Chinchilla

Situated 81-kilometres west of Dalby along the Warrego Highway in the Darling Downs is the Melon capital of Australia, Chinchilla - producing 25 per cent of the country's watermelons, rockmelons and honeydew melons. It's no wonder why there's fruit spare for the annual melon skiing, bungee and pip spitting competitions held every second February.

Visitors also flock to Chinchilla by the dozen to try their hand at fossicking the Chinchilla Red petrified wood. Licences can be purchased from the visitor information centre, where you're encouraged to settle in with a Devonshire tea and freshly-made scones on the verandah.

Stroll the main street lined in native cypress pines and dabble in the nearby cultural centre, art gallery and historical museum loaded with steam engines and saw mill artefacts. Step it up a notch on the local bushwalking trails and tourist district drives, detouring along sidetracks lined in unique Chinchilla White Gum (Eucalyptus argophloia).

Experience the night sky and stars from within a swag on the banks of the Condamine River and Charleys Creek, and throw a fishing line at the Chinchilla Weir for (almost) guaranteed freshwater golden perch and jewfish.

Chinchilla
Chinchilla,
Queensland
Australia

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Easter Fun Day

Multiple Locations
Free Entry
16 April 2017
Held on the banks of the iconic Coopers Creek, this anything goes race requires teams of four to complete set obstacles against the clock and against each other. This is a day where it is just a much fun for the spectators and the competitors.

Big Red Bash

Multiple Locations
From AU$65 - 925
4 July 2017
Some of the biggest names across Australian country music, pop and rock are coming to the Birdsville Big Red Bash, with headliners Lee Kernaghan, Missy Higgins, and James Reyne and Mark Seymour to perform in July 2017 at the world’s most remote music festival that will once again take place across three days.
Free Entry
8 July 2017
Forget horses as it’s the camels that reign supreme on in Bedourie. Be amongst the hundreds of race goers who converge on the town to watch dozens of camels race in six events, worth a total of more than AUD11,000.

Betoota Races

Diamantina Area
26 August 2017
Witness the ghost town of Betoota come to life with holiday goers and Outback folk to celebrate the region’s signature event – The Betoota Races – and kicking off the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival. Firstly, don your dancing shoes on Friday night for an outback bush dance followed by backing a winner in one of the six horse race meets the next day.

Windorah Bronco Branding

Multiple Locations
9 July 2017
Back in the day, when pioneering settlers, created their properties and homes on the vast tracks of lands in Australia, Bronco Branding became the most efficient way to brand and draft calves, generally without the aide of yards, or walking cattle vast distances.
24 June 2017
Bring the whole family to the Bronco Branding Yards in Birdsville to watch skilled bushmen and women demonstrate their craft. Get involved in the horsemanship skills on Saturday with barrel, flag and herding races, or simply kick back ringside and enjoy the dusty action.

Birdsville Rugby League Nines

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Free Entry
11 June 2017
The game of brute and fitness will return to The Diamantina after 30 years for the second time this June 11 in Bedourie. Fans, tourists and locals alike are invited along to the local park, turned ruby league field, to cheer the Barcoo Bandits attempt to defend their 2015 title.
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30 August 2017
The Windorah International Yabby Races began 1998, and is always on the Wednesday night prior to the iconic Birdsville Races, which is on the first weekend of each September. It is held in the street outside of the Western Star Hotel, and draws a crowd of punters, ready to whet their appetite with speedy blue claw crustaceans.
From AU$5 - 5
13 May 2017
Come and experience the fast moving action and skills of professional Bushmen and women as they demonstrate their skills through theses historic arts. Witness teams tough it out to be the quickest to brand cattle using the traditional method of branding in the bush.

Windorah Rodeo

Multiple Locations
13 August 2017
Windorah Rodeo is an outback country rodeo, held in the channel country of Queensland, and is held after the finals of their annual Campdraft each year. This is a family, fun filled event, which features bull and bullock rides, as well as bareback and saddle bronc, ladies and junior barrel races.
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