In Queensland’s city of roses, there’s an annual battle going on, far from Warwick’s manicured main street of blooms.
The annual rodeo brings together bullriders and campdrafters from across Australia, each with an unwavering will to win as they line up for their turn in the ring.
Ready to drive all the way to Warwick for the Rodeo
Up to 30,000 people buckle up for a good ride and come to this town to cheer on their favourites and wince as rider after rider is thrown into the dust.
Beyond the ring, the showgrounds take on a carnival atmosphere. Tinny music rings out as stall owners tempt punters to take their chances on games to win a giant stuffed animal.
Dagwood dogs dripping in sauce becomes dinner as bushes look for sale of all things to do with cowboy lifestyle. Rides with their long mechanical arms flashing with lights – lure in children and the young at heart, emboldened by the spirit of the bull riders to have their own (tamer) shot of adrenaline.
Although most people from overseas never associate (or see) the “other side” of Australia- the bush is really the heartland of this amazing land. The people are friendly and welcoming, with a dry sense of humour to match the earth. You won’t find a pair of board shorts out here but you will know that they are Aussies- the accent is broader and their sense of fun and risk taking is as clear as day.
As the sun sets, locals mingle by the bar, continue drinking cans of XXXX Gold beer and ‘Bundy and Coke’, but at a faster rate, and cheer on the last of the action before the live band takes over the spotlight. Boots tap in time and people take to the outdoor dance floor, a blur of checked shirts and Akubras. The night, though, is just about having a bloody good time.