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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. 

Events

27th April 2019 to 28th April 2019

Eugene Pagotto Memorial Canefield Ashes Carnival

The Home Hill Cricket Association will be hosting the Home Hill Canefield Ashes Cricket Carnival at the Home Hill Cricket Grounds in April 2019. The Canefield Ashes brings the excitement of 20/20 cricket to the sugar capital of Australia. Held at the Home Hill Racecourse in the Burdekin Shire, 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. The Home Hill Cricket Association and the Pagotto family are now calling for teams and sponsors for the Canefield Ashes. This sporting event raises much-needed funds for the Queensland Cancer Council and is held annually in honour of Eugene Pagotto.

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27th April 2019 to 28th April 2019

Burdekin Auto Festival 2019

The Burdekin Auto Festival is a weekend jam packed full of events celebrating classic automotive culture. The festival includes a Super Cruise, Show and Shine, Live entertainment and a Rockabilly dinner dance. Sunday is a fun filled day for the whole family with a kids corner, slot cars and free jumping castle. There will also be finals for the driving events and judging of the cars and bikes, finishing Sunday afternoon with the trophy presentations. Over 200 vintage cars, hot rods and motorbikes on display including three onsite driving events.

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28th April 2019

Burdekin Sugar Rush

The Burdekin Sugar Rush is the marquee event for the Burdekin Road Runners and Walkers Club. It is a key event in the Athletics North Queensland half marathon series and the only half marathon race within the Burdekin region. It has been run for the past 17 years and continue to grow and attract participants from all around the wider North Queensland region.

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4th May 2019 to 6th May 2019

Home Hill Sugar Bowl

An event over three days using both the Home Hill and Ayr tennis facilities. Teams coming from as far as Mackay and Ingham and out to Charters Towers. Individuals will be coming from Brisbane and Cairns. A team sporting event iconic to Regional Queensland. 2019 will be the 39th Consecutive Staging.

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11th May 2019

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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18th May 2019

Burdekin Growers Race Day

The Burdekin Growers Race Day is the largest social event on the Burdekin Shire's calendar with thousands of locals and visitors flocking to the Home Hill Race Club. It's not only the horses in the spotlight but the Fashion's of the field are hotly contested amongst race goers. There are thousands of dollars worth of prize giveaways throughout the day and a free box of locally grown fruit and vegetables are packed for every patron.

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30th May 2019 to 2nd June 2019

Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival

This event incorporates both the First Fire of the crushing season 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 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. Sit back and enjoy live cane fire up close, be a part of the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, be entertained by live music, wander through vintage machinery from yesteryear, take part in a workshop or two, enjoy a bite to eat from one of the many food providers or have a cold drink from the bar. There is something to do for the whole family. Both events are held at the Home Hill Showgrounds, about one and a quarter hour's drive south of Townsville, and 15 minutes from Ayr.

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1st September 2019

Burdekin Water Festival

The Burdekin Water Festival is a celebration of the abundance of water in the district. 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. For more information on events held as part of the Burdekin Water Festival visit the official website.

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1st November 2019 to 9th November 2019

Queensland Country Home Hill Harvest Festival

The Queensland Country Home Hill Harvest Festival celebrates the rich agricultural industry and the laid back lifestyle of the Burdekin. The annual program of events runs from October through to early November each year and provides an array of fun, activities and experiences for all.

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