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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.

				
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