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January 20, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing today that the 2021 Julia Creek Dirt n Dust has been cancelled, but travellers in the region can still experience outback hospitality with the Julia Creek Artesian Express race day in April 2021.

The continued risk and uncertainty of COVID-19 has made planning one of the biggest volunteer-run events in Outback Queensland a huge challenge.

A newly appointed committee will look at reigniting and reinventing the community-owned event for the future and are calling on members of the community who wish to assist moving forward to put their hands up and get involved.

New president Nathan James-Laneyrie said the executive committee has spent some time over the past couple of months talking with the council and local community who wish to get involved moving forward.

Whilst this is obviously very disappointing for those who were looking forward to this year's Dirt n Dust, it needs to be put in perspective against Australia’s fight against the Coronavirus, and the wide-ranging impacts of having a totally new committee appointed.

During these difficult times, we all need some hope and we all still have dreams. That is what keeps us going. To keep these hopes and dreams alive, our passionate and dedicated Dirt n Dust committee is now moving forward and focusing on the community planning needed to deliver the best Dirt n Dust Festival in the future.

We have won many awards such as the best festival at the Qld Tourism awards and runner up for the Australian Tourism Awards.

Working with all levels of government we now have a permanent 400K home which is part of the “Julia Creek Community Precinct- Home of the Dirt n Dust.

INFO: Starting its life as a yarn over a round of drinks at the local town and country club, the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival was imagined as a way to put the small Queensland town on the map. The idea was born to start Australia’s first outback triathlon in 1994 - that year saw 15 people tackle the race and 27 years later the little town of Julia Creek was to attract 3,000 people for a full weekend of events.

Media Contacts:

Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival |

0448 901 392 Media Spokesperson - President Nathan James - Laneyrie 0400 465 110

The Event also Partners with the Local McKinlay Shire Council and South32.

We also thank all other sponsors and supporters that were committed to the 2021 event.

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We are calling on locals for their support in determining the future vision of the Dirt n Dust Festival and need more members to step up and be a part of the committee. Email us at eventmanager@dirtndust.com to become a part of the team - we would love to have you!

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JULIA CREEK TURF CLUB ARTESIAN EXPRESS RACEDAY

It's on for 2021 and this is a fantastic day of country racing who can rub shoulders with locals and visitors alike. Horses from all around the North West will be competing at one of the richest race meetings in North West Queensland.

The race day includes the exclusive "Trackside Tastes" which is a cocktail-style unique food event.  Fashions on the Field and roving children's entertainment plus good old fashioned novelty games entertainment for the kids and big kids alike make this an outback race meet that you don't want to miss.

Gates open at midday and the first race is at 12:30 pm on a five-race card.

Each year we say it because each year we prove it - bush racing is alive and doing stronger than ever!

Fashions on the Field is a big part of the Julia Creek Artesian Express! The quality of fashions we continue to see each year during this event are simply stunning, they wouldn’t be out of place at Flemington or Randwick! They may not have fly veil fashion...

But don’t be scared, Julia Creek is the sort of town where nothing is out of place…

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