• Quirky Australian Events

    Tourism QLD

    Quirky Australian Events


    JANUARYWindorah yabby races_Tourism QLD

    Billed as ‘the greatest gathering of thoroughbred cockroaches in the known universe’, the cockroach races held at the Story Bridge Hotel in Brisbane each year on Australia Day even includes a steeplechase event where the roaches have to hurdle a garden hose.
    On the same day, January 26, the Ettamogah Pub on the Sunshine Coast holds its annual ‘dunny ‘races (racing toilets). The prize is a toilet seat trophy. 
    In Port Lincoln, South Australia, they prefer to tuna toss on the national holiday. Men and women hurl compete eight to 10 kilogram tuna like Olympic hammers to see who can throw one the furthest. 
    If you've never seen anyone split open 47 watermelons in 60 seconds using nothing but their ‘melon’, you should probably head to Chinchilla in Queensland for one heck of a good laugh. The ‘Melon Capital’ of Australia, celebrates with melon skiing, melon bungee jumping, pip spitting, and melon tossing.



    Held in Singleton NSW in March each year, this 200-metre charge through an obstacle course comes with some prizes: entry to the world championships in Finland and your wife’s weight in beer. 
    The Dirt and Dust Triathlon, Australia's Best Butt competition, and bog snorkeling where competitors don snorkels and flippers to complete two lengths of a ‘peat bog’. These are all part of The Dirt and Dust Festival, held each year in April in the tiny Queensland town of Julia Creek, population 368. 
    • Ute Muster
    At Corrigin in the WA Wheatbelt, Dog in a Ute sees man's two best mates unite as country folk from far and wide try to break the national record for squeezing the most utes in a paddock at one time - with a dog in the back of course! The record is 1527.
    Corrigin Ute Muster_Tourism WA


      Other crazy racing events include the Boulia Camel Races in far west Queensland and the Australian Goat Racing Championships in Lightning Ridge. Or, doll up in your finest attire and join in the fun at a ‘B&S’ (Bachelors and Spinsters) ball where the schooners flow like a babbling brook at this annual bush bash held all over Australia.

      The outback isn’t the only place you’ll find old-fashioned Aussie fun. Try the weekly cane toad racing at the Arcadia Hotel on Magnetic Island or the weekly crab racing nights at the Friend in Hand Pub in Sydney.

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    The quirky, annual Camel Cup attracts visitors to Alice Springs from all over the world. Entertainment is assured, with nine unpredictable races around the dusty outback track throughout the day. 
    Boats in this race have to be made of discarded beer cans -– which aren't hard to find around Darwin. Most vessels sink in the Arafura Sea before they make it to the finish line at Mindil Beach. 
    Over 6,000 visitors flock to the tiny town of Birdsville for Australia’s most famous outback race meeting held on the edge of the Simpson Desert in outback Queensland.  The population swells from 120 to 6,000 people during the two day event. Not just a horse race, this is the Outback social event of the year with whip cracking, Ringers Dance and Stockyard Ball.
    This ‘boat’ race is held annually in the dry sandy bed of the Todd River in Alice Springs, Australia. There are only two rules: the craft must resemble a boat, and carry a four-member crew. Everything else is left up to the imagination.
    • Yabby Races
    Another most Australian of events is yabby racing, held this year at the end of August in the nearby Queensland town of Windorah and also at Charleville. Windorah is 386 kilometres by road east of Birdsville and 1200 kilometres west of Brisbane.  
    Held every August at the Paroo Track in Eulo, Queensland, 67 kilometres west of Cunnamulla, is the world lizard racing championships. The red bull dust track is best described as fast.
    lizard racing championships in Eulo_Tourism QLD
    Winton, birthplace of Qantas and Waltzing Matilda, holds the Winton Outback Festival featuring a Dunny Derby, whip cracking contests, wool bale rolling, and an Outback Ute Muster. 
    The Kulin Bush Races, with its horse, camel, sheep and dog racing, epitomises the spirit and hospitality of rural Western Australia. Look out for homemade tin horses in the paddocks lining the Tin Horse Highway.