FACT SHEET Events – Always something happening www.countryway.com.au Agricultural Shows this festival attracts garden lovers from far and wide. There are Local ‘Show Days’ are found dotted along Australia’s Country Way plenty of food and drink outlets, guest speakers and live – small and large towns alike provide visitors with a unique way entertainment. of ‘getting to know the locals’ – full of country characters, local Tel: Mr David Carter, 0429 999 029 produce, traditional farming skills and competitions, fun-rides, Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and your quintessential culinary offerings: Dagwood Dogs, hot Where: Upper Queens Park and key locations in Toowoomba chips with vinegar, grandma’s home-made cakes and biscuits, (open gardens) and fairy floss. Don’t miss these local events as you travel along When: 21 – 30 September 2007 the Country Way. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is Australia’s longest running annual horticultural event and is renowned as a national Spring Country Race Days icon. Carnival brings together horticulture, entertainment and Grape Crushing, Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Festival More than a great day out – Country Picnic Racing Carnivals are gourmet foods in a unique culmination of spring celebrations, an annual gathering for those who live on remote cattle stations. horticultural excellence and artistic diversity that remains Look out for local race days along the Country Way. unrivalled by any other Queensland event. Major country racing carnivals include: www.thecarnivalofflowers.com.au/ • Inverell Cup – New Years Day Monto Garden & Craft Expo • Monto Race Course – Ken Russell Memorial Cup, Where: Monto Showground, Oxley Street, Monto 31 March 2007 When: 13 October 2007 Open from 8.00am to 4.00pm. With workshops and guest • Nanango Race Course – Easter Meeting speakers, quality stalls and a large variety of plants for sale, this • South Burnett Race Course, Wondai – expo attracts bus loads from Rockhampton and Moura, and Anzac Day, 25 April 2007 visitors from all places in between. • Burrandowan Picnic Race Day, 12 May 2007 Tel: (07) 4166 9999 • Nanango Race Course – Nanango Cup Day, 26 May 2007 St Peters Open Gardens Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers • Gayndah Race Course – Gayndah Derby, 9 June 2007 Where: Armidale • South Burnett Race Course, Wondai (07) 4168 5530 – When: November 2007 Hampton High Country Food & Arts Festival Beach Race Day, 4 August 2007 Armidalians are passionate about their environment and Where: Chapman Park, Hampton (32 kms north of Toowoomba) • Gayndah Race Course – Gayndah Cup, 16 September 2007 their gardens in particular. Thus the annual St Peter’s Gardens When: 20 May 2007 • Wondai Race Course – Wondai Race Day, 20 October 2007 Weekend was started some 17 years ago and is now an Tease your taste buds and stimulate your senses! Embark on a annual event bringing visitors from far and near to enjoy the gourmet journey and celebrate the best of local produce, art and • Kumbia Race Course – Melbourne Cup Day, entertainment. Sample local cuisine, taste Darling Downs wines, First Tuesday in November Spring gardens. www.armidalegardens.org.au/ag/index.htm amble through the Art Exhibition, talk to the artists and watch • Nanango Race Course – Christmas Race Meeting, them execute their techniques in the demonstration areas or 9 December 2007 Food, Wine and Harvest Festivals just relax under the trees with delightful friends, delicious food • Nanango Race Course – Washington Developments Handicap, Gourd Festival and delectable wine and enjoy the musical and performance January 2008 Where: Danish Flower Art Complex, Highfields entertainment program on two stages. • Armidale Cup – March 2008 When: 24 – 25 March 2007 www.hamptonfestival.com • Tamworth Cup – April 2008 One of the quirky festivals is the annual Gourd Festival, Goomeri Pumpkin Festival celebrating the humble gourd which is grown locally. Where: Goomeri Streets and Policeman’s Hill Garden Expos Stallholders and unique displays come from all over Australia. When: 27 May 2007 Barambah Garden Festival Participate in gourd decorating classes or competitions for adults The annual Goomeri Pumpkin Festival is held on the last Sunday Where: Murgon Show Grounds and children, watch musical renditions with gourd instruments in May, with approximately 12,000 visitors flocking to the When: 31 March – 1 April 2007 and sample the gourd cooked into curries and other dishes. tiny town to enjoy the fun filled day, well known for its great The Barambah Garden festival is held in the Murgon Show www.danishflowerart.com.au entertainment, fun novelty competitions, delicious food and Grounds, taking advantage of the large pavilion, which allows Apple & Grape Festival warm, friendly country hospitality. areas for guest speakers and a dining area to enjoy food and drink Where: Stanthorpe local area www.goomeri.org.au/pumpkinfest/ in comfort. A large number of stalls attend the festival