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Regional Tourism Guide for Toowoomba
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The Ultimate Pink Night at Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway
Date Sat 15th Dec 2018
The Ultimate Pink Night is an annual event they hold at Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway to raise funds and support the National Breast Cancer Foundation. On this night, all ladies get in free with a gold coin donation that goes towards research to assist the NBCF aspirations of zero deaths from Breast Cancer by 2030.

This is a fun event themed in Pink to increase awareness of Breast Cancer and women's health issues in the environment of Motorsport.

Come along for a great night of entertainment and show your support for this great cause.
New Year's Eve Bush Dance
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Kick you boots off for a night you won't forget. With a buffet, open bar, late night burger bar and live music all night there is no better way to kick start the new year. Best of all, you can stay onsite in your tent or caravan so there is no need to worry about getting a cab or driving home! Bookings are required so please book online or phone their friendly team to reserve your place.
New Years Eve - Stanthorpe Eats and Beats
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018 to Tue 1st Jan 2019
Nestled in the Granite Belt, approximately two and a half hours inland from Brisbane- surrounded by National parks for the adventurer, award winning wineries and gourmet treats and treasurers along the way, Stanthorpe has your road trip covered for your new years adventure

The night will kick of from 5.30pm with Brisbane man - Nathan Bruen. Nathan will also be featuring as the DJ main man for your non stop music throughout the breaks.

Main band- Little Billie, will be in later in the evening with their energetic, contemporary style and upbeat rockabilly edge.

You will be in for a treat with the selection of street food vendors to tantalise your taste buds, ice cold bevos to refresh your singing voice and don't forget the coffee for the designated drivers!

Kiddies are well taken care of with the FREE kiddies area including jumping castle, face painting, activities and more! (kids activities open from 5.30pm - 9.30pm)
Ananda Mela Yoga and Meditation Festival
Date Fri 4th Jan 2019 to Wed 9th Jan 2019
The Ananda Mela Festival is a family friendly event offering yoga, meditation, an abundance of healthy gourmet vegetarian/vegan food, social development workshops and spiritual philosophy.

This is a unique, vibrant, spiritual festival which celebrates cultural diversity, encourages environmental sustainability initiatives and promotes health and well-being.

The festival is held near Stanthorpe, Queensland, located at the heart of the Granite Belt. The area boasts spectacular countryside, massive granite outcroppings, rolling farmland and an abundance of flora and fauna.
Australian V8 Dirt Modified and Australian AMCA National Championships
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019 to Sat 19th Jan 2019
Hi-Tec Oils Speedway Toowoomba is excited to announce a spectacular double header Australian Championship weekend as a major season highlight for the 2018/2019 season.



The Australian V8 Dirt Modified and Australian AMCA Nationals Championship will share the bill in what will be an historic and significant weekend for the iconic Toowoomba venue.

The Australian Titles will run for both categories over both nights as well as other classes, Street Stocks on Friday and Compact Speedcars, Production Sedans, F500 and Microsprints on the Saturday night.

The Hi-Tec Oils Speedway is an iconic venue operating since 1977 with improved and upgraded facilities completed over the past two years.

Bring a picnic rug and sit on the hill, in the grandstand or even hire a Catered Corporate Box for family, friends and work functions.

Buy a Pit Pass and view the Race Teams in action prepping their cars and drivers before and after the events, this is a real spectacle to watch.

Hi-Tec Oils Speedway prides itself as being a family-friendly, value for money, excitement plus entertainment option not only for rusted-on speedway fans but to a significantly wider audience.

Australia Day at the Woolshed
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
Celebrate Australia Day at the Woolshed at Jondaryan.  

What better way to spend this national day other than immersing yourself in the culture and history that makes Australia great.  

Accommodation available on site, stay in Heritage Listed Cottages, Rustic cabins or even the authentic Shearers Quarters or camp under the stars on powered and non-powered camping and caravan sites.

Entry is by a gold coin donation (Australia Day only).
Hotter than Hell
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
Last year, Hotter Than Hell embarked on its devilish maiden voyage bringing sold-out festivals to punters across the country and reuniting the biggest Aussie rock acts of the 90s and naughties for the first time since the classic era of Livid, Homebake and Big Day Out. Hotter Than Hell 2019 returns in the traditional December/January festival sweet-spot, bringing together Spiderbait, Shihad, Jebediah, Killing Heidi, Bodyjar, 28 Days and more, in a hellish lineup of legends.

