Old Wheels in Motion Rally
July 18 - July 19
Turning back time for future generations
If the nation was built on the pioneer spirit, in the 20th Century it was driven by modern machines. In celebration of over 100 years of ingenuity and life on the land, the Old Wheels in Motion Rally and Swap Meet is a chance to see firsthand the machines that forever changed farming, transport and even the family home.Faithfully restored to working order, the exhibits are as fascinating as they are fun. The strange and the splendid stand together, waiting for you to rediscover as you stroll back in time. From eclectic displays of rusty iron and immaculate restorations to vintage tractors slogging it out in the ‘Drag Queen’ tug of war, the rally is a labour of love for the 100 volunteers who make it happen each year on the third weekend in July. Collectors come from all over to display their prize possessions.
As expert hobbyists, they’re always keen to share stories, explain how things work and show the machines in action. There’s those special pieces too: the restored 1928 Reaper and Binder. A highly sophisticated machine for its day, the Reaper and Binder will crop, belt, bundle, tie and dispense an entire oat harvest, all in one go; the Marshall Sons & Co. Thresher which dates back to the 1800’s, or the yellow David Brown Taskmaster tractor, a nod to foundation member Mervyn Hill (dec’d), dating back to 1952. These, along with many others take pride of place in the most popular part of the program – the daily Grand Parade – a unique and not to be missed event.
Throughout the grounds, you can also see blacksmiths forging iron over glowing coals, butter and flour being made the old fashioned way and a copper in the laundry, while Pretty Plains, a Garrett engine, is renowned for letting off steam!
RALLY & VENUE DETAILS
The rally is held at the Queensland Heritage Park Complex on Exhibition Avenue, Biloela.
- 3rd weekend in July
- Queensland Heritage Park Complex
- 11 Exhibition Avenue, Biloela
- The Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club Inc.
- E: email@example.com
- P: (07) 4992 2400
Can I camp near the Rally?
A camping ground adjacent to the rally site offers easy access to the three-day event. Camper packages are available for those who are quick. To book a package contact the Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club.
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- Spirit of the Land mural
- Lake Callide
- Callide Lookout
- Thangool Races
- Kroombit Tops National Park
- Mount Scoria – the musical mountain