Annual Old Wheels in Motion Rally and Swap Meet
July 14 - July 16
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.
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 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.
Throughout 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!
Camp and Go – 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. Pets by arrangement. To book a package contact the Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club.
The Old Wheels in Motion Rally and Swap Meet
3rd weekend in July
Queensland Heritage Park Complex
11 Exhibition Avenue
The Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club Inc.
P: (07) 4992 2400