We are camping at Tara for 2 nights and attending Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races, which is a three day event where visitors can experience a unique blend of multi-cultural entertainment and camel races. A 'Festival of the Orient' on the Friday night will feature entertainment including Lion Dancer and cuisine with an Oriental/Asian influence and a monster fireworks display guaranteed to excite the child in everyone.
Several countries of the world are represented in cuisine, arts and culture, providing an opportunity for education and interaction for everybody, with free workshops also on offer. The quality Camel races will be held in conjunction with the multicultural festival. Take advantage of the FREE camping and enjoy the non-stop entertainment celebrating with art, music, dance, cultural displays and cuisines for all to experience. The event is designed to be an affordable weekend which encourages free sites for camping, caravans and motorhomes.
Festival entry fee: (updated) You would buy your own entry ticket at the gate when you arrive there. It is $25/p for 3 days (includes FREE Camping at showground). For more information check below link:
Booking and Festival information: http://www.tarafestivalncamels.org.au/
Other accommodations: check this link for other accommodation at Tara:
How To Get There: Tara is about 300km west of Brisbane (about 3.30hrs drive). From Brisbane take the Ipswich Motorway to Toowoomba - and then to Dalby. Then turn left to Moonie Highway for appx 48 kms, cross over a grid, immediately turn right towards Tara on 'Surat Developmental Road' for another 40 kms. Festival address is Showground Road, Tara.
Essential to bring: Your usual camping gear (for winter - it can be very cold at Tara), medicine, first-aid kit, Firewood etc. Food & drinks - this is a cultural festival, there are multitude of various cultural cuisine to select for you to experience but you can also bring your own food and cooking gear. Water: The current town water in Tara is not suitable for drinking. Whilst there is limited supply of rainwater at the Tara Showgrounds, it is highly recommended sufficient drinking water is brought with you or it can be purchased in town and at the festival.
Amenities for free camping: Campers will located at the Polocrosse grounds, which is approx 100-150mtr walk across from the festival. There is a permanent toilet amenity block at this site which will be maintained over the duration of the festival.
Car pooling: Car pool will be organized closer to the date when everyone is certain about their plan. If you can give lift or seeking car pool, make sure to keep your RSVP and answer to car pool questions up-to-date. Car poolers should offer the driver at least $30 for the return trip but ask if that's enough.