Can Yabbies Be Trained?

It’s controversial.  Some of the very experienced say it’s all in the bloodline, whilst others swear by a diet heavy in carrots, but whatever the secret to training a racing yabbie is, there are plenty of folk that will be trying their luck at this year’s 10th annual Moonie Yabbie Races.

In November 2006 a few locals gathered around the Moonie Sports Club and thought the idea of racing a few local crustaceans might be the morale booster the local farming families needed.  Little did they realise, that 10 years on, it would be part of the legacy of Moonie. With less than 150 local residents and more 400km west of the coast, these fast little yabbies are still attracting tourists from afar for a day on the punt.

Unlike any of the previous events, the 2015 Moonie Yabbie Races (held on Saturday 28th November) will introduce a new kind of race to it’s program.  The first race of the day will unveil the newly built “Bring Your Own Yabbie” circular racing track, and it has the town buzzing.  This BYO race means every Tom, Dick or Harry that has ever claimed to have any sort of yabbie knowledge in the past, will really be put to the test!!  IS it the harder shell, the greener tinge, the larger claws or the smaller legs? The yabbies entered for this race will be unlimited and the prize is a guaranteed position in the first heat of the day.  That means for the first time in the history of the event, there is a chance for a home grown yabbie to take out the 2015 Moonie Cup along with cash prizes of well over $2,000!

Along with the excitement of the racing and chances to win plenty of cash, this year’s event will be action packed for everyone in the family.  There will be face painting, rides and a lolly drop for the kids, a fashion parade and pop-up shop for the ladies, and plenty of beer and a footrace for the men! Go find yourself a yabbie and start making tracks for this year’s Moonie Yabbie Races.

For anyone not so yabbie inclined, if you can just capture a special moment between a yabbie and human, you could also be in the running for “The Yabbie & You” photography competition, part of this year’s event.  Submissions are welcome from now until 21st November when Queensland Country Life’s very own Penelope Arthur will choose the award winning photo.  Details on the competition and more about the day can be found at 


10th Annual Races set to be BEST ever

This year marks a whole DECADE of Yabbies!  

Saturday 28th November is the day we will all return to where Yabbies are bred the fastest, in the small town of Moonie, and we will all get set for another huge day at the race track!

We are looking forward to a few new and exciting events on the program this year, with the BYO Yabbie Race set to attract yabbie trainers from far and wide.  For the first time in history, punters, fans, locals and travellers will be allowed to bring their own yabbie and enter the BYO Yabbie Race!! The prize (that is yet to be announced) is invaluable!! Watch this space!

And kids, watch out! This year we will be bringing back the Giant Slide & a Jumping Castle as well as the Yabbie Races first FACEPAINTER!!  There will be lions and spiders and fairies and butterflies everywhere by the end of the day!  We will also be running some competitions for the children in the weeks leading up to the event.  Again, stay tuned for more details.

I hope you have all marked it in your diaries and started recruiting a group of friends to join you on the day!  This is sure to be a claw-cracking day that you don't want to miss!






Outback punters shell out at famous yabby races

Written by Lyndon Keane for APN  

THERE was only one difference between Moonie and Flemington when the barrier went up at the tiny town's sports club on Saturday: the thoroughbred stars of the show had six legs, not four.

Hundreds of people donned frocks, fascinators, ties and trilbies to converge on Moonie Sports Club for the annual showstopper, and those expecting thrilling yabby action were not disappointed by the seven-race program.

Bidding was fast and furious prior to the yabbies jumping in each race, as syndicates studied the form and watched the crustaceans paraded before being loaded into the barrier.

Enthusiastic patrons cheered and thrust their form guides into the air as the shelled racers made their way down the one-metre track, with jubilant "owners" celebrating wins as if they had just notched up a group one victory.

After a surprise victory in race three, the Newport Mooloolaba Sash, Burke Royalty backed up to claim the coveted Dalby Rural Supplies Moonie Cup, trumping the six other race winners.

Moonie Sports Club president Sam Baker said the day had been an overwhelming success, despite a smaller crowd than last year.

"The yabby pool, money wise, was up," he said.

"It's the fundraiser for running costs of the club all year."

With the fashions on the field winners decided and the yabbies returned to their watery home for another year, Mr Baker praised the community support the club received for the event.

"Moonie is a bloody small town and it's good we get the sort of volunteer numbers we do," he said.



WE have chartered a bus from Gundi to do a return trip, departing at 1pm and returning at 10pm. 

Leave the car at home and for $40 return or a super package of $70 including merchandise, entry, drink tickets and raffle tickets, why not catch the bus??

We must sell 10 tickets tonight, so any of you sitting on the fence, book the bus now!



From tomorrow, Tuesday 19th Nov, we are very lucky to be running a "Moonie Yabbies Training Regime" update session with David Iliffe every morning. 

Listen in from 7:30am to hear the Sportsclub President Sam Baker reveal a few secrets on what really happens behind the scenes in Moonie, from catching, keeping, training to naming and racing the famous Moonie yabbies!!