29 - 31 July 2022

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Tickets ON SALE & The Wolfe Brothers are Coming!

Australia’s biggest camel party, Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races in Queensland’s Western Downs goes on sale this week with 12,000 festival goers expected to snatch up the highly anticipated ticket release.

Australian country music stars THE WOLFE BROTHERS have been announced to headline the packed 3-day festival program, held 29 to 31 July 2022 in the tiny town of Tara.

Recently crowned ‘Group or Duo of the Year’ at the 2022 Toyota 50th Golden Guitar Awards, The Wolfe Brothers will be stars of the stage Saturday night, taking the limelight after the stars of the racing track hit the hay.

Fresh from Queensland’s Outback, some 30 professional racing camels with their jockeys and trainers will arrive for the festival to be the stars of the track in two days of professional camel racing. The festival is a hot ticket with Tara’s ‘city cousins’ invited to witness the fun of Outback camel racing, all within a cooee of the city, just 3.5hrs west of Brisbane.

Tara’s population of 2,300 will explode 5-fold when 10,000+ visitors settle in for the event. The typically quiet country town will become a mecca of camel racing and cultural entertainment, with visitors spilling into pop-up tent city glamping and a massive festival campground for caravans, tents and RVs.

The fervour for the return of Tara Festival has been building since record-breaking crowds enjoyed the event in 2019. Sky rocketing attendance has seen the festival become the most popular camel races in Australia. Held every 2 years, the 3 year gap due to Covid-19 has only heightened the demand for tickets, for what has been described as an intoxicating and unconventional mix of camel racing, culture and camping.

With in excess of 12,000 people expected to be vying for a ticket, organisers anticipate the 2022 festival will be the first in its 22 year-history to reach a size that camping will look to sell out.

While The Wolfe Brothers will make their Tara Festival debut appearance, the festival marks a return for country star James Johnston, 5 years after his first Tara Festival performance and this time returning to delight crowds with his own hit singles “RAISED LIKE THAT”, “SMALL TOWN” and “ANYTHING LIKE ME”.

Saddling up to add more country star-power to the festival Saturday on 30 July, Rooftop Express will bring world-first stunts in their Heroes of the Outback Show, a first-class arena spectacular and a true blue Australian comedy with awe-inspiring horsemanship.

Organisers promise the huge Saturday night program will have a big finish, having invited Australia’s Best Country Music DJ, Dee Jaye Bux to keep the party going ’til late.

“When Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races was first held 22 years ago, no-one could have foreseen that the event would one day grow to this fame and size,” said Festival President Kerry Kelly. “There is a passionate team of local volunteers who are behind the success of the festival and for us it’s just one more reason we’re so proud of our little town,” said Kerry.

Friday opening night will kick off with Fiesta Tropicale, a spectacular combination of light, sound and colour with a carnival theme. The weekend continues with camel races every hour, two big stages with rolling cultural acts, roving entertainers, kids entertainment zone, bands and fireworks rounding out a full day into the night. Festivities kick off Friday morning with the local community turning out to put on a show in the CBD, with a cultural themed parade of school students and others in costume, local markets and Tara businesses ready to welcome thousands of visitors.

Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races was a not-to-be missed event in mid-2022.

“This terrific family-friendly event has earned the title of the nation’s most popular camel racing program with something to entertain everyone,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is backing events like the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races because we know how important they are for supporting jobs and local visitor economies.”

The Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland.

Festival tickets, camping and glamping is on sale now at www.tarafestival.com.au.