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2013 Queensland Week events calendar

Communities around the state came together to celebrate Queensland Week from 1 to 9 June 2013.

Here is how Queenslanders enjoyed the state’s biggest party in 2013:


All week

The Ultimate Queenslander

  • When:
    • Register – registrations have now closed
    • Voting – Tuesday 11 June to Tuesday 18 June 2013
    • Winner’s announcement – Wednesday 19 June
  • Where: Statewide
  • Details: Entrants competed to win a trip to Hayman Island to meet Matthew Hayden and be named the Ultimate Queenslander.
  • Host: Queensland Government
  • Website: www.qld.gov.au/ultimatequeenslander

Show your Colours!

  • When: Throughout June
  • Where: Various locations, Brisbane
  • Details: In one of the biggest months of football in Brisbane’s history, residents and visitors were called on to Show your Colours! Brisbane became a sea of green, gold, red, maroon and blue as a footy festival atmosphere descends on the city. Brisbane welcomed the British and Irish Lions to Suncorp Stadium, for their first test and tour match on Australian shores in twelve years, along with the State of Origin and key games featuring the Brisbane Broncos, Brisbane Lions and Queensland Reds. The Queensland Reds also celebrated 130 years of on-field action with a memorabilia display at Museum of Brisbane.
  • Host: Brisbane Marketing
  • Website: www.visitbrisbane.com.au

The City Sounds

  • Where: Various locations, Brisbane CBD
  • Details: The City Sounds is Australia's largest free live music program, showcasing Brisbane’s emerging and established music talent across nine CBD locations every week, with everything from Alternative, Acoustic, Indie and Folk, to Jazz, Reggae, Electro and World Music genres.
  • Host: Brisbane Marketing
  • Facbook: www.facebook.com/thecitysounds

Free entry to David Fleay Wildlife Park

  • Where: David Fleay Wildlife Park, West Burleigh Road, West Burleigh
  • Details: To celebrate Queensland Week, visitors joined a ranger for daily wildlife presentations tp learn more about furry, feathery and scaly critters that call Queensland home.
  • Host: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Website: www.nprsr.qld.gov.au

Free entry to Walkabout Creek and daily Wild Encounters shows

  • Where: Walkabout Creek, 60 Mount Nebo Rd, The Gap
  • Details: Big and small, there were reptiles galore! To celebrate Queensland Week there was free entry to Walkabout Creek and daily Wild Encounters presentations. Visitors joined a ranger to get up close to some reptiles, caught a glimpse of the elusive platypus and spotted the vulnerable spotted-tailed quoll.
  • Host: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Website: www.nprsr.qld.gov.au

Celebrating Queensland's Cultural Heritage Heroes

Queensland Week in the Maranoa

  • Where: Various locations, Maranoa
  • Details: From the 3-7 June, Maranoa Regional Council 'painted the town maroon' with local landmarks illuminated across the Maranoa. Local libraries also had displays and held events to celebrate our great state.
  • Host: Maranoa Regional Council
  • Website: www.maranoa.qld.gov.au/

Colour the Towns Maroon

  • Where: Patrick Street, Laidley and Railway Street, Gatton
  • Details: The Lockyer Valley celebrated Queensland Week by themeing the main streets maroon. Retailers were encouraged to decorate windows with a maroon theme and join in the spirit by dressing in Maroon on Queensland Day
  • Host: Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Website: http://www.lockyervalley.qld.gov.au/

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Saturday 1 June

Queensland Week Citizenship Ceremony

Logan State of Mind

  • Where: The Studio, Level 1, State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank
  • Details: Created by Kaylah Tyson and members of the Logan Community, A Logan State of Mind uncovered and showcased the positive role models, success stories and fantastic creators that have come from this Brisbane suburb. Daily performances brought together an eclectic mix of artists who shared their love of Logan, their identity and their culture through music.
  • Host: State Library of Queensland
  • Website: www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on

Queensland Week Birthday Party at High Tea

  • Where: Fassifern Uniting Church Hall, 10 Macquarie Street, Boonah
  • Details: Friends came together to celebrate at a birthday party for Queensland. 
  • Host: Fassifern Blue Care Auxiliary

