Don ready to hit the road again with Cobb & Co
THERE are no favourites among the three teams of five horses Don Ross will take to drive the Cobb & Co Way in southeast Queensland's Maranoa region from August 15 to 25.
Reliving a piece of Australia's bush history, Don will retrace the 76-kilometre route of Cobb & Co Mail Service No. 177 to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the last coach run for the Year of Outback Tourism.
Don says it's all second nature to him as he has been working horses all his life.
"They are having a hard time in the west, and this festival is a good opportunity for the local people to get out and enjoy themselves," he said.
Travellers are invited to book a seat on the horse-drawn coach for a section of the historic route and relive history with period dress optional but encouraged. Horse lovers also can team up with the coach on their own trail ride, but look out for bushrangers!
Celebrations include coach rides around Yuleba and Surat, a bush dance, markets, an open-air concert, live theatre and classic Australian movies showing in Surat's heritage-listed Shire Hall.
Yuleba was the last stop for the Cobb & Co Coach passenger Service 177 which retired on August 14, 1924. Changing stations, where drivers enjoyed a meal and horses were replaced, were located every 25km along the 203km route to Surat and then St George.
No stranger to driving these historic coaches, Don is the last surviving driver from the Cobb & Co team who drove from Cooktown to Melbourne in 1966 to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctors Service.
This epic journey took three months.
Apart from his Cobb & Co adventures, you'll also see Don riding the grey horse as Clerk of the Course at Albion Park and Redcliffe Paceway, assisting horses on and off the track.
Tickets are required for most events so keep an eye on the Cobb & Co Festival Facebook page or visit outbackqueensland.com
The Year of Outback Tourism is the perfect opportunity to take a trip to the Outback and take part in the Birdsville Big Red Bash, watch the Boulia Camel Races, see the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo and celebrate at the Outback Festival in September.
Browse Outback Queensland's full event calendar for more ways to enjoy the Outback in 2019, go to outbackqueensland.