Regional Tourism Guide for Southeastcountry
Wondai Regional Art Gallery- February Exhibitions
Date Fri 1st Feb 2019 to Thu 28th Feb 2019
The February Exhibitions in the Wondai Regional Art Gallery bring forward a diverse range of mediums from talent both local, and further afield.

The three gallery's include;

“IN FOCUS” - Gallery 1 –
Heather Stanton from Heather’s Hobby and Sharron McDonald from Wenden Photography

“SLOW PROGRESSION” - Gallery 2 -
Tony Adams

Helenna Dohle & Stuart Efstathis

Their Kids Korner is Tingoora State School.

The Gallery is open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm, Entry is Free.

Opening Night is Friday 1 February,
At a cost of AUD5 to include Hot and Cold Supper.
Wine will be available by bottle or glass from Kingsley Grove Winery.
Live Entertainment will be on.

Chinchilla Melon Festival
Date Thu 14th Feb 2019 to Sun 17th Feb 2019
A celebration of all things melon and a tribute to our town's melon farming reputation, the Chinchilla Melon Festival has become a renowned Queensland event. Held in February every second year, the festival encompasses a week of activities with the highlight being the classic Family Fun Day and colourful street parade. If you've never skied on watermelons or attempted a melon bungee, then you need to put the Chinchilla Melon Festival at the top of your to-do list!

To learn more about this quirky and iconic festival, please visit the web site or contact the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre.
QAGOMA ATP9 Kids on Tour Workshops
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019 to Sat 13th Apr 2019
APT9 Kids on Tour invites young visitors to explore and experience diverse contemporary art styles and approaches from Australia, Asia and the Pacific. It features free activities that are specially designed for children and families. The dynamic program includes hands-on art-making activities and interactive virtual experiences that highlight key themes in the APT9 exhibition, including the preciousness of life and natural resources, the importance of community and storytelling. Kids on Tour is offered as a free program to regional Queensland communities through the Gallery’s Regional Services department.

Choose your day:
Saturday 16 February, 2019 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm or
Saturday 16 March, 2019 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm or
Saturday 13 April, 2019 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

The workshops will be held at ‘The Studio’, Wondai Regional Art Gallery,
On the Roundabout in Wondai.

The workshop is open to all children aged from 5 to 12 years.

All material and equipment is provided.

Morning Tea will be provided.

Parents are encouraged to attend.

Bookings are preferred.

To register please call in at the Wondai Regional Art Gallery or phone them with children’s names, ages and a contact number.

Friday Night Drinks at the Woolshed
Date Fri 22nd Feb 2019
Join them for beer and barbecue o'clock!

Grab your mates and enjoy beers at one of the best venues on the Darling Downs. Kick back on the cafe green with music and games, and tuck into a barbecue.

Barbecue includes sausage sizzle and steak burgers. Eftpos facilities are available. Bookings not required. Entry via Entrance 2.
Surat Riveside Markets
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019 to Sat 23rd Nov 2019
A market event held on the riverside.

Stalls include home cooking, hand-made jewellery, pottery, quilting, arts and crafts, plants, jams and preserves, knick-knacks and other gifts.

There will be a barbecue breakfast. Tea, coffee and cold drinks will be available.

Bendemere Cup
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
Named for the former Bendemere Shire (Wallumbilla and Yuleba), the race day was the centre of early racing in the Roma region and home to the Wallumbilla Race Club, one of the first racing clubs established in the Maranoa.

The Bendemere Cup has been running for almost 50 years and since the dissolving of the old shire boundaries, the day has become a celebration of the new Maranoa region and showcases the spirit of co-operation in the wider community

With strong support from the local Wallumbilla/Yuleba business community and the promise of excellent racing, the race day has become one of the best attended meetings in the region and a gathering point for locals from across the Maranoa.

Several businesses from the former shire have supported the meeting since its inception five years ago - Bendemere Constructions, Midwest Rural Traders and Brandon and Associates.
Topology’s Queensland At Home Tour – Bell
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019
Touring to 42 communities across 34 local government areas Topology presents 'Queensland At Home' - A time capsule of vintage film from the State Library of Queensland accompanied by a live original score composed by Robert Davidson and performed by Topology alongside local partners and collaborators, creating an evocative portrait of life in Queensland.
March Opening Night
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019
"Our Country" - Gallery 1 - Ann Shaw.
This exhibition reflects Ann’s love of the peace and tranquillity of the bush, the beauty of the coastline and the colourful birds which make our country so unique.

"Exploring Lights, Textures and Techniques" - Gallery 2 - Carmel Birchley, Maggie Spenceley, Colleen Helmore.
This exhibition sees three Bundaberg artists coming together to demonstrate how they each focus on different details and methods when translating their chosen subjects into works of art. As artists they instinctively look very closely at the world around them before committing their views to chosen supports.

"As I See It" - Gallery 3 - Suzi Wells.
This exhibition is the story of Suzi's love affair with watercolour and the things I love to paint—animals, flowers, people, mood and movement. Watercolour is the perfect medium to suggest emotions, create atmosphere and suffuse with light.

The Ultimate Speedway Challenge - Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019
The Ultimate Speedway Challenge is a new Concept for this Season which allows drivers to compete in three different categories for a lucrative purse prize. The Categories drivers can race are Sprintcars, Late Models and Speedcars. If they win two of the categories some great prize money is up for grabs.

This concept tests the driving skills of those drivers, which go from one category to the next, if they dare!

This race is the fifth race of the series and the second one to be held at Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway for this Season.

Come and enjoy the fun!

The Ultimate Speedway Challenge Series is proudly sponsored by Hi-Tec Oils.

There are two races in three states for this Series, who will be the Ultimate Speedway Challenge Title holder?

Moonie Yabbie Races
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019
The Moonie Yabbie Races is a must-do on your social calendar! Join hundreds of people to watch locally-trained yabbies compete for the hotly contested Moonie Cup!

Since 2006, the small rural community of Moonie on the Western Downs in Queensland presents a jam-packed entertainment program for everyone! Bring the whole family for a great day and night of non-stop entertainment! Enjoy free kids rides and activities, outdoor displays, browse the gift stalls and enjoy scrumptious food and a licensed bar. There will also be a celebrity chef guest appearance!

Their claw-clenching race program will attract plenty of supporters! Buy your own yabbie or form a syndicate and bid at auction for your yabbie racer! Don’t forget to create a name for your syndicate! The winner from each preliminary race will automatically enter the final race of the day, the Moonie Cup!

There will also be raffles, an auction of donated items, Fashions on the Field competition, a helicopter lolly drop and much more! The fun will continue late into the night with live music, fireworks and the bucking yabbie (mechanical bull)!

Free camping available. No Eftpos facilities.

