five-fold for their biennial Australian Camp Oven Festival,the largest of its kind in Australia and an event not to be missed.

A homage to Australian Heritage, the Australian Camp Oven Festival, Millmerran is an opportunity to catch a snippet of a time gone by in rural Australia

The Australian Camp Oven Festival gives this quintessential piece of Australian Heritage new life to a new generation of Australians.

Thousands of caravans, motor homes, tents and trailers converge on the township of Millmerran to join this exciting outback event; and with the hot showers and clean amenities at the showgrounds, camping is suitable for everyone.

Throughout this laidback weekend visitors are spoilt for choice in entertainment with Poet Breakfasts each morning – enjoy your breakfast whilst listing to tales of the outback, damper throwing competitions, view the horse shoeing, sheep shearing demonstrations, billy boiling competitions or just sit back and enjoy the Country Music during the day and evening. 

Perhaps you might wish to wander amongst the dozens of stalls that sell an array of goods including food, (the campoven dinners are always popular) wine, clothes, leatherware,bric-a-brac, and assorted impliments, watch the popular Tractor Pull or place a bid on one of the Minature Racing Pigs.

Australian Living History is displayed with camp oven cooking competitions where contestants make meals over the weekend and are judged on them, the sound of old machinery chugging away in the nearby paddock and blacksmiths plying their trade.

Saturday night sees a popular band playing on the main stage and there is an opportunity to enjoy free impromptu walk-up entertainment at times during the weekend.

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Sat, 13 Oct 18

A celebration of the Riverland’s rich wine and food culture, the Riverland Wine and Food Festival is now recognised as one of the highlights of the South Australian events calendar. Local beer, wine and foods are complimented by live entertainment.

This event is held during October each year

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 03 Nov 18

Try local fish for lunch, plenty to see & do, sea creatures touch pool, have ride on a boat involved with Blessing. Free community event.

This event is held during November each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 03 Nov 18

Enjoy shearing demonstrations, woolly games, displays, music, dancing, face painting, RFS Hot Fire Demonstrations, Show N Shine & Swap Meet, scarecrow trail and heaps more.

This event is held during November each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 08 Feb 19 – Mon, 11 Feb 19

This four-day festival brings together the largest and most beautiful collection of wooden boats in the southern hemisphere together with local food, live entertainment, music, demonstrations and displays held biennially odd years.

This event is held during February every 2nd year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Thu, 14 Feb 19 – Sun, 17 Feb 19

Entertainment for the whole family with street stalls, a street parade, arts and crafts, a Poets' Breakfast, luncheons, free concerts, Melon Skiing, Melon Ironman, Pip Spitting Competition, Melon Dash for Cash, Melon Bunge and loads more.

This event is held during February biennially.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 02 Mar 19

A show for enthusiasts of all types of vehicles from Classic to Custom, from Bikes to 4×4's; proudly presented by the Nickeltown Flounderers Inc Auto Club.

This event is held during March each 2nd year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 15 Mar 19 – Mon, 18 Mar 19

The Festival of the Wind is a community celebration involving local and visiting arts, history, cultures & entertainment.

If this is your event and you would like to add more information please contact us on the link below.

This event is held during March Biennially – odd years, Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 29 Jun 19

The Festival is a biennial (odd years) celebrating & showcasing the culture of the Aboriginal people of Cape York Peninsula through song, dance ceremony and performance.

This event is held during June every 2nd year (next event is 2019)

*Dates to be confirmed

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Sat, 13 Jul 19 – Sun, 14 Jul 19

Includes model steam displays, gold stamping, blacksmithing, bailing & drilling demonstrations, spinning & weaving, stationery engines, vintage cars & tractors and much more.

This event is held during July each year.

*Dates to be confirmed

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Fri, 02 Aug 19 – Sun, 04 Aug 19

Tara Festival of Culture & Camel Races 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They only come around once every two years,  so if watching camel races in the heart of the Australian bush is on your bucket list, don’t miss your chance to see the 2019 Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races.

The Festival, located in Tara, Queensland, is just 3.5 hours west of Brisbane and accessible inland via the Newell Highway through Moree and Goondiwindi.

Tara, a small country town of less than 1,000 residents literally explodes with excitement during the three day festival of multi-cultural celebrations with a genuine camel race meet.

The iconic feature of the festival is the Camel Racing on the Saturday and Sunday, but it’s the eclectic mix of street performers and different cultures on display through a variety of cuisine, displays, workshops and non-stop entertainment that will amaze.

The Festival includes live music, buskers, roving entertainment and the Saturday night line up features Gung Ho, Second Gear and Australia’s Got Talent stars, Swaggamamma.

Classic country entertainment is included throughout the program, including Sunday morning bush poetry with Gary Fogarty, Donny’s Ducks and the hilarious Yabby Races.

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Sat, 24 Aug 19 – Sun, 25 Aug 19

Visitors are invited to explore and sample the local produce of our exhibitors, meet our guest Celebrity Chef, enjoy a meal, live entertainment and firework show. Other events include the Home Brew Competition and the Nosh Trithalon.

