The Weird and the Whacky

Queensland, Australia has a quirkier side…with some “unique” events!

CHINCHILLA MELON FESTIVAL

February Where’s the one place you can compete in watermelon-fueled obstacle events? Only at the Chinchilla Melon Festival of course, where melon-choly is not on the menu. Thousands of cheery patrons will flock to the small town to participate in sweet events such as melon skiing, melon bungy, melon ironman and a melon chariot race.

MARY POPPINS FESTIVAL, MARYBOROUGH

Date: 23 June – 2 July, 2017 Put your babysitting skills to the test at the Mary Poppins Festival. Parade your finest hat and umbrella, and put on your most comfortable shoes to dash a pram to the finish line in the Great Nanny Race. You’ll also be able to jazz-up your cleaning routine in the Chimney Sweep Challenge, raise your voice in the Mary’s River Cruise Singalong. Mary Poppin’s author, P.L. Travers, was born in Maryborough in 1899, and this year’s 10- day program will highlight storytelling for all ages through various art forms, such as music concerts, pop-up performances and art installations, allowing merrymakers to be a part of the Maryborough Story Trail experience.

VIVA SURFERS PARADISE, GOLD COAST

Date: 7-16 July, 2017 What do you call a group of Elvis Presley tribute artists? A gaggle of Elvi. And you will find them rocking it out for the coveted Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist crown at VIVA Surfers Paradise. Relive the toetapping tunes of the 50s and 60s with live performances, marvel at an array of vintage cars at show ‘n’ shines, and even renew your vowels in a mass ceremony on the beach, officiated by Elvis marriage celebrant, Dean Vegas.

BOULIA CAMEL RACES, OUTBACK

Date: 14-17 July, 2017 A hidden gem of outback Queensland is home to the Boulia Camel Races, a wacky and wonderful 4-day event held from the 14 – 17 July 2014. From belly dancing to sky diving, camel rides to market stalls, this festival is absolutely jam packed with way-out things to see and do, culminating in the Quarter-Mile Flyer and the Camel Cup races. Known as the ‘Melbourne Cup’ of camel racing, see these majestic creatures hurtle down 1500m of red dust, alongside plenty of live entertainment for the whole family.

WINDORAH INTERNATIONAL YABBY RACES, OUTBACK

Date: 30 August, 2017 Cheer on a sea of blue claw crustaceans as they crawl to the finish line in the Windorah International Yabby Races. Each of the ten yabbies in every race in named and auctioned off, as the main street outside the Western Star Hotel fills with eager punters and live music. The event has been running since 1998, all to raise much needed funds for the Royal Flying Doctors Association and local community groups, with auctions held for charitable organisations like Breast Cancer Research and Tie Up The Black Dog