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School Holiday Activities
Date Wed 10th Apr 2019 to Wed 2nd Oct 2019
Archer Park Rail Museum will be holding special activities for kids during the Queensland school holidays. Climb aboard the restored carriages, change the signals and use the antique phones.

The activities will include having questionnaires for the older kids - answers found throughout the Museum, colour in table, felt play area and block mat for the toddlers.

Open on Monday to Thursday - 10am to 3pm and on Sunday - 9am to 1pm.

The Tram will operate on each Wednesday and Sunday from 10am to 1pm during the Easter, June and September School Holidays.

Gemboree 2019
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
The Gemboree is a national annual event supported by the Australian Federation of Lapidary and Allied Crafts Association Incorporated.

The 2019 Gemboree is being hosted by the Queensland Gem Clubs Association Incorporated and is being held in Rockhampton.

The Gemboree will attract competitors from all over Australia and Internationally and traders from all over Australia. Traders may sell only items related to lapidary.

As well as the competition and trading there will be demonstrations and workshops of lapidary related skills.

Paradise Lagoons Campdraft
Date Thu 2nd May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
The annual Paradise Lagoons Campdraft conducted just outside of the Beef Capital of Australia - Rockhampton in Central Queensland is one of the nation's richest and largest campdrafts - one of only three home grown Australian sports.

The world class venue features three campdraft arenas and a cutting arena, supported by well designed infrastructure for competitors, sponsors and spectators, event and support staff, and cattle management. As well as dawn to dusk horse sports action, the four day program includes live entertainment, the Super Sires auction, an extensive trade fair where you can purchase everything from a new cowboy hat to a cowhide handbag.

A well stocked bar and canteen are supplemented by a host of food vans. On Saturday evening the crowds swell to capacity to enjoy the annual State of Origin Campdraft, first conducted in 2009, where the best riders from Queensland take on the might of New South Wales.

The Paradise Lagoons Campdraft offers you a truly iconic outback experience, and should be on your calendar of 'must do' events!
Golden Mount Festival
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Mon 6th May 2019
Beginning 42 years ago, the Golden Mount Festival is Mount Morgans premier annual event, running over the three days of the May Day long weekend. This year's theme is "Out of this World".

A spectacular showcase of the beautiful and historical Mount Morgan, in the Rockhampton hinterland.

Featuring bands, markets, buskers, heritage events, kids entertainment, a relay marathon, "Running the Cutter", Grand Procession, Children's disco, Alfresco breakfast at the No7 Dam, movies, fireworks, Mount Morgan Rodeo, and Ambrose Golf Day....something for everyone and a weekend to remember!

Step "Out of this World" at Mount Morgan!
Baralaba Show and Campdraft 2019
Date Sat 11th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
Home of the time honoured tradition, every town has a showground and at its heart an Annual Show.

With agriculture topping the region’s industries, there are five shows on the calendar, drawing crowds from everywhere as they rollout. A favourite for families, farmers, growers, food and animal lovers of all persuasion, on the surface, it may all look like fairy floss and fun but with country life on full display, there are bigger stakes at play.

Annual shows celebrate the entire community – families, industries and volunteers that together, make the region great.

The 2019 Baralaba Show and Campdraft is sure to be a great day out for all.

There will be entertainment for the kids, market stalls and food and drinks for sale throughout the event and much much more.

Come on out and enjoy a true blue country show experience.

Top Gun and Young Gun Series Round 4
Date Sat 11th May 2019
The Top Guns and Young Gun Series is the highlight of the annual bull riding calendar at the Great Western Hotel.

Australia’s leading riders compete in this prestigious event with fabulous prize money on offer.

Established in 1862, Rockhampton’s iconic Great Western Hotel has a rich history and is today a national tourist destination.

With four bars, beer garden, award winning Bullhead Steakhouse, air-conditioned gaming room, keno, pool table, mechanical bull and a large undercover entertainment arena, the Great Western Hotel is unrivalled and is often referred to as ‘Australia’s Most Unique Pub’.

The venue is renowned for attracting major events to the region including bull riding and many headline music acts.

The Great Western Hotel caters to in excess of 260000 patrons each year and is a ‘bucket list’ destination where visitors can experience the unique atmosphere of the Hotel itself and the bull riding and music arena.