Queensland Week Bush Spirit Festival – Horse and Heritage

  • Where: RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre, 23767 Gayndah-Monto Road (Burnett Highway), Eidsvold
  • Details: The Bush Spirit Festival brought together artisans from across Queensland to showcase bush crafts including: horsemanship and heavy horses; woodworking; working dogs; blacksmithing; horse shoeing; chain saw carving; and leather work. As well as entertainment, the festival warmed hearts with great bush cooking, damper and billy tea.
  • Host: Friends of RM Incorporation
  • Website: www.rmwilliamscentre.com.au
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/rmwilliams.ABLC

Queensland Week Hot Shots

  • Where: Fancutt Tennis Centre, 39 Laura Street, Lutwyche
  • Details: The Queensland Week Hot Shots tennis event aimed to provide a healthy, fun, sports and exercise event suitable for children ages 5 to 13 years.
  • Host: Fancutt Junior Tennis Club Inc.
  • Website: www.tennis.com.au/fancutts

Queensland Week “Lowkey” Music Festival

  • Where: Kawana Surf Club – 99 Pacific Blvd, Kawana
  • Details: Staged on and beside the beach, this music festival showcased Queensland musicians from the acoustic, roots and alternative genres. The event also featured free workshops, sports, and market stalls with local wares, fashion, cultural crafts and visual art.
  • Host: UnitingCare Community
  • Show your Colours! Queensland Reds vs Melbourne Rebels

    • Where: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
    • Details: Footy fans were encouraged to 'Show their Colours' as the Queensland Reds took on the Melbourne Rebels.
    • Website: www.visitbrisbane.com.au

    Toowoomba Model Train Exhibition

    • Where: Founders Pavilion, Toowoomba Showgrounds, Glenvale Road, Toowoomba
    • Details: The Toowoomba Model Train Exhibition was the largest two day model railway exhibition outside the Brisbane metropolitan area. Over 70 exhibits featured model trains as well as craft, children’s activities and other hobbies.
    • Host: Darling Downs Model Railway Club Inc.
    • Website: www.ddmrc.com.au

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    Sunday 2 June

    Australian Citizenship Ceremony

    Baby Welcoming Ceremony

    • Where: Mackay Regional Council's Civic Precinct lawns, Gordon Street, Mackay
    • Details: The Baby Welcoming ceremony welcomed and celebrated the region's newest residents and 'Queenslanders'.
    • Host: Mackay Regional Council
    • Contact: www.mackay.qld.gov.au

    Heritage Queensland Half Marathon

  • Where: Doomben Racecourse, 75 Hampden St, Ascot
  • Details: Starting at Doomben Racecourse, this marathon included the Queensland Half Marathon, Doomben 10000, 5km fun run and 2.2km Doomben Cup.
  • Host: The Run Inn
  • Website: www.queenslandmarathon.com.au
  • Logan State of Mind

    • Where: The Studio, Level 1, State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank
    • Details: Created by Kaylah Tyson and members of the Logan Community, A Logan State of Mind uncovered and showcased the positive role models, success stories and fantastic creators that have come from this Brisbane suburb. Daily performances brought together an eclectic mix of artists who share their love of Logan, their identity and their culture through music.
    • Host: State Library of Queensland
    • Website: www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on

    Queensland Week Celebration – Bulimba

    • Where: Balmoral State High School, Thynne Rd, Balmoral
    • Details: This celebration showcased musical performances from local schools, and included an art show, citizenship ceremony held in conjunction with Balmoral Rotary, food and drinks, roving buskers, school P&C and sponsor stalls plus an awards ceremony to recognise local achievements.
    • Host: Aaron Dillaway MP, Member for Bulimba
    • Website: www.aarondillaway.com.au
    • Facebook: www.facebook.com/aarondillawaymp

    ReconciliAction

    • Where: Maiwar Green, State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank
    • Details: ReconciliAction was celebrated at the State Library with a fun-filled day. Visitors sat by the river enjoying live music as children participated in a range of fun and educational activities, joined Indigenous artist Chern’ee Sutton to create a collaborative art installation and enjoyed traditional tucker with a twist.
    • Host: State Library of Queensland
    • Website: www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/calevents/kd/reconciliaction-2013

