There’s plenty on wherever you are in the Charters Towers region this Australia Day period so pack your thongs and esky and get prepared for an extended celebration.
The main attraction is of course the Goldfield Ashes, kicking off today at a school, oval or paddock near you.
With 2700 cricketers in town there’s a match for every spectator, from A Grade to muck around so grab a beer or two go and check out a game.
The QLD and NT Indigenous bull riding championships are riding through Charters Towers on Saturday night, so after they pull up stumps at the cricket jump over to the rodeo grounds for the Bucko-Billy Rodeo.
It starts at 5pm running all through the night, entry is $10 for adults with kids under 14 getting in free.
If you need a lift in there’s a courtesy bus running from town to the showgrounds.
On the big day itself if you’re in town get along to Centenary Park at 9am for live music and free sausage sizzle.
There’s free kids activities including a visit from Captain Active, face painting and balloon animals.
If you’re out in Pentland get down to the Saddler’s Memorial Hall for a big Australian breakfast from 8-9am.
Afterwards will be the Australia Day awards and damper cooking, kids bike decorating and Aussie hat competitions.
Cool down at the public pool with free entry after 11:30am.
If you’re up north in Greenvale come along to the country club from 10am for all your favourite Australia Day activities from Lamington eating, damper cooking and boomerang throwing.
There’s plenty for the kids too with a giant slide, water balloon fight and treasure hunt all on the program.
If you fancy yourself as a trivia buff there will be an Australia poetry trivia competition too.
It’s $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 10 for the day.
Wherever you are we hope you stay safe and have fun this Australia Day period.