The Great Western Hotel has featured in numerous tourism television programs in Australia and abroad.
Fitzroy River Barra Bash 2019
Date Wed 22nd May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
Sporting a new name for its second year the Frenchville Sports Club is proud to bring you the Bigger and Better Fitzroy River Barra Bash in Rockhampton, Central Queensland.

The 2019 Fitzroy River Barra Bash Tournament kicks off from Thursday, 23 to Saturday 26 May 2019. A great competition for keen anglers’ lure fishing for Barramundi and Threadfin Salmon with over AUD20,00 in Cash and Prizes.

The 2019 Fitzroy River Barra Bash offers everyone the opportunity to participate in an array of events including the all-new Family Fun Day, offering all “fish-loving fams” the only excuse they need to get out on the water and cast a line!

In 2019 they are also proud to announce Nick Cummins aka The Honey Badger as the Ambassador of the 2019 Fitzroy River Barra Bash. Nick will be conducting a number of hosting duties at the event including a Lunch on Sunday 26 May 2019.

Are there any more excuses you need to get the family together and show off your casting techniques in the famous Fitzroy River?
Capella Show
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sat 25th May 2019
The Capella Show is an annual event held at the Capella Showgrounds.

The show includes ring events, cattle judging, woodchop, entertainment, pavilion, animal nursery, exhibitions, competitions, grand parade, poetry recital, side show alley and fireworks.

There will be a bar on-site and food will be available.
Fitzroy River Barra Bash Family Fun Day and Festivities
Date Sun 26th May 2019
Mum, dad, kids and friends it is time to throw in a line and see how you measure up in the Fitzroy River Barra Bash Family Fishing Competition. Registration is required so register now (for free). Maximum six per team.

Itinerary for Sunday, May 26:
6am to 2pm Family Fishing on the Fitzroy River.
2pm to 4pm Daily Tally Sheet to be provided to Frenchville Sports Club.

The Prizes:
Biggest Barramundi – Fingerling (Under 10).
Biggest Barramundi – Junior (11 to 15).
Biggest Barramundi – Senior (Over 15).
Mystery Length Barramundi.

Family fun and festivities:
Join them from 2pm to see who takes home the major prize while you enjoy an array of awesome food, drink, activities and tunes. Here is what they have ready for you:
2pm Gates Open to Ryan Park at Frenchville Sports Club.
Barra Bash Festival includes food, drinks, entertainment, raffles and competitions for all ages and abilities.
6pm Presentation of Category Winners and Boat Raffle Giveaway.
Fitzroy River Barra Bash Lunch with the Nick Cummins aka the Honey Badger
Date Sun 26th May 2019
As a major part of the weekend’s festivities we will be hosting an exclusive lunch with Queensland Weekender favourite Sammie O'Brien MC'ing and special guest Nick "The Honeybadger" Cummins.

Guests will be treated to an afternoon of laughs as Sammie grills Nick about his life adventures on and off the field. You are guaranteed an afternoon of fun filled with flavour and flare.

We cannot promise what will happen on the day, but we can promise that you will get to hear some of Nick's famous quips and to get you in the mood here are some of our favourites:

“If I get a gig, I’m gonna go off like a cut snake.”

“You’re as tough as woodpecker lips.”

“Last year we were all sizzle and no steak, but now we’re off like a brides nightie.”
Dave Hughes Live
Date Thu 30th May 2019
Hughesy hasn’t had a haircut since last year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival. His own fringe is now a face curtain. The one-time social media addict has unplugged and considers himself a renegade off the grid! He reckons he is now zen and going with the flow. A veritable hairy hippy.

What has prompted this radical change – is it a crisis? Is he going through early manopause? Why doesn’t he bow to his critics? What does his wife think? Does she even see him anymore? Do his children now respect him and his halcyon ways? So many questions.

Hairy! A brand new hour of stand up from Australia’s Comedy King – will answer some, all or maybe even none of these questions. But there will be guaranteed big laughs as no one nails the hypocrisy and absurdity of humans and their foibles like Dave Hughes. Get off Facebook, delete Instagram and book your tickets now to meditate on Dave Hughes V2.0 yourself.

“Australia’s favourite home-grown stand-up comic.” The Age

Get in quick because this event will sell out fast!
Rockhampton Weekend Warrior Expo by Big Boys Toys
Date Sat 1st Jun 2019 to Sun 2nd Jun 2019
Rockhampton this one event you can't miss!

