The Cunnamulla Fella Roundup is all set to go ahead this Saturday 3 July at the Cunnamulla Showgrounds with the Outback Barrels Circuit from 8.30am and the Rodeo from 1pm featuring the Open Bull and Bronc Rides, Novice and Over 40s rides, junior mini bull rides and junior barrells.
The Junior Rodeo begins today (Wednesday) through to Friday as the perfect three-day adventure for kids these school holidays. Run by Shaun Ahern and Angus Mitchell, the school is covering basic horsemanship all the way to bareback and bronc riding skills with guest instructor, bareback legend Nick McGuire! A barrel racing clinic will be run by Jaime-Lee Prow with Adrian Roots running a bull fighting class!
** Given the three-day COVID lockdown currently across many parts of Queensland, the Drought Angels Country Cares Concert has been cancelled, given musicians and their crews cannot travel. Ticketholders will be contacted by the organisers.
Once a town where bullock teams passed through and shearers spilled from bar windows, today Cunnamulla in outback Queensland is known for its natural beauty, outback hospitality, celebrations and as the place where “the handshake’s stronger and the smile lasts longer”.
So, who is the Cunnamulla Fella? He is the essence of the outback immortalised in a song by Stan Coster, and sung by the legendary Slim Dusty, who spent considerable time in the outback town. Paying tribute to the ‘fellas of the region who forged the way – the shearers, ringers, bushman, riders and more – the Cunnamulla Fella statute stands tall in the main street, a fitting epicentre for this iconic Queensland town.
The township of Cunnamulla was created by Cobb & Co. on the third of September 1879, when the first coach drove through from Bourke. Today it is the only surviving south-west town along the original route. This says a lot about the people of Cunnamulla. Tough, resilient, creative…. they are down to earth folk who love their country. While wool growing and beef production are still the main industries, the new kids on the block are irrigated table grape farming, organic wheat and organic lamb production. The mighty Warrego River is on the edge of town. Kayaking, fishing, swimming ….it’s the perfect place for a bush picnic. Keen ‘twitchers’ will love discovering the region’s native birds in their natural environment too. Cunnamulla has some of the best natural sand hills in Australia. Just seeing them is an eye-catching feast.
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