From modest beginnings, the event brings together people from all walks of life – people from Queensland, Australia and overseas. Julia Creek, based in McKinlay Shire, is proud to host what is fast becoming Queensland’s “must go-to” event.

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Julia Creek, a small Outback town in North Queensland, is about as far into the middle of nowhere as you could get. It is home to blinding sunlight, harsh winds, a muddy creek, and just 400 thick-skinned locals. This has made it the perfect destination for the dirtiest, dustiest, most challenging Festival you will find in Australia – the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival.

In 1994, the first Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Triathlon was held, with just 15 athletes up to the challenge of competing in the event. However, over the years, the legacy has grown, the challenge has been set, and the bar has been raised- and Julia Creek is now bombarded every year by those keen to prove their courage – or insanity – in the South 32 Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Triathlon, the Dirt n Dust Festival’s main drawcard. Although it isn’t the longest triathlon in Australia, past competitors do say that it is the toughest sprint triathlon they have experienced. Starting with an 800m swim through muddy water and thick reeds, participants continue on to a 25km bike ride into a strong headwind, taking them back into town where the 5km run begins and ends. With temperatures close to 40 degrees, the bitumen is hot, the creek water is warm, and the wind pushes you backwards – draining you mentally as well as physically. More than 400 competitors converge on Julia Creek for the triathlon on the Saturday morning, doubling the population of the town, before spending the rest of the weekend putting their feet up or going wild.

After the Dirt n Dust Triathlon, the Turf Club is packed for the annual South 32 Artesian Express- the race that stops a road train. It is an event closely related to the Melbourne Cup, with the ladies frocked up for fashions on the field and the horses hammering around the track- except this race has spectators in their finest akubras, and the dust of the track makes for a much more impressive show than the manicured grass of Flemington as it billows out from behind the flying fillies.

Dirt n Dust Central is the place to be from sunset onwards – with showstopping live music, before the Dirt n Dust Bullride sanctioned by PBR gets underway. It is a Bullride like no other, for only Australia’s gutsiest riders and biggest, toughest bulls. There are no time outs, no towels to throw in – once they’re on the back of the steed, there’s nothing to do but try and hold on for eight bone – shaking, desperate seconds.

This is only the start of the night, with live music and family entertainment continued on afterwards, as well as the finals of Australia’s Best Butt Competition – where guys and girls alike pull on their tightest jeans, perk their cheeks up, and vie for the crowd’s approval of their behind.

Winding down on Sunday morning is easy, as Julia Creek puts on a beautiful outback breakfast and hosts novelty events where, contrary to the Triathlon, competitors require a tough stomach rather than a tough spirit to get through events like cow pat throwing, fly swatting, and the infamous bog snorkelling.

Add athletes, triathlon spectators, Race Day punters and Bullride enthusiasts into the mix and you have over 4,000 people in the town of 400.

With equal parts city slickers and country folk, from neighbouring towns and cities further afield taking part, the Dirt n Dust Festival really is an event like no other.

