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Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Festival
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Mon 6th May 2019
The Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Festival is Barcaldine’s largest event, both in terms of visitation and community participation. This year the event will showcase the community spirit and history of Barcaldine and Outback Queensland.

The Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge is a historical attraction that is known as the birthplace of the Australian Labour Party (ALP) and influence to the longest running May Day Parade.

Staged over the labour day long weekend, the four-day celebration showcases live entertainment, an art gallery, markets, horse and goat racing, RevFest, May Day parade and other special themed events.
Tree of Knowledge Festival Race Cup Meeting
Date Sat 4th May 2019
The Race meet is part of the Tree of Knowledge Festival which celebrates Barcaldine's colourful past and exciting future while soaking up a little history.

Gates open at 12pm and there will be fashions on the field, bookmakers, TAB and food and drinks available.

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.

Barcaldine Show
Date Sun 12th May 2019
Barcaldine Pastoral, Agricultural and Horticultural society Inc presents the Barcaldine Show showcasing local arts and produce, agriculture, livestock, machinery displays, market stalls and the traditional sideshow alley.

The show includes all the entertainment, displays, demonstrations and competitions you would expect of a rural show in a relaxed atmosphere and some more, a highlight of the district social calendar.

Theodore Show
Date Tue 14th May 2019
Home of the time honoured tradition, every town has a showground and at its heart an annual show, and Theodore Show is no exception!

With agriculture topping the region’s industries, there are five shows on the calendar, drawing crowds from everywhere as they roll-out.

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.

Callide Valley Agricultural Show
Date Fri 17th May 2019 to Sat 18th May 2019
The 84th Annual Callide Valley Show is a ‘must do’ event for locals and tourists alike!

Home of the time honoured tradition, every town has a showground and at its heart, an Annual Show.

Two full days of entertainment and activities for the whole family includes horse events, amusement rides, displays (including cookery, photography, precious gems, craft, arts, flowers and produce), market stalls, rodeo, fireworks, crash-a-rama, motorcycle fun night and much more! The options are almost endless.

Annual shows celebrate the entire community – families, industries and volunteers that together, make the region great.
Guinness World Records (c) Record attempts longest line of RVs
Date Sat 25th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
Guinness World Records (c) record attempts for the longest connected image made of LED rope lights and the largest parade of self contained camping vehicles (RVs). Motorhomes, caravans, campervans, and fifth wheelers who are selfcontained are welcome to participate.
The events are being organised by the Australian Motorhoming Lions Club. These events will be staged in Barcaldine on the evening of May 25 and morning May 26, 2019.
Gifted Portraits
Date Sat 1st Jun 2019 to Sat 31st Aug 2019
Photographer and writer John Elliott has been taking portraits of people who make Australian music for over 30 years and this exhibition brings together a selection of his iconic images of stars such as Slim Dusty, Kasey Chambers, Chad Morgan and Shane Howard.

This exhibition will be on display from 1 June to 31 August 2019.

This exhibition is free to view.
Outback Writers' Festival
Date Tue 25th Jun 2019 to Thu 27th Jun 2019
This event, located in the iconic town of Winton and the home of Waltzing Matilda, brings writers and readers together to exchange the telling of outback Australian stories. You will hear from award-winning and best-selling authors - their trials and tribulations of writing and successful publishing.

In addition there will be writing master classes for those interested in fiction and non fiction writing and publishing. This is an event for all ages who have a love for books.
Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival
Date Fri 28th Jun 2019 to Sat 6th Jul 2019
Winton is fast becoming known as the “Hollywood in the Outback” thanks to the events of Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival and having several major film productions including Nick Cave’s Proposition and Ivan Sen’s "Mystery Road" and "Goldstone" being filmed there. This iconic Australian Outback Town which is the home of Waltzing Matilda, Australia's home of the Dinosaur and the Birthplace of Qantas, and now the driving for the creation of a Regional Film Industry in Queensland.

The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is inspired by the Sundance Film Festival. It is an incorporated, non-profit organisation developed by the passion and drive of the Winton community and brought to you thanks to their visionary partners.
Alpha Races
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
Alpha Jockey Club Inc. presents the Alpha Community Cup. The day will include a six race programme, Fashions on the Field, full catering facilities on the day/night, On Site Bookies, Children's Entertainment, Live Entertainment, Over Night Camping and Sunday Morning Recovery Breakfast.
Eighteenth Annual Old Wheels In Motion Rally
Date Sat 20th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 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. hosts the 18th Annual Old Wheels In Motion Rally.

The event will see exhibitors from Queensland, and across this great land, come together to host a working rally showcasing the uniqueness of the many vintage machines and collectables on display.

Demonstrations and events, like the vintage tractor pull, the tractor balancing competition and the traditional grand parade, amalgamate with displays of traditional crafts and trades to educate and entertain.



So, come along, explore, discover and celebrate the past!

Taroom APRA Professional Rodeo
Date Sat 20th Jul 2019
The Taroom Rodeo is held in July, every year.

For a region that prizes its horses for work and recreation, rodeos are just a normal part of country life.

The Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) stages more than 100 competitions across the nation, looking for the grittiest and best. Taroom Rodeo is part of the action and each year the best bronco riders come to town, keen to win their way to the top.
Theodore Trail Ride
Date Sat 10th Aug 2019 to Sun 11th Aug 2019
More than 600 competitors and 1200 spectators gather on a pile of dirt each year for the thrash it or crash it but keep it coming competition – the Theodore Trail Bike Ride.

A fundraiser for Theodore State School, the event is now in its eighth year and it just keeps on getting bigger. With a family focus, riders as young as four years old come to try their skills on the hills.

A post-challenge obstacle course adds hilarity as riders try their luck flying over logs, rolling barrels and a water course, the antics considered a good laugh at the riders’ expense.

Then it’s movie time, the best part of the day, when everyone can sit back and re-live the action all over again with home movies of their heroic acts.

The Student Council and teachers run a food stall with real barista coffee and the onsite catering is run by community groups.

Held at Gyranda, 11 kilometres north of Cracow and 43 kilometres south of Theodore.
Better in Blackall Festival
Date Wed 14th Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
Combining the best that Blackall has to offer, the outback explodes into a five-day festival packed with local grazing plates, sunset wine tastings, street parties, art and cultural displays, billycart races, barbecue cook-offs, live music and a swag load of familiar faces, including country music legend Troy Cassar-Daley and Play Schools Jay Laga’aia.
Life is #betterinblackall
Barcaldine Art Competition and Exhibition
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019
One of Western Queensland's best selling Art Exhibitions. With a broad range of art media and styles. . Fabulous opening night with food, drink and entertainment.
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.

Get Gardening Expo
Date Sat 14th Sep 2019
Join the Jericho community for a fun filled day at the Get Gardening Expo.

Enjoy market stalls, food stalls, entertainment, special guest gardening speaker and the announcement of the winner of the annual Get Gardening Competition.

The Outback Food and Wine Festival 2019
Date Sat 14th Sep 2019
Head to Stockman’s Hall of Fame on September 14, 2019 and savour great food, wine and craft beers at the Outback Food and Wine Festival.

It’s a must-attend outback event where you can wet your appetite and indulge your senses with a fun filled night. It kicks off with a little bit of jazz and little bit of country at 6pm.

Early bird tickets online at Stockman’s Hall of Fame, book yours today!
Outback Food Wine and Music Festival
Date Sat 14th Sep 2019
Enjoy the Grazing marquee with a twist of Outback Flavours, Craft Beers and Wine. Grab your tickets and don't miss what will be a great event!
Outback Paddle Regatta
Date Fri 20th Sep 2019 to Sun 22nd Sep 2019
The Outback Paddle Regatta (OPR) was born from this immense pride for the outback and aims to promote and celebrate water sporting at Longreach by engaging with and encouraging more people to visit the outback and revel in its famous hospitality.

Set on the mighty Thomson River located five kilometres north of Longreach in Outback Queensland, the Outback Paddle Regatta offers something for everyone. Whether it’s a stand up paddle boards, kayak, canoes or dragon boats, this competitive regatta will be one to remember.
Theodore Bulls 'n' Barrels Bonanza
Date Sat 19th Oct 2019
Theodore’s 2019 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. Around for more than 150 years, the origins of the rodeo date back to the drovers’ runs – on stations where wild horses and cattle would be found in the scrub or on the trail, as the teams moved herds over hundreds of miles.

Horses had to be broken and cattle reigned in. The all-important skills of the drover were his strength, agility and staying power and accuracy with a rope.

The same set of skills are as relevant today as back then. A rider’s reputation is on the line when he takes to the ring. Fighting the thrashings of the steer or horse, precious seconds on the clock tick down; with the longest of the stayers receiving the adoration of the crowd.

There will be a bar operating, food available for purchase and activities for the kids!

Proceeds go to the Theodore Early Childcare Centre. This is a CRCA affiliated event.
Rotary Arts and Crafts Market Day
Date Sat 26th Oct 2019
Beautifully handcrafted goodies for the home are the feature of Rotary’s ever-popular Arts and Crafts Market Day. This is a chance to find that little something that no one else has and to hear the story behind it, directly from the artist.

The quality is astonishing. Imitations are strictly forbidden, which is why the crowds keep growing, year after year.

Held annually, the Arts and Crafts Market Day is one of Biloela Rotary Club’s biggest fundraisers, attracting up to 70 exhibitors from the local area and further afield.

Market goers will be treated to a quilting display on the day.

Onsite catering means you’re always assured of a great lunchtime snack or morning or afternoon tea.

The event date and venue doesn’t change too much, always scheduled for the end of October at the Biloela Civic Centre in time for early Christmas shoppers.

This year’s market day is set to be the biggest yet with lots of new stall holders joining in!
Qantas Birthday Celebration Free Morning Tea and Super Constellation Interior Launch
Date Sat 16th Nov 2019
On Saturday 16 November 2019 Qantas will mark its 99th birthday. To celebrate the Qantas birthday, Qantas Founders Museum will launch the completed interior work of the Super Constellation Project followed by a barbeque and a birthday cake.

The celebrations will begin at 9.30am. This event is free to attend. To share in the celebrations of the day, Qantas Founders Museum will also provide FREE ENTRY TO OUR MUSEUM.

This Super Constellation project is proudly supported and funded by the Queensland Government.