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2019 Events and Insider Guide

Whether it's on the beach, the stage, or field, be prepared to experience world-class events in spectacular settings. View or download your 2019 Events and Insider Guide to start planning your perfect holiday to Townsville North Queensland. 


4th April 2020 to 5th April 2020

Shane Muspratt Cup

The Shane Muspratt Cup is an Annual Under 12’s Junior Rugby League Carnival Hosted by the Burdekin Roosters Junior Rugby League Club at Rugby Park, Wickham Street Ayr.

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18th April 2020 to 19th April 2020

Burdekin Junior Netball Carnival

The Burdekin Netball Association will this year be holding its annual junior carnival at their Association courts at 56 Twelfth Avenue, Home Hill. Teams from all over the North Queensland region will diverge on the Burdekin with an expected 400 competitors preparing to take to the courts.

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24th April 2020 to 26th April 2020

Burdekin Auto Festival

A three day event with up to 200 classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles on display including three on site driving events, dancing, live entertaintment and competitions. To keep up-to-date with the event details, please like the Burdekin Cruisers Car Club Inc on Facebook.

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25th April 2020 to 26th April 2020

Canefield Ashes Carnival

The Canefield Ashes brings the excitement of 20/20 cricket to the sugar capital of Australia. The competition has quickly developed into a great weekend of cricket, mateship and socialising. The two-day contest is held over a weekend and attracts teams from the Burdekin as well as Bowen, Proserpine and Charters Towers.

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26th April 2020

Burdekin Sugar Rush

The Burdekin Sugar Rush is the signature running event for the Burdekin Road Runners and Walkers Club. The event not only showcases the spectacular features of the Burdekin Shire, but also celebrates the role that fun and fitness has in the community. The event attracts running enthusiasts from around the region (including Townsville, Cairns, Charters Towers, Whitsundays and Mackay) and also has a key focus of attracting first time competitors through the provision of a half marathon (21 kilometres), five and ten kilometre fun run, team challenge and kids fun run. Most participants take part for the personal challenge, the experience of a vibrant community event and embracing an active and healthy lifestyle. The Rush Aims to: Create a signature running event for the district. Profile the Burdekin’s quality health and fitness facilities which enhance the visitor experience, which will in turn increase economic activity for the district. Promote to visitors that participating is an excellent way to experience the district’s wonderful lifestyle. Sugar Rush Start Times: 6.30am 21 kilometres. 7.15am 10 kilometres. 7.30am 5 kilometres, Seniors, Juniors Under16 and Pram Push.

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2nd May 2020 to 4th May 2020

Home Hill Sugar Bowl

The Home Hill Sugar Bowl will celebrate its 40th year of team tennis in 2020. Teams come from Mackay to Ingham and west from Charters Towers to compete.

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8th May 2020 to 18th May 2020

Burdekin Junior Eisteddfod

The largest event held in the Burdekin for the youth of North Queensland will showcase their talents in all cultural fields including music, visual art, dance and theatre. Over 2000 competitors perform on the Burdekin Theatre stage during this 10 day event.

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9th May 2020

Burdekin Craft Spectacular

A showcase of home cottage craft and other crafts from around the region. Great dining experience including their High Tea tasty treats. An event for the whole family.

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16th May 2020

Burdekin Growers Race Day

The Burdekin’s premier annual social event celebrates racing, fashion, mega prize draws, super bets, five event local horse racing program, boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables to give away and live entertainment. For more info visit their website.

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28th May 2020 to 30th May 2020

Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival

Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival is now a three day festival that incorporates the First Fire of the crushing season, Burdekin Cultural Fair and the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships. The Burdekin region is one of the last regions in Australia to still burn sugar cane before it is harvested. The First Fire celebrates that fact and involves burning the purpose grown cane to be cut in the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships. The Burdekin Cultural Fair celebrates the many cultures that make the Burdekin the friendly, multicultural town it is and the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships is a test of skill and endurance, with thousands of dollars in prize money up for grabs for competitors. Bring the family to experience history coming back to life, in the sugar capital of Australia- the Burdekin region. The First Fire and Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships are held at the Home Hill Showgrounds, about one and a quarter hour's drive south of Townsville, and 15 minutes from Ayr. The Burdekin Cultural Fair is held next to the PCYC on Macmillan Street in Ayr.

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11th June 2020 to 14th June 2020

Palm Creek Folk Festival

The Palm Creek Folk Festival is held annually on the first weekend on June starting on the Thursday and running until Sunday. The festival features live music from a cross section of musical genre's from artists and bands from all over Australia and internationally. The festival incorporates workshops, a Kids Festival, Youth live music stage, great market stalls, street theatre and performance art. The festival is snuggled at the foot of the Mount Surround at the Mountain View Caravan park on the Bruce Highway. The festival is run by the Townsville Folk and Acoustic Music Club.

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17th July 2020 to 19th July 2020

Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival

The focus of the “Ignite Your Mind” Burdekin Readers’ and Writers’ Festival has always been to bring together Australia’s best authors so residents and visitors could enjoy an intimate weekend of words, while also enjoying the delights of this beautiful region.

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23rd July 2020 to 26th July 2020

9th Biennial Queensland Heritage Rally

Step back in time and experience a weekend of vintage machinery in action, including for the first time on display the only functioning 1910 Marshall Tractor in the world. The rally is also aiming to bring together the largest collection of vintage motorcycles ever seen in Australia.

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5th September 2020

Burdekin Water Festival

Celebrating the abundance of water in the district. The Burdekin Water Festival is one of the longest running festivals in Queensland. The celebrations include a wide variety of exciting events that encompass the whole community. This includes an art exhibition that features an extensive display of artworks various mediums created by local artists.

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