This event is held in August bi-annually (next event 2019)

*Dates to be confirmed

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Tue, 17 Sep 19 – Wed, 25 Sep 19

           Outback Century Cycle Challenge – Winton, Outback Queensland

                                        17th to 25 September 2019 (To be confirmed)

 

Do you have what it takes?  You only get one chance every two years to challenge yourself:  Ride 100 Kilometres or 100 Miles – Your choice of century!

Out here in Winton…..

  • There are no big climbs
  • There are miles of wide open spaces
  • There are more emus than cars
  • The challenge is not just physical, it's also mental!

But…once you get your head around the sheer vastness of this great outback land of ours, it will be an adventure you will cherish for life.  

So, grab your bike and join the 2017 Outback Century Cycle Challenge.  While you are in Winton, you can join in the fun and festivities of the quirky Outback Festival to be held from 19-23 September.

Ride Entry packages from $80 per person (Early Bird Rate) inclusive of Ride entry, event branded jersey, water bottle, cap and entry to all random prize draws.  

We've plenty of accommodation at our newly named 'Club Paterson' (tent city) comprising pre-erected 2 person cabin style tents including fold-out beds with built-in mattress, 12 v light and carpeted floor.  

Packages per 2 person tent available from $210 for 2 people.  Online bookings and enquiries can be made at the contact details below.

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Thu, 19 Sep 19 – Mon, 23 Sep 19

Legendary lineup for Winton’s famous Outback Festival  September 2019

It’s back! Queensland’s heritage township of Winton is pulling out all stops to host an extra special Outback Festival in September 2019.

Winton’s Outback Festival, one of Australia’s Most Quirkiest Festivals 

It’s been coined quirky, strange and even weird by some, but the locals just call it, the “Outback Festival”. 

It has been luring visitors from all over Australia and overseas since 1972 with its unique blend of outback themed events and authentic Aussie experiences, and in 2017 is planned to literally deliver a giant.

The Outback Festival is staged in the tiny town of Winton, North West of Longreach in the heart of Outback Queensland.  Home to just over 900 residents, its population swells to over 8,000 during the festival which is being held in September 2019.

Famous for its hilarious signature event, the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby, this hilarious event involves teams of five pulling and pushing the thunderbox (dunny) through a 200 metre course, all competing for a AUD 5,000 prize pool.

“Our theme for the 2019 festival is Giants of the Outback”, explains Event Director, Robyn Stephens OAM. “We’re highlighting our home grown giants, whether they’re giant in size or giant in spirit. 

It could be anything from the big red kangaroo, our prehistoric dinosaurs to our giant courageous outback spirt, that gave birth to Qantas and Waltzing Matilda”.

“To deliver on this year’s theme, we’ll be bringing textile artisan, Wanda Bennet of Cross Roads Arts to Winton to work with the community to create Giant Puppetry that will feature throughout the festival”, said Robyn.

“It’s all part of an incredible line up of concerts and performers that participate in the festival.  With the official entertainment announcement due in the coming months, I can reveal one of Australia’s most revered didgeridoo players, William Barton will be performing live with the MSB Didge Kids from the Atherton Tablelands in Tropical North Queensland”.

Other Outback Festival highlights include an Outback Ironman, Ironwoman and Iron Junior competitions and the gruelling, toughest and flattest cycle in the Outback, the 100 Kilometres or 100 miles (your choice) – the Outback Century Cycle Challenge. 

The entertainment line up includes one of Australia’s favourites, Mental as Anything, the RAR Rock Band and Australian didgeridoo master, William Barton, Warren H Williams,
Pixie Jenkins and the MSB Didge Kids – Opening Concert.

There’s also a swag of novelty Australiana events, such as whip cracking championships, bushman’s egg throwing, strongman challenges, wool bale rolling, and the True Blue Sports, a test of classic Aussie sporting skills like kicking a footie, darts, bowls, marbles and cow pat discus.

Combine this with live bands, little swaggies, kid’s events and a sunset dining experience overlooking Winton’s stunning landscape, this is an Aussie festival not to be missed in 2017.

Winton really does welcome its visitors, and to cater for the township’s residential swell, a special festival camping ground for caravans, RVs and campers is set up in the showgrounds. 

For those looking for a little more comfort, a tent city, called “Club Paterson”, is available at one of the local schools, where tents and beds with linen packages are available.

The five-day Outback Festival is held during the Queensland school holidays in Spring, the best time of the year to enjoy the Australian Outback, when the days and nights are mild.

Look forward to seeing you in Winton mate!

GETTING TO WINTON

Winton is located 1,300km from Queensland’s capital Brisbane and has a population of around 900 people.

It’s sealed roads all the way, via the Matilda highway, less than 2 hours n/w of Longreach.

Daily Qantaslink flights from Brisbane to Longreach Airport with coach transfers to Winton.  Or fly from Townsville to Winton Airport with REX Airlines.

Daily Bus Queensland services are available to Winton from Brisbane throughout Outback Queensland.

WINTON’S CLAIM TO FAME

Winton is the birthplace of Qantas and home to Australia’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, just 24km from “downtown” Winton. Also near Winton is Lark Quarry Conservation Park, a 93 million year old fossilized dinosaur stampede, the only one of its kind in the world.

It’s here Australia’s unofficial national anthem, Waltzing Matilda, written by AB (Banjo) Paterson, was first performed in public at the North Gregory Hotel in Winton’s main street.

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