Beware of bushrangers

Cobb and Co Festival celebrates Queensland’s unique outback heritage.

Almost every regional town has a Cobb and Co story.

The legendary ‘ship of plains’ revolutionised 19th century transport, delivering passengers, mail, news and resources to isolated outback Queensland communities via a fleet of 3000 horses and 120 stagecoaches.

Ninety-five years after Cobb and Co’s final journey, the spirit of the transport pioneers will be celebrated at the nine-day Cobb and Co Festival from 17-25 August and conclude with a recreation of the company’s final ride between the Queensland towns of Surat and Yuleba.

Horse riders, horse-drawn vehicles and experienced walkers can sign up to take part in the two-day, 76km re-enactment journey. Passengers can travel one of seven 10km sections of the journey in a replica Cobb and Co coach – you may even encounter bushrangers along the way. 

The whole family can enjoy a night of entertainment under the stars at the festival’s Tania Kernaghan Concert at Surat. Purchase a hearty camp oven dinner and pack your swag to enjoy a country concert like no other.

If fancy dress is more your scene, don your best period costume or ballgown for the Cobb and Co Festival Ball at Yuleba. The Belle, Beau and Princess of the ball will be announced on the night. 

Celebrations will include coach rides around Yuleba and Surat, markets, live theatre, an exhibition by national award-winning artist Kathy Ellem and classic Australian movies.

The Cobb and Co Festival is a moving event so visitors are encouraged to pack their swag and register for free camping along the route.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit the Cobb and Co festival website.