This family friendly expo is all about The Weekend Warrior and the activities you love to get up to on your days off.

You'll see everything from ATVs to Zzzz - including Holiday Destinations.

The Screaming Jets 'Dirty Thirty Tour'
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019
The band dubbed “The Last Great Aussie Pub Rock Band’ are coming back to FNQ to continue their celebration of all things ‘Raaawwk…...’

Born out of Newcastle in 1989, The Screaming Jets have been an enduring force in the Australian music landscape for nearly three decades. With eight studio albums, (three gold and one platinum) and another original album on the way, The Jets have much to celebrate and a whole lot more rock in them going forward.

In 2019, The Screaming Jets will celebrate their 30th anniversary in the rock ‘n’ roll game following a stellar few years.
Top Gun and Young Gun Series Round 5
Date Sat 15th Jun 2019
The Top Guns and Young Gun Series is the highlight of the annual bull riding calendar at the Great Western Hotel.

Australia’s leading riders compete in this prestigious event with fabulous prize money on offer.

Established in 1862, Rockhampton’s iconic Great Western Hotel has a rich history and is today a national tourist destination.

With four bars, beer garden, award winning Bullhead Steakhouse, air-conditioned gaming room, keno, pool table, mechanical bull and a large undercover entertainment arena, the Great Western Hotel is unrivalled and is often referred to as ‘Australia’s Most Unique Pub’.

The venue is renowned for attracting major events to the region including bull riding and many headline music acts.

The Great Western Hotel caters to in excess of 260000 patrons each year and is a ‘bucket list’ destination where visitors can experience the unique atmosphere of the Hotel itself and the bull riding and music arena.

The Great Western Hotel has featured in numerous tourism television programs in Australia and abroad.
Ag-Grow Emerald Field Days
Date Thu 20th Jun 2019 to Sat 22nd Jun 2019
Ag-Grow in Emerald is one of the most successful marketing events available to businesses wishing to access the agricultural, mining and associated demographic of Central Western Queensland and beyond.

Now recognized as an event of events it has grown to become not just one of the largest spending field days on the national circuit but a social event of the year for the surrounding regions. It has created a momentum of its own as it defies challenges such as the drought and subsequent economic conditions and continues to grow, consistently introducing a minimum of 30 to 50 new exhibitor sites annually.

Ag-Grow is ideally located in Emerald, Central Queensland. This area is home to a diverse range of industry from broad acre to horticulture entwined within the dominant mining and cattle industries. Attracting over 1500 companies and crowds in excess of 28,000 visitors Ag-Grow is more than a field day – it is a complete marketing package.

Held over three days, Ag-Grow now incorporates many renowned events including the Ag-Grow Superior Bull Sale, Central Highlands Colt Starting Challenge, Ag-Grow Premier Invitation Horse Sale, Working Cattle Dog Sale, AgGrow KidsZone, AgGrow's Entertainment Square and much more.
Killer Queen Experience
Date Thu 4th Jul 2019
Killer Queen Australia’s most sought after Tribute Act will be performing at the Great Western Hotel on Thursday, July 4, 2019.



Formed in 2003, The Killer Queen Experience has risen from a Local Brisbane based Queen Cover Band to an International Touring Show. Killer Queen has performed over 600 shows all over the World and shared the bill with the likes of Jeff Beck, Foreigner, Journey, Twisted Sister, Thin Lizzy and Kelly Rowland.

The two hour live show consists of all Queens Greatest Hits including – Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, Somebody to Love, Radio Ga Ga, Another One Bites the Dust and select album tracks for the hardcore fans.

With the release of the 20th Century Fox Queen Official Hollywood Bio /Pic “Bohemian Rhapsody” late last year, Killer Queen is set to continue the flame and legacy into the next decade for the world-wide audience of one of the most loved and Innovative Rock Bands of the modern era - Queen.

Don’t miss out on this one! In 2019 every Killer Queen show has been sold out.

For tickets go to their website.

Skate Titans Yeppoon
Date Fri 5th Jul 2019 to Sat 6th Jul 2019
Skate Titans Yeppoon is back!
Come watch and skate the contest. Join in the lessons, eat some food and explore the reef and islands off the coast.
Top Gun and Young Gun Series Round 6
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019
The Top Guns and Young Gun Series is the highlight of the annual bull riding calendar at the Great Western Hotel.

