Entertainment and fun as the Tablelands prepares for event action

Operators on the Atherton Tablelands should reap the benefits of a number of high profile and burgeoning sporting events set to take place in the region over the coming months.

Tropical Tablelands Tourism chair and Member for Barron River Michael Trout said leading the charge was the 20th annual International Crocodile Trophy, which will take place from October 18 to 26, with eight out of the nine stages to be held on the Tablelands.

“The Croc Trophy is one of the most renowned sporting events to be held in the region and has justifiably earned its reputation as one of the most grueling challenges cross country mountain bike racers will face.”

More than 80 participants from all over the world are expected to compete in the 20th edition of the International Crocodile Trophy Stage Race, which starts in Cairns before heading to the Atherton Tablelands with stops at Lake Tinaroo, Atherton, Irvinebank, Skybury Coffee Plantation and Wetherby Station.

“Not only will be there an immediate economic boost felt from this event, there will also be significant global publicity exposure showcasing the beauty and diversity of the Atherton Tablelands.

“This will have an ongoing benefit for years to come as the race will be broadcast on television throughout Europe,” Mr Trout added.

Mr Trout said the inaugural Yungaburra Triathlon supporting Soldier On to be held on November 22-23 was also gaining momentum with around 300 registrations expected.

“This event, which is helping to raise funds for wounded warriors and awareness of the Soldier On organisation, will be held at the Afghanistan Avenue of Honour memorial, Lake Tinaroo,” he added.

Mr Trout said even if you weren’t taking part there was good reason to come along with the Yungaburra Triathlon Festival featuring a number of activities all weekend including the local market, concerts and family entertainment.

Other sporting events set to take place include the Tinaroo Barra Bash, which continues to attract more than 1000 senior and 300 junior anglers to the popular three-day event from October 31 to November 2.

“This event is not only popular for people living locally, we are also seeing entrants travelling from as far south as Mackay and Townsville, as well as regionally from Cairns and north to Mossman.

“With the warmer weather the fish are starting to come back on the bite and there is a really good chance of catching some personal bests.”

Mr Trout said there would also be entertainment at the event including fishing stalls as well as the popular release of around 500, 30cm barramundi.

The region will be further bolstered by other prominent events taking place including Tastes of the Tablelands on October 19, the Tablelands Folk Festival on October 23 to 26, Ravenshoe’s Torimba Festival from October 4 to 18, Opera in the Outback on October 9 to 11 and the very popular Kuranda Festival on October 11 to 12.

“The Kuranda Festival is held every year and is one of the most popular events on the Tablelands attracting thousands of people from across the region.”

Mr Trout said highlights from the two-day festival include the Bash of Barron River Raft Race, the Great Undie Fun Run, as well as the German sausage eating competition.

“There will also be loads of free entertainment including pony rides, buskers, jumping castles, stilt walkers and face painting. There will be music in Centenary Park with special performances at the Kuranda Arts Co-op.”

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Posted by Bronwyn under Tablelands News | Posted on 30th Sep 2014

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