Business feature: Boggabri Drovers Campfire 2018

Days gone by: There's plenty of reminders of the not too distant past and a good education for the younger visitors to the event.
Days gone by: There's plenty of reminders of the not too distant past and a good education for the younger visitors to the event.

The much anticipated annual Boggabri Drovers campfire is on again, running from April 25 to April 30, 2018.

It first began in 2006, and was the brainchild of Lion Geoff Eather and went on to develop with the support of the Boggabri Lions Club.

Since then it has become a flagship event for caravanners, motor home owners and travelers alike. 

Each and every year there’s a jam-packed program of local tours, entertainment and activities, bringing communities together to discover traditional ways of working and enjoy new and established connections.  

2010 marked the beginning of the ongoing recognition the tourism industry holds for the event with a win at the Inland Tourism Awards 2010.

It has gone on to win many more accolades since, winning awards in 2013, 2014 and 2016 and is fully endorsed by Destination NSW.

Each year locals, their friends, families and visitors gather together to join in with hundreds of vans rolling into the showground to enjoy the fun.

From it’s humble early days of 29 vehicles/caravans, 12 tents and 57 people, Boggabri Drovers Campfire attracted 2000 people in 2017.

“It really is a celebration and an opportunity for people to come together and see how things used to happen.

“It’s fun, sociable and extremely interesting for all ages, it’s also a great way to support the local community here or if you haven’t already see what the region has to offer” says Penny Jobling, event organiser.

With a selection of either full or half day tours to choose from including Namoi River Fishing, Boggabri Open Cut Mine Tour,  Pilliga Pottery and Sandstone Caves, Gunnedah Rural Museum and Willala Farm 4WD Tour to name but a few, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy new experiences.

There’s some great home cooked food provided and meats packs available to order from Boggabri Meats Butchery, call Paul on 6743 4404.

With a raft of displays and demonstrations from machinery, horses, damper cooking, wood turning and dog jumping, the days are full and offer something for everyone.

The evening is when everyone comes together around the campfire to indulge in an array of entertainment. There’s music, an evening of amusing skits from local talent and renowned Narrabri band Jazz Junction scheduled to bring the event to a smooth close on Sunday evening, just don’t forget your chair.

“It’s a great way to meet new people and make friends with similar interests. People can be as involved as they want, or simply sit back and relax if they prefer,” added Penny.

For more information or to download the full 2018 program and register visit: www.droverscampfire.com.au

Traditional: Home cooked food, authentic cooking methods and so much more are part of the Drover Campfire experience.

Traditional: Home cooked food, authentic cooking methods and so much more are part of the Drover Campfire experience.

Discover: With a range of tours and activities there's plenty of ways to engage in the new and the old, all the while making new friends.

Discover: With a range of tours and activities there's plenty of ways to engage in the new and the old, all the while making new friends.