|Atherton Tablelands is preparing for one of its busiest few weeks as a number of festivals and events kick off in the region culminating in the total solar eclipse on November 14.|
Event organisers are reporting strong interest in the annual events, which cover all genres from folk and
country music to barra fishing.
An annual highlight on the country music scene, The Far North Queensland Country Music Festival will be held on October 12-14 at Keribee Park in Mareeba. Featuring local and national performers such as Up and Coming and the O’Donoghues’ from Charters Towers and Beccy Nethery from Chillagoe, more than 2000 people are expected to attend the three-day event.
TTT chair and Member for Barron River Michael Trout said there wasn’t a better time to visit the region.
“The weather is great, the atmosphere is buzzing and there are great events that locals have worked really hard to put together.”
Mr Trout said events such as these were important to tourism in the region. “We want visitors to the Tablelands to stay longer, explore further and really experience the Atherton Tablelands.”
For Undara’s managing director Bram Collins this year’s Opera In The Outback, held from October 4-6, will be their most significant yet. Celebrating 150 years of his family’s history in the Undara region, the story of his forbearers will be brought to life with An Operatic History of Undara on the final night of this iconic event.
Mr Collins said it would be a fitting end to what has been a year of celebration for the Collins family.“We have had a number of public and private events to celebrate our milestone this year, which has been fantastic but we always look forward to the Opera weekend. Regular visitors to Undara would have noticed recent improvements around the lodge with four new Pioneers’ Huts thanks to the assistance from the Federal Government’s TQUAL program.
“Each hut is dedicated to a pioneer giving guests an insight into the lives of these extraordinary people.
A sign has also been erected at the start of the Rosella Plains walk, located near the bush breakfast site, recognising the contributions of the early settlers who helped open up this country,” he added.
Opera In The Outback will feature performances from Attori with Swing Serenade and Opera Bites with The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. Mr Collins said it would be the last event of the year as Undara will be closed from November 18 to March 10.
Other events include the Tablelands Folk Festival, which will run from October 25-28, starting on the Thursday night at the Royal Hotel in Herberton and then for the next three days at the Yungaburra Pub.
As part of this, there will be food and market stalls in the park opposite the pub in Yungaburra as well as a village fete and free music concert at night.
“Not many people are aware that the Folk Festival has been running for 32 years on the Tablelands and is the oldest continuous running event of its kind in Queensland,” Mr Trout added.
With great prizes on offer, The Tinaroo Barra Bash is also expected to attract not only fishing enthusiasts from across the region but also revellers hoping for a glimpse of the day’s biggest catches.
The event will be held from November 2-4.
Strong bookings have also been reported for the total solar eclipse.
Source = Tropical Tablelands Tourism