Australia’s most famous rodeo, the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo brings world-class rodeo stars and a rodeo festival of entertainment to the north-west Queensland mining city every August.
This year’s award-winning event will buck into action in Mount Isa from August 8 to 10.
Rodeo Manager Ms Natalie Flecker said the city was already preparing to welcome thousands of visitors to the 56th annual Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo, who were all keen to experience the biggest rodeo in the southern hemisphere and some famous Outback Queensland hospitality.
“We are increasing the size of our popular Swag City this year, to complement the range of accommodation on offer for our visitors,” said Ms Flecker. “With its warm temperatures and clear blue skies, August is one of the best times to visit the Outback so we hope more travellers will plan a holiday around the biggest rodeo in the southern hemisphere.
“It’s a pretty special experience to sit in our purpose-built arena watching the pinnacle of rodeo competition and all the other entertainment that’s part of the festival.”
Ms Flecker said rodeo holiday packages, combining accommodation and rodeo tickets, would also be available for holiday-makers planning to head to the Isa.
“We are fortunate Mount Isa offers a great range of accommodation, from boutique and four-star hotels through to family-run motels, cabins and caravan parks,” she said. “The packages will provide the convenience of a one-stop booking for accommodation and rodeo tickets.
The Isa literally pumps with excitement as more than 26,000 visitors arrive in time for rodeo. The action kicks off with the Mailman Express Sprint Horse Race on Thursday, August 7, with the rodeo competition, family mardi gras parade and opening ceremony the following day (Friday, August 8). The first of the weekend’s live music performances is also a highlight of Friday night for rodeo-goers.
The weekend focus is on rodeo competition, also relayed live on the Big Screen, as well as Saturday night live entertainment, in the lead up to the Sunday rodeo finals. Other rodeo events include Fred Brophy’s famous Outback Boxing Troupe and a popular Bush Poets Breakfast.
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.
The rodeo has won more than a dozen awards in recent years. The 2009 event was voted 13th in the Events and Festivals category of Queensland’s favourite Q150 awards, as well as scooping three tourism awards to become a finalist in the Festivals and Events category at the 2007 Australian Tourism Awards, a feat it repeated at the 2012 national awards.
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