McConnell Park and Toogoolawah War Memorial

Toogoolawah, Somerset Area

Toogoolawah literally set in stone an eternal memorial to 'Our Boys Honour' when its citizens commissioned the first WWI memorial outside a cemetery back in 1916. The obelisk, crafted by Frank Williams and Co of Ipswich, was unveiled on 31 March 1917. It bears marble honour rolls and an engraved wreath with the words 'Our Boys Honour'.

Until then, only Private Victor Denton's monument in his family plot at Nobby cemetery on the Darling Downs stood as a tribute to the European heroics of young Queenslanders.

Originally set apart from the rest of the park by a picket fence, gardens were laid out by 1921 and a WWI gun was installed adjacent to the memorial on Anzac Day of that year. Memorials to subsequent conflicts have been added over the years.

The park's land was donated to the community by Brisbane Valley pioneering pastoralist family, the McConnels. It's believed they also donated the nearby bandstand.

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Biloela Markets in the Park (at the Bowlo)

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 17 March 2018
Normally held on the third Saturday of the month, the Biloela Markets line the grounds of the Biloela Bowls Club on Gladstone Road. This is where you’ll find those unexpected gems, the funky hand tooled or crafted specialties, homemade treats, jams and sauces, candles and scents, organic fruit and veg.

Moura Muddy Water Classic - Fishing Competition

Moura, Banana Area
31 March – 1 April 2018
Upwards of 400 contenders turn up for the Moura Muddy Water Classic each year. Held at Apex Park on the beautiful Dawson River, hopeful contenders begin to pour in on Friday to get their nominations in.

Thangool Races 2018

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 14 April 2018
Thangool is the home of country horse racing within the Banana region. The large course and spacious green lawns give an ambience of calm, a contrast to the cut and thrust of colour, suspense and excitement among the spectators, and the jockeys and horses as they stride down the straight towards the winner’s post.

Eighth Queensland Heritage Rally

Biloela, Banana Area
From AU$0.00 - 60.00
20 – 22 July 2018
Close your eyes and take in the sounds around you . . . hear the sounds of engines whirring, the clatter of horses hooves, the hammering of tools as metal is shaped and formed, the commands from a master as he works his dogs and the movement of old wheels in motion.

Mount Morgan Wattle Fun Day and Village Markets

Mount Morgan, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
1 September 2018
The Mount Morgan Wattle Day and Village Markets – a family fun day at the Historical Railway Complex. Market stalls, free wattle seedlings, live entertainment, amusement rides, activities, demonstrations, food, refreshments and much more.

Theodore Bulls 'n' Barrels Bonanza

Theodore, Banana Area
22 September 2018
Theodore’s 2018 Xtreme 1 Servo Bulls ‘n’ Barrels Bonanza is back bigger and better than ever! For a district that prizes its horses for work and recreation, rodeos are just a normal part of the life.

Eighteenth Annual Old Wheels In Motion Rally

Biloela, Banana Area
From AU$0 - 25
20 – 21 July 2019
Biloela, the "Land of the White Cockatoo", will be abuzz with the sound of engines whirring, the clatter of horses hooves, the puffs of steam and smoke, as people from all over come to congregate and celebrate the nation's glorious past and the pioneering spirit of Australian's as the Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club Inc.
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