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 

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