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12 Apr 2019

Junior Tri Done and Dusted At Julia Creek

The melting bitumen has begun to cool on the first day of the 2019 Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival. Preparations are now underway for what will be a memorable 25th year celebratory event, gearing up with the Julia Creek Junior Triathlon this afternoon.


90 mini-triathletes, 63 individuals and 9 teams, aged from 4 to 15 years competed in the annual Junior Triathlon. Participants travelled from as far as Brisbane and Townsville to compete, as well as closer to home from towns including Mount Isa, Richmond and Cloncurry. Competitors raced in four age categories of varying age-appropriate distances.


Dirt n Dust Committee President Stephen Malone says that the Junior Triathlon, touted as being every bit as tough as it’s big brother the South32 Senior Triathlon, is a highlight of the weekend.


“It’s always a great sight to see our little athletes competing. It’s a fantastic event for the kids to be a part of, especially for our rural kids, many of whom have had such a rough start to the year with the floods. Our largest percentage of competitors come from Julia Creek and its surrounding areas so this is a great chance for them to experience something different and have that social connection with other kids.”


“We are thrilled to see the next generation turning out in droves for the 25th year,” says Stephen. “Who knows, maybe we’ll see these competitors bring their own children to the 50th.”


The annual Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival sees the town swell  from a population of 350 to almost 4000 for the weekend. The Junior Triathlon is the first event, kickstarting a weekend full of sporting events and entertainment, including the senior triathlon, considered one of the toughest courses in Australia, horse racing and of course Australia’s Best Butt competition.


“It has been a very successful first day,” said Stephen. “We are in for a great weekend full of sport, fun and celebration. It’s great to see the community and our visitors come together to celebrate 25 years of the Dirt n Dust Festival.”

 Fast facts:

  • Race commenced on Friday 12 April 2019 at 3:00pm and finished at 4:00pm
  • 90 registrations - ages 4 -15 years old
  • Four age categories
    • 4-6years | 10m swim, 500m ride, 100m run
    • 7-9 years | 75m swim, 2km ride, 500m run
    • 10-12 years | 150m swim, 3km ride, 1km run
    • 13-15 years | 300m swim, 4km ride, 2km run

 Results Dirt n Dust Junior Triathlon


Age Category





4-6 years boys

Jack Woodfield

Julia Creek



4-6 years girls

Brodie Cattle




7-9 years boys

Will Finucane




7-9 years girls

Sofia Blanco-Boyle




7-9 years team

Team Gaga




10-12 years boys

Kyle Gibbs




10-12 years girls

Sam Pratt

Julia Creek



10-12 years team

Deadly Dunnarts

Julia Creek



13-15 years boys

Dean Scholes

Julia Creek



13-15 years girls

Abbie Pratt

Julia Creek



13-15 years team

BCM Girls

Julia Creek




The 25th Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival is this weekend, April 12-14.  
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The Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! in Queensland calendar of events.