The 7 year itch was the only thing scratched at the recent Moonie Yabbie Races! A field of 48 purpose-bred yabbies raced in the Moonie Sports Club’s 7th annual Yabbie Races. Our seasoned yabbie handler, Trent Schutt, not only kept all the racing stock alive and kicking in the recent heatwave, but made sure they were all equitably treated so there would be no steward’s enquiry into possible ‘nobbling’! The Moonie Cup final race saw this year’s record price for a yabbie of $600, and the winner of the Cup was “Conway Classic”, owned by “Porn Moes & Pretty Girls”, and purchased by “Orange People” in the final. This being “Mo-vember”, many interestingly hirsute, suave and sophisticated (they tell us) male faces graced the event.  Over 300 people attended from far & wide, including Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Melbourne & even Sweden this year.

The huge rock climbing wall and jumping castle with slide kept all the children busy and exercised at the same time! The Moonie State School P & C ran the afternoon tea catering, feeding a steady stream of attendees.  Patsy Cameron (ticket number 226) was the lucky winner of the Glenmar Fuels raffle of $1000 and Mandy Mills (who slaved in the kitchen all day to feed us) won the Newport Mooloolaba holiday (ticket number 570) and now finds she has many, many friends who want to holiday with her! (Photos & bank account details to her asap so she can weed out potential holiday buddies please!) 

First time Yabbie Racer, ‘Strange Dog’ (Mark Bergin) from the central coast of NSW played up a storm all night.

A bus was chartered from Toowoomba & Dalby for the first time and much interest was also shown from the many Goondiwindi attendees, so perhaps a bus may be chartered from there for the next event? Jane Woods, of Suede Shoes, Goondiwindi was guest judge for the highly contested and almost impossible to judge Fashions on the Field competition. One male entrant dusted off his (or his parent’s) light blue polyester Safari Suit for the event, looking cool amongst the dark suits! The Moonie Sports Club would sincerely like to thank all of our sponsors, whose generous support made it such a great fund raising day to keep the bush sports club running for all in the tiny community.  The many hard working volunteers who made sure that if something needed to be done, it was, almost before anyone knew it was needed, are also to be sincerely thanked. Many hands do make light work.



Make sure you tune into the ABC radio tomorrow morning - Tuesday 20th November at 6:50am

Listen for the Moonie Yabbie Races broadcast  & interview between David Iliffe and Moonie local, Katie Baker. 



If you haven't already booked your ticket on the Fun Bus - make sure you secure your seat soon at

For $40 per return trip (including entry into the races), it's an easy AND sensible option to get to and from Dalby or Toowoomba.  

Enjoy the party on the Fun Bus!!



The evening of the Moonie Yabbie Races is what everyone looks forward to... the party to celebrate or commiserate the winnings and losses!! 

This year we are very pleased to announce Mark Bergin from the central coast of NSW will be coming to entertain us with his acoustic & electric guitar, harmonica and stomp box.    Mark delivers an awesome live sound and will have you up dancing in no time!

Performing professionaly since he was 16, Mark has supported some of Australias biggest acts, including the DIVINYLS, Aussie Crawl and Goanna. Mark learnt stagecraft and the art of entertainment at an early age. Since then Mark has performed across Australia and overseas in duos bands and as a solo act, moving audiences with his songs and delivering a mixture of blues soul, folk, pop/rock.

On stage you will see Mark play acoustic / electric guitar harmonica and stomp 


A Race That Stops the Outback

The infamous Moonie Yabbie Races are raising the stakes this year and even getting  a little bit fancy on 24 November! 

Thousands of travellers from near and far have experienced this tiny town but nothing quite compares to when Moonie dusts off the Yabbie Track and gets serious for this ‘outback race day with a difference’.

Saturday, 24th November will be the seventh time the Moonie Sports Club hosts their annual event but it’s the first year the Yabbies reveal their very own website, check out www.moonieyabbieraces.com.au.  Newly elected president of the Sports Club Sam Baker said “it was time to ramp up the Yabbie Races and take some risks – we wanted to add fresh and new ideas this year.’  And fresh ideas they have added!

A chartered bus service will run to and from Toowoomba and Dalby for this year’s race, and a new merchandise stall will feature a designer range of yabbie branded products.  There will be a unique display of “yabbie inspired” artwork featuring all submissions for our Yabbie Competition – entry is open now (read about it on the website) - $200 is up for grabs!

In the same format as previous years, gates open at 2pm and the six race program kicks off at 3pm.  There’ll be eager punters and handfuls of cash when yabbies get auctioned off for up to $700 with winning yabbies sometimes taking home up to $1,500.  Outside the hustle and bustle of the betting arena there are raffles and sweeps with $2,500 in prizes; while kids go crazy for the rock climbing wall and jumping castle. 

A new personality will work the microphone this year, Scottish entertainer come heart surgeon, Professor John Fraser, and a covert ‘fashion guru’ has been lined up to judge the Fashions of the Field, giving away $1,200 in prizes.  The evening’s band “Strange Dog” will rock the sports club all night long, while the crowds enjoy the country priced drinks, snacks and dinner.  

If you haven’t yet made the trip out to Moonie for this race that stops the outback, this year will be a cracking good day to try it out...so dress up like you mean it (standards apply), bring plenty of cash (no EFTPOS onsite or in town), pile in the kids, tell your friends and join us for a day you won’t soon forget. 

All details and contact information available on www.moonieyabbieraces.com.au or call Sam Baker 0448 017 355.