When looking for things to do in Queensland a great place to visit is the Central Highlands. The Central Highlands is located behind the Great Divide and stretches from Biloela traveling through Blackwater, Emerald, Clermont, and all the way to Charters Towers. The area covers a great history and there are many Festivals and Events to catch while you are caravanning or flying into the Central Highlands.
We can’t cover here all the things to do in Queensland but many more are covered in our Wots on in Qld online guide, and you can also find festivals and events for the area covered in our printed guide (available at any Queensland visitor information centre). You’ll find many Festivals, must see events in the area and definitely more to do.
Things to Do in Queensland – Central Highlands Queensland: Festivals to Check Out
You’ll find festivals in the Central Highlands regions that you’ll love and want to come back for every year. Experience an array of cultural displays, celebrations, and performances, and meet the great people of the Central Highlands regions.
Central Highlands Easter Sunflower Festival
When: April 1st – April 5th
What: Celebrating Easter and autumn in its full glory, bringing out large crowds. Through-out the Easter weekend there are great performances: A Sunflower Parade with an array of floats, family fun day, rodeos, horse races, market stalls and the crowning of the annual Sunflower Queen and Princess.
Clermont Gold & Coal Festival
When: August 14th – August 15th
What: Celebrated each year to pay homage to the rich gold / copper mining and pastoral history with a two day event full of entertainment, and market stalls. You can even win gold nuggets (valued at $50 each) on the gold wheel. Known as ‘Clermont Goldfest’ it’s a great celebration to catch while on your travels through the Central Highlands region in winter.
Central Highlands Multicultural Festival
When: August 22nd – August 30th
Where: Located at the Emerald Showgrounds. This is the largest festival of the year in the Central Highlands and brings together communities through the region in celebration of cultural diversity and the bigger awareness of multiculturalism.
The festival is also a part of ‘Arts in August’ featuring workshops, performance arts, and gallery displays. Let’s not forget there will be ample activities for all the family with live performances, Queensland’s best entertainers, and food stalls to tempt the taste buds (over 20 food stalls).
Things to Do in Queensland – Central Highlands Queensland: Must See Events in the Area
The Central Highlands region has many things to do and events that are a must to see in all seasons.
It’s important to check out our Wots on in Qld online guide for more events we cover. By checking out these events you’ll see just how amazingly friendly and hospitable the people of the Central Highlands are. Plus also experience amazing local performances, races, and rodeos.
Charters Towers Show
When: July 26th – July 28th
What: The premier show of Charters Towers for the year. You’ll find an agricultural display with beef cattle, equestrian events, and more. Enjoy the local arts and crafts, market stalls, fresh vegetables and fruits and catch the activities available for the weekend at the end of July.
When: Every Month (check out our online guide for details)
What: Through-out the year there are many race events that are perfect to catch when traveling in the Emerald Area. The Local Emerald Racecourse hosts famous race events through the year including: Emerald 100 Race day, Easter Sunday Races, Ladies and Tradies race day, and the five race card on Anzac day – The Emerald Cup.
Races are scheduled through the year so check out our Wots on in Qld online guide to find out the exact dates. You’ll experience a great atmosphere, fun, great food, and a good time out.
Charters Towers New Year’s Eve PBR Rodeo
When: December 31st
What: Get ready to saddle up and giddy up to the Charters towers New Year’s Eve Touring Pro. It’s one of the highlights of the rodeo season. Experience the thrills and spills. It’s also one of the biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the region. It’s a great way to welcome the New Year with bull riding, and camp drafting.
Things to Do in Queensland – Central Highlands Queensland: More to Do
It’s a given that there will be many things to do in Queensland, especially in the Central Highlands region. There are many festivals and events for all the family so you can all have a spectacular experience.
The moto in the region is ‘Loving it in Central Highlands’ and that’s exactly how you’ll feel.
We know there are many more things to do and festivals and events to catch up with in the region and we recommend that you find the closest Queensland visitor information centre in the Central Highlands region and they can help you find more things to do in Queensland.