Minister for Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones said the star-studded festival line-up and country race meeting were fantastic draw cards for Australian and overseas travelers wanting a true-blue Outback Queensland experience.
“Way Out West Fest will showcase the town of Winton, the iconic Waltzing Matilda Centre and what traveller’s love most about Outback Queensland – its incredible landscapes, friendly country hospitality, unique wildlife and rich history,” Ms Jones said.
“Events play a vital role in promoting our stunning destinations, driving visitation, generating jobs and fostering pride in our local communities, and this event will do just that.”
After it’s devastating destruction by fire in 2015, the newly rebuilt $23 million Waltzing Matilda Centrewill be the pride of Western Queensland once more as the festival marks the re-opening of an outback icon. The Centre is a landmark celebrating the resilience of the local community as well as the spirit of what is our unofficial national anthem.
“What Winton has gone through after the fire in redesigning and rebuilding the Waltzing Matilda Centredemonstrates the community thread that is evident in people in country communities,” said James Blundell. “Only in the bush would you find folks with the tenacity to rebuild and say to the whole of Australia that their country pride and identity will not waver despite the adversity. I look forward to not only celebrating the Waltzing Matilda Centre, but also the entire region and everything that’s great about living Way Out West.”
The music will flow right across the weekend including at the North Gregory Hotel, the site of the first public recital of Waltzing Matilda by Banjo Patterson himself, as well as seven other venues across the town including the “pop up” Johnny Ringo’s Outback Pool Saloon at the Winton Bowls Club complete with mechanical bull, surf board, swimming pools (with lifeguards) and heaps more. Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to participate in the Queensland outback’s biggest ever Pub Choir to sing their own rendition of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ as well as songwriting workshops hosted by QMusic for country kids who may well be our next Jessica Mauboy, James Blundell or even Banjo Patterson. The Crack Up Sisters will also be taking over Winton Memorial Park with a stunning display of whip cracking and acrobatics sure to satisfy all ages.
The Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support Winton’s Way Out West Fest which features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. Queensland, just the place to experience Australia’s best live events.
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