For the kids

Take a look at the free kids events and workshops. See our suggested School Holiday Family Campervan adventure – a 14 day loop from Brisbane so that their kids can have a great Outback holiday experience.

Turn your visit to Outback Festival into a fantastic 14 Day School Holiday Family Campervan Holiday from Brisbane.  Great news for RACQ members who will save 10% off Apollo Campervan hire when booked through an RACQ Travel Office.

Join in on these fun Outback games and activities for the chance to take home a festival medallion. Pre-registration is essential, so please head to the Outback Festival office on arrival to register.

BiG ViSiON project

Art, Photography, Singing, Songwriting with Melinda J Wells and Lyndon Hallows.
Help us write the new festival theme song for the 2017 Winton Outback Festival!
Come and create a piece of artwork for display through the streets of Winton during the festival!
Be part of Winton Outback Glee and be part of daily performances during festival week!
Join our School Showcase and perform our new theme song at the Welcome Event and other places and spaces around the festival (lets make it the biggest schools performance ever!)

  • Where & When:
    • Monday 11 – Friday 15 September:  Daily from 3:30pm till 5:30pm at the Youth Centre
    • Saturday 16 September: 10:00am till 1:00pm at the Youth Centre
    • Sunday 17 September:  2:00pm till 5:00pm at the Youth Centre
  • All ages welcome, no experience necessary.

Performances and showcase display information will be confirmed closer to the project.  All art and photography will be part of a main street shop window display and there will be some interactive photography during the Festival.  Winton Outback Glee will have performances on the main stage and at various functions throughout the Outback Festival week.  Festival theme song premier will be part of the Welcome Event on Tuesday 19th September and every school child is encouraged to attend this special event (even if not part of the Glee group).

Little Swaggies event

This event involves a series of fun events linked to the story of Waltzing Matilda.  Events include the Swaggie’s hat toss, the Tucker Bag relay, the Billy Can dash, and Dodge the Jolly Jumbucks.

  • When:
    • Tuesday 19 September (8.00am at Elderslie Street)
    • Wednesday 20 September (8.15am at Long Waterhole)
    • Thursday 21 September (8.00am at Elderslie Street)
    • Saturday 23 September (8.30am at Elderslie Street)
  • Age groups: 7 to 9 yrs (limited numbers)
  • Cost: $10 per person
  • Nominations:  Limited numbers – BOOK NOW – Phone (07) 4657 1558 or Email [email protected]

Under 8’s Teddy Bear Picnic

Children are asked to bring their favourite teddy to join in a range of activities to include Sand Art, games, music and face-painting.  They’ll also get a visit from Sid the Pelican and other favourite characters.

  • When: Tuesday 19 September – 3.30pm at Patricia Bucknell Memorial Park, Vindex Street
  • Age groups: Under 8 yrs (children to be accompanied by an adult)
  • Cost: FREE Event

Children’s Wobble Board Painting competition

Children are to bring their own brushes and containers to paint their favourite painting on the Wobble Board.  A Wobble Board is a piece of fibreboard used as a musical instrument, so maybe you can play some music later!  Wobble Boards and paints supplied.

  • When:  Tuesday 19 September – 10.30am at Elderslie Street
  • Age groups: Under 5’s; 5-8 years; 9-12 years
  • Cost: $5 per child
  • Nominations: taken at the Outback Festival Office by Friday 15 September
    Proudly sponsored by Bunnings Townsville & It’s Paint.

Bushman’s Egg Throwing event

Test your skills in handling this very fragile item!  Work in pairs with a thrower and catcher.  The aim of the game is to try to throw and catch eggs without breaking the shell.

  • When:  Tuesday 19 September – 12.00pm at Elderslie Street
  • Age group: Primary & Secondary school age children
  • Cost: $5 per pair
  • Nominations: taken at the Outback Festival Office on arrival

FREE Kangagang Shows & Workshops

Children will thoroughly enjoy the multi award winning Kangagang’s entertaining “Outback in the Aussie Bush” Shows and “Aussie Bush Instrument” Workshops.  The Shows have a cast of colourful character Aussie animal hand puppets, wrap & ride costumes for the children to wear and Aussie bush instruments to play.  Children will have the opportunity to interact and have loads of Bonza fun!

  • When:
    • Tuesday 19 September (Times and Venue To Be Advised)
    • Wednesday 20 September (Times and Venue To Be Advised)
    • Thursday 21 September (Times and Venue To Be Advised)
  • Age groups: Suitable for childcare to Grade 4 Primary School students
  • Cost: FREE Events

Children’s Wool Bale rolling competition

Children will need to pair with a mate (or we will find you a mate) for the opportunity to roll a bale of wool down the main street of Winton!

  • When: Wednesday 20 September – 2.00pm at Elderslie Street
  • Age groups: Primary & Secondary school age children
  • Cost:  $5 per pair
  • Nominations: taken at the Outback Festival Office on arrival

Swag Tossing event

Take the challenge and toss Matilda’s Swag into the ring. Swag will be supplied.

  • When:  Wednesday 20 September
  • Age groups:  Primary & Secondary school age children
  • Cost: $5 per person
  • Nominations: taken at the Outback Festival Office

FREE Whip Cracking Workshops

Children will be coached by Australian whip-cracking champion Nathan Grigg in the skills of whip-cracking.  Learn how to crack the whip!

  • When:  Thursday 21 September
  • Age groups: Primary & Secondary school age children
  • Cost: FREE Event
  • Nominations: taken at the Outback Festival Office on arrival

Meggsie Cart Races 

You will need one pusher and one passenger to test your skills in racing your meggsie cart on a set course for your chance to win a Festival medallion.  Meggsie Carts are supplied.

  • When:  Friday 22 September
  • Age groups: 8-10 years and 11-13 years  (limited to 25 teams of two)
  • Cost:  $5 per team
  • Nominations: taken at the Outback Festival Office

There will be plenty of action and entertainment for the Kids! Make plans for a family Outback holiday in September 2017!

If you would like assistance in planning your next Outback family holiday to Outback Festival and perhaps taking in Longreach and Winton attractions, please contact our event coordinator for ideas.


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