Australia Day 2015 Cairns

Australia Day in Cairns

Australia Day 2015 Cairns

 

Wow – what an epic day!

 

With all of our mates back at home in Melbourne, we occupied ourselves by trying to have the most Australian Australia Day possible, and that meant checking out all of the fun community events that were on offer.

 

Pie Eating and Bull Riding at Cazaly’s

Our first stop was Cazaly’s, a massive entertainment and function complex.  They were hosting a huge Australia Day bash, complete with jumping castles, face painting and the staff dressed up as iconic Aussie characters.

 

We watched a few rounds of the pie eating competition, downed our first beer of the day, and just as we were getting ready to leave, we were intercepted and convinced to have a crack on the mechanical bull – YEEHAW!

 

 

Sausage in Bread on the Esplanade

It was surprisingly easy to find a free parking spot in the city (nobody wants to park under the trees where the smelly bats live).

 

The Esplanade was packed full of picnickers and people cooling off in the lagoon, with the scent of BBQ wafting through the air.  The members of the Cairns Surf Life Saving Club were doing a sizzle so we pulled out a few bucks for a sausage in bread – a cheap snack before our next stop.

 

Australia Day 2015 Cairns

 

Thong Tossing at the Court House

Our next beer was at the Courthouse Hotel, and the main bar was packed with fellas wearing green and gold or donning Aussie flags as capes.  We were just in time for the Rubber Thong Toss so we signed up and took our beers outside to prepare.

 

This thong throwing competition was all about accuracy, as opposed to the Whyalla comp which was all about distance.  Whoever got their thong in the fountain scored, particularly if the thong landed in the top, central tier.   Dave made it through two rounds while Juz tossed her second thong right over the back fence and was declared 6 and out!  In fact, she was the only one to throw a thong over the fence, thus making her the unofficial winner for distance.

 

 

Pool Party at Gilligan’s

The heat and humidity lured us to our next location – Gilligan’s – who were having a massive pool party with Triple J playing over the speakers.  Juz had a dip in the pool and a few pina colada slushies, while Dave picked up another pair of sausage sizzles for snacks.

 

 

Cocktails at Salthouse

With the Hottest 100 approaching the top 20, we walked over to the Salthouse to chill out with a cocktail by the marina.  We scored some limited edition Australia Day XXXX Gold stubbie holders and Juz sipped on a Lady In Red concoction as the day started to come to a close.

 

Australia Day 2015 Cairns

 

Australiana Triviana at The Red Beret

We popped home briefly to shower and compose ourselves before heading to our final destination – the Red Beret for Australia Day trivia with our trivia teammate Philip.  Our team’s name was the Budgie Smugglers and we ended up in 5th place.

 

Australia Day 2015 Cairns

 

Getting to sleep wasn’t difficult.  We got home at about 9:30pm, watched rage briefly and passed out as soon as our heads hit the pillow.  Happy Australia Day!

 

Won't give up without a fight - Noonamah Rodeo

Experience : Noonamah Rodeo

Noonamah Rodeo - YEEHA!

It’s a cowboy thing – the hats, the chaps, the jeans and the shirts… and let’s not forget the stars of the show, the bulls and horses.  Rodeo is a competitive sport that tests the skill of the cowboy.  The word comes from the Spanish language and means “to round up”.  A typical event will include bronco and bull riding, and possibly calf roping, steer wrestling, goat tying and mutton bustling.

 

The Noonamah Rodeo runs during the dry season in Darwin and we were lucky enough to catch the last one.  The line to get in was huge but the ladies at the door powered through and before we knew it, we were in the thick of it.  The place was packed and about 90% were wearing a checker shirt and jeans with a cowboy hat.

 

 

We found a spot to sit and waited for the action.  In the central area, a rider was preparing for his turn.  The gate opens and a monstrous animal charges out, kicking and bucking.  Some riders fall within milliseconds while others hold on and become heroes.  After the bout, rodeo clowns (aka bullfighters) would round the animal up.  After a few rounds of bucking broncos and kicking bulls, kids got their time to shine as they got shook about on teeny tiny ponies that looked like they were running on Energiser batteries.  The half-time show was some motorbike action.  The riders got some amazing air and showed off their fancy stunts for the crowd’s pleasure.

 

Noonamah Rodeo – 26th October 2013 from Our Naked Australia on Vimeo.

 

 

Dave watched with anticipation, waiting to see someone get hurt.  And they did.  One cowboy got bucked off near the corner of the arena and went down hard.  A rodeo clown rushed in to protect him, but the bull was cornered and got aggressive.  It charged over them and trampled the clown right in the middle of his back.  The cowboy got up and painfully limped away, but the clown’s face was bleeding and he had to be carried off on a stretcher.

 

We had some time to walk around as well.  Dave got some chicken drumsticks and chips for $8, which was a good deal, and a can of Jack Daniels and Dry for $10, which wasn’t a good deal.  After about 2 hours, we felt we had seen enough and went home.

 

 

Juz’s Opinion

We paid our $27 to get in, found a patch of grass to sit on and waited for the action to start.  As soon as that first animal came out bucking its brains out, whatever facial expression I had turned into a pouty frown.

 

Everyone is cheering and clapping while this poor animal is being put through something it doesn’t want to do.  Regardless of whether the rider scored a point or fell off within half a second, the commentator encouraged the crowd to cheer… but for what? Riding an animal that doesn’t want to be ridden?  I just don’t understand why bull-riding is so great.  Is it a penis thing?  While the rider is risking serious injury, the poor animal is also at risk and is encouraged to buck by tying a flank strap around its sensitive parts.

 

I think it’s fair to say I’ve seen enough rodeos…