Hotter Than Hell will again feature a rotating line-up of alternative rock royalty, hitting Townsville, Gladstone, Toowoomba, Gold Coast and Ipswich in massive outdoor events at some of the country’s most unsuspecting venues with more to be announced.

With all shows in this year’s run selling out, tickets for 2018/2019 are expected to go in record time. Don’t miss out!!

Summer 2019 will be Hotter Than Hell.
E&E Waste Hell of the West Triathlon and GTH+ Super Saturday
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
The Hell of the West Triathlon is a long course triathlon consisting of a two kilometre swim in the mighty Macintyre River, an 80 kilometre "dead flat" cycle along the Barwon Highway heading west towards, St George and a 20 kilometre 'hot as hell' run along the picturesque Macintyre River (which consists of three loops).

2019 sees the continuance of the GTH+ Super Saturday which involves the Hell Kids Triathlon, the Firestarter Triathlon (enticer length) and a five kilometre and 10 kilometre Gundy Inferno Charity Runs.

The iconic Queensland long course triathlon event is described as the "toughest triathlon in Queensland" and one of the longest running triathlons in Australia.

Temperatures of up to 38 degrees can be expected at this time of year and this heat is what the athletes love. Many athletes use the triathlon as part of their ironman training sessions, some athletes use it as their first long course triathlon and many athletes compete as part of a team, just to add to the spirit of sportsmanship.

It is a 'bucket list' triathlon for all triathletes world-wide.

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.
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.
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.

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.
Wondai Street Sprints
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
Following the inaugural Wondai Street Sprint held in 2016, and the follow-up in 2017, the next event in 2018 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 2018, a change of date to mid April is expected 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.

Easter Family Fun Weekend
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
Easter at the Woolshed is a fun filled weekend with activities for all ages! In 2018 they have bundled all these fun activities together with your camping to make it even easier to enjoy your weekend with them!

Activities for all include:
Horse and Cart rides, Bee Keeping demos, Blacksmithing demos, Whip cracking demos, Arts and crafts, Old time games, History Tours, Sheep Shearing demos, Machinery Displays, Family discos, Kids movies, Twilight tours plus many more displays throughout the museum! And of course the most loved and favourite Giant Easter Egg Muster!
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.
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!
Anzac Day at the Woolshed
Date Thu 25th Apr 2019
Commemorate Anzac Day at the Woolshed on the 25 April.

Enjoy a wonderful day of activities to remember the soldiers and enjoy the true Aussie spirit with friends and family.



Come for the day or stay at their comfortable camp ground.

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.
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 www.discoverfarming.com.au 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.
Arcadia
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.
Mother's Day Lunch at The Woolshed
Date Sun 12th May 2019
Why not escape to the country with your mother this Mother's Day?

Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Woolshed Cafe Restaurant. The Woolshed Cafe will be open for Breakfast and Lunch, please be sure to book a table to secure your spot! Jump on the Horse & Cart for a relaxing trip around the Woolshed grounds.
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.
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.
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).
Snowflakes in Stanthorpe
Date Fri 5th Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019
Snowflakes in Stanthorpe is a winter based festival in the coldest town in Queensland.

This festival will give a visitors a snow based experience and include a snowfield, ice skating rink, snow globes, snowmen and snowflakes. It will be a fun day with markets, food and entertainment.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

Bony Mountain Folk Festival
Date Fri 20th Sep 2019 to Sun 22nd Sep 2019
Bony Mountain Festival is a celebration of everything Australian-the History-the Heritage-their very own music.

2019 will feature real bush bands with some old traditional songs and music. It will celebrate their Celtic roots and their pioneers and you're invited to come along.



Saturday is their big family day with Pirate Cave, Treasure Hunt, Captain Jack and free activities, also a special Fairy Cave catering for little ones. Friday and Saturday nights also feature their amazing flaming lizard. Dragons who breathe fire are a fabulous spectacle!

Morning and afternoon teas are supplied by CWA Ladies who cook up a storm every year! Boutique coffee will be available along with top fillet steaks and chips at The Shack. Spring Dell fruit wines, creamy fruit ice cream and mull wine will be available on Friday and Saturday nights- which they dedicate to the Blush Foundation every year which goes toward hiring breast care nurses in the local area.



Walk Up program kicks off Tuesday or join their Ukulele School. Learn the Ukulele with Mick. This is growing every year and the big performance on Sunday is a total highlight.

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.
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.
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.