The Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races, held this year from 2 to 4 August, will deliver the thrill of camel racing, staged amidst a three day extravaganza of multicultural entertainment.
Once every two years, the tiny town of Tara in Queensland’s Western Downs expands 8 fold from 2000 to more than 16,000 people with the authentic country camel race. The event is said to almost have more camels than locals, with an explosion of camels, visitors, and entertainers.
Entertainment Director Jessica Wilson is excited for this year’s event. “We’ve really tried to incorporate entertainers you wouldn’t expect to see in our own backyard. The locals love it, and we’ve created an atmosphere that attracts visitors from all over Australia.”
Visitors will come from across South East Queensland, with a growing number of interstate travellers in recent years. Festival President Linda Peterson said this year’s event will see the festival campgrounds full to the brim. “Camping at the festival is all part of the experience and our visitors really enjoy setting up right on site and having the whole festival and also the Tara main street all within an easy stroll,” she said. “We get a lot of groups booking campsites and especially caravan and motorhome clubs, which will see the campgrounds no doubt grow well beyond the 1460 campsites occupied at the previous festival.
Set to encourage even more visitors is the 2019 Ticket and Tent Stay Package which features a ready set tent complete with beds, bedding and additional comforts for those more interested in glamping. The festival of Queensland’s biggest camel race is set to surprise and amaze travellers, with cultural entertainment consisting of street performers, cuisine, cultural workshops and entertainment from across the globe, providing a most unlikely and extraordinary experience in a small, inland country town.
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