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Beginners Guide to Campdrafting

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Beginners Guide to Campdrafting

Campdrafting is a uniquely Australian horse sport that puts the skills of both horse and rider to the test, and is a great test of how good a cattleman you truly are. Campdrafting involves two main stages firstly "The Camp" or cutout yard where the rider selects his beast, separates it from a mob and works it, and "The Course" or arena, where the rider guides his beast in a pattern. Campdrafts are judged by a single judge on horseback. 

Before you even think about beginning to campdraft, you need to ensure that both you and your horse are up to the job. 

Riders need to be very competent and confident and should have some experience working cattle. A horse will preferably have had experience working cattle. Horses should have the ability to turn on their back legs, stop and start quickly similarly to a cutting horse. Indeed, many cutting horses, or, more commonly cutting bred horses, often make fine campdrafters, providing they have the speed to keep up with a beast in the arena. The most common breed used for campdrafting is the Australian Stock horse, closely followed by the Quarter horse, however almost any smart horse with a bit of cattle sense can make a campdrafter.

Practice, visit a campdraft, talk to some experts.

You and your horse need to practice, practice and practice before you enter your first competition. Be a spectator at local Campdrafts and watch what they do and take some notes. Ask to speak with the winners on the day, and get their winning advice and tips. Watch You Tube clips when you can't get out on your horse.

Go to a small campdraft first. 

So, you're all set, you've got an idea what to do and you're at your first draft. It's probably best if you go to a small local one for your first time. The competitors will tend to be more friendly and it is a lot more fun, even if the cattle are often more difficult.

The perfect event for your first Campdraft is the Landmark Chinchilla Encouragement Draft & The Big Show Camp Horse Challenge.

This campdraft is run by the Chinchilla A & P Association Campdraft Committee for the purpose of giving young riders, maiden horses and new competitors the opportunity and the experience of competing at a Campdraft.

This year's event will be held on Saturday 3 rd & Sunday 4th March 2018

For more details on this event and registration information visit their facebook page

For spectators and family wanting to encourage these beginner Campdrafters, come stay with us for the weekend. Think of Kings Park Accommodation as your home away from home. Call us today to book.

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Fossicking with the family

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Fossicking with the family

Fossicking is an ideal activity for families. You get to spend time together out in the open air and everyone can take part, you can even take the family dog. You can turn your day into a treasure hunt where the kids will love the digging, searching for their own piece of treasure, and stopping to have a picnic on site.

Chinchilla is a fascinating place to start your family fossicking adventure! First stop is a visit to the Chinchilla Tourist and Visitor Centre where you can get all the information you need, and if you don’t already have a fossicking license you can purchase one there. You will also need to purchase admission to the site you want to visit. Tickets are $5 per person per site.

The petrified wood in Chinchilla dates back to the Jurassic period (140-180 million years ago). Petrified wood occurs when the trees are covered by massive amounts of volcanic ash and buried in a lava or a mud flow.

There are two privately owned properties – Gaske and Bell – where you can fossick but you do need a QLD fossickers license and your admission ticket. You will also need to bring your own equipment.

Chinchilla petrified wood is world renowned for its colour and hardness – you can also see some beautiful products created from local wood at the visitor centre. You can also buy pieces of petrified wood in the shop if you have no luck at the fossicking site.

So bring the family and stay with us at Kings Park Accommodation for your fossicking weekend. We have special fossicking rates, so give us a call today.

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PROUDLY SUPPORTING ONE LONG TABLE

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PROUDLY SUPPORTING ONE LONG TABLE

ONE LONG TABLE IS AN ANNUAL STREET PARTY HOSTED BY CHINCHILLA COMMUNITY COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY INC, WHICH ENCOURAGES THE PARTICIPATION OF VARIOUS CULTURAL GROUPS IN THE VOLUNTEERING SECTOR OF THE CHINCHILLA COMMUNITY.

We bring together multicultural hosts, some new to town, some such as the Filipino community of long standing. They are supported by members of the town service groups to present food and cultural presentations to the community in the main street of Chinchilla, an opportunity for them to access the facilities available for volunteering in the community and for us all to share ‘the salt’ as in a bring a plate party.

This year there will again be live entertainment, kids’ corner, and family friendly activities. The intent of the festival is for people to come and try many of the foods on offer, soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the free entertainment.

Kings Park Accommodation proudly supports community events like this, and we hope to see folk from the local community and visitors from far and wide having a wonderful day at the One Long Table. For those visiting Chinchilla for the event, please contact us today to book your accommodation with us. 