For more information, follow them on Facebook, Instagram or visit their website.
Intersport Peak2Park
Date Sun 3rd Mar 2019
First formed in 2005, the annual Intersport Peak2Park fun run/walk is organised by HALT (Healthy Active Lifestyles Toowoomba Incorporated), who are an independent not-for-profit registered committee of local people looking to encourage residents of Toowoomba to participate in exercise and to raise funds for local charities.

Intersport Peak2Park make the most of Toowoomba’s scenic parks and gardens by beginning at beautiful Picnic Point on the scenic rim of the Great Dividing Range and finishing at lovely Lake Annand, with its wide expanses of lawn.

Since the first Intersport Peak2Park in March 2006, it has attracted over 42,000 participants, and raised more than AUD370 000 for local charities. The event is an ongoing success because of the support of families, schools, and businesses.
Heal Yourself Expo - Toowoomba
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019 to Sun 10th Mar 2019
Heal Yourself Expo’s are much more than just another new age event, they are a community of healers, teachers, and change makers with a passion to support their communities, and educate people that we have the power to Heal Ourselves and Heal the Planet.

For 2018 they have planned a great line up of practitioners, speakers and workshops that focus on teaching and showing the general public how they can take control of their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

They will continue their line up of entertainment and a Kids Zone so that parents can be free to explore and attend the speakers and workshops.

So with soaring health costs, and the increased pressure on families for time, money and uncertainty the increased stress it places on everyone’s health, it is even more important that they assist people to take some personal responsibility and rediscover the ways of self healing.
John Coghlan's Quo (Ex-Status Quo) with special guests TMG and Taste
Date Sun 10th Mar 2019
Status Quo drummer (from 1962 to 1981), John Coghlan, will tour Australia in 2019 performing the hits of Status Quo touring under the guise of ‘John Coghlan’s Quo’, bringing with him in a massive triple header Ted Mulry Gang (TMG) and Taste.

John Coghlan's Quo will take you on a joyous journey back to the heady days of Countdown when Denim was interlaced with Satin.

Performing the classic hits of Status Quo who are one of the most celebrated and much loved rock bands the UK has ever produced.

You will hear an almost endless stream of hits which include “Pictures of Matchstick Men”, “In My Chair”, “Paper Plane”, “Caroline”, “Down Down”, “Rain”, “Wild Side Of Life”, “Rockin' All over the World”, and many more, performed by John Coghlan’s Quo.

Add to this, a full set of songs from the Ted Mulry Gang (TMG) – a band heavily influenced by Status Quo – performing all their greatest hits “Jump In My Car”, “Dark Town Strutters Ball”, “Crazy”, “Jamaica Rum”, “My Little Girl”, “Heart Of Stone”, and many others from the mid-1970s when they dominated the Australian Radio Charts.

Kinky Boots
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
The Empire Theatres 2019 major production, Kinky Boots, will prove that sometimes the best way to fit in, is to stand out.

Based on a true story and the 2005 film of the same name, Kinky Boots is an exhilarating new musical with a score by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, knockout dancing and a spectacularly inspiring story.

Kinky Boots follows Charlie Price, an aspiring young businessman who is forced to give up his dreams of living the London city life in order to save his late father's family business in Northern England.

When Charlie suddenly inherits his father's bankrupt shoe factory, he finds unexpected inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As Charlie and Lola work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible... and discovers that when you change your mind, you can change your whole world!
The Handmade Expo Market Toowoomba
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Nov 2019
Held quarterly in Toowoomba at Harristown State High School and with stalls both within the auditorium and outside in the gardens around the hall, the market is a perfect Sunday morning outing!

There's a huge selection of stalls featuring the handmade works of talented artisans, makers, bakers and creators.

Products include jewellery, clothing, craft supplies, babies wear, toys, home decor and loads more.

Roma Picnic Races
Date Fri 29th Mar 2019 to Sat 30th Mar 2019
Roma Picnic Races is the most elegant meeting in the Roma Races calendar.

An old fashioned black tie country ball opens the racing weekend on Friday night.

A five race program sees most of the region's finest horse flesh turn up to have a gallop before the busy Autumn carnivals begin in April.

Delightfully local, this is the Roma Races meeting where graziers come in for a blow and the social activity is almost as important as the athletic action.

World Science Festival Brisbane Regional Program 2019 - Chinchilla
Date Fri 29th Mar 2019 to Sat 30th Mar 2019
In March 2019, the World Science Festival Brisbane will once again bring together the world’s best thought leaders to produce a stunning program of live and digital content that connects Asia-Pacific audiences of all ages with the concepts, challenges, discoveries and advancements that are shaping the world.

The luminaries of the science world will present the beauty, complexity, and importance of science through diverse, multidisciplinary programming that is the World Science Festival signature.

The Festival’s Regional Program in 2019 will again provide Queensland communities the opportunity to get involved locally in the World Science Festival Brisbane. Programs designed to engage community members in stimulating and inspiring experiences, will be unique to each location, and will offer a selection of STEM-related activities such as discussions with leading scientists, workshops, hands-on activities or visual displays.

The World Science Festival Brisbane regional program is presented by the Queensland Museum and the Queensland Government, in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland, with proud support from Community Partner Shell's QGC project.
Rotary Ride the Range
Date Sun 31st Mar 2019
Ride the Range (RTR) is one of the best community challenge rides in South Queensland.

In 2010 two avid Rotarian cyclists decided that cyclists surrounding Toowoomba and the Southern region of Queensland needed to experience a ‘real challenge.’ They believed the range on which they lived was all the inspiration they needed to take on this challenge.

By enlisting a group of like minded cycling enthusiasts and the volunteering arm of their Rotary Club they started to plan one of the most successful community rides in Queensland today. Their inaugural ride was in May 2011 with just under 100 cyclists.

Ride the Range is about to embark into its ninth year. The event has shown consistent positive growth in cyclists, community support, sponsorship and attention year after year and 2019 looks to be one of the biggest yet.

The Toowoomba Range is one of the most intense, premier cycling experiences in Southeast Queensland. The last section of the ride is the climb. Reaching gradients of 16 per cent and stretching for 10 kilometres this blatant smack in the face to the returning cyclist after completing over 100 kilometres already is definitely going to push anyone's limits!

St George Off-Road Championships 399
Date Fri 5th Apr 2019 to Sat 6th Apr 2019
The St George 399, held in the small rural town of St George in south-west Queensland, will open the BF Goodrich CAMS AORC on April 5 to 6, 2019.

Following on from the success of last year's event, St George will again play host to another year of action packed excitement! Come be apart of this weekend full of racing and visit St George and the beautiful Balonne Shire.

Weetwood Handicap
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
Experience the Toowoomba Weetwood which is synonymous with racing in Toowoomba, a historical event of 128 years in the making. Saturday April 6, 2019 will further see the Toowoomba Weetwood make another momentous step, transforming from a great local race day to a national event. The event will also showcase some of the best racehorses, from their rising two and three-year-old track stars to seasoned gallopers vying for Weetwood and Toowoomba Cup honours.