with plants When: March 2008 Gayndah Orange Festival and garden related products to suit all garden lovers. Three days and nights of non-stop fun! The festival held biennially Where: Gayndah local area Wondai Garden Expo is a celebration of the Granite Belt region’s produce and booming When: 4 – 10 June 2007 Where: Wondai Sports Ground Bunya Highway wine industry. The biennial festival celebrates the district’s citrus harvest. This When: 21 – 22 April 2007 www.appleandgrape.org/ year, it’s 50th anniversary, includes a gala ball, art show, street With a huge array of plants and garden related products for sale, parade and stalls, a fun day, rodeo and race meeting. Lavender Farm, Kingaroy Cobb & Co. Coach Museum, Toowoomba Crops, Crows Nest Country Harvest Vineyards • Sydney • newcaStle • Singleton • MuSwellbrook • Scone • taMworth • arMidale • guyra • glen inneS • inverell • • tenterfield • Stanthorpe • warwick • clifton • toowooMba • crowS neSt • yarraMan • nanango • kingaroy • • wondai • Murgon • gayndah • Mundubbera • eidSvold • Monto • biloela • Mount Morgan • rockhaMpton • Our Country. Your Way. FACT SHEET Monto Dairy Festival (Biennially) Music Festivals Where: Monto Tamworth Country Music Festival When: Held on Queen’s Birthday weekend The Monto Dairy Festival is held every even year to celebrate Where: Staged over 100 different venues throughout the city the importance of the milking cow to the town’s prosperity. The When: 19 – 28 January 2007 town parties on with bands, special guest entertainers, markets, Every January 75,000 converge on the city to celebrate Australia’s horse tricks, bush poetry, and a colourful parade with historically country music heritage. themed floats and Dairy Princesses. www.visittamworth.com.au Tel: (07) 4166 9999 Maidenwell Folk Festival www.countryway.com.au Kingaroy Peanut Festival Where: Maidenwell Hotel When: 9 – 11 March 2007 Historic Leyburn Motor Sprints Where: Haly Street, Kingaroy and surrounds Where: Leyburn When: 8 September 2007 The annual Maidenwell Folk Festival is two days of folk music revelries with lots of great food and free camping available When: 18 – 19 August 2007 The Peanut Festival has been held in Kingaroy since 1959 and The Historic Leyburn Sprints is an annual 2-day motor racing it’s their way of celebrating the prosperity that peanuts have around the hotel. Tel: (07) 4164 6133 feature that sees the rural Southern Darling Downs town explode brought to our area. It’s a Festival full of wholesome family fun! from a population of about 150 to more then 17,000 people over Surrounding the Saturday – the festival starts from the Friday Opera in the Paddock – Inverell March 2008 Where: “The Paddock” is located 25 Kms west of Inverell the two days of action packed entertainment. night to the Sunday afternoon with the whole community offering events and activities to ensure a great time is had by When: 17 March 2007 www.leyburnmotorsprints.com.au all. Activities include Thresher Pull a muscle versus machine… This highly successful outdoor music event includes a wonderful Murgon Heartbreaker Cycle Race where teams of very fit but mostly ambitious guys and gals selection of music including opera and operetta. There is always a Where: Murgon participate in a ‘tug-o-war’ with a peanut thresher… a great creative and interesting program with something for everybody. When: 22 September 2007 laugh for all; Roulette Fly-In - spectacular vision in the skies www.operainthepaddock.com.au For the sport enthusiasts, The Murgon Heartbreaker will sort about the towering peanut silos in the centre of town; Opera in the Vineyard – Stanthorpe area out the fit. Up the gruelling hill of Boat Mountain and then the a peanut parade; and competitions, rides, amusements, market Where: Ballandean Estate Winery exhilarating trip back down, 88 kilometres of concentrated effort. stalls and more! When: 6 May 2007 There will be a criterium held in the main street in the afternoon. Tel: Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce (07) 4162 6272 Opera in the Vineyard is a charity event held during the May Day Watching will be much easier than participating. Australian Small Winemakers Show long weekend each year. The function is organised by Ballandean South Burnett Speedway Where: Stanthorpe Exhibition Centre Estate and the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe. Where: Kingaroy Showgrounds, Youngman Street When: 27 October 2007 Tel: (07) 4684 1226 When: September 2007 The Australian Small Winemakers Show is the most prestigious Jazz in the Vineyard – Stanthorpe area The South Burnett Speedway will be roaring into life with wine show for small winemakers in Australia and New Zealand. Where Ballandean Estate Winery spectacular contests each meet. The Show is open to those wineries which crush less than When: 18 August 2007 Tel: Travis Barron, 0428 643 085 500 tonnes per annum and is run by a dedicated group of Jazz in the Vineyard is organised by Ballandean Estate and the Nanango Funfest volunteers from all