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Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe, named after a small town in Devonshire England, originated in 1891 as a transport nucleus for Wellshot Station, the largest sheep station in the world at the time (in terms of stock numbers). The town had three hotels - each with its own dance hall, a soft drink maker, a coach builder, two general stores, a billiard saloon, a dressmaker, three commission agents, a couple of butchers, a baker and a saddler. Today there are just 350 people living in a region which covers 6,500 square kilometres.

Another record to be claimed by the region is the moving of the largest mob of sheep as a single flock. In 1886 a mob of 43,000 sheep were moved through the area by a droving team of 27 horsemen. That doesn't include the cooks, blacksmiths and hands which would have been needed to accompany the drovers!

Transport was once the lifeblood of the area. Long before the railway reached as far as Ilfracombe, wagons drawn by up to 30 horses took three months to carry the wool to the nearest port, Rockhampton, 650 kilometres away.

Driving into Ilfracombe, you can’t miss ‘the Great Machinery Mile’, an amazing line-up of historic machinery stretching for more than 1km along the highway. The display is a graphic timeline of mechanisation in the west and for those mechanically minded, it’s even more fun to look at some of the changes that have been made to agricultural machinery over the years.

The trail of machines leads you to the Folk Museum, a replica of an early station residence and chock-a-block with memorabilia. Also situated within the museum complex is Oakhampton Cottage which has its own historical significance and offers tangible glimpses into early outback households and Romani Hall, a memorial to the young men of the region who answered the call to arms. The memorial is dedicated to the Australian Light Horse and houses thought-provoking memorabilia and information on the Light Horsemen and their battles.

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25 Landsborough Highway
Ilfracombe, Longreach Area
Queensland
Australia

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29 April 2017
The Allora Autumn Festival is held on the last weekend of April in Allora. During the festival they hold markets to coincide with events that are held around their historic town. Allora is home to Mary Poppins House, where Pamela Goff (PL Travers) grew up and Allora is also the final resting place for her father, Travers Robert Goff.

Historic Leyburn Sprints

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19 August 2017
The Historic Leyburn Sprints will once again return to the streets of Leyburn for the twenty-second running! Over 200 cars will race around the idyllic country town of Leyburn, vying for trophies over 20 classes, as well as outright placings.
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1 July 2017
Christmas In July dinners at the Abbey Country House Manor, have become a popular annual event in Warwick. They are held every Saturday night and include a three course set dinner, 4 hour beverage package, Christmas trivia, secret Santa and it nearly always snows at the famous Christmas in July Dinners.

Jumpers and Jazz in July

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20 July 2017
Warwick's Jumpers and Jazz in July is a celebration of yarn bombing and tree jumpers. live jazz, tastes of country cuisine nad a program of over one hundred events spanning 10 days. Known as Queensland's quirkiest festival, the event has been stages annually since 2004.
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23 October 2017
Every year for the last full week in October horsemen and women Australia wide gather for seven days of premier Campdrafting. This uniquely Australian sport involves strong horsemanship skills as man and horse work cattle.
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22 March 2017
Created for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014), No Human Being is Illegal (in all our glory) comprises 20 life-sized photographic portraits realised through ongoing discussion, exchange and art-making between the artist, the subjects and public participants.
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