Clifford Park is the home of the Toowoomba Turf Club (TTC) and Toowoomba’s premier racing, events and function venue, offering the perfect setting to witness metropolitan racing, in an electrifying atmosphere, where all racegoers can ‘be part of the action’. As the introduction to Queensland's Winter Racing Carnival, be captivated by the highly competitive racing program with over AUD600,000 of prize money on offer.
The Toowoomba 2019 Mayoral
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
Head to Toowoomba to enjoy this decade long tradition of the Mayoral Skateboarding Contest. See skateboarders from all over Australia compete in the Darling Downs region.
Killarney Picnic Basket Day
Date Sun 7th Apr 2019
They love their country lifestyle on the Southern Downs and they can’t wait to share it with locals and visitors.

Killarney Picnic Basket Day is a chance to breathe, spend time with friends and family, and relish their gorgeous views and weather.

One of Southern Queensland’s most spectacular private gardens, Melrose Station, hosts local producers and makers on the rolling lawns above their majestic lake.

They invite you spend a day in the gardens being inspired by their local creative artists and country stylists.

Delight in the giant kites decorating the skies flown by Redcliffe Kite Club.

Bring your picnic blanket and chairs and set up a spot in the grounds. A variety of food stalls will offer barbecue, baked potatoes, Devonshire morning tea, cupcakes, fruit salad and ice cream.
Wondai Street Sprints
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
Following the inaugural Wondai Street Sprint held in 2016, and the follow-ups in 2017 and 2018, the next event in 2019 promises to be bigger and better than ever. Held on a brand new asphalt track provided by the South Burnett Regional Council and run from a safety perspective under the banner of C.A.M.S. the committee is looking to build on the accolades received from competitors in previous years as one of the best events of its type they have attended.

For 2019, they hope to encourage more historic cars to the event and following the acquisition of more concrete barriers, spectator viewing areas will be extended and augmented by grandstand seating at a number of interesting locations. Over time, the Wondai Street Sprint is expected to become a major event on the sporting calendar for race cars in South East Queensland.
Roma's Easter in the Country Festival
Date Thu 18th Apr 2019
Roma's Easter in the Country festival is a five-day celebration of all things country. Now entering its fortieth year, it is widely recognised as one of southwest Queensland's premier Easter events, and brilliantly showcases the history and lifestyle of regional Queensland.

The festival offers a range of activities for the thrill-seeker, the cultural buff, and for those that like to take things a little more leisurely.

The event gives an opportunity for the residents of Roma to invite their relatives and friends to spend a long weekend in the country to enjoy the atmosphere and friendliness that Roma and the Maranoa has to offer.

Australian Rocketry's Thunda Down Under 2019
Date Thu 18th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Welcome to the fastest event in the Southern Hemisphere, Australian Rocketry's Thunda Down Under (TDU).

After the huge success of Australian Rocketry’s Thunda Down Under 2015, the Aussies are doing it again, bigger and better in 2019!

The inaugural four-day event in 2015 saw over 1,500 onlookers descend onto a farming property in Western Darling Downs where over 1,000,000 feet in altitude was flown by rocketeers from all over the world.

Three world records were obtained including the world’s largest flying amateur rocket (full scale V2). International participants from New Zealand, USA, India, Germany, Netherlands, England, Namibia and Japan attended this true world stage of rocketry and now the invitation is being extended to the far reaches of the globe.

Queensland Eisteddfod 2019 - Stanthorpe
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
The Eisteddfod Council of Queensland, through the annual Queensland Eisteddfod, provides important and valuable performance opportunities for aspiring and established artists across a range of disciplines including choral and vocal.

This year Stanthorpe will fill with the sound of music when choral performers flock to the region for the 126th Queensland Eisteddfod from April 19 to 21 2019.

The event will be held at the Stanthorpe Civic Centre over the Easter 2019 long weekend (19 to 21 April). It will include a wide range of choral and vocal sections.

Saturday evening is the amazing concert featuring coral groups from all over Queensland and New South Wales.

Stanthorpe itself will be a picture at this time of year with the onset of autumn and the trees tuning all kinds of yellows and oranges. The district also has many tourist attractions, national parks and wineries. The main street of Stanthorpe has some great boutique shopping and lovely cafes. All this is wrapped up in wonderful country hospitality with welcoming locals and a relaxed atmosphere.

Stanthorpe welcomes competitors, supporters and spectators to what will be a weekend of lovely music, singing and entertainment.
Easter Tri-Series Ultimate Sprintcar Championship and USC Grand Final
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
This will be an Easter Spectacular event, with USC (Ultimate Sprintcar Championship) Round 7 on Friday, 19 April, and the USC Grand Final on Sunday, 21 April at Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway.

Saturday, 20 April will make up the full three events at Archerfield for the Tri- Series.

What a showdown, the Best Sprintcar Drivers coming to Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway for the two out of three races over Easter.

Bring a picnic rug and enjoy the atmosphere on the lawn or on the seating around the track to take in this great event and showdown. Speedway at it's best with drivers from across the country. There will be fireworks on Sunday, 21 April, 2019.

Easter Vintage Festival
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
Highfields Pioneer Village is celebrating its 22nd Annual Easter Vintage Festival ​Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from April 20 to 22, 2019.

The theme of the festival is ‘Memories of days gone'. Come and experience rural life in the Australian Pioneer days! Milk a cow, learn to crack a whip or be a blacksmith.

Enjoy billy tea and damper made in authentic camp ovens. Don't miss the spectacular Grand Parade and baby animals in the nursery. There will be live music and great food. You might even encounter the infamous bushranger Ned Kelly! Whether you love history, you're a vintage machinery buff or you are just looking for great entertainment you will have a wonderful time at the Easter Vintage Festival. It is an affordable, entertaining weekend for all ages. Past visitors have come for a day and returned for all three!

Tickets are available discounted online!
XXXX Gold Easter Races
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
Part of Easter in the Country events is this race meet.

It's Easter Saturday over the Easter in the country celebrations.

Free Entry on raceday. After the street parade, come to the track and stay for the rodeo.

Lots of country entertainment.

Streets and Lanes Festival
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
Streets and Lanes Festival will fill the streets and public spaces of Toowoomba with music, art, buskers, drama, food and any other creative means to express a “Celebration of Life” on the Easter weekend.
Proston Regatta in the Park
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
Proston Regatta in the Park is a family fun day in the park for all ages. Events are open to the public and everybody wins a prize (limited prize availability).

There will be an Easter parade, market, sports events, games and there is even a pirate ship.

A nautical themed event with imitation boats being carried by participants. Enjoy a unique event in the park.

This event follows the Proston Country Woman's Association Easter Parade and Market The beneficiary for 2019 is The Proston Men's Shed.

A Proston Round Table initiative hosted by the Coverty Creek Community Development and Social Club Inc.

