The Road Ahead : December January 2009
what’s on ... QUEENSLAND EVENTS December 6th-24th CHRISTMAS TOUCH The Lions Club of Toowoomba West Inc proudly presents Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland at the Botanical Gardens, including live entertainment and giveaways. Call 4613 4839. January 1st GRANITE BELT BLUES Celebrate the New Year with gourmet food, wine and blues at Lucas Estate winery at Severnlea. Tickets $25. Visit www.lucasestate.com.au or call 4683 6365. 4th-11th TOP TENNIS Be one of the fi rst to experience the new state-of-the-art State Tennis Centre at Tennyson, Brisbane, while watching some of the big names of tennis in action at this kick-off event for the Australian Open Series. Visit www.brisbaneinternational. com.au or call 3426 4888. 19th-23rd STRAND STORY Townsville’s major ocean-front park, The Strand, will be transformed into the historic town of Bethlehem for this interactive recreation of the traditional Christmas story. Entry is free. Call 4724 3405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 26th-January 26th MEET THOMAS Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and The Fat Controller at The Workshops Rail Museum at Ipswich. Visit www. theworkshops. qm.qld.gov.au or call 3432 5100. 31st BUSH DANCE The rafters of the huge Jondaryan Woolshed will ring to the sound of the Ridgee Didge Bush Band this New Year’s Eve, as it has done for the last 18 years, with kids’ dances, door prizes and a great atmosphere. Visit www.jondaryanwoolshed.com or call 4692 2229. 54 DEC 08/JAN 09 8th-11th RODEO FINALS Hear the grunts of bulls and broncos bursting through the chutes at the National Finals Rodeo on the Gold Coast. Witness the top 15 cowboys and cowgirls competing for a 2007/08 Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) title at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. Visit www.nfrgoldcoast.com.au. 26th AUSSIE DAY Get set for a day of good old fashioned Aussie fun at Aussie World’s Australia Day celebrations at Palmview, from 9am, with lots of competitions and prizes for such events as the famous dunny races and tug- of-war. Call 5494 5444 or visit www.aussieworld.com.au. 26th SAMFORD CELEBRATES For an historical Australia day, head to Samford Museum for vintage vehicles, stationary engines, timber skills, blacksmithing and country cooking. Visit www.samfordmuseum. com.au. 30th-February 1st BATS ‘N’ BULL Stumped for something to do these holidays? Head to Mundubbera for a family-friendly festival that celebrates the heritage of cricket within the North Burnett region. Visit www.cricketbatsandbullsfestival. com.au or phone 4165 4676. February 6th-15th MOTOR SHOW Experience the world’s latest and greatest motoring innovations under the one roof at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. While at the Brisbane International Motor Show, keep an eye out for the RACQ stand featuring special competitions and offers for members. Visit www.brisbanemotorshow.com.au or call 3868 2444. 7th-8th FISHING COMPETITION The Boondooma Dam Yellowbelly Fishing Competition is on again. Head to Lake Boondooma, via Proston for a family focused fi shing event. Lakeside camping, cabins and powered sites available. Call 0427 112477 or email email@example.com. 14th-15th ORCHID SHOW Get into the Valentine’s Day spirit surrounded by orchids at The Aspley Orchid Society’s Celebrating Valentine’s Day Show at the Auditorium, Mt Coot- tha Botanic Gardens. Adults $3, children under 12 free; 8.30am-4pm Saturday, 8.30am-3.30pm Sunday. Contact Jan Patterson on 3269 7537. 15th AUTOMANIA ON THE DOWNS Head to Toowoomba Showgrounds for a car show to raise money for the RACQ CareFlight helicopter rescue service. A wide range of cars, bikes, utes and 4WDs on display. Call 4635 0966 or visit www.streetmachiners.org.au. PHOTOS THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW: Thomas the Tank Engine. Aussie World. Samford Museum. The Strand story.
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