CMC Rocks, the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest country and roots music festival, will move to the picturesque Willowbank Raceway site in south-east Queensland in March with multi-platinum selling Lady Antebellum set to headline alongside Australia’s own Troy Cassar-Daley. The festival was first held in Thredbo’s Snowy Mountains in 2008. Following extensive attendance growth, the event moved to NSW’s Hunter Valley in 2011. Once again, the festival has grown in scope and popularity and promoters have decided to move to the expandable QLD site. The move will accommodate larger festival numbers, while retaining the CMC Rocks trademarks of huge international lineups, intimate songwriters shows, on-site camping and the late-night camper’s bar. 13 – 15 March, 2015.
The Ipswich Festival features a cultural and arts program as diverse and exciting as any on offer throughout the country. Combining local performers with the nation’s best, with entertainment ranging from the extremely popular Street Parade, to the exclusive black tie Mayor’s Festival Ball, with multicultural Global Fiesta and programs exclusively for children, the Festival includes Art Exhibitions, Theatre, Street Art, Craft Exhibitions, Orchestral Concerts and the acclaimed Jazz, Wine and Blues Day. 6 April – 3 May 2015.
The Ipswich Winter Racing Carnival kicks off in May and finishes with the biggest day of the year on the Ipswich racing calendar – Ipswich Cup Day on 13th June. It’s a great day for social networking, with fashions on the field, bands, and of course the horses and racing. Set yourself up in one of the many hospitality marquees or take a couple of picnic rugs and pick a spot on the lawn overlooking the winning post. Saturday 13 June 2015.
Goodna Jacaranda Festival
The Goodna Jacaranda Festival is held at Evan Marginson Park, Goodna on the last weekend in October. The park is surrounded by Jacaranda trees, some of which were planted as early as 1932 during the Great Depression. Each year as they burst into bloom the festival comes alive. Heaps of market stalls, art and craft, free admission, face painting for the kids, and a huge parade on the Saturday. 23 – 25 October 2015.
Willowbank Raceway offers drag racing over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend. The Winternationals is the largest championship drag race held outside of the US and includes slot-car races, kart and short circuit racing. Thursday and Friday offer the opportunity to watch the qualifying rounds and visit the pits, then races take place on Saturday and Sunday. Home of Queensland drag racing, 45 minutes west of Brisbane and 10 minutes from Ipswich, the Raceway hosts a variety of major national events, building on the growing popularity of auto sport. Next event 4 – 7 June 2015.