Gregory Downs

The old Gregory Downs Hotel holds court as the centre of town society. Originally built to serve passengers on the coach run from Burketown, the hotel is in the historic village of Gregory Downs which accesses the perennially-flowing Gregory River.

At one time it was a Mounted Police post. In World War II, officers at this station won fame when they searched with Doomadgee Aboriginal trackers for the crew of the ditched plane Little Eva. The crew flew out of Iron Range Airport for a bombing run to then-New Guinea and they became disoriented in a tropical storm.

Gregory Downs Station was one of the first cattle runs in the Gulf Savannah. It was one of a range of properties established on Lort Stokes' Plains of Promise, a vast monsoonal savannah stretching from Gregory to the Leichhardt Rivers.

The peaceful waters of The Gregory remain a natural attraction. Here you can canoe year-round the site hosts thousands for the annual May Labour Day weekend canoe race.

While camping has traditionally been in the riverbed, public hygiene has prompted discussions to move away from the river's edge. Rent a canoe or time your visit to coincide with Gregory's racing and rodeo calendar. The Gregory Ball is a not-to-be missed social event.

It may take a while to get here, but you will be guaranteed a load of fun.

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Thangool Races 2017

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 21 October 2017
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.

Biloela Markets in the Park

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 21 October 2017
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.

Australia Day Celebrations Goovigen 2018

Goovigen, Banana Area
Free Entry
26 January 2018
Come and enjoy the Australia Day Celebrations at the Community Hall, from 9am until 3pm. There will be an official ceremony at 9am, followed by Australia Day festivities at the recreation grounds.

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.

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.

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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