Home Hill Harvest Festival

The annual Home Hill Harvest Festival celebrates the end of the sugar harvesting season, and has been running since 1963. Held in late October and early November, celebrations include a wide variety of family events and culminate in a Grand Parade and Mardi Gras! The 2015 Home Hill Harvest Festival Grand Parade and Mardi Gras [...]

Bolshoi Ballet – Free Live Simulcast at the Burdekin Theatre

The Burdekin Theatre will have the rare chance to experience the finery and exquisite detail of one of the most magnificent ballets in the world via live simulcast, Bolshoi Ballet’s Le Corsaire. This opportunity will not be seen within 300 kilometres of the Burdekin area. Filmed live from QPAC’s Lyric Theatre and streamed direct to [...]

Burdekin Auto Festival Car and Bike Show

Come and enjoy a huge action packed day at the Burdekin Auto Festival. There will be so much on offer including a Show N Shine of cars and motorbikes, driving events to test your skill, burnout competition and Demolition Derby to finish. Kids attractions will include such things as the Dragster Slide, Merry go round [...]

Queensland Heritage Rally

The 6th biennial Queensland Heritage Rally will be held in North Queensland for the first time at the Ayr showgrounds. Visitors will experience vintage machinery in action, including for the first time on display the only 1910 Marshall Tractor (single speed) in the world. The Rally will also attempt to bring together the largest collection [...]

Palm Creek Folk Festival

The Palm Creek Folk Festival is an annual event, held in June each year, in the lush tropical grounds of the Mountain View Lake Eco Park, 40 kilometres south of Townsville, North Queensland. The event takes place over four days and three nights involving more than 100 performers and events with music concerts, dances, workshops, [...]

Tastes of the Burdekin

Tastes of the Burdekin is an annual food festival that forms an integral part of the Burdekin Water Festival. The Tastes of the Burdekin event focus’ on local produce and foods from the many cultural groups that make up the Burdekin region. With fantastic food and market stalls, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, competitions and fun [...]

Burdekin Water Festival

The Burdekin’s abundant water supply is celebrated each year at this much-loved festival. It is one of the longest running festivals in Queensland, with the first festival being held on 6 September 1958. The celebrations include a wide variety of exciting events that encompass the whole community. The three month-long program of events kicks off [...]

Home Hill Campdraft

For those that don’t know, the sport of campdrafting has its origins in the early days of the Australian stockman, and is believed to have begun in rural Queensland in the early part of the twentieth century. The sport today is conducted in a set of yards attached to an arena and requires the competitor [...]

Giru Show

The Burdekin township of Giru is a small township north of Ayr with approximately 370 residents. The annual show hosts visitors from surrounding areas who are seeking the excitement and activities that this small town has to offer! This one-day show caters to all ages with a range of displays, food stalls and entertainment. This [...]

Australian Hand Cane-Cutting Championships

Before mechanical cane harvesters, there were gangs of canecutters. Sometimes referred to as the gentlemen of the flashing blade, they laboured in the hot canefields with skill and grit. This competition brings that piece North Queensland history back to life. Staged each year at Home Hill, in the Burdekin Shire, this is the only hand [...]

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