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Rockhampton Tuff Bull Rodeo - QLD

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Rockhampton is situated 40km inland and often referred to as the 'beef capital' of Australia and geographically the Tropic of Cancer runs through the town.
Also running through the town I saw this cattle train one evening
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Rockhampton was founded in 1854 and contains many restored 19th-century buildings. Quay Street flanks the tree-lined Fitzroy River and has been classified in its entirety by the National Trust.
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The Great Western Hotel is one of Australia's most renowned and iconic hotels. Established in 1862, the Great Western Hotel is one of Queensland's oldest hotels. Developed as a national tourist destination, the Great Western Hotel pays tribute to contemporary Australian bush culture and boasts its own indoor rodeo area, making it the only hotel in Australia, and one of only two in the world, with its own indoor rodeo arena.
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The Nissan Navara Arena is a multi-faceted Entertainment Centre with seating for up to 2,500 people, making it one the largest indoor entertainment venues in regional Australia. The hotel features five bars, a steakhouse restaurant, gaming saloon and retail outlet. Bullriding is held at the venue most Wednesday and Friday nights also once a month on a Saturday Night.
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My bus got into town at 7.30pm, and I had to catch another bus to leave at 3am ... but it was definitely worth it to see this event!
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It's an electric atmosphere, and everyone waits with baited breath up to 8 seconds to see if the rider can stay on.
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The monement and low light conditions were hard to take good photos in. But you can see the look in this bull's eye as they contemplated running at me whilst I knelt at the fence!
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My video below will show clips of the action...

Posted by charlystyles 13:14 Archived in Australia Tagged rodeo rockhampton bullriding great_western Comments (0)

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