The legendary Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo will bring world-class rodeo competition plus a festival of entertainment to the north-west Queensland Outback in August.
The 58th annual Isa Rodeo is the largest rodeo in the southern hemisphere, attracting the pinnacle of cowboys and cowgirls from around Australia and overseas competing for prize money worth more than $200,000 from August 12 to 14.
Outside the famous Buchanan Park arena, a rodeo festival gets underway, including live concerts, a free family mardi-gras, street party, Fred Brophy’s Outback boxing troupe, bush poets breakfast and much more.
Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo Manager Ms Natalie Flecker said planning for the 2016 rodeo started almost as soon as the dust settled on last year’s event.
“Our focus is always on how can we make the rodeo even better for our competitors and our audience,” she said.
“From very humble beginnings in 1959 when three small Rotary Clubs joined forces to put on a rodeo to put their small mining town on the map, the Isa Rodeo has grown to be as big a spectacle as you’ll see anywhere in the world. Every year the rodeo donates proceeds back into the local community, with these donations totaling more than $4 million to date.”
Ms Flecker said the rodeo’s popular Swag City’s capacity would be expanded for this year’s event and $150,000 had been spent on improvements to the competitor area.
A multi-stage entertainment precinct will feature some of Australia’s top country rock acts, while chute tours will give rodeo-goers exclusive access to the area behind the chutes, where competitors prepared for their rides.
Three and five day packages were available, with the popular reserved Gold seating expected to sell out well before the gates open on August 12.
“We will have new tour options for visitors to Mount Isa including town tours and scenic helicopter flights,” said Ms Flecker. “It’s going to be a big year.”
The action kicks off with the popular Isa Street Party on Wednesday, August 10; Mailman Express Sprint Horse Race on Thursday, August 11; with the rodeo competition, family mardi-gras parade and opening ceremony the following day (Friday, August 12).
The weekend focus is on rodeo competition, also relayed live on the Big Screen, as well as live concerts on Friday and Saturday nights, in the lead up to the Sunday rodeo finals.
Three to five day Swag City packages will be available online at www.isarodeo.com.au, along with rodeo holiday packages, combining accommodation, rodeo tickets and local attractions.
Mount Isa is located in north-west Queensland, 900km inland from Townsville along the Overlander’s Way and is easily accessed by direct flights from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Darwin, Townsville and Cairns, as well as by road and bus.
There’s plenty to do in the Isa – take a “Hard Times Mine Tour” at the award-winning Outback at Isa, visit Australia’s only underground hospital and Riversleigh Fossil Centre, enjoy a picnic and water sports at Lake Moondarra or visit the region’s twin jewels, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and the fascinating Riversleigh Fossil Fields.
For accommodation and holiday ideas visit http://www.queenslandholidays.com.au/destinations/outback/
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