Campdrafts

There are few things more exciting than a good campdraft and the Banana region stages seven. The campdraft event calendar runs from April through to the end of September. Held on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd weekend of the month. For more details, check the Facebook and event links provided.

Distinctively Australian, campdrafts are a ritual of the drover, harking back to the mid-1880’s and passed down through generations.

Hard, fast and unforgiving, good natured gamesmanship between mates around the campfire sparked the now furious campdraft national competition that honours the elite in mustering and drafting skills.

Held in townships large and small right across the country, the heats are a crowd favourite as riders and their horses pitch their skills against man, beast and clock.

Not a sport for the faint hearted, you have to have plenty of bull dust in your veins to want to try your chances at a title. But stock men, women and children still line up to do just that.

Balance, timing and strength are on full show as riders cut one bull, steer or stag away from the herd and guide them into the camp (arena). Suddenly, everything happens at whip cracking speed, horse and rider with only seconds to go guide the animal through a course and figure eights and then through the gates (flags).

Held at showgrounds and recreation reserves, onsite catering and camping are available throughout the meets.

The campdrafts are definitely a sight to see and run from April through to the end of September.

Annual Campdraft Calendar

Golden Horse shoe Campdraft

March
Taroom Showground
4 Cranmer Street, Taroom
Onsite camping grounds
Find them on Facebook @ Taroom Golden Horseshoe Campdraft

Dawes Hall RCI Campdraft

April
Dawes Hall
Australia’s Country Way (A3), Thangool
Onsite camping grounds
Find them on Facebook @ Dawes Hall Campdraft

Bronze Boots Campdraft

July
Moura Recreational Grounds, Master Street, Moura
Onsite camping grounds
Find them on Facebook @ Moura Bronze Boots Campdraft

Baralaba Campdraft

April
Baralaba Showground, Wooroonah Road, Baralaba
Find them on Facebook @ Baralaba Show and Campdraft

Spindles and Spurs Campdraft

September
Theodore Showground, The Boulevard, Theodore
Onsite camping grounds
Find them on Facebook @ Theodore Spindles and Spurs Campdraft

Champagne Campdraft

September
Jambin Recreation Reserve, Australia’s Country Way (A3), Jambin
Free onsite camping, unlimited unpowered sites
Find them on Facebook @ Jambin Champagne Campdraft

Camboon Campdraft

September
Camboon Campdraft Ground, Defence Road, Camboon
Onsite camping grounds
Find them on Facebook @ Camboon Campdraft

 

 

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