Pormpuraaw

Visitors come from all over Australia to enjoy the excellent fishing at Pormpuraaw, on the west coast of Queensland. Situated between two rivers, Pormpuraaw features terrific estuary fishing for barramundi, threadfin salmon, grunter, bream, and others. The nearby reefs also offer great fishing.

Two groups of Aboriginal people live in Pormpuraaw: the Thaayorre people who are traditionally from Pormpuraaw, and the Mungkan people who are traditionally from the North. Many traditional arts and crafts are still practiced here, such as the weaving of dilly bags, dot painting, spear making and canoe carving. The Cultural centre houses many of these artefacts.

Pormpuraaw has one of the oldest crocodile farms in Australia. Set up in the 1970s when crocodiles were becoming endangered, the Edward River Croc Farm has been responsible for repopulating the local rivers - so there is no swimming in saltwater and some precautions must be taken.

There's good news for birdwatchers: around 170 species of bird inhabit the sea, savannah and wetlands around Pormpuraaw. The bird population changes dramatically with the seasons as migratory birds come and go. Some locals are the crimson finch, star finch, brolga, sea eagle, hawk, and jabiru.

You do not require a permit to visit Pormpuraaw, but you are required to check in at the Council Offices on arrival. As Pormpuraaw is an Aboriginal community the customs of the traditional owners must be adhered to at all times.

Pormpuraaw has an Alcohol Management Plan (AMP). AMPs aim to reduce alcohol-related violence.

AMPs vary from community to community. They include alcohol restrictions, home brew bans and dry place declarations which operate within a defined boundary, known as a 'restricted area'. These strategies set the quantity and type of alcohol you may possess in the restricted area.

Penalties apply for possessing or attempting to bring illegal alcohol into a restricted area.

To find out more about AMPs for each community, visit the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs web site.

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27 May 2017
A spectacular weekend of fun for families, aviators and enthusiasts of Aircraft and Machinery. Held every year on the last weekend in May, this is an event not to be missed! The Old Station Flying Club has staged this unique and very popular fly-in event since 1989.

Golden Mount Festival

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27 April 2017
Mount Morgan's premier event is held in Mount Morgan on the Labour Day weekend. The Golden Mount Festival celebrates Mount Morgan's past and looks to the future with a wide range of awesome events including gold digs, relay races (Running the Cutter), market stalls, fireworks, music nights and street processions.

Lego Up Late

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3 March 2017
Wondering what there is to do in Rockhampton for that different nightly experience, well Lego Up Late has this covered. Get hands on with LEGO® Bricks amongst the world’s tallest buildings created solely of LEGO® Bricks.

Rockhampton MS Swimathon

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4 March 2017
On Saturday 4 March, the CQUniversity Community Sports Centre in Rockhampton will host the third MS Swimathon event of the year to raise vital funds to help people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). It doesn't matter if you can do 100 fast laps or doggy paddle one, everyone can join in, have fun and support people living with MS - an incurable disease which affects a person's central nervous system.

Where's Wowan Rally

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6 May 2017
CQMSC are running a round of the Queensland Rally Championships in Wowan, once again. The local community, Wowan and District Progress and Cultural Society and the Banana Shire Council are keen to support the running of this event on shire roads around the town of Wowan.

Thangool Races April

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8 April 2017
The raised green lawns of Forde Park Racecourse come alive with colour for the Thangool Races. Even if you are not a horse enthusiast, you are sure to have a great day out at the Thangool Races. Racing facilities at Forde Park consist of a grass track, betting and TAB facilities, SKY Channel, bookmakers, canteen and public bar and table and marque areas set among the green lawns.

Thangool Races June

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3 June 2017
The raised green lawns of Forde Park Racecourse come alive with colour for the Thangool Races. Even if you are not a horse enthusiast, you are sure to have a great day out at the Thangool Races. Racing facilities at Forde Park consist of a grass track, betting and TAB facilities, SKY Channel, bookmakers, canteen and public bar and table and marque areas set among the green lawns.

Wholly Cow Month

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1 May 2017
You're invited to a month long celebration of beef during May. Enjoy a range of events, restaurant menus, recipe cards, tours and more from the Beef Capital of Australia - Rockhampton.

Women That Fish Barra Classic

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28 September 2017
Women That Fish was founded in 2012 as a not for profit organisation for ladies 18 years and over. Their aim is to empower women and build their confidence on the water as well as providing an amazing friendly atmosphere for all to enjoy.

Rocky Barra Bounty

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26 October 2017
The Bounty is a tag and release event and was the first event to introduce photographing then releasing of fish instead of having the fish weighed or bought back for the event site. This was initially through supplying a disposable camera but technology caught up with them and now digital cameras are used.
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