Come back to the Back O’Bourke for Easter!


Bourke Shire Council Economic Development Manager, Melanie Milgate said that Easter in Bourke is packed with activities. Photo Noel Fisher

The excitement is building with the Back O’Bourke Easter Festival shaping up to be another huge draw card, and a chance for locals to catch up with friends and family.

The festival kicks off on Good Friday with the first event on the calendar the Colour Run, one of the most popular community events over the weekend. This year, the Colour run will start and finish at the Bourke Wharf and organisers expect hundreds of runners to participate.

On Good Friday afternoon, the headline musical act The Sulli-Vans and Kaitlyn Thomas perform from 4pm at the Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre.

Kevin Sullivan traverses the state with his family performing at festivals and events but for him, Bourke is a very special gig.

Kevin is a former police officer and spent several years in Bourke before a career change saw him become a rising musical star, with his family band, on the country music circuit.

Bourke Shire Council Economic Development Manager, Mel Milgate said the Easter weekend was packed with activities, displays and attractions.

“It really starts on Good Friday with the Colour Run and then there’s plenty to keep everyone happy over the course of the next three days,” she said.

“If you like fish and chips you can grab a meal and refreshments while you enjoy the Sulli-Vans and Kaitlyn Thomas and what a way to kick off the weekend.

“On Saturday we have the annual Easter parade followed by the markets and this year we have a large number of stallholders selling everything from fresh honey, food, western clothing and jewellery, our own Belinda Norman with her Little Country Bumpkins memorabilia and accessories – you can even buy live chooks.

“To keep the kids occupied, we have lots of activities, including a jumping castle, and it all happens in Central Park straight after the parade.

“Easter Sunday is always a big day for the kids with our annual Easter Egg Hunt, which this year has $5000 worth of Easter eggs for the kids to look for as well as cash prizes.

“If you don’t want to have to queue up on the Northy road to take part, make sure you register beforehand, which costs five dollars per child and the hunt is open to all children up to the age of 14.

The Harry Hart Memorial Picnic Races are on Saturday afternoon – a big race meeting with fashions on the field and onsite bookies, a courtesy bus, and live entertainment on the track following the races.

“The other good news for everyone travelling across the west or leaving the east coast – the weather is beautiful here in Bourke at the moment.

“If you want to enjoy somewhere dry over Easter, then head to Bourke, and experience the beauty of our region and our community and see how we like to party.

“The Darling River is flowing and has a slight rise on it and there is no better place to be than here over the Easter long weekend,” Mel said.