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The Great Migration

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The Great Migration

This spring across the Darling Downs the Bogong moths with migrate up to a thousand kilometres to find a cool summer home in Australia's southern alps.

Early summer barbeques along the east coast of Australia wouldn't be the same without a visit from one of our most amazing insects. Bogong Moths, travel over 1000km each year from the black soil plains of Queensland and western NSW to the Australian Alps, seeking refuge from the summer heat.

Along the way, they travel by night and then in the morning, drop down to the ground to rest in the shade during the day.

Bogong moths have a wingspan of about 50mm, and can be recognised by their dark brown mottles and two light spots on each wing.

At night, the lights from towns, fires and other human activities attract the moths and they can become quite a nuisance. A Bogong moth even starred in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, when it perched on opera singer Yvonne Kenny during her performance.

Every year, migrating moths find their way into Canberra's Parliament House, squeezing through air-conditioning ducts and sometimes winding up in the Chamber itself. There's even the Bogong Moth Motel at Mt Beauty, near where the insects come to stay in the Southern Alps.

As the moths migrate southwards, their world collides with human society. Their route, followed for thousands of generations past, now passes over the bright lights of Canberra and other large cities. The lights fool the moths into behaving as if the sun is coming up. Their natural response is to dive down to the ground to find a dark place before the heat of the day sets in, and suddenly there are moths everywhere.

Buildings can become covered with a thick coating of moths, desperately seeking dark cracks and crevasses to hide from the sun. Their need to escape the heat has driven these moths to evolve one of the most amazing migration strategies of any Australian animal.

A festival to celebrate the arrival of the moths is still held today, near Albury at Mungabareena Reserve. Held on the last Saturday in November, the festival features Indigenous performers, spear and boomerang throwing competitions, bush tucker and indigenous kids activities.  Up to 5000 people - both locals and overseas visitors - come to the festival each year.

At the end of summer, the moths must prepare for the long trip back to Queensland where they will mate, and then die. Many have not survived their stay in the mountains, or been eaten by predators. The few who flutter back home in February and March don't have anywhere near the visibility of the thick swarms which headed south in November.

Perhaps one in 1000 moths will make it all the way back home, feeding on nectar along the way to keep their energy up. As soon as they arrive back, seven months after crawling out of the ground, they mate and the female lays up to 2000 eggs. So begins the cycle once more.

Interesting Facts:

*When: Bogong moths fly south from Queensland every spring to wait out the heat of summer in alpine caves. They return in autumn to Queensland to mate. The Ngan Girra Festival (formerly the Bogong Moth Festival) is held on the last Saturday in November, 2002.

*Where: Darling Downs, Queensland, and the Bogong Plains, Victoria ( near the town of Mt Beauty). The moth's breeding grounds stretch from inland southern Queensland and northern NSW right down to the Hay plains.

*Bogongs live only a year, but travel over 1500 km during this time.

*There is a carpet of dead moth bodies 1.5 metres thick on the floor of some Alpine caves, built up from thousands of generations.

*Canberra lies directly in the path of the migrating Bogongs and the bright lights create big problems for moth navigation.

This is just one of many fascinating facts that Chinchilla and the Darling Downs is home to. So why don't you hop in the car and explore this amazing region for all its unique flora and fauna, make a weekend of it and stay with us at Kings Park Accommodation for a little bit a luxury during your trip. Call us today to book.

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Some camels and some culture

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Some camels and some culture

Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Festival

August 4-6, 2017

They only come around once every two years,  so if watching camel races in the heart of the Australian bush is on your bucket list, don’t miss your chance to see the 2017 Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races.

The Festival, located in Tara, Queensland, is just 3.5 hours west of Brisbane and accessible inland via the Newell Highway through Moree and Goondiwindi.

Tara, a small country town of less than 1,000 residents literally explodes with excitement during the three day festival of multi-cultural celebrations with a genuine camel race meet.

The iconic feature of the festival is the Camel Racing on the Saturday and Sunday, but it’s the eclectic mix of street performers and different cultures on display through a variety of cuisine, displays, workshops and non-stop entertainment that will amaze.

The Festival includes live music, buskers, roving entertainment and on Friday night Jess Berwick will take to the stage and Saturday night Judah Kelly and James Johnston Band will be the headline acts.

Classic country entertainment is included throughout the program, including Terry Arnold, Bill Ramsey and Wayne Kite.

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.

Kings Park Accommodation is offering travellers a great package to the Festival that includes accommodation, breakfast and return coach transfers to Tara. Email or call us today to book.

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