Winton Aims to Set New Highs

With the re-opening of the Waltzing Matilda Centre on Friday the Winton community is set to revitalise tourism across the south and central west.

Banjo Paterson
With the biggest inland music and culture festival ever held in Queensland to celebrate the re-opening, more than 6,000 visitors have started pouring into the township and will be on hand to see the official rebirth of the complex this weekend.

The $23 million re-build followed that devistating blaze in 2015 which complety destroyed the iconic centre.

The re-build has seen a modernization of the centre, which first opened its doors in 1998.

It became the first museum to be dedicated to Australia’s most recognised song, Waltzing Matilda, penned by Banjo Paterson and first performed at Winton’s North Gregory Hotel.

Artists including Jessica Mauboy, The Living End, Kip Moore (USA), Lee Brice (USA), John Williamson, Sheppard, Busby Marou, Russell Morris, The Black Sorrows, The Pierce Brothers and more are on hand as part of a sensational musical line-up of country, pop, rock and blues.

There’s also a packed weekend of entertainment planned to include markets and the race meeting.

Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Premier Palasczuk will be on hand for the official ceremony.