Regional Tourism Guide for Southerndowns
Maryvale History and Heritage Weekend
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Explore the Good Old Days at Bestbrook for free.

Bestbrook is celebrating all things old.

The morning is kicking off with a Bush Poets Breakfast - this is not a competition it is more a chance for people to share their story in verse if they dare, it will be a walk up on the morning and give it a run.

The Coachhouse restaurant will be open from 7am for anyone who wants breakfast.

The rest of the day will be full of demonstrations from the past, they will have Rohan from Gleneden Family Farm doing some Black Smithing and Whip Making. Cyril will be spinning a yarn and doing some butter making and billy tea and damper. Bruce will be showing of his horsemanship skill’s on a young horse and Mick will be shearing a sheep and Shoeing a horse or two.

Bestbrook has a wonderful collection of things from the good old days to ponder and wonder how they use to be used, the Maryvale Progress Association has prepared a display board featuring the original land sale from 1911 and a few old photos of when Maryvale had a train station.

Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
The Warwick Cup is now firmly branded as one of regional Queensland’s richest and most respected race meets and has become a ‘must attend’ event on the Queensland regional racing calendar.

Warwick Cup Day is stylish, surprising and fun for the most humble to the most sophisticated.

Cycle and Stars - Two Day Leisure Cycling Tour of the Stanthorpe Region
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
Join their fully guided two-day leisure cycling tour of the Granite Belt to discover some of the area’s little gems. Pedal along quiet country roads enjoying the scenery, sampling local gourmet produce and wines while they take care of the directions.
Warwick Rodeo National APRA National Finals and Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft 2018
Date Mon 22nd Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
In traditional country style, “Australia's Most Famous" rodeo and campdraft celebrates and epitomises the determination and skill of riders. It honours Warwick being home of the Australian Championships since 1928.

Watch bull, horse and rider fly out the gate as campdrafting and rodeo merge in a historic high-stakes week-long event.

You’ll be in awe of the high level of skill and connection between campdrafting riders and their steeds as women, men and juniors vie for various race honours.

The Rodeo is the final of the Australian APRA series, so you’ll feel the tension build as each member of an elite group make their final pitch to win the Warwick Gold Cup event and achieve the pinnacle of their sport.

You can also browse tradeshow alley for genuine country attire, tuck into great country cooking, wash away the dust with a refreshing drink, chat to the locals and soak up stories about Australian country icons, snag an autograph from rodeo celebrities roaming the grounds, stay on to party with live music ‘til the early hours and meet the riders and learn how they prepare for bull-rides and campdrafts.

The Johnny Cash Country Festival
Date Fri 2nd Nov 2018 to Sat 3rd Nov 2018
The outstanding success of Stanthorpe’s 2017 Johnny Cash Country Festival confirmed the organisers objective of it becoming an annual event generating to our local economy.

The Festival celebrates the fact that Johnny Cash and wife June Carter visited Stanthorpe regularly during the 1980s and 1990s. They came to visit an American friend of Johnny's, who had moved to Australia for family reasons related to his Australian wife. They came to love this small country town, its people and the district, hence their regular visits.

This year’s main event will again feature one of Australia’s top Johnny Cash Tribute bands, supported by three well respected Country and Rockabilly groups celebrating music of the era. There will also be a market, an American themed menu and full bar service.

Pre-concert activities: Once again, they will have their movie night on the Friday night, featuring Johnny Cash themed films (charges apply).

Then on Saturday morning in the town centre, they will hold their Man in Black song contest along with other musical entertainment (free). This was so much fun last year!
Dinner Under the Stars
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018
A food and wine experience not to be missed. Indulge in their hand crafted single vineyard wines, all sourced from their sustainably managed dry grown vineyard, matched with a range of exciting dishes created by acclaimed local chef Jason Costanzo. Celebrate with them the joy of Spring in the Granite Belt, with a sumptuous dinner featuring ingredients from a variety of local small scale producers.

A truly unique dining experience with guests seated at long tables in the grounds of their stylish 1920s Queenslander cellar door building, all framed by the spectacular Granite Belt night sky!

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
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!
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.
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!