A True Australian Outback Experience
Grab an Akubra, dust off your boots and saddle up for one of the greatest horse events in Australia, the Cloncurry Stockmans Challenge. Discover the true spirit of the Australian outback at this iconic four-day experience, where Australia’s top bush horsemen compete in a series of timed events for a booty of prizes.
Be prepared to witness horsemanship at its best as horses and horsemen navigate obstacles and perform spectacular manoeuvres. The Cloncurry Stockmans Challenge, held from 13-16 July 2017, is guaranteed fun for the whole family. Enjoy a rodeo program, mustering, camp drafting, live entertainment and trade stalls sure to give you a true blue taste of rural Australia.
An iconic Australian event
A well-respected and prestigious event, the Cloncurry Challenge is a celebration of Australian stockmen and the Australian horse industry. The Cloncurry Stockmans Challenge originated in 1983 as a tribute to respected Cloncurry grazier and horseman Reg Brown. It quickly became a major drawcard and has been going strong for over 30 years!
Cloncurry – the friendly heart of the Great North West
The North West Queensland town of Cloncurry is nestled along the Cloncurry River, 120km east of Mt Isa and 770km west of Townsville. Known as the ‘friendly heart of the Great North West’, Cloncurry is a fair dinkum welcoming town, rich with history.
It was explorers Burke and Wills who uncovered this gem of the North West before hundreds of miners flooded the town in the late 1860s chasing copper and gold. The Royal Flying Doctor Service originated in Cloncurry Queensland and Cloncurry was the destination of the first Qantas flight. Cloncurry is now home to 3000 people.
Things to do in Cloncurry
Steeped in history, Cloncurry Queensland is home to well-preserved heritage buildings, including the Post Office, Post Office Hotel, Court House and Saddle Shop. If you don’t mind a quiet stroll through a cemetery, keep an eye out for the final resting place of Australian writer and poet Dame Mary Gilmore and graves from as early as 1867.
Mary Kathleen Park offers BBQ facilities, a playground and parklands, while Chinaman’s Dam, just 3km out of Cloncurry, promises the perfect spot to cool down before drinking in the spectacular colours of an outback sunset. The Visitor Information Centre and Museum showcases the township’s history, while the John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery pays tribute to the pioneers of the Royal Australian Flying Doctor Service.
Travel to Cloncurry with Bus Queensland
Travel through Queensland to the town of Cloncurry Australia in comfort and style with Bus Queensland. The hop on, hop off bus service from Mt Isa to Townsville is an easy and affordable way to explore outback Australia and its stunning landscapes at your own pace.
Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge Quick Reference Guide
Travel to Cloncurry with Bus QLD Outback