The Moonie Yabbie Races is taking a break for 2016.  Due to the clash with harvest and the end of year functions that clashed with our event we made the decision to move the Yabbie Races to early 2017 instead!

We have set the date for the 11th Moonie Yabbie Races...... Saturday 4th March 2017.

Mark your diaries and keep your eyes peeled for news and info on the event - we will start to make announcements over the coming months!




THANKS to our 2015 Sponsors

We must take a moment to send our most sincere thanks to all our fabulous sponsors for this year's event!

Once again, we have been fortunate to have so many new and old sponsors return their support for this year's 10th Yabbie Races.  We hope you can support our sponsors as they continue to support us!

With just over a month until the Yabbie Races, we hope all our sponsors, friends and family have started to organise their trip to Moonie.  This year is set to be huge with so many new events on the program.  

We look forward to welcoming and entertaining our great sponsors! Check out who they all are here: 


Enjoy the Moonie Yabbie Races Luncheon


To mark the 10th year celebrations of the Moonie Yabbie Races, the host, The Moonie Sports Club is inviting all members, guests and friends to enjoy a cocktail-style luncheon before the gates open.

Come along and catch up with old friends or meet some new ones!  Relax and enjoy the hospitality of the Moonie Sports Club before the Yabbies kick off!  

For $30 per person, you will receive canapes, beer, bubbles and wine from 1:00pm until 2:00pm and your ticket to the luncheon entitles you to entry into the races (normally $10).

Places for this luncheon are limited so book your ticket now! More details here


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