Julia Creek’s weird and wonderful do
IT must be one of Australia’s most colourful Outback festivals, which is saying something.
The Julia Creek Dirt ‘N’ Dust Festival, now in its 23rd year, is an outback experience for curious visitors and Aussies of all ages.
While extreme sports aficionados flock to the gruelling triathlon, it’s the novelty events that really make it the outback extravaganza loved by locals and travellers.
The Festival takes place from April 7-9 2017, offering a wide array of events, from the renowned triathlon to bog snorkelling and cow pat throwing.
The three-day program is thought to be unlike any other event in the world, and certainly in Australia. Perhaps best known for its punishing Dirt ‘N’ Dust Triathlon, Australia’s first non-coastal run offers a particularly tough race, considering the Outback heat and strong winds.
This event consists of an 800m swim, 25km cycle and 5km run and has seen several world-class athletes and Olympians competing for the $8000 prize pool in previous years.
Registrations for the 2017 event are open now: more details can be found at the official website.
More than the triathlon, the unique and quirky outback festival is the ultimate bucket-list experience, with events including bog snorkelling, bull riding, fly swatting, cow pat throwing and even “Australia’s Best Butt Competition”.
In addition will be live entertainment including music, the Artesian Express Horse Races on the remote dirt track, and a trackside Country Tastes Luncheon.
“This is an adventure waiting to happen,” says Stephen Malone, president of the Julia Creek Dirt ‘N’ Dust Festival.
“It offers something for everyone – athletes, families, people of all ages and stages will have a ball.”
Julia Creek is in mid-north Queensland, about 17 hours drive from Brisbane and 250km east of the closest airport at Mount Isa. The small town’s population will swell to over 3,500 for the long weekend in April, in a celebration of the town’s history, adventure and country hospitality. The best way to travel is by road, allowing you to stop and experience the special character of the towns along the way.
For those who don’t want to drive themselves, Adventure Australia Treks and Tours are offering 4WD packages with highly trained and knowledgeable tour guide professionals allowing visitors the opportunity to sit back and focus on enjoying their trip while still providing an authentic outback experience. Other modes of transport including bus, Regional Express airlines and Inlander trains.
The Dirt ‘N’ Dust Festival is from Friday, April 7 to Sunday April 9, in Julia Creek, Queensland. The town is and is known for its farming and mining industries and has one of Queensland’s hottest and harshest climates.
Senior Triathlon competitors get down and dirty
Artesian Express Horse Races fashion day