be in the right place at the right time..
Schedule your visit to the Sandstone Wonders region to catch one of these special events and you’re guaranteed to add buckets of fun, dust and possibly fish, to your next RV or camping adventure. Experience it all from the nostalgia of classic cars to the thrill of horse racing, these events bring together locals and visitors, and showcase some of the region’s most simple pleasures amid ancient places.
While there is a long list of events occurring throughout the year in the region, here are just a few that might be welcome in your travel calendar:
Get your motor running
Travel back in time at Biloela’s Queensland Heritage Rally (20th – 22nd July 2018), a magnet for collectors, restorers and vintage enthusiasts. Satisfy your nostalgic side with an incredible display of machinery and vehicles, hands-on workshops teaching the “lost trade” of blacksmithing and other demonstrations. The smell of the camp oven will delight, a silent movie may amuse, and the swap meet and market stalls are sure to entice with the lure of hidden treasure. A camping ground is conveniently located adjacent to the site.
For those who prefer their engines thrashed and their tyres spinning, check out the Theodore Trail Ride (9th – 10th June 2018). More than 600 competitors and 1,200 spectators gather each year in Gyranda for this roaring competition that sees riders as young as four years old hit the track. Expect thrills and spills throughout, followed by a hilarious obstacle course and finally a family movie as you enjoy a barista made coffee.
Roll up, roll up, its showtime!
There’s no shortage of country exhibitions that celebrate the region’s history, agricultural industries, country lifestyle, and communities. From fireworks to lumberjacks, fashions on the field to prize heffers – discover an abundance of classic and quirky showtime fun.
Perhaps you’ll dig the Moura Coal & Country Festival (18th – 25th August 2018), offering an entire week of activity around all things coal, or maybe you’ll brave the reptiles at the Theodore Show (13th – 15th May 2018).
You might visit the historic Callide Valley Show (18th – 19th May 2018) or Wowan Annual Show (August 2018), which have both delighted families for over 80 years. Even more impressive is Taroom’s 113th Show this year (7th – 8th May 2018) still drawing crowds with its classic fare and parade.
Giddy up at the Cup
Join the crowds who dress to impress at the Thangool Cup (May 2018) or hold onto your hat as the dust flies at Taroom (September 2018). If you love a punt, a glass of bubbles, or simply the sound of those hooves drumming down the track – these are the events for you.
Drop by and hook in
Fishing is celebrated along the Dawson River and the region’s other scenic waters. The first event on your fishing calendar might be the Moura Muddy Water Classic (31st March – 1st April 2018) a competition the whole family can enjoy over Easter. If you don’t reel a winner in the river, there’s always the photography competition, lucky draw, or something tasty at the BBQ and bar. Keep an eye out for legendary sports commentator Dave ‘Hodgey’ Hodge this year too, often a regular at the Muddy Water Classic.
The Taroom Fishing Club also hosts an annual competition on the Glebe Weir (9th – 10th June 2018) followed shortly after by the Theodore Family Competition (21st – 22nd July 2018) and The Great Baralaba Saratoga Classic (8th – 9th September 2018), considered one of Queensland’s top inland fishing competitions. Limited camping on-site is available at all these events, with plenty of other options close-by.
Later in the year you can catch Lake Callide’s Family Fishing Classic (27th – 28th October 2018) in Biloela and see how your ‘barra’ measure up against the 103cm record. Stay the entire weekend with free camping on site.
Check out the Sandstone Wonders region’s full list of fishing competitions here.
Road to rodeo
For a true blue country experience you can’t beat a rodeo – a show of speed and skill where balance, timing and strength can mean the difference between a face full of dust or a fist full of triumph. There’s plenty to choose from in the Sandstone Wonders region and many of these popular events offer sideline live entertainment, food and beverage stalls, and even activities for the kids to add to the excitement.
Have you experienced the energy and atmosphere of a campdraft before? Why not kick off with Taroom’s Golden Horseshoe Campdraft (16th – 18th March 2018), and the Baralaba Show & Campdraft (April 14th – 15th 2018). Camping is conveniently located at the Neville Hewitt Weir Picnic Area for this particular event.
Next on the calendar is the Camboon Campdraft (19th May 2018) followed by Moura Bronze Boots Campdraft (14th July 2018) – both consistently attract locals and visitors who enjoy watching the dust fly.
Followed by the popular Taroom Rodeo, which is held on the last weekend in July, bringing the best bronco riders to town along with swarms of onlookers keen for a front row view of the grit and glory.
The season ends strong in September with the jumpin’ Jambin Champagne Campdraft (15th September 2018) and Theodore’s Bulls n Barrels Bonanza Rodeo, (22nd September 2018).
So, what are you waiting for? Why not ‘get cracking’ and experience a rodeo, or any of the region’s other fantastic events first hand?
Planning to camp?
To make the most of your visit to the Sandstone Wonders region, why not camp? It’s the best way to experience the key events across the region. Camping spots are readily available in the region, but facilities are often limited. If you are planning to camp in a designated campground or National Park ensure you book and obtain the necessary permit – especially during busy periods like Easter.
Book online at www.qld.gov.au/camping or phone 13QGOV (13 74 68). Charges may apply.
Or check out some of the suggested self-drive trails.