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  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 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 or call Sam Baker 0448 017 355.


World Famous Guest Speaker confirmed

Moonie is very excited to announce our guest speaker and MC for this year's Yabbie Races!


Yes, there are more letters there than in the alphabet! Without knowing what they stand for, you can be assured that not only is Dr Fraser an interntionally recognised speaker and researcher in his medical field, he is also a brilliant entertainer, want-to-be actor and man of great humour!  

We are privilged that John can take time out from being the Eminent Intensive Care Specialist and Director of Critical Care Research at Australia's largest cardiac hospital, the Prince Charles, to take on the microphone for the 2012 Moonie Yabbie Races.

Dr Fraser has fellowships in internal medicine, anaesthesia, critical care and a PhD in surgery. He has extensive experience in managing patients with heart failure requiring VADs and cardiac transplants.  John's research work is famous around the world; his PhD work into post-burn scarring, and the design and development into the world's first artificial heart.


Yabbie Art Competition - $200 up for grabs

This year, as well as the usual assortment of great things to do and see at the Yabbie Races, there will be an artwork competition with a $200 prize.

Any media may be used as long as it represents a yabbie - paint one, scultp one, weld one, sew one, draw one or mosaic one - whatever you can think of!

Deliver your piece of art to the Moonie Sports Club before judging (which will take place Mon 19th Nov - Thu 22nd Nov) and see your work of art on display at the race day.

You will have the option to sell your art too - just name your price! 

Contact Kate Schutt for more details (4665 9186 or


Toowoomba Bus to service this year's races!

We are very excited to announce that this year Stonestreets will run a Day Trip Return Bus service, to and from the Moonie Yabbie Races.  The service will depart Toowoomba at 11:30am, travel via Dalby, arriving into Moonie for the 2pm start.  The bus will then return to Dalby and Toowoomba that evening. 

Seats are limited!  You can book your seat NOW -  just click on Book The Bus in the menu above!

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