Easter Sunday Fun Day
Date Sun 21st Apr 2019
Kingsley Grove Estate will be holding an Easter Sunday Fun Day.

All families are welcome. There will be an Easter Egg hunt in the vineyard - bring your own baskets.

The kids can also enjoy the jumping castle and facepainting activities, while you sit back and enjoy a glass of your favourite KG Wine.

A selection of wood-fired pizzas will be available for lunch between 12 noon and 1pm. With wine ice cream for dessert (plain for the kids).

No bring your own drinks - other alcohol will be available on the day.

Bookings are essential. There will be no walk-ins on the day. They can cater for special dietary requirements. Just advise when booking.

It's going to be a fun filled family day. Don't miss out on this one.

Adina Polocrosse World Cup
Date Mon 22nd Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
See the world’s best battle it out at the Polocrosse World Cup in Warwick, Queensland.

Combining the strategy of netball, the toughness of rugby, and the ball skills of lacrosse, polocrosse is an Australian-made sport where action, power, skill and pace dominate.

Celebrating 80 years in 2019, the Polocrosse World Cup will bring players from eight countries – Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, UK, Ireland, Zambia and Zimbabwe - to southern Queensland to see which team reigns supreme. As current world champions, South Africa will be fighting to hold onto the title, while former champions, Australia, will use their home turf and supporters to their advantage to try and take it back!

The event takes place over seven days in Warwick, with spectator numbers are expected to be in the tens of thousands for this world-class event.

While the horses and riders show off their talents on the field, spectators will get an up close and personal experience from the sidelines where they can literally smell the sweat on the horses!

Polocrosse is king of the one-horse sports. Be there in 2019 to live the action!
Senior Moments A Comedy Revue: Toowoomba
Date Fri 26th Apr 2019
By popular demand, Senior Moments is back for another national tour from February 2019, with Gold Logie winner and veteran actor John Wood (Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules) and Max Gillies (The Gillies Report, Once Were Leaders) joining Play School icon Benita Collings, Kim Lewis (Sons and Daughters, The Restless Years) and Russell Newman (A Country Practice, Underbelly) in this senior theatrical sensation, with Midday Show Maestro Geoff Harvey on piano.

Senior Moments is a comedy revue about old people and the young people they have to deal with, with sketches and songs and performers who are old enough to know better, all making wicked fun of the trials and tribulations of growing old disgracefully.
Dirranbandi Show
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
Come and experience the very best of country hospitality at the 95th Annual Dirranbandi Show on Saturday April 27, 2019.

As usual the weekend is action packed with campdrafting kicking off early Friday morning in the main arena supported by the Show Tuckerbox, barbecue and bar operating throughout the day and night.

Saturday will once again showcase many areas including sheep, wool, cattle and poultry alongside a full day of competitive yard dog trials, ring events and the the second day of campdrafting.

Entertainment throughout the day will include the Crack-Up sisters, Reptile Show and Ranger Nick, followed by the return of the Gill Bros Rodeo in the evening.

At the conclusion of the rodeo Queensland country artist Seleen McAlister will be performing live until late.

A fun filled action packed weekend the whole family will enjoy in the wonderful town of Dirranbandi.

Big Skies
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
Set on the stunning Jimbour Plain, the annual Big Skies event celebrates the sights, tastes and unique experiences of the Western Downs.

Big Skies features seven days of events, kicking off with the Dalby Picnic Races, and culminating beneath the grandeur of Jimbour House’s Amphitheatre with a concert featuring some of Australia’s greatest rock legends.
Concerts at Robert Channon Wines - the Stanthorpe RSL Concert Band
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
Listen to the Band performing in the Swigmore Hall at Robert Channon Wines. The concert is indoors and meals are aavailable beforehand in the winery's Singing Lake Café.
Pittsworth Lions Market
Date Sun 28th Apr 2019
Pittsworth Lions Market is held twice yearly. Local and visiting stall-holders have a wide range of goods, including crafts, clothing, plants, home cooking, preserves, jewellery, honey and confectionery. The Lions Trash and Treasure stall has something for everyone. Music is provided for entertainment. Lions run a barbecue as well as morning tea and soft drinks and coffee are available.

Entry is free, there is plenty of parking available; the grounds and toilets are all wheelchair accessible. All money raised by Lions goes back into the community through support of local groups or initiatives or wider Lions Projects such as Medical Research.
Discover Farming Festival
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Fri 31st May 2019
The Discover Farming Festival is an annual agri- tourism celebration during the month of May that offers agricultural and entertainment experiences in the highly productive Goondiwindi region. It provides an opportunity for domestic and international visitors to gain a clearer understanding of the complexity and scale of agriculture in the region, recently branded as "Regional Australia At It's Best".

The Festival highlights quality niche producers of beef, pork, lamb, chickens, dairy products, olives and olive oil, vegetables, grains, cotton, healthy snack foods and lavender and jojoba products. It also features the comprehensive range of ag tech innovations that have originated in the region, from precision farming to remote sensing to state-of-the-art drone technology.

A typical program of events during May follows. All of these are advertised and, where applicable, tickets are available at and on the Discover Farming Facebook page.

Weekend 1: Display and product tastings at the Goondiwindi Show

Weekend 2: Farm tours and Supper Under the Stars at Inglewood

Weekend 3: Farm tours and Black Tie dinner at Goondiwindi

Week 3: School farm tours and ag immersion day

Week 4: Ag Tech Expo with displays and demonstrations

For more information, contact Bruce McCollum on the number provided.
Lost Trades Fair
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
Lost Trades celebrates traditional trades and the artisans and makers that continue to practice these trades. At the Lost Trades Fair you meet and watch career artisans practising traditional trades.
Blacksmithing 3 Day Project
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Mon 6th May 2019
All of their Blacksmithing Workshops have a maximum of eight participants to ensure you receive all the assistance and direction you require. Prerequisite: Blacksmithing Basics Workshop.

On the day:
Take your pick of one of three intricate projects using traditional scroll work, twisting and other decorative techniques.

Meet your tutor:
Terry Drennan began training as a blacksmith and farrier in Melbourne when he was 21 years old. He has won the Australian champion in blacksmithing and farriery on many occasions. At the same time, Terry never lost the skills and enthusiasm for the other traditional facets of his trade such as making decorative gates and furniture. He has been teaching blacksmithing courses at Cobb+Co Museum for over 15 years.

Spectators are welcome at all workshops.

Age: 16 years and over.
Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Mon 6th May 2019
Arcadia is a new music event designed to further connect and enhance South-East Queensland's thriving electronic music scene.

Arcadia belongs to the modern breed of ‘boutique festivals’. They aim to foster a following of like minded individuals who return to the event year on year to connect with new, deserving and often unheralded musical acts presented in a setting that is designed to entrance, delight and stimulate through a variety of experiences.