Australia’s leading riders compete in this prestigious event with fabulous prize money on offer.

Established in 1862, Rockhampton’s iconic Great Western Hotel has a rich history and is today a national tourist destination.

With four bars, beer garden, award winning Bullhead Steakhouse, air-conditioned gaming room, keno, pool table, mechanical bull and a large undercover entertainment arena, the Great Western Hotel is unrivalled and is often referred to as ‘Australia’s Most Unique Pub’.

The venue is renowned for attracting major events to the region including bull riding and many headline music acts.

The Great Western Hotel caters to in excess of 260000 patrons each year and is a ‘bucket list’ destination where visitors can experience the unique atmosphere of the Hotel itself and the bull riding and music arena.

The Great Western Hotel has featured in numerous tourism television programs in Australia and abroad.
Rockhampton River Festival 2019
Date Fri 12th Jul 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
Like an artery to the body, the Fitzroy River has been the lifesource for the people of Central Queensland since the time of the Dreaming. In a celebration of its glory, and its strength to support the community, the Rockhampton River Festival was born in 2014.

The three-day celebration leverages the riverbank’s stunning natural and built heritage to forge fond and fun memories in the minds of many. The festival will embrace these foundations to offer more arts, culture, entertainment, food and enjoyment for visitors.
Tropical Bloom Festival 2019
Date Fri 26th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019
Tropical Bloom is a celebration of art, culture and community.

A three-day, family-focused lifestyle festival at Hedlow Creek, on the outskirts of Yeppoon, Central Queensland.

Each year, with the help of their local Indigenous Elders, they invite in representatives from another ancient culture so showcase their traditions and teach about their cultures.

The 2019 edition will feature a co-mingling of Maori culture and, as always, a variety of Aboriginal mobs.

The music covers a multitude of genres, both live and electronic, playing across two stages.

There are three workshop spaces dedicated to healing, traditional cultures, philosophy and skill-sharing.

One of the things Tropical Bloom has become known for is its amazing kids' space; with a huge shady playground and heaps of fun activities throughout the weekend, you definitely don't want to leave the kids behind!

Full-weekend camping is included in the ticket price and the location is spectacular; overlooking mountains, wetlands and thousands of birds.

A market village will be trading all weekend, with the majority of stalls featuring hand-made clothing, accessories, and other creations.
This is one festival where there really is something for everyone, including you. Come and celebrate!
CQUniversity Village Festival
Date Fri 2nd Aug 2019 to Sun 11th Aug 2019
The Village Festival is Central Queensland's premier music, arts and culture celebration with a history dating back to 2003.

The festival boasts a significant live music program, a vast array of performing and visual arts productions, street theatre, workshops, food and market stalls and children's activities.

In 2019 the community will celebrate the 17th Village Festival in the tranquil setting of the Yeppoon foreshore, and at various locations and venues throughout the town and across the Capricorn region!

The core music program for the Village Festival is staged on the iconic Yeppoon foreshore main stage, and is complemented with a number of key venues running significant music and arts programs including: The Strand Hotel; the Queen Street Community Hall; Keppel Bay Sailing Club; The Railway Hotel; and Yeppoon Town Hall.

Many other events and arts programs and installations will also be presented along Yeppoon’s main beach and Lagoon Precinct, in local parks and as far as Emu Park!

Managed by the CQUniversity Village Festival Board, this not-for-profit community festival is run and managed entirely by volunteers.

In 2019 the Village Festival will run over a full week from August 2 to 11.
Rocky Swap
Date Sat 3rd Aug 2019
This is the 21st swap and a special welcome to the swappers who have attended every year since 1996.

Welcome to the treasure hunters from all over Central Queensland – Mackay, Emerald, Bundaberg, Yeppoon and Rockhampton who all line up as early as 5.30am Saturday for a 6am start. Five gates around the ground will be open all day.

Saturday breakfast is served at a number of stalls. Food, drinks and expresso coffee will be available all day, with all profits going to local charities. The People’s bar will be open from 10am till 6pm. 200 volunteers man admission gates, food stalls, administration and set-up and clean-up. This involves members from various community, service and sporting groups and the All Classic Motor Club of Central Queensland Inc.

Rocky Swap has been a success story since 1996 because of a fantastic working partnership between “Rotary Club of Rockhampton North Inc.” and “All Classic Motor Club of Central Queensland Inc.”. It shows community groups working hand in hand for the benefit of their community.

