Three generations of village volunteers, Amy, Peggy and Janese Williams, at last year's Australia Day celebrations.
Three generations of village volunteers, Amy, Peggy and Janese Williams, at last year's Australia Day celebrations.

What’s On: Toowoomba

MURPHYS CREEK MARKETS

On January 18 and the third Saturday of every month from 7am-12.30pm, Murphy's Creek displays its country market best with stalls and entertainment. There is fresh local produce, goodies from the kitchen, collectables, arts and crafts and books. It's at Murphys Creek Tavern, so you can always enjoy a drink and a game of pool afterwards.

 

QUEENS PARK MARKETS

Markets are a great way to bring the generations together, relax and browse. Why not pick up something nice for a picnic in the park? Stop and look at the amazing things local art and crafts people have created, and give them some support, from food to gifts, homeware to jewellery and clothing. It's on January 19 and the third Sunday of every month (except September) from 8am to 1pm.

 

AUSTRALIA DAY

Get out and celebrate the people of your community on Sunday, January 26, with Australia Day events across the Toowoomba region.

Cambooya: 8-10.30am Cambooya Recreation Grounds - free barbecue breakfast and awards ceremony.

Clifton: 7-9.30am FE Logan Hall - gold coin donation for a hot brekkie and awards ceremony.

Crows Nest: 4-8pm Centenary Park - awards at 5pm and gold coin donation barbecue at 6pm.

Millmerran/Cecil Plains: 7.30-11.30am Millmerran Lions Park -breakfast followed by awards at 9am and games and activities, with morning tea at 11am.

Oakey: 7.30am-12.30pm, Arthur Shooter Park - buy brekkie and enjoy the entertainment before the flag parade and awards at 8.30am and free morning tea at 9.45am. Then there's heaps of fun from 10am including Oakey Creek Cup raft race. Phone 0418 876 131.

Toowoomba: 8am-12pm at Picnic Point - A smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country start the official part of the morning, with awards at 9am and entertainment from 9.45am including Toowoomba Repertory Theatre Society, Darling Downs Revue and Toowoomba Caledonian Pipe Band, 1950s music from Topp Gear from 11am, and loads of activities for the kids and free sausage sizzle.

 

HIGHFIELDS AUSTRALIA DAY

January 26 is always special at Highfields Pioneer Village, and great to bring the grandkids along to give them a fun taste of history. It is open 9am-5pm and entry is free from 1.30pm. If you've not been, there are over 60 authentic buildings to explore, and a big program of entertainment for Australia Day, including music throughout the day, cow milking, working draft horses, billy tea and damper, sheep shearing, rope making, bee keeping, whip cracking, Aboriginal art, didgeridoo and dance, family games, animal nursery and more. The official awards ceremony is at 2pm. Go to www.highfieldspioneervillage.com.au or phone 4696 6309. Normal entry charge applies before 1.30pm - $12 Adults, $10 Concession, $6 Children or $30 Family (2A + 4Ch).

 

ONCE A LOCAL … EXHIBIT

This exhibition of works by artists who have some association with the Toowoomba region is at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery from Saturday, February 1 until April 5. Each work has been chosen for its story or its representation of the region, to celebrate its creative diversity. Find out more at www.tr.qld.gov.au/trag or phone 07 4688 6652.

 

OAKEY BULL AND BRONC

There's action aplenty at the annual Oakey Bull and Bronc Rodeo & Ute Muster at Oakey Showgrounds on Saturday, February 1. It kicks off at 6pm and includes bull riding, saddle ride, bareback, and barrel racing and entertainment till midnight. The ute muster is from 3pm. Go to www.oakeyshow.com/rodeo or phone Leanne on 0407 115 709. Entry is $15 for adults, $3 for kids.

 

CHARITY THEATRE NIGHT

Toowoomba Repertory Theatre is performing four short romantic comedies, on Wednesday, February 12 for Toowoomba Hospice. 'The Things We Do For Love' is billed as "an hilarious, hopeful and compassionate exposé of love" and features three plays by Peter Quilter - Blind Date, The Holiday and Bride To Be - plus Post-Its (Notes On A Marriage) by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holsman. Tickets are $22 including a light supper and are available at toowoombatickets.com.au. The full season runs from Saturday, February 15-29 - for other bookings go to toowoombarep.com.au.


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