Cane toad racing makes a comeback
READY, steady...toad. Airlie’s Magnums Hotel is proudly returning a town-favourite event to Thursday nights.
From 9pm each Thursday, Magnums staff will auction off eight toads per round to the highest bidders.
The nights will include a total of four races and the winner of each race takes the cash.
Magnums staff member John Cauchi is the nominated toad-master who labels the toads and places them in a bucket for the races.
When the bucket is lifted, the cane toads take off and the crowds go ballistic with excitement.
The first toad to leap away from the designated ring and cross the markings is the winner.
Thursday nights at Magnums also include live music with local musicians and DJs from 7pm.
Magnums assistant manager Ben Lou- goon described the night as “toad-ally awesome”.
“Everyone gets really into it especially in the last couple of races and with the live music, Magnums is the only place to be on a Thursday,” he said.
Toad races have become very popular among tourists in tropical North Queensland ad have historically been a part of the entertainment line-up at Airlie Beach.
Locals and tourists alike now have the chance to win big money on the toads again.
READY TO RUMBLE: Magnums staff John Cauchi, Sandra Meyer and Ben Lougoon had a wicked time at the return of cane toad racing on Thursday night.