The Rocky Swap is one of the biggest events on Rockhampton's calendar, with over 15,000 people expected through the Showgrounds gates.
Gemfest - Festival of Gems
Date Thu 8th Aug 2019 to Sun 11th Aug 2019
What is Gemfest? A Festival of Gems!

There’s no better place to celebrate the origin, appeal and sheer beauty of precious and semi-precious stones at the home of the largest sapphire fields in the Southern Hemisphere. The annual Gemfest Festival of Gems is recognised as one of the most popular celebrations of sapphires and gems in Australia. Crowds of over 7,000 people converge on Central Queensland’s Sapphire Gemfields for the annual four-day festival, held every year in the second week of August.

Gemfest has been running since 1988 and this year promises to be bigger than ever with an amazing combination of traders and merchants, activities, exhibitions, entertainment, workshops, prizes, demonstrations and much, much more.

While local sapphires are undoubtedly the gem of choice at the Festival, diamonds, pearls, zircons, opals and other gemstones will also be amongst the sparkling array, along with gold, crystals, fossils and minerals.

Gemfest offers a four-day celebration filled with an exciting array of fun and entertainment for the whole family. From gem displays and exhibitions, music and live performances, dedicated children’s entertainment area, gems and jewellery on sale, and lapidary and equipment supplies for the gem enthusiasts, the Festival truly has something for everyone.
Top Gun and Young Gun Series Round 7
Date Sat 17th Aug 2019
The Top Guns and Young Gun Series is the highlight of the annual bull riding calendar at the Great Western Hotel.

Australia’s leading riders compete in this prestigious event with fabulous prize money on offer.

Established in 1862, Rockhampton’s iconic Great Western Hotel has a rich history and is today a national tourist destination.

With four bars, beer garden, award winning Bullhead Steakhouse, air-conditioned gaming room, keno, pool table, mechanical bull and a large undercover entertainment arena, the Great Western Hotel is unrivalled and is often referred to as ‘Australia’s Most Unique Pub’.

The venue is renowned for attracting major events to the region including bull riding and many headline music acts.

The Great Western Hotel caters to in excess of 260000 patrons each year and is a ‘bucket list’ destination where visitors can experience the unique atmosphere of the Hotel itself and the bull riding and music arena.

The Great Western Hotel has featured in numerous tourism television programs in Australia and abroad.
Rockhampton Expo 2019
Date Fri 23rd Aug 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019
Each year the Rockhampton Expo transforms the Rockhampton Showgrounds into a one-stop-shop for outdoor adventure enthusiasts and home renovators. The Expo combines a massive outdoor adventure display with everything from caravans and camper trailers to vehicles and more with the latest products and services for home, outdoor living and lifestyle.

If you are looking to upgrade or renovate your home, then the Home Show Pavilion is the place to be. Everything from homewares and renovation ideas to outdoor living, finance and more will be on show.

If the outdoors is more your style then the caravan and camping showcase is for you. Talk with industry experts, compare prices, inspect a variety of models and discover the latest products and services made to improve your camping or glamping experience.

Bring the whole family to enjoy a tonne of entertainment on offer including an exciting fishing show, an exotic reptile display and an amazing cooking demonstration. Also, keep an eye out for amazing prizes and competitions – you never know what you might take home!

They look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Rockhampton Expo! Rockhampton Showgrounds, 23 to 25 August, 2019.
Challenge The Mountain
Date Fri 6th Sep 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019
The weekend starts with a Sportsmans Dinner on Friday night where their ambassadors tell their story.

Saturday morning involves skills sessions where their ambassadors spend time with up and coming juniors.

Saturday afternoon is Challenge The Mountain - a community event involving both runners/walkers and cyclists in a challenging, rewarding and fun activity on Rockhampton's iconic Mt Archer.

A five kilometre timed event up a 10 per cent gradient on closed roads, this is an event for all athletes. Where else can runners compete alongside cyclists, sometimes even passing them?

With elite ambassadors participating, local athletes gain a lot of knowledge having access to this calibre of person.

It's not all about the fastest - recreational runners and cyclists are encouraged to participate, along with juniors, wheelchair athletes and teams of five carrying a battle rope up!

A party atmosphere awaits at the top of the mountain with live music, drinks a barbecue and presentations.