    Stanwell Power Station Rocky River Run

    • Where: Huish Drive, Rockhampton
    • Details: The Stanwell Power Station Rocky River Run raised money to support local organisations that focus on mental health, in particular the prevention of youth suicide. Events included a 2 km run/walk, 5 km run/walk, 10 km run and a 21 km half-marathon.
    • Host: Rotary Club of Rockhampton
    • Host: Rotary Club of Rockhampton
    • Website: www.rockyriverrun.com

    Toowoomba Model Train Exhibition

    • Where: Founders Pavilion, Toowoomba Showgrounds, Glenvale Road, Toowoomba
    • Details: The Toowoomba Model Train Exhibition was the largest two day model railway exhibition outside the Brisbane metropolitan area. Over 70 exhibits featured model trains as well as craft, children’s activities and other hobbies.
    • Host: Darling Downs Model Railway Club Inc.
    • Website: www.ddmrc.com.au

    Toowoomba Queensland Day Celebration

    • Where: Picnic Point, Tourist Road, Toowoomba
    • Details: This free family fun day included a flag raising ceremony, music, dancers, cheerleaders, comedy and a sausage sizzle.
    • Host: Toowoomba Queensland Day Committee

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    Monday 3 June

    Queensland Week Celebrations Mackay Style – National Seniors Australia (NSA) get together

    Queensland Week Chronicles of Flinders – 150 Years of Celebration: Walking Tour

    Show your Colours! Brisbane Broncos vs New Zealand Warriors

    • Where: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
    • Details: Footy fans were encouraged to 'Show their Colours' as the Brisbane Broncos took on the New Zealand Warriors in this 25th Anniversary Sister City Clash.
    • Website: www.visitbrisbane.com.au

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    Tuesday 4 June

    Queensland Week Celebrations Mackay Style – Senior Activity Morning

    Queensland Week – The Three Endangered Animals

    Queensland Week Chronicles of Flinders – 150 Years of Celebration: Walking Tour of Hughenden Cemetery

    Queensland Week Chronicles of Flinders – 150 Years of Celebration: Property Tour and Tag Along

    Twin Falls discovery walk and reptile show

    • Where: Springbrook National Park, Tallanbana picnic area, Gold Coast-Springbrook Road, Springbrook
    • Details: Visitors celebrated Queensland Week and learnt about some wonderful Australian species, joined a ranger on a discovery walk and experienced a diversity of forest types, from open eucalypt to rainforest on the journey down to Twin Falls.
    • Host: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
    • Website: www.nprsr.qld.gov.au

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    Wednesday 5 June

    Bush babies walk and story time

    • Where: Daisy Hill Conservation Park, Hill Rd, Daisy Hill
    • Details: Visitors joined a ranger for guided tours, discovered the wonderful world of wildlife with story time and met animals up close.
    • Host: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
    • Website: www.nprsr.qld.gov.au

    Queensland Week Dinner

    • Where: Boonah Uniting Church Hall, 10 Macquarie Street, Boonah
    • Details: Boonah celebrated Queensland's birthday at the popular Queensland Week Dinner with poems and stories.
    • Host: Fassifern Uniting Church
    • Website: www.fassifernuca.org.au

    Queensland Week – The Three Endangered Animals

    • Where: Pentland State School, Pentland
    • Details: Students learnt about the threatened homes of three of Australia’s animals with Artslink Queensland’s production of The Three Endangered Animals.
    • Host: Artslink Queensland

    Queensland Week – The Three Endangered Animals

    • Where: Homestead State School, Homestead
    • Details: Students learnt about the threatened homes of three of Australia’s animals with Artslink Queensland’s production of The Three Endangered Animals.
    • Host: Artslink Queensland

    Queensland Week Chronicles of Flinders – 150 Years of Celebration: Community Care Morning Tea

    State of Origin

    • Where: On Channel Nine

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    Thursday 6 June – Queensland Day

    Queensland Day in the Office

    Queensland Day Luncheon

    • Where: Creative Arts Centre, Warrill View State School Cunningham Highway, Warrill View
    • Details: Warrill View State School students Years 4 and 6 cooked and served a luncheon of traditional and iconic Queensland foods for students, staff and parents to enjoy.
    • Host: Warrill View State School
    • Contact: 07 5464 6552

    Queensland Day Morning Tea – Longreach

    • Where: Courtyard, Longreach Regional Council, 96a Eagle Street, Longreach
    • Details: Longreach came together and enjoyed the celebrations with a cutting of the Queensland cake.
    • Host: Longreach Regional Council 
    • Website: www.longreach.qld.gov.au

