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Alternative Wacky Oz Festivals!
Chincilla Melon Festival. Photo by Cathy Finch
If the fast approaching Notting Hill Carnival or Edinburgh Fringe isn’t quite your cup of tea and you have an airline ticket Down Under, then Queensland, Australia may well have a suitable alternative……if you like melons, pumpkins or camels!

Chinchilla Melon Festival, 14-17 February 2019

Three and a half hours north of Brisbane, Chinchilla is known as the ‘Melon Capital’ of Australia, and is home to the biennial Chinchilla Melon Festival.

Attracting thousands of visitors every year – the next one is February 14-17 2019 - the festival celebrates the region’s watermelon farming with a number of quirky events including the Big Melon Weigh-in, the Melon Rodeo and the Melon Dash for Cash.

The Big Melon Weigh-in is synonymous with the event and the largest ever recorded was a whopping 87.5kg back in 2007. Those with nerves of steel can also enter into the Melon Rodeo to be in with a chance of winning thousands of dollars in the bull-ride. A crowd favourite, the Melon Dash for Cash and Skiing, is a messy and exciting part of the festival which is unmissable. Watch as participants try to out-run their competitors with a giant melon or use fruit to ski the furthest distance.

Melon lovers can find more details at http://melonfest.com.au

And, in keeping with Australia’s tradition for unusual place names, there is also the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival next May 26th.

As its name suggests, the event is held in Goomeri every May. A 3-hour drive from Brisbane, this free festival is perfect for families with entertainment and competitions including the famous Great Australian Pumpkin Roll™ on Policeman’s Hill, best decorated pumpkin and the pumpkin pageant. Other activities include the pumpkin power shot put, pumpkin bowls and pumpkin pull. There’s also a parade, live music and plenty of food (the majority of course featuring pumpkin!).

www.goomeripumpkinfestival.com.au


Birdsville Big Red Bash, 9-11 July 2019

Every July, Birdsville’s iconic Big Red Bash kicks off under the sweeping open skies of Queensland’s Simpson Desert. Dubbed the world’s most remote music festival, this concert is a uniquely Australian outback experience suitable for all ages.

http://www.bigredbash.com.au


Boulia Camel Races, 19-21 July 2019

Held every July in Queensland’s beautiful Outback, the Boulia Camel Races are a sight not to be missed on any adventure Down Under. The 3-day event is packed with exhilarating entertainment including of course the famous camel races. The first rounds take place on Saturday ahead of the finals on Sunday to determine who will be crowned winner of the silver and gold cups. The festival culminates with a firework display and concert.

www.bouliacamelraces.com.au

Alternative Wacky Oz Festivals!, 27th July 2018, 8:21 AM