Sunday morning includes two events. Road 2 Rocky is a multi-distance (30, 60 and 100 kilometres) event for all recreational cyclist fitness levels and Running of the Bulls, a fun multi-looped running event for families and all ages and fitness levels.

Baralaba Saratoga Classic Fishing Competition
Date Sat 7th Sep 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019
Now in its nineteenth year and touted as one of Queensland’s top inland fishing competitions, the Saratoga Classic falls on the second weekend in September. Attracting 300-plus participants, aged from four years and up, and with rich prizes up for grabs, there’s no shortage of willing challengers. It’s all friendly rivalry though, and a great excuse for family fun with live entertainment until midnight, markets (free to stall vendors), and festival fare provided by the local P and C.

Weigh-in is strictly by 12pm each day and this year, organisers are offering a new mobile weigh-in service so contestants who don’t want to leave their post, can weigh-in without having to move.

The Baralaba Recreation and Fish Stocking group tops up fish supplies with about 60000 fingerlings each year.

Camping at the Neville Hewitt Weir is available but works on a first in, best dressed basis.

Sites are limited.

Capella Pioneer Village Heritage Day
Date Sat 14th Sep 2019
See the tractors and machinery that built the region's broadacre farming industry in action at the Capella Pioneer Village Heritage Day. The new record for balancing a tractor on the big see-saw is seven seconds, can this be beaten?

Appreciate the engineering of the underground coal mining equipment that conveyed coal and personnel to the surface in the region's mining industry.

Marvel at the restored, all hardwood 'Peak Downs' station homestead plus 16 other buildings and their exhibits displaying over 5,000 items.

Enjoy big screen laughs while sitting in the renovated canvas sling seating of the Country Cinema - the only one of its kind in Central Queensland.

Cheer on the kids pedaling their little tractors flat out to keep the sled they are pulling moving along as it gets heavier.

There is craft, sheep shearing, blacksmithing, working flywheel engines and much more. All at the Capella Pioneer Village.

Food and drinks available.

Top Gun and Young Gun Series Round 8
Date Sat 14th Sep 2019
The Top Guns and Young Gun Series is the highlight of the annual bull riding calendar at the Great Western Hotel.

Australia’s leading riders compete in this prestigious event with fabulous prize money on offer.

Established in 1862, Rockhampton’s iconic Great Western Hotel has a rich history and is today a national tourist destination.

With four bars, beer garden, award winning Bullhead Steakhouse, air-conditioned gaming room, keno, pool table, mechanical bull and a large undercover entertainment arena, the Great Western Hotel is unrivalled and is often referred to as ‘Australia’s Most Unique Pub’.

The venue is renowned for attracting major events to the region including bull riding and many headline music acts.

The Great Western Hotel caters to in excess of 260000 patrons each year and is a ‘bucket list’ destination where visitors can experience the unique atmosphere of the Hotel itself and the bull riding and music arena.

The Great Western Hotel has featured in numerous tourism television programs in Australia and abroad.
Capricorn Food and Wine Festival
Date Thu 26th Sep 2019 to Sun 29th Sep 2019
The Capricorn Food and Wine Festival is committed to providing the premier event for Central Queensland, showcasing the best on offer from the local area and region including gourmet food, wine and local produce, whilst providing a wonderful platform to celebrate the region’s burgeoning hospitality, music and tourism scene.

The core focus of the festival is to continue to engage and celebrate the local community and produce from within the region, as well as attracting visitors to experience this diverse region.

The Festival will again play host to bespoke culinary events including Twilight Tastings and The Long Lunch, whilst the Sets on Quay program will again offer a deliciously talented line-up of exciting, local musicians.

A variety of cooking demonstrations from guest chefs and local chefs are also on offer, free for all to attend.

Make the most of your weekend enjoying the festival and visit the gorgeous Great Keppel Island, experience breathtaking views from Mount Archer, enjoy the beautiful Fitzroy River, local restaurants, gardens and so much more.

They look forward to welcoming you to the Capricorn Food and Wine Festival this September!

Top Gun and Young Gun Series Round 9
Date Sat 12th Oct 2019
The Top Guns and Young Gun Series is the highlight of the annual bull riding calendar at the Great Western Hotel.

Australia’s leading riders compete in this prestigious event with fabulous prize money on offer.

