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Grab Your Crew and Head to Outback QLD

Kick up your boots at the Cunnamulla Fella Festival

Grab Your Crew and Head to Outback QLD

It’s the Year of Outback Queensland and that means there is no excuse not to head west with your mates to experience a true-blue Aussie rodeo. For one week at the end of August (pre-event activities start on the 24th August and the main event runs from the 30th August to 1st September), cowboys and bull riders, shearers and stockmen, foodies, travellers, music lovers and visitors alike will flock to Cunnamulla Fella Festival to get into the outback Queensland spirit. Here are our top ten suggestions for getting the most out of the Cunnamulla Fella Festival.

1. If you want to look the part, you have to dress the part

Our best advice is to dress country – grab a cowgirl hat, boot-scootin’ boots and a big shiny belt and buckle. Keep in mind that even though you want to look super stylish it will get dusty so skip the high fashion couture when packing.

2. Snap a picture with the Cunnamulla Fella

If you didn’t get a picture were you even really there? To prove that you actually went to the Cunnamulla Fella Festival grab a pic with the statue on Jane Street as this is an absolute must. The statue is a tribute to the Slim Dusty song, “The Cunnamulla Fella”.

3. Whip it good with Walter Whip

Watch an absolutely cracking performance by Walter before he’s on Channel Seven’s Australia’s Got Talent and becomes too famous for us! If you're still not convinced, just wait until you experience the sight of a good-looking man cracking a whip.

4. Join in on the illusion

A festival wouldn’t be complete without the internationally acclaimed magic-maker Cosentino. He is a Guinness Book world record holder, winner of Dancing with the Stars and one of the best illusionists in the world. What are you waiting for, grab yourself a ticket!

5. Sing up a storm

No outback festival would be complete without some good old country music. You’re lucky enough to be in the presence of country music star and winner of 12 golden guitars, Adam Brand as well as Redneck Gentlemen and Dani Young.

6. Be amazed at the Circus skills

Cunnamulla Fella Festival is lucky enough to have Australia’s oldest circus family, Ashton Entertainment performing this year. You need to check out the show to see the Globe of Death which is performed by Jefferson Amaral with Amelia Smith; he whizzes around the globe with Amelia standing in the centre, Amelia has to be totally on point with her positioning or… we might all need to cover our eyes for this one.

7. Fun for everyone

FREE circus workshops will be run by Ashton Entertainment for all the kiddies. This includes juggling, hula hooping and loads more. We apologise in advance if they become obsessed with performing circus tricks for you inside the house but on the plus side at least they’re off their devices!

8. Rev it up

If you think you’re up to it, enter the motorbike gymkhana to be in the running to win $5000 prize money. This is sure to be one event not to miss, with jumps, tricks and inevitably some stacks, to get the adrenaline pumping in the audience.

9. Do a splash of shopping

Everyone loves to shop. Have a stroll through the market stalls and admire the locally made arts and crafts. Meet and support the makers of artisan wears and the local artists from Outback Queensland.

10. Bucking bulls

We saved the very best ‘till last… the PBR bull riders! The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) have more than 1200 bull rider members and compete in more than 300 competitions around the globe. Sit tight for this exhilarating event.

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Camille Brandon

Camille Brandon

Living on the Gold Coast her whole life, she has a lot of hot tips and secret places to share with the public (if they’re lucky). During the week, when she’s not holed up in her room studying, you’ll find her brunching at cute cafes, trying to get a tan at the beach or playing soccer. On the weekend you’ll most often find her at a photoshoot, behind the lens, practising her passion for photography. She’s well-travelled, with 23 countries up her sleeve already and hopes to continue ticking countries off the list over the years to come.