World-renowned Surfers Paradise beach will this weekend resemble a bustling stockyard as a mob of horses, mules, sheep, dogs, piglets and a one-tonne bull take to the golden sands for the free Outback Stockman’s Show, running from tomorrow through to Sunday, November 6.
Direct from the legendary Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach, third-generation horse breaker and stockman Lachie Cossor will give coast-dwelling city slickers a taste of life beyond the Great Dividing Range with an unforgettable showcase of outback skills, traditions and legends.
Surfers Paradise Alliance chairperson Laura Younger said for the first time Australia’s tourist capital has joined forces with Longreach, one of the nation’s most historic outback towns, to create unique experiences and promote tourism in both destinations. “With our spectacular Surfers Paradise beach as the backdrop, this will be an unforgettable event that will engage and excite visitors, and hopefully inspire people to visit our outback friends.”
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Economic Development Chair Cr. Hermann Vorster said connecting the beach with the bush was an important initiative by the Surfers Paradise Alliance to promote tourism between regions.
“I’m thrilled the renowned Outback Stockman’s Show is being brought to Surfers Paradise in what is a first for the city of the Gold Coast,” Councillor Vorster said. “It’s a fantastic concept because it showcases the best of two very different destinations in an engaging and memorable way. I look forward to this becoming an ongoing alliance that benefits two of the most iconic tourism locations in Queensland.”
Featuring skilful displays of horsemanship and plenty of horsing around, the daily shows will be presented by Mr Cossor, along with his talented cast of horses, mules, dogs, sheep and piglets.
Sand rather than dust will fly as audiences will witness piglet mustering, whip-cracking, animal tricks and hilarious bush-inspired antics as they become immersed in the quintessential Australian outback just metres from the sparkling Pacific Ocean.
The free shows will take place on Surfers Paradise foreshore from Thursday, November 3 to Sunday, November 6 at 10am, 2pm and 5pm daily.