Established in 1862, Rockhampton’s iconic Great Western Hotel has a rich history and is today a national tourist destination.

With four bars, beer garden, award winning Bullhead Steakhouse, air-conditioned gaming room, keno, pool table, mechanical bull and a large undercover entertainment arena, the Great Western Hotel is unrivalled and is often referred to as ‘Australia’s Most Unique Pub’.

The venue is renowned for attracting major events to the region including bull riding and many headline music acts.

The Great Western Hotel caters to in excess of 260000 patrons each year and is a ‘bucket list’ destination where visitors can experience the unique atmosphere of the Hotel itself and the bull riding and music arena.

The Great Western Hotel has featured in numerous tourism television programs in Australia and abroad.
Young Gun Series Final
Date Fri 8th Nov 2019
The Top Guns and Young Gun Series is the highlight of the annual bull riding calendar at the Great Western Hotel.

Australia’s leading riders compete in this prestigious event with fabulous prize money on offer.

Established in 1862, Rockhampton’s iconic Great Western Hotel has a rich history and is today a national tourist destination.

With four bars, beer garden, award winning Bullhead Steakhouse, air-conditioned gaming room, keno, pool table, mechanical bull and a large undercover entertainment arena, the Great Western Hotel is unrivalled and is often referred to as ‘Australia’s Most Unique Pub’.

The venue is renowned for attracting major events to the region including bull riding and many headline music acts.

The Great Western Hotel caters to in excess of 260000 patrons each year and is a ‘bucket list’ destination where visitors can experience the unique atmosphere of the Hotel itself and the bull riding and music arena.

The Great Western Hotel has featured in numerous tourism television programs in Australia and abroad.
Top Gun Series Final
Date Sat 9th Nov 2019
The Top Guns and Young Gun Series is the highlight of the annual bull riding calendar at the Great Western Hotel.

Australia’s leading riders compete in this prestigious event with fabulous prize money on offer.

Established in 1862, Rockhampton’s iconic Great Western Hotel has a rich history and is today a national tourist destination.

With four bars, beer garden, award winning Bullhead Steakhouse, air-conditioned gaming room, keno, pool table, mechanical bull and a large undercover entertainment arena, the Great Western Hotel is unrivalled and is often referred to as ‘Australia’s Most Unique Pub’.

The venue is renowned for attracting major events to the region including bull riding and many headline music acts.

The Great Western Hotel caters to in excess of 260000 patrons each year and is a ‘bucket list’ destination where visitors can experience the unique atmosphere of the Hotel itself and the bull riding and music arena.

The Great Western Hotel has featured in numerous tourism television programs in Australia and abroad.
Capricorn Film Festival
Date Wed 20th Nov 2019 to Sat 23rd Nov 2019
Capricorn Film Festival Inc is an Australian not for profit film arts organisation, which discover local, national and international cinema gems and artists; whom they showcase to a diverse audience of film lovers.

Central Queensland’s premiere film event in its fifth year, will be held from November 20 to 23 in the beautiful seaside destination of Yeppoon.

Festival activities will include feature film and documentary premieres, Virtual Reality experiences, masterclasses, panel discussions and selected short films in competition reviewed by a jury of film and entertainment professionals with the winners receiving cash prizes and trophies.
King of Kings CQ
Date Thu 28th Nov 2019 to Sun 1st Dec 2019
The King of Kings CQ is an exciting new Fishing Competition that encourages every type of recreational fisherman to compete!

This research and sustainability event will host salt water, freshwater, boat, kayak, shore, bait/lure, spear and free-diving fisherman of all ages and skill levels.
Mount Morgan Christmas Tree Festival
Date Sat 7th Dec 2019
The Mount Morgan Christmas Tree Festival is set to “make the season bright” for Mount Morgan locals and visitors to Mount Morgan School of Arts Hall is decorated with an impressive display of Christmas Trees.

Along with the dazzling tree and light displays, browse the market stalls with selections of gifts at affordable prices, relax and listen to the live entertainment from various local artists and enjoy food and refreshments.

There's heaps for the children to do including free balloons and lollies from Santa.
One Hot Night
Date Sat 28th Dec 2019
Celebrate music and community hosted by Busby Marou in Rockhampton, Queensland. In it's third year, One Hot Night is only getting better every year.

Be part of this amazing regional event that brings talent from across the country together on the 28 December 2019.