walks of life. They are all interested in the Where: Nanango CBD and Pioneer Park Rotary Club of Stanthorpe, attracting world class performers and promotion of the Queensland Wine industry and the appreciation When: 13 October 2007 (Main Day) of Queensland wines. thousands of visitors to the region each year. Tel: (07) 4684 1226 Funfest is an annual event including food and craft stalls and www.asws.com.au plenty of exciting activities. There is sure to be something to Sapphire City Festival Country Music Muster, Nanango Where: Nanango Showgrounds capture your attention at the Nanango Funfest! Where: Inverell Tel: (07) 4171 6871 When: October 2007 When: 6 – 9 September 2007 As one of Nanango’s major annual events, The Country Music Kingaroy Lions Rodeo Each year, Inverell holds a major festival known as the Sapphire Where: Kingaroy Showgrounds, Youngman Street City Festival hosting a wide range of activities and displays. One Muster attracts visitors from far and wide for a weekend of country music entertainment. When: 20 October 2007 of the highlights of this event is the street parade on the last Annual rodeo, action packed events for all. Saturday of the Festival. Tel: (07) 4163 1273 Taabinga Spring Music Festival Tel: (07) 4162 1867 Tel: (02) 6728 8161 Where: Taabinga Warwick Rodeo Heritage Festivals When: 6 – 7 October 2007 Where: Warwick Show and Rodeo Grounds Highfields Pioneer Village Easter Vintage Festival Renowned music event for over 20 years ! Opera singers, When: 22 – 28 October 2007 Where: Highfields Pioneer Village orchestras, musicians and groups Australia wide. Held at the Warwick Showgrounds since 1929, the Warwick When: Easter Saturday, Sunday & Monday Tel: Colin Marshall, Taabinga Homestead (07) 4164 5531 Rodeo is known as ‘Australia’s Most Famous’ rodeo. The legends The Highfields Pioneer Historical Village is an attraction with of campdrafting and rough riding are all part of the history and rare and unusual collections of vintage machinery. Most of the Sporting & Fun tradition of the famous Warwick Rodeo. machinery has been restored to working order and can be seen in Nanango Heritage Endurance Rides www.warwickrodeo.com.au action particularly at the Easter Vintage Festival. Where: Nanango Showgrounds Lake Cania Annual Fly Fishing Competition Tel: (07) 46 966309 When: 17 March and 8 – 10 June 2007 Where: Lake Cania Boondooma Homestead Heritage Day & Bush Ballad Muster This event attracts competitors from Australia, New Zealand and When: November 2007 Where: Boondooma Homestead the globe, to compete in the fastest growing equestrian sport in The Cania Dam Fish Stocking Association runs the fly fishing When: 28 – 29 April 2007 the world. It involves the combination of one horse and one rider competition, which is open to all. Fishing is quite relaxing due to Devotees start arriving early in the week, settling into the bush competing over a designated course throughout Nanango, with the postcard surroundings of sheer sandstone escarpments, cliff camping area. There is non-stop entertainment 10.00am an emphasis on time and horse welfare. faces and the abundant wildlife like wallabies that won’t get out – 10.00pm on Saturday, along with demonstrations of traditional Tel: www.nanango.qld.gov.au of the way near the boat ramp. crafts, stalls, licensed bar and food outlets. Tenterfield Oracles of the Bush www.sweetwaterfishing.com.au Tel: (07) 4168 0161 Where: Various Venues around Tenterfield Autumn Festival – Armidale Central Queensland Australian Light Horse Re-enactment When: 12 April 2007 Where: Armidale Creek Lands and Reunion This festival is a celebration of Australian bush culture focusing When: March 2008 Where: Monto Showgrounds on poetry, literature, music and art performances, workshops and The Armidale Autumn Festival is an extensive time of celebration When: 5 – 7 October 2007 exhibitions, capturing the essence of cultural icons such as Henry involving a range of events that climaxes in an extensive street Commemorating the significance of the Australian Light Horse Lawson and Banjo Patterson. parade that shows of the diverse cultural, community and in our cultural heritage, this event draws Light Horse enthusiasts Tel: (02) 6736 1082 commercial aspect of the city. from Cairns to NSW. Incorporating the Monto Memorial Cup, it’s Warwick’s Jumpers & Jazz in July Festival Tel: 1800 627 736 a weekend full of Light Horse sporting events, as well as historical Where: Main Streets of Warwick displays, art exhibition, bush poetry and live entertainment. When: July each year This event has become the biggest regional Light Horse event in Tel: (07) 4661 9073 eastern Australia, and well worth visiting. • Sydney • newcaStle • Singleton • MuSwellbrook • Scone • taMworth • arMidale • guyra • glen inneS • inverell • • tenterfield • Stanthorpe • warwick • clifton • toowooMba • crowS neSt • yarraMan • nanango • kingaroy • • wondai • Murgon • gayndah • Mundubbera • eidSvold • Monto • biloela • Mount Morgan • rockhaMpton • Our Country. Your Way.