He’s the man of the moment!!! So excited that Judah Kelly is headlining Tara Festival onstage Saturday night (5th Aug). Come along and hear his WINNING voice!

The Festival Program has been made to completely delight your little ones!

From the Moana Disney inspired Polynesian dance shows, to the Globe of Death motorbike stunts and camel rides…

Check out our 10 things they will LOVE here

Festival Busking Competition: Fri 4th August 10am to 3pm in Tara’s main street.
Winner takes all, $100 cash and a chance to perform on the festival stage.

Contact Paul Winfield to register, email: [email protected] ph: 0419 793 608

Guess who’s back?

The camels are heading our way – and we’re throwing in live entertainment, camping onsite at the Tara Showgrounds and lots of fun – not to mention a two day genuine country camel race meet!

Early bird tickets will be released soon.

To be the first to know, keep an eye out on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tarafestival/ – like and share us!

We can’t wait to see you in Tara – 4-6 August, 2017

Guess who’s heading back our way?  The camels are coming for the 2017 Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races.

3 days of non-stop fun with two full days of an authentic country camel races, with live entertainment, food and market stalls.

See you in Tara – 4 – 6 August, 2017

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They only come around once every two years, so if watching camel races in the heart of the Australian bush is on your bucket list, don’t miss your chance to see the 2017 Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races.

The Festival, located in Tara, Queensland, is just 3.5 hours west of Brisbane and accessible inland via the Newell Highway through Moree and Goondiwindi.  Tara’s 1,000 residents will welcome more than 12,000 visitors from 4 – 6 August 2017, for what has been described as a classic country event with a multicultural twist!

Travellers come to experience the excitement of the camel races, but it’s the eclectic mix of cultural entertainment on the tracksides that will amaze and surprise them.  Festivalgoers will encounter street performers, cuisine, art workshops and entertainment from across the globe, altogether a most unlikely and extraordinary experience to find in a small, inland country town.

While colourful and exotic multi-cultures feature prominently, the program also delivers on the classic Aussie larrikin fun we’ve come to love and expect from country Festivals.  The three day non-stop program includes bush poetry, the hilarious yabbie races, nightly campfires and of course the unpredictability of the camels in the races themselves.

“Even we don’t know what to expect from our camel racing competitors, or the yabbie races for that matter, but that’s the fun of it”, explains Festival President, Mr Richard Thornbury.  “Both creatures can be a bit unpredictable, so you may back a camel who runs in the opposite direction, or punt on a yabbie that does a sprint, all be it slow motion, for the finish line!”

“We are incredibly proud of how our small community pull together this country event with its multicultural twist.  It’s very satisfying to see our local businesses booming that week, when usually they are doing it a bit tough here in the bush.”

Mr Thornbury explains, “because we expect many travellers to make a long weekend of it, we’re offering a $25 per site capped fee on camping, so they can stay up to 5 nights for no extra cost.”

With as much as 100 acres of camping spots to choose from, visitors pulling a caravan, or travelling with an RV, campervan or tent, can pick their spot and make a comfortable home base from which to enjoy the full 3 days of entertainment.

Here’s some images of what you can expect to see {Images Stephen Mowbray Photography} :-

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fb_banner_2017Thank you for everyone who supported and attended the 2015 Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races. You helped to make it a record crowd and we’ll release final attendance figures and latest images over the coming months.

Don’t forget to lock the 4 – 6 August 2017 date in the diary!

Here’s some images of the winner of the 600m cup final on Sunday, jockey and owner, Glenda Sutton:-


Final day, Sunday 2 August 2015 kicks off with the Bush Poet’s Breakfast at 8 am with Gary Fogarty. Sunday’s program delivers a a full Camel Racing Day with a race on the hour, every hour, from 9am to the Cup Final at 2pm.

Get your dance shoes on with Australia’s Got Talent, Swagamama Dance Troupe Workshop on the Origin Stage at 9.15 am followed by Japanese Drummers KIZUNA.

New to the stages are Peruvian Pan Pipes, Wallisuma De Los Andes and Afrodisa.

You’ll love the Camel Rides and Helicopter Joy Rides.

Don’t miss the Yabbie Races after each camel race, beautiful market stalls, workshops, KIDSZONE and food from Thai, Japanese, Mexican, American, British Fish & Chips and Aussie (just to name a few!).

Here’s some images from Saturday 1 August 2015 {Images Stephen Mowbray} :-

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Day 2 of the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races 2015 with the Camel Racing starting today.

There will be cultural performances and live bands across four stages, including a highlight performance tonight by Australia’s Got Talent Dance Troupe, Swagamama.

New this year are Helicopter Joy Flights so you can enjoy the festival by the air and returning are camel rides, yabbie races and Sheep Dog Trails.

When you enter the site, we’ll also be updating the entertainment program on the notice board {on the left when you enter the site – just before the coffee van}

Camels, Culture and Camping is all going down today in Tara!

Keep your eyes posted on our Facebook Page for festival highlights.

Here’s some highlights, including a full moon, from opening night {Friday 31 July, 2015}.  Images by Stephen Mowbray.NSW14438




Colour, Culture, Cuisine, Camels…and Camping – the Visitors Are Coming!NRA24540

So happy to welcome everyone to Tara for the ‘official’ start of the 2015 Festival.

We kick off this morning in Tara’s Main Street with the Book Week Parade, followed by Men’s Group Market and Buskers competing to perform live on stage during the festival.

While you’re in the main street drop in and say G’day at the Festival Office and check out the great camel charactures on the shop fronts

This afternoon, there are cultural workshops in the Tara Showgrounds, including Chinese Dragon Workshop, African Mask Workshop, Gamelan Workshop and Global Kitchen Workshop with Roushini {for Global Kitchen please pre-register name & numbers to:- [email protected]}

Food stalls open @ 5pm in the Tara Showgrounds….and let the festival begin!  You’re in for a night of fire works, Japanese Drummer KIZUNA and Polynesian Dance Troupe, Heilani, followed by the Power of Three.

Check out the program here:- http://www.tarafestivalncamels.org.au/festival-program/

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