Regional Tourism Guide for Capricorn
Summer Solstice Light Spectacle
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018 to Tue 15th Jan 2019
The Summer Solstice Light Spectacle, a dazzling light display, is a natural phenomenon unique in the southern hemisphere.

It occurs throughout December and early January.

Due to the alignment of the sun over the Tropic of Capricorn brilliant direct sun light penetrates the darkness of the Belfry Cave through a 14 metre vertical shaft in the cave roof at midday.

The effect is electrifying. The colour of peoples clothing is reflected all round the cave walls and a disco mirror ball creates light patterns on the roof.

This is a special experience for visitors and a delight for photographers.

One Hot Night
Date Sat 29th Dec 2018
A celebration of music and community hosted by Busby Marou in Rockhampton, Queensland. One Hot Night kicked off the inaugural even in December 2017 and organisers are thrilled to bring One Hot night back to Rocky in 2018!
Rockin Rocky 2018
Date Sat 29th Dec 2018 to Thu 31st Jan 2019
Rockin Rocky returns to the iconic Great Western Hotel in December, with the three day music and entertainment festival running from December 29 to 31, 2018.

An outstanding line-up of artists will perform at the festival, that also includes adrenalin pumping, professional bull riding with Xtreme Bulls on New Years Eve, and the Rockin Rocky ute muster.

This year's event is set to be bigger and better, and there’s no better way to kiss 2018 goodby, and welcome in the new year.

It’s three nights of jam packed, live entertainment, with the line-up of artists including: Love & Theft (USA), Drew Baldridge (USA), Mick Lindsay, Casey Barnes, Rachael Fahim, Josh Setterfield, Bridget O’Shannessy, Route 33 and Dee Jay Bux.
The Great Australia Day Beach Party
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
The Great Australia Day Beach Party has well-earned reputation as one of the biggest and best Australia Day events in the State.

With the availability of the Keppel Kraken Water Play Area, this year’s event will undoubtedly be one of the best ever with a jam-packed 12 hour non-stop entertainment and beach fun activity program. Check it out!

Activities include the Sand Sculpture Competition, Beach Games, Face Painting, WOW Balls and entertainment for young and old. A sensational program of entertainment and family fun.

There will a sensational 10 hour marathon stage program featuring national headline acts, bands, dancers, circus performers and a showcase of other CQ talent.

Come along and start your day with a Fun Run then go on to enjoy games like Tug O War, Bare Bottom Boat Regatta, Sand Castle Competition and many many more.

For early birds, things start at 8am with market stalls, arts ad crafts, food and refreshments, along with street theatre and rides to entertain the kids.

Australia Day wouldn’t be the same without fireworks. The party concludes at 8pm with the JRT Monster Fireworks Finale.

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.
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 and block mat for the toddlers.

The Tram will operate on each Wednesday and on other days when a driver is available you can experience a Section Car ride.

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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
CQUniversity Village Festival
Date Fri 9th Aug 2019 to Sun 11th Aug 2019
The CQuniversity Village Festival is Central Queensland's premier arts, music and cultural festival.

Held on the stunning Keppel Bay foreshore in Yeppoon with events and activities throughout the Yeppoon Central Business District and in other locations and venues in Livingstone Shire, it offers a wide range of experiences from high-profile Australian acts to the best of local arts, crafts and food.

The Festival is at the heart of the Capricorn Coast tourist experience, linking with hero locations such as beautiful Great Keppel Island, great dining experiences at the marina and other venues and the laid-back tranquility of Emu Park.

The new lagoon precinct at the southern end of Yeppoon main beach is sure to be a future drawcard for Festival activities.

Activities on the Yeppoon foreshore are free, thus distinguishing this event from many others.

However, the option of a VIP experience with reserved seating and great food is also available.

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.