Date Event Location Time Cost Register now!
Friday 7 April 2017 Pit Stop to the Creek and Get Dirty Down Under Tours arrive into town! Julia Creek 9am – 6pm From $290 Book Here
Julia Creek Junior Triathlon Julia Creek Swimming Pool 12Noon – 6PM  From $30 Register Here
Senior Triathlete Sign On Julia Creek Library 4.30PM – 9PM  From $130 Register Here
Gates Open at Dirt n Dust Central Dirt n Dust Central, Burke Street 5.30PM – 7.30PM Free  No Booking Necessary
Free Family Concert (Live Music continues all night until close, Kids Entertainment and Rides) Dirt n Dust Central, Burke Street 5.30PM – Midnight Free  No Booking Necessary
Welcoming Carbo Dinner The Hill @ Dirt n Dust Central, Burke Street 6PM – 9PM 6 and under $8 | 7-12 years $20 | Adult (13 years +) $35 Book Here
Official Opening of the 23rd Annual Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival Main Stage @ Dirt n Dust Central 7.20PM  Free No Booking Necessary
Junior Triathlon Presentations Main Stage @ Dirt n Dust Central, Burke Street 7.25PM – 7.40PM  Free  No Booking Necessary
Bog Snorkelling, Thong Throwing and Novelty Events Bull Arena and Bog Pit @ Dirt n Dust Central, Burke Street 7.40PM  Free No Booking Necessary
Registration for Australia’s Best Butt Competition (18+ ONLY) Side Stage @ Dirt n Dust Central, Burke Street 9PM Free Pre-Registrations on the night
Australia’s Best Butt Heat Main Stage @ Dirt n Dust Central, Burke Street 9.35PM Free  Pre-Registrations on the night
Saturday 8 April 2017 Triathlete Numbering and Briefing Medical Tent, Burke Street 6AM – 7.30AM  Included in Triathlon Registration Register Here
Cattle Truck for bikes loaded and leaves for the Waterhole Medical Tent, Burke Street 7AM – 8.30AM  Included in Triathlon Registration  Register Here
Buses depart for Waterhole (Triathletes and Spectators) Medical Tent, Burke Street 8.30AM Free No Booking Required.
South 32 Dirt n Dust Triathlon Eastern Creek, Julia Creek 9.30AM – 12Noon  From $130 Register Here
Artesian Express Horse Races Julia Creek Turf Club 12Noon – 5PM From $15 Tickets purchased at the gate
Fashions on the Field Registration Opens Julia Creek Turf Club 12Noon – 1.30PM  Free No Booking Necessary
Country Tastes Luncheon Robert Lord Shed, Julia Creek Turf Club 1PM – 3PM 6 and under $20 | 7-12 years $30 | Adult (13 years +) $60 Book Here, Pre-Purchased Tickets ONLY
Fashions on the Field Judging Julia Creek Turf Club 2PM  Free No Booking Necessary
South 32 Senior Triathlon Presentation Julia Creek Turf Club 3PM  Free  No Booking Necessary
Gates Open at Dirt n Dust Central (Dirt n Dust PBR, Live Music continues all night until close, FREE Kids Entertainment and Rides) Dirt n Dust Central, Burke Street 5.30PM – 2AM  (Included in PBR Ticket)  (Included in PBR Ticket)
Official Opening of the Dirt n Dust Bullride, sanctioned by PBR Bull Arena @ Dirt n Dust Central, Burke Street 7PM – 9.30PM $35 Book Here
Live Concert Main Stage @ Dirt n Dust Central, Burke Street 9.30PM – 2AM (Included in PBR Ticket) (Included in PBR Ticket)
Australia’s Best Butt Competition Final Main Stage @ Dirt n Dust Central, Burke Street 10.30PM  Free Pre-Registrations on the night
Sunday 9 April 2017 Farewell Breakfast at Dirt n Dust Central, Rest and Recovery, Novelty Events Dirt n Dust Central 7.00AM
Triathlons

Take part in one of Australia’s toughest triathlons. Each April, Julia Creek plays host to the Dirt n Dust Triathlon – a 800m swim, 25km bike ride and 5km run. The dirt, the dust, the heat, the flies… Will you survive?

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Concerts

Nightly live concerts are held over the weekend at Dirt n Dust Central, showcasing some of Australia’s best home-grown talent! You’ll be dancing all night long. Artist Announcements Coming Soon!

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Bullrides

The PBR Bullride is like no other. There are no time outs, no towels to throw in – once the bullriders are on the back of the steed, there’s nothing to do but try and hold on for eight  desperate seconds.

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Horse Races and Fashions on the Field

The Artesian Express ain’t no city race meet! Horses fly by in a cloud of thunder and dirt and Dress to impress for your chance to win big in fashion on the field!

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Country Tastes Luncheon

The exclusive Country Tastes Luncheon is hitting a track near you this Horse Racing season – Punters can dine on some of the best beef and fine produce from the industry! Indulge your senses this April 8, 2017.

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Novelty Events

Dirt n Dust hosts novelty events where, contrary to the Triathlon, competitors require a tough stomach rather than a tough spirit to get through events like cow pat throwing and fly swatting. Join us for more crazy novelty events!

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Bog Snorkeling

The infamous Bog Snorkeling will be back again in 2017.. test your abilities in the championships where no conventional style swimming strokes are allowed and who knows what could be in the bog pit!

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Australia’s Best Butt

Australia’s Best Butt Competition – where guys and girls alike pull on their tightest jeans, perk their cheeks up, and vie for the crowd’s approval of their behind. Does your behind have what it takes to take out the Best Butt crown?

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