2024 Sponsorship Program

The Queensland Day Sponsorship Program encourages Queenslanders to celebrate Queensland Day (6 June) in a way that reflects the unique culture, heritage and aspirations of their own community.

Each year, right across the state, Queenslanders mark this annual celebration of our people, places and achievements with festivals, markets, art initiatives, parades, family fun days or an event unique to their community.

A total of 12 events held across 14 locations were funded as part of the 2024 Queensland Day Sponsorship Program.

2024 Balonne Queensland Day Celebrations

Event 1
11.00am – 2.00pm
Saturday 8 June 2024
St George Community Library Hub
118 Victoria Street, St George

Event 2
12.00pm – 4.00pm
Sunday 9 June 2024
Thallon Town Park, Park Street, Thallon

The Balonne Queensland Day Celebrations were held at the two major townships of the Shire, St George and Thallon. These family–focused events combined community connection through celebration. Each event highlighted affordable food tastings from around the world, created from quality local produce to honour and celebrate our country’s diversity. The festivities also featured performances from local school students and musicians.

Amazing Race – Queensland Day Edition

9.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday 9 June 2024
Longreach Showgrounds, 1 Sandpiper Street, Longreach

The Amazing Race – Queensland Day Edition kicked off with a 1km colour run designed for the youngest community members. For youth aged between 11-17 years old, an exhilarating race/obstacle course was held at the Longreach Showgrounds with participants navigating through a series of challenges and obstacles, collecting clues and puzzle pieces along the way. Following the excitement, attendees indulged in the BBQ cook-off competition, with the delicious results served for lunch.

Cairns Ecofiesta celebrates Queensland Day

10.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday 2 June 2024
Munro Martin Parklands, 123 Sheridan Street, Cairns

The Cairns Ecofiesta celebrates Queensland Day was a free community sustainability festival, set on the backdrop of two World Heritage areas – Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest. The engaging festival celebrated Queensland Day in 2024 with entertainment for all ages, featuring local performers and presenters, alongside eco-themed markets and waste-wise food vendors. This event presented a wonderful opportunity to connect with the community through a day of fun, friendship and community celebration.

Queensland Day Celebration Fun Day

10.00am – 2.30pm
Sunday 9 June 2024
Jack May Park, Malanda

The Queensland Day Celebration Fun Day presented a fantastic opportunity to warmly welcome and showcase Malanda's community clubs, services, and entertainers to newcomers. This inclusive family fun day in the park shone a spotlight on the plethora of opportunities the town offers for a Queensland lifestyle, featuring performances by local talents including school choirs, musical groups, tableland musicians, and Indigenous artists. A diverse array of food and beverages were on offer, highlighting the community's rich tapestry of fresh, high-quality local produce.

Queensland Day – Our Whitsunday Way

10.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday 2 June 2024
Proserpine Entertainment Centre, 14 Main Street, Proserpine

Queensland Day – Our Whitsunday Way was held at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre, the heart of arts and culture in the Whitsundays. Leading up to the event, locals were invited to submit images that reflect life in Queensland for the community. These images were displayed around the Proserpine Entertainment Centre on the day. Celebrations on Sunday 2 June included a range of free family-friendly themed activities showcasing our piece of Queensland. A program filled with free local arts and cultural activities including dance classes, family focused performances, food vans and craft stalls kept everyone entertained.

Queensland Day Family Fun Day

10.00am – 1.00pm
Sunday 2 June 2024
Jubilee Park, Brisbane Street, Beaudesert

The Queensland Day Family Fun Day honoured the resilience of local farmers and the community, while also promoting the importance of buying and supporting local businesses. This event aimed to bring the community together in a joyful atmosphere to celebrate Queensland. The free Family Fun Day featured local musicians performing on stage, alongside various entertainment options including jumping castles, animal farms, encounters with native wildlife, stalls, and community organisations. Additionally, there was an Australian Citizenship Ceremony which welcomed new Queenslanders who have become Australian citizens. It was a fun-filled day out for the whole family.

Queensland Day Festival on the Hill

1.00pm – 7.00pm (Trash and Treasure in the Hall from 8.00am to 4.00pm)
Saturday 8 June 2024
Chapel Hill State School
20 Ironbark Road, Chapel Hill

The Queensland Day Festival on the Hill was designed to celebrate Queensland’s special connection with its remarkable natural environment, offering exploration, educational activities, and entertainment for the entire community. The day-long event boasted a variety of activities for the whole community including local food trucks, a series of stalls, games and rides. The festival paid tribute to Queensland’s rich culture with a Welcome to Country and musical dance and athletic performances by a range of cultural groups.

Queensland Day ‘Hidden Gems’ campaign

Wednesday 5 June 2024 (10.00am - 11.00am) – Kuranda
Thursday 6 June 2024 (3.00pm - 4.00pm) – Chilligoe
Friday 7 June 2024 (2.00pm - 3.00pm) – Mt Molloy
Mareeba Shire

The Queensland Day ‘Hidden Gems’ campaign was held from 5-7 June and involved a number of influencers brought together to showcase the unique aspects of the Mareeba Shire’s people, places, culture, produce and achievements. From exploring the region's unique plants on a guided "plant walk" to creating engaging social media content during interactive workshops, there was something for everyone.

Queensland Day: Celebrating Queensland Women in Design

11.00am – 3.00pm
Saturday 8 June 2024
Shop 3, 45 King Street, Bowen Hills

The Queensland Day Celebrating Queensland Women in Design event aimed to celebrate the exceptional craft and design practitioners of Queensland, with a particular focus on women in the field. The free community event offered a presentation, a hands-on workshop and an engaging symposium. The interactive workshop encouraged community participation by providing opportunities to learn craft and design techniques firsthand. The symposium featured prominent female Queensland artists, designers and academics, who delved into the significance of Queensland's unique culture through the lens of craft and design.

The Queensland Day Great Billy Cart Challenge

10.00am – 3.00pm
Sunday 2 June 2024
Apex Park, Lake Apex Drive, Gatton

The Queensland Day Great Billy Cart Challenge was a family-friendly event designed to celebrate the Australian pastime of billy cart racing and crown a Queensland Day Champion racer. In addition to the thrilling races, attendees enjoyed entertainment by local artists and musicians, as well as some of the region's finest artisan stalls, with a focus on showcasing local talent and products.

Valley Fest – Celebrating Queensland Day 2024

10.00am – 3.00pm
Sunday 2 June 2024
Littleton Park, Old College Road, Gatton

Valley Fest – Celebrating Queensland Day 2024 was a community focused family day, offering a diverse array of activities suitable for all ages. From interactive art and craft workshops to Queensland-themed games like the watermelon eating challenge and pineapple toss competition, there was something for everyone to enjoy. Attendees enjoyed free live entertainment by talented local and regional performers, explored Queensland market vendors, and participated in hourly giveaways and an event raffle. This festival not only highlighted the richness of the local and regional arts and culture sector but also raised awareness of the benefits of rural Queensland living.