Guy Sebastian heads to Queensland area as Southern Hemisphere’s biggest rodeo returns
Events are back in the Queensland hinterland and organizers, locals and tourists alike are eager to bring people back to their communities.
- The 2021 Mount Isa Mine Rodeo kicked off last night
- The rodeo will take place from August 12 to 15
- The event titles are Guy Sebastian and Lee Kernaghan
After more than a year of pandemic-related cancellations, good news has emerged from Mount Isa in northwest Queensland with the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo launched and ready to make dollars in the region.
The rodeo is renowned for being the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and this year headliners Guy Sebastian and Lee Kernaghan will have the Australian talent to taste of the year despite travel restrictions.
Excitement is already building in the hinterland city with bigger events on the cards.
The rodeo follows the Birdsville Big Red Bash which sold out earlier this year and the Boulia Camel Races which are expected to see record crowds.
At the 2021 rodeo launch, local Rick Windsor said the biggest thing he missed last year was community coming together.
He said 2021 would be his first year competing in the Isa Rodeo.
“This will be my first run so it should be good,” he said.
The priority for Natalie Flecker, Executive Director of Mount Isa Rodeo, was to ensure that this year’s event “lives up to” the past.
“I think even the arena is screaming for horses and bulls running around it.
“Tickets went on sale for the 2021 Mount Isa Mines at 9:00 am and it took just 46 minutes to break the record for day one ticket sales in 2019.”
Tourists should flock
Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the population of Mount Isa is expected to more than double for the event, which runs August 12-15.
“This destination event in the Queensland Outback brings together cowboys and cowgirls from all over Australia… inflating the city’s population,” Hinchliffe said.
“We predict that the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo will contribute approximately $ 10 million to the Mount Isa tourism economy and encourage visitors to spend more time in the Queensland outback.
In a statement, Guy Sebastian said he was happy to direct the artists, taking the place of the Friday night stage.
“ Critical ” events
Outback Queensland Tourism Association chief executive Denise Brown said the events will bolster tourism economies in 2021.
“Events are essential in the backcountry of Queensland and even more so when events such as the Isa Rodeo create backcountry routes to provide pre and post trip routes. [options]Ms. Brown said.
“[They] build strong tourism economies and increase overnight stays in outback areas. “