Ingham & The Hinchinbrook Shire

Events and Festivals held in Ingham 2018-07-24T02:03:30+00:00

Events and Festivals held in Ingham – North QLD

Grape Stomping at the Australian Italian Festival

The Australian Italian Festival

Date: 4 & 5  August 2018

The Australian Italian Festival is held at the TYTO. The TYTO Precinct is 500 metres south from the township of Ingham – North Queensland Australia and just off the Bruce Highway.
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Ingham is 110 kms north of Townsville and 240 kms south of Cairns along the Bruce Highway and is the commercial centre of the Hinchinbrook Shire.

About The Austalian Italian Festival:
The Australian Italian Festival is celebrated annually, and is a fantastic event that promotes, showcases and celebrates the cultural attributes of Italian migrants and descendant’s in the Hinchinbrook Shire and Australia. It also celebrates the significant contribution they have made and are making to the Australian way of life.

It has been estimated that over half of Ingham’s population has one or more Italian ancestors making it the ideal place to hold this event.

It is a celebration of all things Italian – Food, Wine, Cooking Demonstrations, Entertainment, Market Stalls, Historical display, Spaghetti Eating Challenge, Greasy Pole Challenge and much more.

The Historical Display tells the stories of many of our early pioneers, especially the Italians, and how they struggled to fit into the Australian way of life and endure, through hardships and insults. The majority of the migrants worked in the canefields under very difficult circumstances. It demonstrates the resilience of the migrants and how they succeeded to own their own piece of land – some of which is now in the hands of 4th generation cane farmers.

The first Australian Italian Festival was held in 1995 in the Main Street of Ingham. In 2011 the venue was changed to the award winning TYTO .


Hair and Fashion Show – Thursday 2nd August 2018. Held – Shire Hall Ingham. Pre Purchased Ticketed Event. Tickets go on sale early June.

Gala Masquerade Ball – Friday 3rd August 2018. Held at Shire Hall Ingham. Pre Purchased Ticketed Event. Tickets go on sale early June.

Carnivale – Saturday 4th August & Sunday 5th August 2018. Held at TYTO. Tickets available at the gate but cheaper if you pre purchase. Tickets go on sale early June

For more information please contact: Donna

Ph: 07) 4776 5288 or 0429 060 356

Click on the link below to view their YouTube video

Ingham Show

Thursday 5th July 2018 &
Friday 6th July 2018
Ingham Show Grounds
Cooper Street Ingham
Ph: 07) 4776 5162 Mobile 0419658285

Ingham Races

The Herbert River Jockey Club advises that the race meeting scheduled in Ingham for Saturday 1st September will now be held as a family day at the Townsville Turf Club.


These changes have arisen as a result of necessary renovation work to the Herbert River Jockey Club race track. Unfortunately since works were carried out, continued dry conditions and cold weather has not allowed the turf to re-establish to the standard required for racing.

The Herbert River Jockey Club apologises for any inconveniences that may arise from these changes.

The club would also like to thank the Townsville Turf Club for making their track available and providing their assistance to ensure that our September race meeting can still be held.

The running of the annual Ingham Gold Cup and Fashions of the Field will now be held at the 17th November 2018 race meeting.


Ingham Sugar City Rodeo

Ingham Rotary Maraka Festival

The Maraka Festival Mardi Gras on Saturday 27 October 2018 is held at Rotary Park in Ingham.

About the Maraka Festival:
The Maraka Festival is the Hinchinbrook Shires longest running festival, as it has been running for over 50 years.  The annual festival is held over two weeks in October and is crammed with activities. The highlight of the festival is the Mardi Gras which is held in Rotary Park on the last day of events.

Maraka Festival Events include:

Saturday, 13 October 2018 – Homebush Steam Train Rides – Victoria Mill

Sunday 14 October 2018 – Try-Athlon – Hinchinbrook Aquatic Centre

Saturday, 20 October 2018 – Cocktail Night –  Herbert River Jockey Club

Sunday, 21 October 2018 – Afternoon Tea – Royal Hotel

Saturday, 27 October 2018 – Pet Parade & Fence Painting, Procession,  Mardi Gras – Ingham ShowGrounds

Saturday following the Procession and into the night – Mardi Gras
The procession on the final day sets the scene for the Mardi Gras which features a concert, food stalls, rides and the crowning of the Maraka Queen.
For more information Ph:  Lynette  07) 47762066

Click here to go to their Facebook page

Markets in Ingham and the Hinchinbrook Shire

Conroy Markets
Conroy Hall  – McIlwraith Street Ingham
2nd Saturday of each month
7.00am – 12.00 Midday
Contact: 07) 47 771 671 or 07) 47 765326

Raintree Markets
Fine weather – Rotary Park – Herbert Street Ingham
Wet weather – Lannercost Street Ingham
3rd Sunday of each month
7.00am – 12.00 Midday
Contact: 07) 47 777 573

Mercer Lane Markets
Mercer Lane (between Westpac Bank and JK’s Deli – Herbert St Ingham)
1st Saturday of the month
8.30am – 12.30
Contact Barbara – 0417 738 050

Forrest Beach Markets
Progress Park – Forrest Beach
4th Sunday of each month May – September
8.00am – 12 Midday

Lucinda Markets
Every second Sunday May – September
8.00am – 12.00 noon
Borello Park
80 Bruce Parade Lucinda

Hinchinbrook Markets Days
First Thursday of the month
May, June, July, August, September
8.30am – 1.30pm
TYTO Parklands
Macrossan Avenue Ingham

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