BIENNIAL EVENT: Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races is on August 2-4.
BIENNIAL EVENT: Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races is on August 2-4. Contributed

Camel jockeys gallop back to the country

TARA is preparing to welcome some of Australia's top camel jockeys - and thousands of visitors - to its one-of-a-kind Festival of Culture and Camel Races.

The biennial festival will run from August 2-4, featuring a unique blend of multi-cultural entertainment and authentic camel races.

One of the most popular events is the camel races, with camel jockeys set to battle it out for the Tara Camel Cup.

The races are run over Saturday and Sunday with six races occurring both days.

Each will be followed by the "nailbiting” trackside yabby races.

The multicultural side of the festival incorporates a range of exotic cuisine, live entertainment and art from all over the world.

As if the multicultural events and camels weren't enough to attract the crowds, other events and activities feature helicopter rides, mechanical bull riding, main street markets and amusement rides.

Councillor Donna Ashurst is looking forward to another successful year for not only the festival but local businesses as well.

"During this time of year, the population of the town swells and the local businesses thrive, which is a fantastic boost for a small community,” Cr Ashurst said.

"It's such a significant event that celebrates the diversity in Tara and the wider region, people always leave smiling and I can't wait for a weekend of fun and festivities.

"We look forward to welcoming visitors to experience the festival as well as what the Tara district and the Western Downs region has to offer.

"It will also be a great opportunity to showcase our latest placemaking initiative, the giant new mural that is currently being painted along the storefront of the old Foodworks store.”

The festival is run by the Tara Festival Committee with the support of Western Downs Council, the Queensland Government and the Australian Government.

For more information or to check out the program, head to the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races at