    Lantern Parade Walk for Refugees

    • Where: Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands (near the Wheel of Brisbane)
    • Details: The Lantern Parade Walk for Refugees was a simple symbolic statement that united leaders, everyday Queenslanders and refugee communities in a public gesture of support and welcome. This year’s event was themed ‘Celebrating Queenslanders with a refugee background’.
    • Host: Multicultural Development Association (MDA)
    • Website: www.mdainc.org.au
    • Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/122994537847487/

    Queensland Week Celebrations Mackay Style – Concert and Sausage Sizzle

    • Where: Senior Citizens’ Centre, 58 Macalister Street, Mackay
    • Details: A great morning of entertainment was provided by well known Mackay artists, including vocals and guitars, bush poetry and the Squeezebox. Entertainment was followed by a sausage sizzle.
    • Host: National Seniors Australia (NSA) Mackay Branch Inc

    Queensland Week Chronicles of Flinders – 150 Years of Celebration: Talent Night

    Queensland Week Chronicles of Flinders – 150 Years of Celebration: Walking Tour

    Queensland Week Chronicles of Flinders – 150 Years of Celebration: Walking Tour of Hughenden Cemetery

    Queensland Week – The Three Endangered Animals

    • Where: St Peters Primary, Halifax
    • Details: Students learnt about the threatened homes of three of Australia’s animals with Artslink Queensland’s production of The Three Endangered Animals.
    • Host: Artslink Queensland
    • Website: artslinkqld.com.au/thethreeendangeredanimals

    Queensland Week – The Three Endangered Animals

    Queensland Week – The Three Endangered Animals

    • Where: Canossa Primary School, Trebonne
    • Details: Students learnt about the threatened homes of three of Australia’s animals with Artslink Queensland’s production of The Three Endangered Animals.
    • Host: Artslink Queensland
    • Website: artslinkqld.com.au/thethreeendangeredanimals

    Walkabout Creek reptile show and spotlight walk

    • Where: Walkabout Creek, 60 Mount Nebo Road, The Gap
    • Details: Visitors learnt about some wonderful Australian species with a ranger followed by a spotlight walk on the Araucaria track.
    • Host: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
    • Website: www.nprsr.qld.gov.au

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    Friday 7 June

    Brisbane Lions Footy Fan Zone

    • Where: Queen Street Mall
    • Details: Footy fans joined the roar of the crowd in Queen Street Mall as some of the mighty Brisbane Lions descended upon the City to meet and greet fans.
    • Host: Brisbane Marketing
    • Website: www.visitbrisbane.com.au

    Murweh Queensland Week Celebration

    • Where: Charleville Golf Club and Morven
    • Details: Two different celebrations were held across the Murweh Shire. In Charleville, families came together to enjoy activities, music and a BBQ. In Morven the community celebrated with activities and competitions including the ‘best Queensland ute’. There were stalls with local produce, and lots of family entertainment.
    • Host: Murweh Shire Council
    • Website: http://www.murweh.qld.gov.au/home

    Queensland Reds Memorabilia Display

    • Where: Museum of Brisbane
    • Details: 2013 marked the 130th Anniversary of the formation of the Queensland Rugby Union. This exhibition recognised and paid tribute to the growth, development and achievements of all aspects of the code in Queensland.
    • Host: Museum of Brisbane
    • Website: www.museumofbrisbane.com.au

    Queensland Week Chronicles of Flinders – 150 Years of Celebration: Quiz Night

    Queensland Week Chronicles of Flinders – 150 Years of Celebration: School Open Day

    Queensland Week Indigenous Music Showcase

    • Where: The Brisbane Powerhouse, Turbine Platform, 119 Lamington St, New Farm
    • Details: An exciting free music showcase featured some of Queensland's most electrifying indigenous bands: Sue Ray, Slip On Stereo, Djun Djun Jarra and Cy.
    • Host: QMusic
    • Website: www.qmusic.com.au

    Queensland Day Festival – Algester

    • Where: Brookbent Park, Brookbent Rd, Pallara
    • Details: This community festival celebrated the birth of Queensland and brought together the different clubs, groups and societies represented in the Algester electorate.
    • Host: Algester Parkinson Lions

