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Spring might be in the air, but things will be hot in The Curry this September.

Mark your calendar for September 13-15 as we welcome back Cloncurry’s annual festival, Beat the Heat.

Celebrate the stories and lifestyle that make the outback so iconic, with festivities including the street party, curry cooking competition, horse racing and live entertainment.

Join us for a weekend to remember. Register your place now for the free Beat the Heat Street Party –

Friday 13 September

The festivities kick off with the closing down of Scarr Street for the Street Party featuring live entertainment by Australia’s Hottest Country Duo – Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont.

The iconic Mine Cart Rally will then battle it out for the title of mine cart rally champions.

Get a taste of the west with the Curry Cook Off where participants cook off to be crowned the best curry in the Curry.

Saturday 14 September

Dust off the fascinator to experience outback racing at the Cloncurry Spring Races, hosted by the Cloncurry & Distract Race Club.*

Sunday 15 September

Finish the festival weekend at local markets, food stalls and kids’ entertainment at Mary Kathleen Memorial Park.

Schedule of Events:

DAY ONE – Friday 13 September
Street Party (free event) – Scarr Street (Outside Cloncurry Community Precinct)
5.30pm Gates Open
5.30pm Judging of Curry Cook off
6.15pm Curry Cook Off - People’s Choice tasting
6.30pm Official Welcome & entertainment
7.00pm Mine Cart Rally
8.00pm Announcement of Curry Cook Off and Mine Cart Rally winners
8.15pm Madeleine Chaplain
9.00pm Main Entertainment (Brooke McClymont (The McClymonts) + Adam Eckersley + Band)
11.00pm Street Party Concludes


DAY TWO – Saturday 14 September
Races and Rodeo - Cloncurry Raceclub and Equestrian Centre *
Gates open 11.30am Cloncurry & Distract Race Club - Spring Races and Best of the West Rodeo
  Fashions on the Field (held between Race 3 &5)
Following the Spring Races Best of the West Rodeo


DAY THREE – Sunday 15 September
Markets – Mary Kathleen Memorial Park
9.00am Markets & food stalls – Mary Kathleen Memorial Park - free event
10.00am Kids entertainment (Superhero Scramble)

* The races are a paid event and tickets can be purchased at the gate.


  • Nominations are now open for the 2019 Mine Cart Rally. Start your preparations by getting your team together (rider and driver) and start thinking of your theme. Prizes and the coveted Mine Cart Rally trophy are up for grabs. Nominations Forms with rules and regulations available here or at the Council office.


  • Nominations are now open for the 2019 Curry Cook Off. Show off your curry-making skills with two chances to take out the title – the official judging and people’s choice.
  • Get your team of three together now.
  • Nominations Forms with rules and regulations available here or at the Council office.