Grab your crew and head west! It’s time for the Cunnamulla Fella Festival!
Are you even a true-blue Aussie if you’ve never headed west for a rodeo?
For one week at the end of August, cowboys and bull riders, shearers and stockmen, foodies, travellers, music lovers and visitors from all over Australia head to Outback Queensland to celebrate the Cunnamulla Fella Festival! It’s the outback Queensland spirit, up close, personal and covered in genuine country dust and the people of Cunnamulla have officially invited you to get amongst it!
Top 10 Things to Do at the Cunnamulla Fella Festival
- This ain’t our first rodeo but if it’s yours here’s some tips to keep it country – firstly break out that country clobber – a cowgirl hat, boot-scootin’ boots and a decent belt and a buckle with bling ought to do it! But keep in mind you’re going to get dusty, with the broncs (untamed horses) kicking up in every direction and the cowboys racing around the arena it’s not a place for high fashion couture – think Akubra chic instead of Calvin Klein cool! Secondly, this is a dangerous competitive sport so expect to see some rough and tumble moves from the cowboys, girls and others. But don’t worry these are professional athletes they can tame the bronc like it’s no one’s business. Giddyup!
- Get a pic with the Cunnamulla Fella statute on Jane Street. It’s a must-do at Cunnamulla. The statute, erected in 2005, pays tribute to the classic Slim Dusty song – The Cunnamulla Fella. Load up your Spotify in anticipation of meeting the famous ‘Fella.
- Whip it and whip it good with Walter Whip! This cracking performer is a star on the rise, cracking the whip since the tender age of 10. Walter is going to be on channel seven’s Australia’s got Talent, but you can catch him at the Cunnamulla Fella Festival and reconcile some complicated feelings at the sight of a good-looking man cracking a whip! *disclaimer the Cunnamulla Fella Festival is not responsible for the development of any fetishes during the run of the show!!
- Ever seen an illusionist perform on the dusty plains of the outback? Well, now you can! The internationally acclaimed magic-maker Cosentino is coming to the Cunnamulla Fella Festival, so be prepared to be dazzled and delighted by the Guinness Book world record holder, winner of Dancing with the Stars and one of best illusionists in the world. Abracadabra baby!
- There’s nothing like seeing country music performed in its natural habitat! Country music star and winner of 12 golden guitars Adam Brand will be headlining a fantastic line up of musical acts including the Redneck Gentlemen and Dani Young. And remember, country music is but three chords and the truth, so prepare to face it!
- The circus is coming to town! See Australia’s oldest circus family Ashton entertainment and the Globe of Death! This death-defying feat is performed by Jefferson Amaral in conjunction with Amelia Smith; he whizzes around the globe with Amelia standing in the centre, Amelia has to be totally on point with her positioning or… we might all need to cover our eyes for this one.
- Bring your little ones along for the kid’s circus workshops! Ashton Entertainment will be staging FREE circus workshops for the kids, juggling, hula hoop and loads more. Maybe they’ll discover a natural talent for something, maybe they’ll fall flat on their face either way their new hobby could give you hours of free time at home in coming months.
- On Yer Bike! If you fancy yourself on a motorbike, enter the motorbike gymkhana there’s $5000 prize money up for grabs, or play it safe on the sidelines and these guys aren’t fooling around, jumps, tricks and inevitably stacks, this is some next level country entertainment.
- Get some local colour and hit the market stalls for locally made arts and crafts! Meet the makers of small artisan wears and the local artists creating and living in the Queensland Outback.
- Did you really even go to the country if you didn’t see a cowboy riding a bull? Don’t miss the PBR bull riders! Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) was founded in 1992 by 20 bull riders who wanted to develop bull riding – the most popular event in traditional rodeo – into a stand-alone sport. Today more than 1,200 bull riders hold PBR memberships and compete in more than 300 PBR sanctioned competitions around the globe for a total prize pool exceeding US$13 million!
About the Cunnamulla Fella Festival
Main event program dates: Friday 30 August – Sunday 01 September 2019| Pre-event activities from Saturday 24 August – Thursday 29 August 2019
All details at cunnamullafellafestival.com.au