    Queensland Week – The Three Endangered Animals

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    Saturday 8 June

    Government House Open Day

    • Where: Government House, 168 Fernberg Road, Paddington
    • Details: Visitors joined in the celebrations with free entry, a walk through heritage-listed Government House with volunteer guides, undertook a guided tour of the formal and historic gardens and bushland, enjoyed music, a community fair, and brought a picnic to enjoy on the lawns.
    • Host: The Governor of Queensland
    • Website: www.govhouse.qld.gov.au/government_house/visitorsprograms.aspx

    Queensland Day – Gin Gin

    • Where: Gin Gin Courthouse Art Gallery, 80a Mulgrave Street, Gin Gin
    • Details: This celebration included morning tea with damper provided by Aunty Marina of Jinjinburra Aboriginal Corporation, Queensland trivia, reading of the Proclamation of Queensland and cutting of the Queensland Cake.
    • Host: National Trust of Queensland, Bundaberg Working Group
    • Contact: phone 0401 837 825

    Queensland Week Celebrations Mackay Style – Period Ball

    Queensland Week Chronicles of Flinders – 150 Years of Celebration: Street Party and Parade

    Queensland Week Hot Shots

    • Where: Fancutt Tennis Centre, 39 Laura Street, Lutwyche
    • Details: The Queensland Week Hot Shots tennis event aimed to provide a healthy, fun, sports and exercise events suitable for children ages 5 to 13 years.
    • Host: Fancutt Junior Tennis Club Inc.
    • Website: www.tennis.com.au/fancutts

    Queensland Week Ubobo Bush Festival

    • Where: The Ubobo Memorial Hall Grounds and and the Discovery Centre Grounds
    • Details: There was good food, entertainment and activities on offer from a fun run in the morning to the camp oven dinner and open air concert at night.
    • Hosts: Boyne Valley Community Discovery Centre Inc and Ubobo Progress Association Inc
    • Website: www.boynevalley.org.au/

    Show your Colours! Queensland Reds vs British & Irish Lions

    • Where: Suncorp Stadium
    • Details: Footy fans were encouraged to 'Show their Colours' as the Queensland Reds take on the British and Irish Lions for their first test and tour match on Australian shores in twelve years.
    • Website: www.visitbrisbane.com.au

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    Sunday 9 June

    The Great Queensland Week Adventure Trail

    Queensland Week Celebrations at The Courier-Mail Piazza

    Our Queensland – Our Bloomin’ Beautiful Blackbutt Queensland Week Celebration

    • Where: Blackbutt Memorial Hall and Surrounds, Coulson Street, Blackbutt
    • Host: Friends of Cultcha Inc

    Queensland Week Chronicles of Flinders – 150 Years of Celebration: Devonshire Tea

    Queensland Week Family Fun Day – Blackwater

    Queensland Week Inter – Island Tug of War

    • Where: Macleay and Lamb Islands, Moreton Bay
    • Details: A tug of war was held across the Lucas Passage between Corroboree Park on Macleay Island and Ian Ward Park on Lamb Island. Markets, food stalls, cherry picker rides and musical entertainment entertained the crowds all day in-between the Tug of War events.
    • Host: Macleay Island Lions Club Inc
    • Website: home.spin.net.au/tugofwar

    Queensland Week Surfers Paradise Beach Picnic

    • Where: Surfers Paradise Beach and Surfers Paradise Foreshore, Surfers Paradise
    • Details: The Queensland Week Surfers Paradise Beach Picnic was an inclusive community event set on the newly redeveloped Surfers Paradise Foreshore, where Gold Coasters enjoyed a casual day out in an iconic setting while engaging in healthy outdoor activities and learning about Queensland’s history.
    • Host: Surfers Paradise Alliance
    • Website: www.surfersparadise.com
    • Facebook: www.facebook.com/surfersparadiseqld

    Sapphire Gemfields Folk Festival – On Common Ground

    • Where: Miners Common Museum, Rubyvale Road, Rubyvale
    • Details: The Sapphire Gemfields Folk Festival shared the joy, heritage and experience of our laidback lifestyle through music, food, poetry and laughter. Visitors helped build a giant rustic art sculpture while enjoying the spirit of community.
    • Host: Australian Miners Historic Centre

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