Arcadia, true to its namesake, aspires to immerse participants in the natural beauty of its rural location. They seek to be an event underscored by a mood of fellowship and sense of community spirit. They encourage participation at every level and aim to work with their audience to deliver their ideal escape.
Day on the Plain
Date Sat 4th May 2019
See legends of Aussie rock Jon Stevens, John Paul Young, Ross Wilson, Deni Hines and Pseudo Echo at the iconic Jimbour Station for the Day on the Plain rock concert, Saturday 4 May 2019. Join thousands of other music fans for great tunes, an open air bar and market lane behind a one-of-a-kind colonial mansion.

It's the best of classic Aussie rock — west of the Great Divide.
Opera in the Vineyard
Date Sun 5th May 2019
Opera In the Vineyard is a charity event held on the first weekend in May each year in the spectacular vineyards of Ballandean Estate Wines. The event is one of South East Queensland's premier cultural events, and the jewel of the Granite Belt's social calendar. Opera in the Vineyard attracts up to 1800 people each year providing an intoxicating mix of music, wine, food and an unforgettable time.

The event organisers Ballandean Estate Wines and the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe have donated almost a million dollars to charity since the events inception.

Opera Queensland have joined the Opera in the Vineyard team and we are delighted to have them on board. The 2016 performance is being created by the very talented team at Opera and Queensland and is sure to be an enthralling and beautiful performance.

Maidenwell Country Muster
Date Sat 11th May 2019
The Maidenwell Country Muster has secured an all-country line-up straight out of Tamworth 2018, including national headlining act, Beccy Cole! The first of the inaugural, country-music-only Muster will come together on Mother's Day weekend, May 11 and 12 2019, Maidenwell Sportsground, Maidenwell. With eight hours of entertainment lined up at the Maidenwell Sportsground grates open from 11am, you can expect to see award winning, country artists including Libby O’Donovan, Gina Timms, Aleyce Simmonds, Kiara Rodrigues, Liam Kennedy-Clark, Dean Perrett and The Spurs!

Limited free camping is available onsite and surrounding areas with plenty of alternate accommodation places listed nearby in neighbouring towns of the South Burnett.

Sunday also has it's own entertainment and breakfast events. Be sure to find the ticket that gives you the full country-music, country-Queensland experience.

Check out their website for more information.
Grazing the Granite Belt
Date Sat 18th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Enjoy two days of lazy grazing with award winning wines and dozens of gourmet food dishes.

Spend Saturday on the hop on hop off bus visiting the participating cellar doors and enjoying the wines on offer as well as indulging in the wonderful meals prepared with local ingredients by their food artisans.

On Sunday, join them for breakfast with the wine-makers before venturing out on your own to use up any vouchers you have left at the participating venues.

Tickets include four food vouchers, four wine vouchers, one breakfast with the Winemakers ticket and the hop on hop off bus on Saturday.

Menus will be available on their Facebook page so that you can create your own itinerary before you arrive.
Hampton Festival
Date Sun 19th May 2019
Set in the unique atmosphere of their high country village, the Hampton Festival is a vibrant celebration of local food production, regional artisans, art and music.

The Festival is a three day food and cultural extravaganza with an extensive events program giving you a unique, authentic High Country experience and highlights the autumn season and natural beauty of the Hampton region.

Bring your family for a few days and enjoy hands-on art and food experiences and gain an understanding about the region’s history and heritage through experiences such as the Historic Homestead progressive dinner.

Experience hands-on food and artistic workshops, regional farm tours and enjoy the ‘Tastes of the Region’ local produce events at local venues on Friday and Saturday.

On Festival Sunday your family will enjoy a wide range of activities from the celebrity chef demonstrations, to live music, the Hampton Art exhibition and interactive art sessions as well as great children’s food and artistic activities. The festival’s Chapman Park is an idyllic setting to relax under the majestic blue gums and enjoy the Festival’s live music and taste superb, local produce and locally made food and wine from one of the many featured regional restaurants and wineries.

Ration Shed Reconciliation Fun Run
Date Sun 19th May 2019
Fun Run participants run or walk between the towns of Murgon and Cherbourg. The post-race festival provides the opportunity to learn about and experience Cherbourg’s rich history. The event concludes with presentations of medals and prizes.

Some of the objectives of the Ration Shed Reconciliation Fun Run include promoting reconciliation, building bridges between communities, having fun, getting to know neighbours, raising funds for the Ration Shed Museum, making new friends, getting fit and healthy and opening people up to the future.
Pint of Science (Toowoomba)
Date Mon 20th May 2019 to Wed 22nd May 2019
Pint of Science is a three day festival bringing the latest in science research to pubs across Australia (and the world!). Pint of Science aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – all in the pub!

Please visit the Pint of Science Australia website for all updates regarding venues.
Rustic Furniture Workshop
Date Sat 25th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
Join Andrew MacDonald, Wood and Metal Artisan, for a weekend of creating rustic furniture from branches and sticks. This workshop will introduce you to suitable pest variety timbers for basic chair, stool and table making, the tools and techniques to work the materials, options for design of your own pieces, and you will make your own piece of furniture to take home!

Andrew MacDonald worked as a furniture maker before studying sculpture. His art practice combines the practical knowledge and skills of a tradesman with originality and creative design. He has exhibited his pieces in galleries throughout the world. Many of the tools Andrew uses are traditional ones, rarely seen in modern workshops, which he has even forged and made himself. Andrew's metal sculpture can be seen at various locations around Toowoomba and Brisbane.

Age: 16 years and over.
Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.
Blacksmithing Advanced Workshop
Date Sat 1st Jun 2019 to Sun 20th Oct 2019
Further your blacksmithing skills and create your own fireside and barbecue tool set.

On the day:
Move to the next level and learn scroll work and make a decorative fire poke and rake. Prerequisite: Blacksmithing Beginners Workshop.

After completing this workshop, you are eligible to participate in the Blacksmithing Project Workshops.

Meet your tutor:
Terry Drennan began training as a blacksmith and farrier in Melbourne when he was 21 years old. He has won the Australian champion in blacksmithing and farriery on many occasions. At the same time, Terry never lost the skills and enthusiasm for the other traditional facets of his trade such as making decorative gates and furniture. He has been teaching blacksmithing courses at Cobb+Co Museum for over 15 years.

Spectators are welcome.

Age: 16 years and over.
Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.
Queensland Winter Craft Festival
Date Mon 3rd Jun 2019 to Fri 26th Jul 2019
A showcase for artisans with high end quality crafts, this event provides an opportunity for sharing your passion onto others, as well an opportunity to be inspired by others. Exhibitions at the Queensland Winter Craft Festival include fibre and textile art, ceramics, quilts, paper-crafts and a whole lot more.

Eight weeks buzzing with activities including specific workshops to skill sharing demonstration. This two month long event is a showcase of interesting and diverse craft for others to enjoy and learn. There will also be mini 'Make and Take' opportunities, and an opportunity to view and purchase completed works of established crafters.

