Longreach filling up quickly on the road to the 2022 rodeo

Ticket and tent packages are announced as region fills for final weekend in April at Longreach in the heart of the Queensland Outback

Prepare for a rodeo for the ages because the Longreach region is filling faster than a whipcrack over a campfire for the Isa Rodeo Event Experience, from Saturday 30 April to Sunday 1 May 2022

Demand is so high for accommodation in Longreach that organisers of the inaugural ROAD TO RODEO event running from 30 April to 1 May have released details for TICKET AND TENT packages, and they are being booked quickly.

Road to Rodeo – An Isa Rodeo Experience brings a taste of the legendary Mount Isa Mines Rodeo experience to Longreach.

Road to Rodeo takes over Longreach in the heart of Outback Queensland, and some of the best riders in the business have signed up to battle for the titles. The event will also welcome emerging stars, like Jacy (13) and Tyler (12) Morton, two local Longreach girls who are just as comfortable on a horse, as they are on the ground, as well as one of the youngest and oldest competitors in the country.

Also making the trip west is The Wolfe Brothers, newest winners of the Golden Guitar for Contemporary Album of the Year and for Country Music Capital News Group or Duo of the Year at Tamworth Country Music Festival just last week! They will be performing live at Longreach at the Rodeo Rock concert on Saturday night.

Road to Rodeo Longreach features a full rodeo program and a knockout country music line-up starring (in addition to The Wolfe Brothers), Bella Mackenzie, Luke Geiger & Bareback and James Johnston as well as locals Corinne Ballard and John Hawkes.

Between the rodeo action, the country music line-up, the low & slow BBQ on offer and the iconic big outback skies under which it all will happen, Longreach is set to host a party for the ages.

The Road to Rodeo series aims to create four new annual rodeo events across Queensland by 2024, representing a long-term economic injection to the state of over $4 million.

The full program can be seen at https://www.isarodeo.com.au/road-to-rodeo-longreach/

So… Pack your boots, buckles, wide brimmed hats and sense of adventure and see you in Longreach.

Back to the future generation of rodeo stars! Tyler Morton is 12 years old and dreams of competing in the American Rodeo circuit as a barrel racer. She loves the speed, the turns and the accuracy of the sport, and in two weeks at Longreach she will compete in the Junior and Open Ladies Barrel. Her sister Jacy (13) will compete against her in the Junior Barrel, and then swap saddles for the mini-bull ride.

In what will prove a moment in Australia rodeo history, Longreach will welcome one of the youngest competitors in eight-year-old Byron Kirk from Mount Isa who in 2021 shared the poddy calf ride title at the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo, and 91-year-old rodeo legend, Bob Holder, who may possibly be the oldest rodeo rider in the world. Between them, there’s 83 years. That’s a lot of rodeo stories to tell.

The legend that is Bob Holder hails from Cootamundra in New South Wales. At 91 years of age, Bob is the oldest rodeo competitor in Australia. He’s competed for 76 years and proudly has a place in the sport’s Hall of Fame.

He’s inspired generations of rider, including his daughter Kerrie, who is well known in the APRA circuit and is the current Mount Isa Mines Rodeo Open Barrel Champion. All eyes will be on this father-daughter-duo at Longreach.

Eighty-three years Bob’s junior is Byron Kirk, who is making the 700km journey from Mount Isa. His Melissa mum remembers him seeing his first PBR belt when he was two years old, and saying, “I want to get that belt.”

Also confirmed to ride at Longreach is reigning Mount Isa Mines Rodeo Open Bareback Bronc Rider Fred Osman. He stepped out of retirement to compete last year, having won the title last in 2013. But that wasn’t all, the Cameron’s Corner rodeo star also took out the second division Bareback Bronc title.

He’s one to watch. Rounding out the trio of champions from the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo set to compete at Longreach is Sam Weston,  who scored an 140 points in the Second Division Saddle Bronc competition last year to take the coveted buckle.

Proof that rodeo is a family affair, APRA chair and superstar, Shane Iker will compete at Longreach and said he can’t hang up his boots because he loves practicing and competing with his son, Jordan, saying “If you’re going to be beaten, why not get beaten by your son.” 

Ticket and tent experiences at Road to Rodeo Longreach

STAR GAZER Ticket and Tent Pack (Twin Share)

$699 includes three nights – Friday 29th, Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May, plus TWO adult 2-Day General Admission tickets.

SUN FISHER Ticket and Tent (Single)

$599 includes three nights – Friday 29th, Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May, plus ONE adult 2-Day General Admission.

VIP PASSES – there’s still a few left but are going quickly as well.

The 2-day Stockman’s Pass is $299 and provides entry to Road to Rodeo Longreach, seating in the Stockman’s Seating area, access to a VIP bar to purchase drinks, entry into events grounds, rodeo action, rodeo rocks concerts, live entertainment, exhibits, markets and sideshow alley.

For all bookings go to: www.isarodeo.com.au

Attention caravanners and campers

For caravanners and campers who have their own tent, van, camper trailer or event star-trailer, the Longreach Tourist Park is the perfect spot to set up Rode to Rodeo homebase. It’s walking distance to the event, or guests can take the free shuttle bus. See full detail at: longreachtouristpark.com.au

About Road to Rodeo

The full program can be seen at https://www.isarodeo.com.au/road-to-rodeo-longreach/

The rodeo schedule includes the Bull Ride (Open, Over 40s, 2nd & Junior Division), Saddle Bronc (Open & 2nd Division), Bareback (Open & 2nd Division), Rope & Tie (Open), Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Ladies Barrel Race, Ladies Breakaway Roping and Mini Bull Rides.

Straight from the upper echelon of Australian country music, The Wolfe Brothers lead the line-up for the Rodeo Rock Concert on Saturday 30 April.

They will be joined by skyrocketing country star and winner of the 2020 People’s Choice winner in the Toyota Tamworth Country Music Festival Bella Mackenzie from Mackay, along with fellow North Queenslander Luke Geiger & Bareback, a finalist in Rise-Up at this year’s Winton’s Way Out West Festival, and from Wingham on the mid-north coast of NSW, young country superstar James Johnston.

Two local Longreach music-makers will star on stage with the national names – young, rising talent Corinne Ballard and local legend, singer-songwriter John Hawkes who comes with his bullock named Ollie.

You can drive, train, fly or bus to Longreach. It’s a long way from most places, and that’s the beauty of the place –for information on HOW TO GET THERE, where to visit and why two days isn’t enough visit the website and for MORE ROAD TO RODEO TIPS AND TRICKS, go to this link: https://www.isarodeo.com.au/enewsletter/

Iconic events in the region for 2022

ROAD TO RODEO LONGREACH – An Isa Rodeo Event Experience, from Saturday 30 April to Sunday 1 May 2022. Held on the Longreach Showgrounds and Rodeo Arena. Tickets, accommodation packages and travel itineraries: all at isarodeo.com.au

The event is supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, see more at: https://www.isarodeo.com.au/road-to-rodeo-longreach/

MOUNT ISA MINES RODEO – The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere to be held from Thursday 11 August to Sunday 14 August 2022. See more on the website: Isarodeo.com.au