We attended Dirt n Dust back in 2012 and had a great time. Our children got right into it, in fact one of our daughters won the bog-snorkeling race! Not sure if that’s still a thing there but the festival is heaps of fun. I have included a couple of our Festival Australia videos from our visit. I have to say that the event almost defies description as it is one of a kind in our view, and we have attended a lot of festivals! Ed: Kevin Parker
Discover the magic of the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival is held annually in April in the outback town of Julia Creek, Queensland, Australia, it is a festival that captures the essence of the Australian outback spirit, and, it is so much fun! You will get dusty, wet and dirty depending on what range of events you go for!
Founded in 1994, the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival embodies the unique resilience, camaraderie, and country life that the outback is famous for. This extraordinary event brings together locals and visitors alike to partake in a range of exhilarating activities and immerse themselves in the heart and soul of outback Queensland.
Prepare to be captivated by the pulse-pounding action of motorbike and triathlon races. Feel the adrenaline rush as competitors push their limits in intense races, showcasing their skill, speed, and determination.
Motorbike Races: Experience the thrill and excitement of high-speed motorbike races where skilled riders compete for the top spot.
Triathlon Races: Test your endurance and athleticism in the challenging triathlon races that feature swimming, cycling, and running segments.
Dirt n Dust Adventure Run – Dusty Kids Obstacle Challenge, an approx. 1km course (2 laps of the oval obstacles)- The 5km Fun Run is for kids (10-13), youth (14-18), beginners and those who may be a bit dusty from the night before- The 10km and 15km courses will be timed events for our more serious run athletes. It it takes about 45 mins per 5km lap.
“Australia’s Best Butt” Competition: Not to be forgotten is the renowned “Australia’s Best Butt” competition. Adding a lighthearted touch to the festivities, this quirky contest is sure to entertain attendees and leave them in stitches of laughter. Witness participants embrace their confidence and unique sense of humor in this unforgettable competition that has become synonymous with the Dirt n Dust Festival.
Musical Performances: The Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival proudly hosts a vibrant lineup of musical performances that will make your heart sing. Past festivals have seen legendary artists like John Farnham and The McClymonts gracing the stage, drawing enthusiasts from far and wide. Get ready to sway, dance, and sing along to electrifying performances that will leave you wanting more. The festival’s lively and engaging ambiance is amplified by these iconic musicians, making it an event unlike any other.
Bull Riding: Witness the bravery and skill of professional bull riders as they try to stay atop bucking bulls for as long as possible, showcasing the true spirit of rodeo.
Ute Muster: Marvel at the display of uniquely designed and decorated utility vehicles (utes) as they compete for various awards, showcasing the creativity and ingenuity of participants.
Horse Races: Engage in the excitement of horse racing, where jockeys and their steeds compete for victory on the racing track, providing a thrilling experience for all.
PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Event: Get ready for an adrenaline-fueled rodeo spectacle as some of the best bull riders in the country face off against powerful and unpredictable bulls.
Immerse Yourself in the Outback
For true outback enthusiasts, the festival offers camping options that allow attendees to embrace the full experience of living under the vast Australian skies. Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the outback by spending your nights in a tranquil and picturesque camping setting. Wake up to breathtaking landscapes, connect with fellow festival-goers, and make memories that will last a lifetime.