Full detail of the exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops will be posted on the Gallery's website.
CRT Farmfest
Date Tue 4th Jun 2019 to Thu 6th Jun 2019
CRT FarmFest is Queensland’s premier primary industry field days.

Showcasing over 2,000 companies and attracting over 60,000 visitors from across the nation and overseas.

This is one of the fastest growing and successful field days in Australia.

The event is organised and promoted by Fairfax Rural Events, the organisers of many major events in Australia and New Zealand including the giant AgQuip Field Days in Gunnedah NSW.

Rugby Race Day
Date Sat 22nd Jun 2019
Where too much sport is never enough on a crisp winter's afternoon in the country, rugby, then racing, then more rugby.

Old boys, young boys and some just right fellas take to the field inside the racetrack and between the races (no horses are harmed in staging this event) to showcase western rugby prowess and have a punt in the bookies ring during half time.

Live music, live heating and lively patrons make for a cracker day in Roma at Bassett Park, home of the Roma Cup (where it's very warm come November).
Wondai Country Running Festival
Date Sat 22nd Jun 2019 to Sun 23rd Jun 2019
A day of country fun with markets, music, kids entertainment and more. Do come early to enjoy as part of your running weekend.

Wondai is a small country town on the Bunya Highway. About 2.5 kilometres from the Sunshine Coast and 3 hours from Brisbane. They are friendly and welcoming.

The Wondai Country Festival will commence at 7am on 22 June 2019 with the Wondai Country Market in Coronation Park.

The normal Wondai Parkrun starts at 7am and a 2 kilometre fun run at 9am, as well as many other running events including a full marathon.

During the markets there will be a huge number of rides, market and food stalls. They will have a full day of entertainment at the Percy Iszlaub Pavilion which will include live country music with the Stolzenberg Brothers, Wondai Town and District Band, local choirs and performers including local whip crackers.

They have once again engaged Cilla and Eden from ‘Blue Gum Farm’ to perform their new interactive show for the children. A live concert is held in the RSL from 3pm, tickets to be purchased from the Wondai Art Gallery.

For the festival program and updates, check the website.
St George Yellowbelly Country Music and Poets Festival
Date Mon 1st Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019
It's the best week in country music, bush poetry, food, drink, camping, fishing, friends and country hospitality.

Come along to St George Yellowbelly Country Music and Poets Festival and be part of this annual week long event.

Held from July 1 to 7, 2019, there's always a great line up of country music performers and bush poets and lots of fun walk-ups held throughout the week.

The St George Yellowbelly Country Music and Poets Festival is held at the St George Showgrounds where camping is available. For those wanting to secure a powered site then it's 'first in, best dressed' so make sure you get in early. Show and camping tickets are available at the gate. The main concert is Saturday July 6 and Sunday July 7 from 10am.

Snowflakes in Stanthorpe
Date Fri 5th Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019
The Snowflakes in Stanthorpe winter festival will take place over three days winter themed magical days.

Join them in the stunning Granite Belt region as they celebrate all things cool, in the coolest place in Queensland.

The festivities start in the main street on Friday afternoon and on the Saturday the Main Event is held at the Stanthorpe 'Snowgrounds'.

The whole family will enjoy the massive snowfield, the iceskating rink, plenty of market stalls, food, wine and entertainment.

On Sunday join them back at the 'Snowgrounds' for the Iceman Ironman Competition, Frostys fun fun, vintage cars and so many more activities.

It's Going to be Snow Much Fun!

Abbey of the Roses - Christmas in July
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019 to Sat 27th Jul 2019
Christmas In July dinners at the Abbey Country House Manor, have become a popular annual event in Warwick.

They are held every Saturday night plus last two Friday nights in July and include a three course set dinner, three hour beverage package, Christmas trivia, secret Santa and it nearly always snows at the famous Christmas in July Dinners.

Accommodation is limited so book early to stay at this boutique hotel in Warwick.

Warwick Jumpers in Jazz festival is the last two weekends and there is a two night minimum stay these nights.

Blacksmithing Teen Workshop
Date Wed 10th Jul 2019
Forge a marshmallow fork in this three hour workshop designed for teens aged 13 to 17 years.

Teens will learn the process of heating and forging a piece of metal into a marshmallow fork under the expert tuition of their resident champion blacksmith, Terry Drennan.

Terry Drennan began training as a blacksmith and farrier in Melbourne when he was 21 years old. He has won the Australian champion in blacksmithing and farriery on many occasions. At the same time, Terry never lost the skills and enthusiasm for the other traditional facets of his trade such as making decorative gates and furniture. He has been teaching blacksmithing courses at Cobb+Co Museum for over 15 years.

Book now by contacting Cobb+Co Museum or on their website.

Spectators are welcome at all workshops.

Requirements: Please wear closed in shoes, long trousers and long sleeves.
Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival
Date Thu 18th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019
Jumpers and Jazz is an annual festival that occurs in Warwick, on Queensland’s Southern Downs. It is traditionally held over 10 days at the end of July. The festival was born out of a desire to create a positive community response to a major streetscape project in 2004.

As Queensland's quirkiest winter festival, it is a platform for the arts and a celebration of all that is wonderful about winter. Visitors embrace the chill and are inspired by vibrant music and art, while enjoying over 120 trees "wrapped in art" by textile artists from all over Australia.

Add to the mix an eclectic program of workshops, exhibitions, street festivals, a giant bonfire night, dining events, swing dance, live jazz entertainment and you create a festival abundant with colour, creativity and excitement.

Visitors can expect delightful country experiences through to sophisticated jazz performances of Swing, Dixieland and Mainstream Jazz in diverse venues across the region. A festival where there is something for everyone.

Killarney Bonfire Night
Date Sat 20th Jul 2019
Killarney Bonfire Night wards off the frost with fires, fireworks, and food.

Let's heat this place up!

Giant dragons, ships, fiery devils, flaming 44 gallon drums - the glowing wonders created by the Killarney community are the draw card for young and old alike at this winter celebration!

A giant pine bonfire is the centrepiece of an evening to surprise and delight.

Hot chips, barbecue, bar, curry and delicious mulled wine will warm you up, and an outstanding Fireworks display will conclude the night.

Held just two hours from Brisbane and one and three quarter hours from Toowoomba, this event is a fundraiser for Killarney Memorial Aged Care and an official event of Warwick's Jumpers and Jazz Festival.

Doesn't matter how cold it gets you can expect a warm, warm welcome in Killarney on Bonfire Night!

Come Home to Allora
Date Sat 20th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
On July 20 and 21, 2019, Allora will celebrate 150 years of Local Government and the Southern Railway connection.

This event is to celebrate an important milestone for the township and will include the official opening of the restored old shire hall, a tribute to Allora's war heroes, re-enactment of a bullock team crossing Dalrymple Creek, a bush poet’s breakfast, lost crafts demonstrations, a pioneers dinner, a beard growing competition and music and food throughout the weekend.

