Old Wheels in Motion Rally & Swap Meet
July 15 - July 16
The Old Wheels in Motion Rally and Swap Meet is held at Queensland Heritage Park, Biloela on the 3rd weekend in July at Queensland Heritage Park Complex, 11 Exhibition Avenue, Biloela.
Wheels in motion turn on the charm
If the nation was built on the pioneer spirit, in the 20th Century it was driven by modern machines. In celebration of 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 the ‘Kangaroo’ butter churn known for its jumping action 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.
There’s special pieces too: the newly 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 1901 vintage Napier – the only car of its kind in Australia, or the almost complete collection (bar one) of David Brown tractors, dating back to 1934.
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.
On the grounds, you can also see blacksmiths forging iron over an open pit, women using a wood stove in the kitchen and a copper in the laundry, while Pretty Plains, a Garrett engine, is renowned for letting off steam!
Where’s the Old Wheels in Motion Rally held?
The rally and swap meet is held at the Queensland Heritage Park Complex on Exhibition Avenue, Biloela.
Contact the Old Wheels in Motion Rally and Swap Meet
Old Wheels in Motion Rally and Swap Meet details
- 3rd weekend in July
- Queensland Heritage Park Complex
- 11 Exhibition Avenue
- The Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club Inc.
- E: [email protected]
- P: (07) 4992 2400
Can I camp near the Old Wheels in Motion Rally?
A camping ground adjacent to the Rally site offers easy access to the two-day event. Camper packages are available for those who are quick. To book a package contact the Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club.
- Queensland Heritage Park
- Greycliffe Homestead
- Spirit of the Land mural
- Lake Callide
- Callide Lookout
- Thangool Races
- Kroombit Tops National Park
- Mount Scoria – the musical mountain
- Lake Callide Family Fishing Classic
- Biloela Auto Fest
- Callide Valley Agricultural Show
- Brigalow Arts Festival
3rd week in July