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Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival 2018

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by Kevin Liepins (subscribe)
A lover of Brisbane, the wonderful Wynnum Manly Bayside, and and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and events in my own backyard.
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Bog Snorkelling mayhem at this Outback Festival
Mud, sweat, music and beers are awaiting you at the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival. Bog Snorkelling, Horse races, bull rides, live music and Australia's toughest sprint triathlon are on offer for those who take an unforgettable trip to North West Queensland.

Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival
Bog Snorkelling - Image from website

Julia Creek maybe be a small Outback town (400 locals) in North Queensland and in the middle of nowhere to many. With its glaring sunlight, harsh winds and muddy creek, it has the perfect conditions and destination for what is surely the dirtiest, dustiest, most challenging festival you will find in Australia the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival.

Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival
PBR Bull-riding - Image from website. Credit Richard Gray

Delight in the drama on dirt in the PBR Bullring as the crazy but brave cowboys risk it all against the monstrous bulls that can weigh as much as 1,000kg.

Dirt n Dust has long been associated with its famous novelty events with 2018 featuring the famous Bog Snorkelling, Cow Pat Throwing, Fly Catching and kid's entertainment, including old school games, sack races, quoits, 3 legged races and much more.

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They are off! - Image from website

Experience country racing at its best with the Julia Creek Turf Club presenting the Artesian Express Race Day. The race day includes the exclusive Country Tastes Luncheon, Fashions on the Field, roving children's entertainment and good old-fashioned novelty games entertainment for the kids and adults alike!

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Sack race fun - Image from website

Those making the trek will be rewarded with a friendly welcome, great hospitality and some of the best home-grown Aussie talent from across the country, plus a few international artists!

Every year, the Friday Night Concert is a chance for festival-goers to let their hair down and soak up the spirit of the outback, ahead of a huge jam-packed weekend. The live entertainment is backed up again on Saturday Night after the Dirt n Dust PBR Bullride from 9.30PM. The 2018 line-up features King Social, The Nu Black and Tony Cook.

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Entertainment - Image from website

Drive along the Overlander's Way, 8hrs West of Townsville or 2hrs East of Mount Isa. Take in the sights of Longreach and Winton en-route for a truly memorable Outback experience.

Outback sunset in Longreach

Fly fom Townsville or Mount Isa via Rex Airlines with connections from Brisbane.

The 23rd annual Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival will be held from Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15, 2018. For more information and tickets, go to

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Why? Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival 2018
When: 13-15 April 2018
Phone: 0448 901 392
Where: Julia Creek
Cost: Various allot FREE
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