upcoming events

Lee Kernaghan and the Wolfe Brothers LIVE at the new Outback Entertainment Centre

Lee Concert

2016 Hugh Sawrey Art Exhibitions

Hugh Sawrey Art Gallery – “Destinations” by artist John Morrison
‘Destinations’ an exhibition featuring 62 works by Australian Artist John Morrison is now on display at the Hugh Sawrey Art Gallery at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.  The Exhibition will run from 3rd May through until the 28th August.

Hugh Sawrey Art Gallery – “Moonlighting in Moffatt” a story of the Kenniff Brothers by artist Dr Karen Knight-Mudie
1 September – 31 October

27 Annual Drovers Reunion

TBA 2017

2017 marks the 27 anniversary of the Drovers Reunion. Mark the May long weekend in your Calendar for what is sure to be a weekend of hilarious games, good old fashion story telling, and iconic Australian history.

A vanishing breed of Australian bushmen and women gather at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Longreach for the annual ‘Drovers Reunion.

Each year outback workers, drovers, stockmen and women come together to honour the Drovers of days gone by.

Sitting around the campfire they tell yarns and remember those who lived lonely in the saddle moving stock through the Australian Outback.

Some of the older drovers, now in their 80s and 90s, were travelling the same stock routes in the same way as generations of horsemen before them.

For months at a time they pushed huge mobs from The Channel Country in Queensland to Cobar in South Australia, grazing the ‘Long Paddock’.

Their shelter was a stockman’s hat, bed a saddle on the ground, their seat was the saddle, food was salt beef, damper and tea.

‘Boss Drover’ and organiser of the reunion, 83-year-old Hank Cosgrove, says their get-together included a few Outback Games, but nothing too strenuous.
“We’ll see how well they can still crack a whip, make a damper and boil a billy; and chucking a boot at the drover’s dog — a pretend one of course — is a favourite.”

Sadly the number of drovers attending the reunion has been dwindling over the past 26 years, and this may be one of the last opportunities to meet some of the true legends of the bush.