25 January, 2024

Malanda to host big Aussie event

TOAD races, thong-throwing and a host of other fun activities await at Malanda this Australia Day.

Malanda to host big Aussie event - feature photo

The annual celebrations at The Big Pub will kick off from 12 noon, featuring the ever-popular toad races, with the first heat kicking off at 12.30pm. 

Get in quick on the day to buy a toad in a race and go in for the chance to win bragging rights, cash and a trophy to take home. 

The Big Pub manager Sharon Graham said there would be plenty happening, as usual, at their popular Australia Day event. 

“It’s a great family day with lots of laughs and fun. It’s a nice relaxing day,” Sharon said.

Anthony Ball will be MC for the day and is toad-race caller. 

A thong throwing competition will also be held - for the adults and children - and Miss Aussie 2024 will be judged and announced, there’s great prizes to be won.

Free face painting, food from 10am, enjoy some Aussie music with Discotechnics 

For those who take the time to dress in Australian-style, there will be a prize for the best dressed bogan on the day - male or female. 

With a decent crowd expected, Sharon said the event “just works” and it’s the reason she has continued to hold it annually for the past 14 years. 

Patrons travel from as far as Cairns for the event, and Sharon expects between 40-50 will travel up the range for the weekend.  

They will also have live music from 6pm-10pm with Tablelands duo Riding and More.

A courtesy bus will be available for patrons. For more information call 4096 7720.


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