Torrens Creek

The Torrens Creek, after which this Outback town is named, rises in the Great Dividing range and runs southward to the Thomson River system to eventually run into Lake Eyre. William Landsborough discovered it in 1862 while searching for Burke and Wills. He named the creek after Sir Robert Torrens, Premier of South Australia.

The Great North Railway reached Torrens Creek in 1885 and from then on it became the supply centre for a large district. Mailmen rode out to the north and south to various stations delivering mail along routes which are still used today. The district's most famous mailman, Jack Blunt, who served from 1931 to 1954 is honoured with a cairn and plaque erected by Torrens Creek residents.

Torrens Creek had its place in history associated with the Coral Sea battle. In 1942 this little town was nearly blown apart when a huge allied ammunition dump exploded. Torrens Creek was in a vital position for a supply dump when the threat of Japanese invasion was apparent. Australian and American troops were in charge and carried out regular controlled burns to create firebreaks. One summer day in 1942 a fire that was not properly extinguished caused a terrific explosion, which hurled men from their trucks. There were 12 major explosions in succession, sufficient to leave craters 20 feet deep.

South of Torrens Creek is Moorrinya National Park. This park offers a dramatic impression of the harsh beauty and open expanse of the Desert Uplands. White Mountains National Park offers short walking tracks for those who wish to explore this magic spot a little further.

Torrens Creek, Flinders Area
Queensland
Australia

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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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