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Sporting Events

Southern Queensland Country has a wide range of modern sporting facilities, and accommodation for large groups. The region plays host to a variety of large, exciting sporting events throughout the year – for both participants and spectators.


Visit the Events page to see a list of upcoming sporting events.

Racing Events

Country races are an event not to be missed! Everyone is welcome to join the friendly locals, dressed up to the nines, in what is often the social highlight of the year. Enjoy the excitement, hospitality and entertainment of a true country day out. While races are often held in towns right across Southern Queensland country, below are some of the not-to-be-missed events:

For those who prefer horsepower to horses, Warwick considers itself Queensland’s Horsepower Capital. Morgan Park raceway and dragway always has a racing event on, and the Leyburn Motor Sprints are legendary. Toowoomba is also paradise for motor-heads, hosting the annual High Altitude Hot Rod Run, as well as a variety of other exciting motorsports.

Southern Queensland Country also boasts a number of more ‘unique’ racing events. Cheer on some unconventional racing animals at the annual Moonie Yabbie Races or the Crows Nest worm races. Or visit the three-day Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races for a country experience you’ll never forget!

Every November, the iconic Nindigully Pub hosts the massive Nindigully Pig Races, a day and evening of spectacular racing, entertainment, fireworks and charity fundraising.

Cycling and Triathlons

Toowoomba, perched 690m above sea level on the Great Diving Range, is well-known amongst cyclists as a challenging and rewarding place to cycle. The 4-day Tour of Toowoomba is the only National Road Series Teams event staged in Queensland and consists of three road races, an inner-city criterium and a team time trial. Spectators even have the chance to participate themselves in a race on the Toowoomba Criterium track.

For those seeking a different type challenge, the Hell of the West triathlon in Goondiwindi is famous for being one of the toughest triathlons in Australia. Participants battle temperatures of up to 38 degrees to complete the 2km swim in the Macintyre River, ‘dead flat’ 80km highway cycle, and 20km run. Many Ironmen use the triathlon as part of their training sessions. It is also great for a first triathlon also and many people compete as part of a team.


In true country fashion, many Southern Queensland Country towns host large rodeos and campdrafts. The famous Warwick Rodeo is a multi-day event not to be missed, and includes a campdraft and great entertainment. The Boots N Bulldust Festival in Nanango has something for everyone, including the main rodeo, Ute Muster, markets and a country music festival. Join locals and enjoy the thrills, spills and celebrated country entertainment!


Southern Queensland Country has golf courses of every type and to suit every level, from nationally-acclaimed golf courses to small country courses. In 2013, the Toowoomba City Golf Club is set to host the 2013 QLD PGA Championship.