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Sunday, 11 May 2014

CAMOOWEAL – BORDER TOWN COMES ALIVE

The Camooweal Drover's Camp Festival is on again from 22nd- 24th August 2014.

This event commemorates the droving tradition that helped open up the north. Situated on the Queensland/Northern Territory border, Camooweal was the place where drovers camped by the Georgina River to wait for the call to collect stock from the beef cattle stations of North West Queensland, the Northern Territory and the Kimberley regions and to 'drive' them to the southern rail heads and markets.

More than eighty drovers are expected to congregate for their annual reunion at the Drover’s Camp.

In addition to being able to experience an authentic outback atmosphere and to mingle with the men and women who can still tell true stories (and tall ones) of their days on the road, the Drover's Camp also features bronco branding and whip cracking exhibitions and a wonderful memorabilia display hall. In addition, there are exhibits of bush craft, photography and art and of course there is country music throughout the weekend with Tommy Maxwell and selected artists. This culminates in the Saturday night gala concert under the stars. Throughout the weekend there is ample scope for walk-ups and on the Sunday there is the Bush Poets' Breakfast and the Drover's Camp Talent Award open to bush poets, yarn spinners and balladeers. The written bush poetry competition with the coveted Bronze Spur Award is also run in conjunction with the festival.

The town puts on an outback 'ball', a horse race meeting, a mail race, a street parade and lively outback pub entertainment. In the camp kitchen at the Post Office Hotel/Caravan Park, throughout the preceding week, there are nightly happy hours of poetry, song and lots of humour.

Find out more about the Drover's Camp, the festival and the droving tradition at www.droverscamp.com.au or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

See the 2014 Festival Brochure.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 July 2014 )
 
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