Allora’s historic buildings and museums will be open over the weekend and local groups will showcase other district assets. A souvenir program and booklet will be available prior to and at the event.
Opera at Jimbour
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019
Join them in the Western Downs to witness the majesty that is Opera at Jimbour. In partnership with Western Downs Regional Council, the Queensland Music Festival will once again delight audiences with food, wine, and opera.

Be sure to bring your chairs, blankets, and cushions!
Leatherplaiting Workshop
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019 to Mon 29th Jul 2019
Learn the basics of the intricate trade of leatherplaiting. Using Kangaroo leather, you will make your choice of an eight strand whip or a 13 strand belt. Kangaroo leather is often used by Australian leatherplaiters as it is one of the strongest leathers available. Its unique structure allows it to be cut very thin and still retain its strength.

Your tutor Bill Webb has been leatherplaiting for over 40 years. He started when he was just five years old and perfected his skill under the guidance of the late RM Williams. Bill is a four-time Dame Mary Durack Award Winner and took first and second places in the 2015 Australian Plaiting Championships.

Age: 16 years and over.
Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.
Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races
Date Fri 2nd Aug 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019
Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races is a three day event in which visitors can experience a unique blend of multi-cultural entertainment and an authentic camel race meet in a country location.

Staged every two years on the first weekend in August in the tiny town of Tara, just 3.5 hours west of Brisbane and 2 hours west of Toowoomba, the population of the town swells during festival time.

In addition to the iconic camel races there is an eclectic mix of live entertainment, bands, roving performers, cuisine, arts and culture, providing an opportunity for education and interaction for everybody, with free workshops also on offer.

You can camp onsite at the festival, encouraging some 2,000 camping, caravans and motorhomes.

Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo 2019
Date Fri 2nd Aug 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019
Each year, the Toowoomba Showgrounds hosts the region’s largest outdoor adventure event – The Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo. Over three huge days, you’ll see Australia’s best caravans, camper trailers, vehicles, 4x4 accessories and more all in the one convenient location! View and compare the best brands and find the perfect solution to fit your needs.

Bring the family along as they have entertainment to suit everyone. From jumping castles and wildlife shows for the kids through to a high flying stunt show and luxury vans for the adults. Discover a world of adventure at the 2019 Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo from 2 to 4 August at the Toowoomba Showgrounds.
Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival
Date Sun 11th Aug 2019
"One World Many Faces" is the theme of the Iconic Toowoomba Languages and Cultures (TLC) Festival - an annual celebration of the diversity in the community and a showcase of talents and colour from across the world! The vision of the Toowoomba Languages and Cultures (TLC) Festival is a celebration of the diversity of languages and cultures that exist within the Toowoomba region.

Over 22,000 people attend the event.

The Festival Features:

- Performances ( three stages with 65 plus performances).
- International Food Stalls.
- Mindful Wellbeing Expo.
- Exhibition Hall and Exhibition Lane.
- Languages Activities and Performances for all ages.
- Schools Language Activities and Performances.
- Market Stalls.
- Information displays.
- Multi-faith Displays.
- Kids Entertainment.
- Camel Rides, Animal Farm, Reptile Display.
- Workshops/demos.

Cobb & Co Festival
Date Thu 15th Aug 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019
Travel in a horse drawn carriage, see a bullock wagon in action, celebrate a piece of Australia’s unique outback history - just don’t tangle with the bushrangers!

Come to the Maranoa to celebrate the last run of the Cobb & Co Coach service in Australia along the Cobb & Co Way. Book a seat on the horse-drawn coach for a section of the historic route, bring a horse and team up with the trail ride, or join the celebration in event transport – this family friendly event retraces the 76 kilometre route of Cobb & Co Mail Service No. 177.

Celebrations include coach rides around Yuleba and Surat, a bush dance, markets, an open air concert, live theatre, an exhibition by national award winning artist Kathy Ellem, classic Australian movies showing in Surat’s heritage listed Shire Hall, and the list goes on…

Come along in period dress and join in the celebration of Australia’s history.

Tickets are required for most events. Keep an eye on their Cobb & Co Festival Facebook page for when bookings open.

And beware the bushrangers!
Historic Leyburn Sprints
Date Sat 17th Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
The Historic Leyburn Sprints will once again return to the streets of Leyburn for the 24th running! Watch around 200 cars will race around the idyllic country town of Leyburn, vying for trophies over 20 classes, as well as outright placings. Get amongst the drivers and their cars, ranging from the 1920's through to modern classics.

The Historic Leyburn Sprints commemorates the running of the Australian Grand Prix, held at Leyburn on a disused wartime airstrip in 1949. Come for the racing, stay for the sightseeing amongst this historic town and surroundings. Camping is available in the recreational reserve, a short walk from the track.

Celebrity drivers, country markets, live music, Show n Shine, and the Vintage Caravan Comp all add to the entertainment provided by this unique event in a fantastic setting - this event just keeps getting better and better!

InStudio Art Trail
Date Sat 17th Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
The InStudio Art Trail is an annual weekend event during which a variety of local artists open their home studios to the public, take up residence or exhibit in a central community space.

It is a self drive trail offering a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the picturesque countryside around Crows Nest and Hampton area whilst visiting artists in their creative space and gaining a glimpse into their working life and artistic journey.

Kingaroy BaconFest
Date Fri 23rd Aug 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019
Punters can anticipate a ‘pig day out’ at the Kingaroy BaconFest in August 2019.

The three-day sizzling food festival in Queensland’s beautiful South Burnett celebrates the versatility of bacon and puts Australian pork on centre stage during the Year of the Pig.

Discover the joy of bacon fries and chocolate dipped bacon at a two-day food market featuring specialist food trucks, attend a bacon eating competition, or learn from the best in the business at cooking demonstrations and master classes.

Bacon lovers with a flare for fashion may want to enter a Miss BaconFest pinup pageant conducted by popular Brisbane based coordinator Bettie Butcher.

There's even a Rasher’s Rush cycling and running event along the South Burnett Rail Trail and special activities for little piglets with a corner of the festival devoted to kids.

The crackling on the cake will be a 24 hour Australasian Barbecue Alliance sanctioned SunPork Smoke-off competition with up to 50 teams competing for a prize pool worth AUD14,000.

Ticketed events not to be missed include 'Wine and Swine' on Friday night, showcasing local wine and produce, and a 'Long Table Breakfast' on Sunday morning in Kingaroy's Central Business District.

River Dragon Festival - St George
Date Fri 6th Sep 2019 to Sat 7th Sep 2019
The River Dragon Festival being held in St George annually displaying the greatest natural asset the Balonne River and all water activities associated. This is a celebration of river activities, dragon boat racing, food and fine dining, and diverse culinary with a focus on St George's connection to the Dragon.
Heritage Nanango Country Muster
Date Thu 12th Sep 2019 to Sun 15th Sep 2019
Nanango Show Society holds its annual Country Muster featuring traditional Australian Country Music on the second weekend in September.

