The unique events in Queensland’s 2017 calendar


The New Year is the time to explore a ‘new you’ and an excellent of doing that is by fulfilling your resolutions and travelling to new places. Queensland has brought a 2017 calendar filled with unique events for those who is looking for doing something out of the ordinary in the New Year.

Let’s take a look at five of them. Visit Queensland’s events page to get the list of all the events throughout the year.

The Cockroach Race, Brisbane

Now in its 35th year, the tournament celebrates the biggest pests of Queensland. The visitors will get to enjoy the race in a true arena style venue, complete with stadium seating and corporate boxes. It will take place on January 26 at the Story Bridge Hotel. Visit Cockroach Races to know more about the tournament and venue.

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Chinchilla Melon Festival

The ‘Melon Capital’ of Australia, Chinchilla, hosts the festival biennially. Thousands of visitors visit the small town to take part in funny events such as melon ironman, melon bungy, melon skiing, and melon chariot race. Visit Melon Fest to know more about the festival. It will take place from February 16 to 19.

The Great Wheelbarrow Race, Mareeba

Travel the far north Queensland to visit the town Mareeba during May 19 to 21 to watch or take part in the Great Wheelbarrow Race. Paying homage to the pioneering miners of the early 19th century, the participants have to race their wheelbarrows to complete a back-breaking 60km race. Visit the Great Wheelbarrow Race to know more about the race and its history.

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival, Sunshine Coast

Spend a great weekend on May 28 by visiting the Sunshine Coast to join the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival. You can enjoy or participate in a series of competitions including Pumpkin Pool, Pumpkin Power Shotput, Pumpkin Pageant, Patchwork Challenge, and more. Besides, you can book for the Heritage Dinner Dance on May 27 and relish the pre-festival fun with a country-style feed. Get more information about the festival at Goomeri Pumpkin Festival.

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Abbey Medieval Festival, AbbeyStowe

Let yourself being lost amid the mediaeval world of knights, damsels, and court jesters. Visit the Caboolture during July 8-9 to dine, dance, and joust your way into the mediaeval era. It’s a family-friendly event as kids can take part in a number of workshops. Visit Abbey Medieval Festival to buy tickets and know about the transport and accommodation.

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