Boots, chaps and cowboy hats – it’s time for the Mount Isa rodeo

Did you know that the Mount Isa rodeo is the largest rodeo event in the southern hemisphere? This year’s event runs from Thursday 11 August to Sunday 14 August, with plenty of entertainment for everyone. Read on to find out what’s happening, including answers to FAQs.

Rodeo events

Feature events at this year’s Mount Isa rodeo will include:

  • bull riding, where riders have to hang on to bucking bulls for eight seconds
  • saddle bronc, where saddled riders must hang on to bucking horses for eight seconds.
  • bareback bronc, where unsaddled riders have to hang on to bucking horses for eight seconds.
  • steer wrestling, where horse riders must dismount their horses to wrestle steers to the ground within five seconds.
  • rope and tie, where horse riders must chase and rope calves in the fastest possible time to win the event.
  • team roping, where two horse riders work together to chase and rope a steer in the fastest possible time to win the event.
  • ladies barrel racing, where female riders must guide their horses around a pattern of barrel drums in the fastest possible time, with time penalties imposed for knocking any barrels over.
  • ladies breakaway roping, where female horse riders must chase and rope calves in the fastest possible time to win the event.
  • poddy rides, where our rodeo stars of the future (kids aged 8 to 13) must stay on a poddy for six seconds.

Live music featuring Guy Sebastian

Concerts will be held on both Friday and Saturday nights during this year’s Mount Isa rodeo, with Guy Sebastian headlining on Friday night.

The Shank Brothers

Think you know your way around a barbecue? You might be surprised. The Shank Brothers are Australia’s barbecue cooking champions and they’ll be doing live demos at this year’s Mt Isa rodeo. Come along and you’ll probably learn a thing or two!

Food, drink, market stalls

There will be plenty of food, drink (including bar facilities) and market stalls available throughout the event, so you’ll never be hungry or thirsty.

How much does it cost to go to the Mount Isa rodeo?

The best value are three-day general admission passes. They cost $149 for adults, $125 for pensioners, and $45 for kids.

Three-day general admission family passes for 2 adults and 2 kids are available for $343.

If you want access to premium seating, you can buy a 3-day gold pass for $290 per person.

If you want access to both premium seating and premium bar areas, you can buy a platinum pass for $390 per adult.

Can you camp at the Mount Isa rodeo?

If you’re coming to the event from outside of town, both powered and unpowered campsites are available.

If you want a powered campsite, you’ll need to buy either a platinum or gold three-day pass and it will cost you an extra $260.

Unpowered campsites are available for anyone for $200.

Where is the Mount Isa rodeo venue?

It’s held at the Buchanan Park Arena, located on the corner of Sutton and George Streets in Mount Isa. There’s plenty of parking available, or you can catch a bus or cab from the Mount Isa CBD.

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