It's four days full of country music, poetry, gospel and all those things that make the Australian Bush lifestyle great.

The committee prides itself on the choice of artists as well as the variety from year to year. In the days leading up to the festival you are entertained by "Walk Up Artists" who are itching to showcase their talent.

The festival was founded in 2003 to provide an event that encourages tourists to stop and experience the warm country hospitality of Nanango and the South Burnett. So bring your caravan, tent, ute, or whatever you have and settle in for the celebrations of this traditional style of music.

Full camping facilities available from the Monday, 1 September (bookings essential). Plenty of hot showers and toilets available. A real bush atmosphere.

Blackbutt Avocado Festival
Date Sat 14th Sep 2019
The small rural Queensland town of Blackbutt comes alive in September for the Blackbutt Avocado Festival.

The Festival celebrates all things Blackbutt, in particular, their bloomin’ beautiful Blackbutt avocados -the sweetest and finest avocados you will ever find.

Festival goers will have the opportunity to visit "Avo Central" where they will learn how to cook, eat and grow avocados. Everything avocado featuring Blackbutt avos will amaze and entertain all.

Join in the avo juggling and other avo games and tests of skill. Make sure you have a roll or two in the famous Blackbutt Avo Roll and be in the roll for a AUD1,000 first prize for closest to the pin.

But the Festival is much more than that. Live music, street entertainment, free kids activities, historical guided tours, a grand street parade and much, much more.

Don’t miss it. Visit the website or the Facebook page for more information.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2019
Date Fri 20th Sep 2019 to Sun 29th Sep 2019
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a cultural party featuring a floral parade, local food and produce, regional wine, entertainment and all things spring! So come along and entice your senses at the iconic Grand Central Floral Parade, Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine, Night Garden powered by Ergon Energy, Docos After Dark, Progressive Foodie Tours, Historic Walking Tours and many more.
Lexus of Toowoomba presents Spring Polo
Date Sat 28th Sep 2019
This action packed, high adrenalin and endorphin rich, horse riding spectator sport has traditionally been secluded to the paddocks of our regional and rural areas. Spring Polo shifts the norm of this rural tradition and brings all the excitement of Polo and more right into the heart of the Toowoomba Central Business District. Patrons of Spring Polo are walking distance from the café culture and glamourous gardens of Australia's famous garden city.

It takes two teams of three players, a couple of umpires, at least eight horses, a beautiful oval, goals, mallets and a ball to get a chukka of polo underway.

Adding to this, event patrons will be attending a sensory explosion of live music, delicious eats and drinks, beautiful fashions, and a chance to enjoy a day out with your friends and family. With so much on offer Spring Polo will become a consuming passion with visitors returning year after year.

It is the only polo match in Australia that is located in the heart of the Central Business District of Toowoomba. Close proximity for those staying in town to easily walk from accommodation or to public transport.

Spring Polo 2019
Date Sat 28th Sep 2019
Spring Polo gives the Darling Downs, South East and South West Queensland communities a unique event to coincide with the official Carnival of Flowers Week.

Polo seemed to be the perfect fit. It offered something for all demographics and proved to be an event that attracted people from all over the South West and South East Queensland communities.

This year Spring Polo will feature two spectator friendly polo matches, all easily visible from the Canopy Lounge , the VIP Pavilion, and the reserved marquees, all with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating.

Field side champagne, live music and scrumptious food mixed with polo is the perfect reason to be a part of Toowoomba's Spring Polo in Queens Park.

It is the only polo match in Australia that is located in the heart of the Central Business District of Toowoomba. Close proximity for those staying in town to easily walk from accommodation or to public transport.
Wooden Wagon Wheel Workshop (Wheelwrighting)
Date Sat 28th Sep 2019 to Wed 2nd Oct 2019
You will assemble a complete twelve spoke wagon wheel from a hand made kit provided by their resident wheelwright Kerry Riehl. You will also personally make one of each item used in the construction including a spoke, felloe and hub. At the end of the five day workshop you will have a completed wheel to take home.

Wheelwright Kerry Riehl is a joiner by trade. He has been making and repairing wooden wheels for over 30 years, starting with his grandparents' old carts and drays. Kerry is passionate about passing on the skills of wheelwrighting and is a regular demonstrator at Cobb+Co Museum.

Age: 16 years and over.
Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.
Heritage Waterhole Rocks
Date Wed 16th Oct 2019 to Sun 20th Oct 2019
The Nanango A. P. and M. Society Incorporated, (The Nanango Show Society) is presenting the 8th Annual Waterhole Rocks Rock n Roll Campout weekend.

The program for this event is actually a combination of three events all combined into one.

Rock 'n' Roll music and dancing, Custom Cars and Hot Rods, and competitions with a Car and Vintage Caravan Show 'n' Shine with Grass Driving and Games.

Along with the Rock 'n' Roll bands there will be entertainers performing all weekend with free dance lessons (rock 'n' roll) for the public.

The show society will be running a canteen during the weekend and there will be plenty of camping plus a good number of stalls on site to wander and browse. Check them out on Facebook - The Waterhole Rocks.

Silversmithing Workshop
Date Sat 16th Nov 2019 to Sun 17th Nov 2019
Discover a variety of chain making and linking methods and create your own unique chain under the instruction of seasoned silversmith Dan Cox.

This workshop is conducted by renowned silversmith, Dan Cox. Specialising in handcrafted jewellery, Dan has conducted workshops throughout Queensland and has exhibited his work across Australia and internationally. Dan enjoys working with clients and students to create one-off meaningful pieces.

Requirements: Please wear closed in boots (or steel capped), long trousers and long sleeves.
Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival
Date Fri 28th Feb 2020 to Sun 8th Mar 2020
The Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival (official organisation name: Stanthorpe Festival Association Inc.) is one of Queensland’s longest running and most successful Festivals! Voted Queensland in the top 10 favourite Iconic Event/Festival during the Queensland Q150 Celebrations, the Festival is a “must do” on the Queensland events calendar.

The biennial festival is a celebration of the Granite Belt region’s produce and booming wine industry.

An average of over 70,000 people attend the festival and this is arguably Australia’s leading harvest festival having a successful track record spanning five decades.

It’s in Stanthorpe, heart of the Granite Belt Wine Region, on the New England Highway just north of the New South Wales border.

Stanthorpe is less than three hours drive from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Byron, Armidale, Dalby and Goondiwindi, a bit more from the Sunshine Coast, two hours from Lismore and the Northern Rivers, and a comfortable one and a half hours from Toowoomba.

‘Something for everyone’! With the districts successful wine, tourism, produce and horticulture industries, the potential crowd attraction of this Festival is significant and growing.