Woolshed welcomes record crowd for Australia Day

Posted on 28th January 2019

Iconic Darling Downs venue, the Jondaryan Woolshed welcomed more than 850 visitors through their doors on Saturday for their Australia Day event.

Pulling out all of the stops, Jondaryan Woolshed General Manager, Rebecca Pope said their impressive line-up of activities, market stalls and classic Australian food resonated with families looking for an affordable and fun day out.

“Families enjoyed watching our traditional shearing and whip cracking demonstrations, learning how to make the Aussie favourite, damper and taking guided tours around the historical museum,” said Ms Pope.

“Our mini trains, tractor train and Cobb & Co. coach rides had an eager line of people all day, and they were a big hit with visitors of all ages,” said Ms Pope.

Joining in the Australia Day fun were more than 20 market stall holders, local singer/songwriter Amber Goldsmith, the Southern Beekeepers Association and the Jondaryan Model Engineers and Live Steamers Inc.

Guests were kept hydrated in the hot conditions with free iced water stations scattered around the grounds and complimentary ice blocks in the afternoon.

“Our Australia Day Pie Eating Contest and Woolshed Challenge were a welcomed addition to our program this year, and visitors thoroughly enjoyed watching contestants battle it out for the champion titles,” said Ms Pope.

Western Downs resident, Andrew Walthertook out the win for the Pie Eating Contest and Miles Irving won the title of the inaugural Woolshed Challenge.

“Our vision for Australia Day was to create a truly Australian experience which celebrated the rich history of the region. We feel incredibly proud to have achieved this,” said Ms Pope.

“We have been inundated with positive feedback about the event and invite visitors to return for more fun and festivities at our Easter weekend in April,” said Ms Pope.