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John Butler Trio at The Great Western Hotel Rockhampton
Date Thu 21st Feb 2019
John Butler Trio have launched a new single and announced a massive national tour.

They will be joined by upcoming singer songwriter Stella Donnelly, as well as special guests.

With shows across six states and territories at iconic venues like the Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Great Western Hotel - Rockhampton, Myer Music Bowl and The Rivestage, the not-to-be-missed events will celebrate the release of the new album with John’s fan community as well as showcasing the hits that have made John Butler Trio the highest selling independent artist of all time.

John Butler Trio have expanded to a five piece band for the duration of the Coming Home Tour - hence the name JBTplus taking the JBT live experience to a new level.

The latest single ‘Just Call’ drops with a stunning video today, adding more clarity to the puzzle that will be revealed with the ‘HOME’ album.
Revolutions - Yeppoon
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
Come join them for free skateboarding lessons with a free barbecue at Yeppoon Skatepark.

Brought to you by:
Youth in Livingstone
PCYC Yeppoon
PCYC Rockhampton
Matt Corby Rainbow Valley Tour
Date Thu 21st Mar 2019
Matt Corby and his band will play songs from the new album to Australian audiences for the first time since his headline Telluric Tour in 2016, which sold 80k tickets worldwide.

For a decade, the multi-platinum-selling musician has been pushing his own boundaries, embracing a journey of self-discovery that’s seen him wrestle a few pre-conceptions and stare down his share of demons. With two ARIA Song of the Year awards and a number one debut album behind him, Corby can genuinely lay claim to some hard-earned perspective.



Now we see a new chapter in Corby’s life with the release of his much anticipated second album - Rainbow Valley. .

Lush, multi-textured and sparked by hints of both old soul and futuristic psychedelia, Rainbow Valley is, in Corby’s words “joyous music”, but it also has the depth and perspective of an artist who understands you can’t just take the good times for granted, you have to earn them.

The sparkling first single No Ordinary Life, and the bare-bones ballad All Fired Up and current single All That I See have received widespread acclaim and give fans a taste of what to expect on Corby’s stunning new album.

Top Gun and Young Gun Series Round 2
Date Sat 23rd Mar 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.
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.

Top Gun and Young Gun Series Round 3
Date Sat 13th Apr 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.
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.

Marlborough Show
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
The annual Marlborough Agricultural Show is organised by a committee that is made up entirely of volunteers, including residents and business owners from the local area. This volunteerism has enabled the Show to prosper to what it is today. Their volunteers work in all sections of the show from cake making to arts and craft.

The ring still remains a focus point as it did 33 years ago, with the number of horse and cattle events remaining strong. The show continues with its traditional theme and events with strong community support, school participation, and a growing attendance each year.

Whilst they appreciate their agricultural heritage, the committee recognises the need to continually ensure that the event is relevant for today’s show goers and has successfully made the transformation to a modern show full of agricultural, community and entertainment features.

The committee is excited to present this year’s 33rd Annual Show in April 2018. All your favourites will be back - stalls, kids entertainment, dog jumping and time trials.
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!
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
The Fitzroy River Barra Bash is proudly brought to you by the Frenchville Sports Club and welcomes all participating members and guests to the 2019 annual competition. This is only the second year this event has been run and this year they will again highlight the spectacular Fitzroy River, Rockhampton the only location in Australia where you can fly, check in and boat out in an hour targeting trophy Barramundi and King Threadfin.

The Frenchville Sports Club Barra Bash invites fishermen and women from around the country to participate in the 2019 Competition from 23 to 26 May 2019. In 2019 the Competition with expand whilst including the traditional 2-Person Team catching for the Biggest Barramundi, Biggest Threadfin Salmon, Most Metres Barramundi and Most Metres Threadfin Salmon. With some of the richest prizes in any Fishing Competition!

In 2019 they plan to introduce the Fitzroy River Barra Bash Festival aimed at encouraging the whole family to get out and try the fishing on the Fitzroy River. With Live Music, Stalls and Entertainment on Ryan Park to finish up for the day!
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.