Mareeba to host huge weekend of country music

Australia's stars to shine at far northern festival.

Country music fans will descend on far north Queensland over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend for a festival featuring a high-quality line-up of Australian talent.

Savannah in the Round will be held at Mareeba’s Kerribee Park Rodeo Grounds from October 1-3 with performances Tex Perkins, Shannon Noll, Kirsty Lee Akers, John Williamson, Lee Kernaghan, Fanny Lumsden, The McClymonts (pictured), The Wolfe Brothers, Graeme Connors, Troy Cassar-Daley, Busby Marou, James Blundell, Jasmine Rae and many more.

Event organiser Sound Australia CEO James Dein said the event would be the biggest country music festival in Australia this year and had the potential to grow in coming years.

“It has been a tough time for everyone over the last year, but Savannah in the Round is committed to making sure Australia has a large-scale country music event in 2021 and we are proud to show the strength of Australia’s great talent pool,” Mr Dein said.

“With the capacity to add international talent as borders open, Savannah in the Round will serve the country music community and shine a light on the beauty of the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region, not just in 2021 but for years to come.”

The event will also showcase Indigenous culture, community entertainment and local produce and goods.

Accommodation choices range from drive-in campsites and on-site glamping through to luxury options and transfers Cairns and Port Douglas.

Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said major events like Savannah in the Round were an opportunity to enjoy homegrown artists, experience local cultures and contribute to regional economies.

“This spring, Mareeba will be the place to see the biggest names in country music, while experiencing First Nations culture in Queensland’s Year of Indigenous Tourism,” Ms Lui said.

“I hope Queensland and interstate attendees extend their stay beyond the long weekend, supporting local tourism operators, while exploring the many natural splendours of the Tropical North.”

Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mark Olsen said Savannah in the Round would give country music fans a compelling reason to holiday in the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region.

“A dose of great Aussie music combined with a week or more exploring the accessible outback, the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s oldest rainforest will help beat the pandemic blues,” Mr Olsen said.

Originally scheduled for the Queen’s Birthday Weekend in 2020, Savannah in the Round was postponed during the COVID-19 outbreak and later reimagined as the Savannah Summer Series mini-festival. 

The 2020 festival was able to keep the music playing in a COVID-safe way for 2020 while giving far northerners a taste of what was to come in 2021.

Tickets for Savannah in the Round are on sale now.

Visit RACQ Travel to plan your far north Queensland holiday or call 1300 888 449