Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival

Community Event

30 May 2019 to 2 Jun 2019

This event incorporates both the First Fire of the crushing season and the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships. The Burdekin region is one of the last regions in Australia to still burn sugar cane before it is harvested. The First Fire celebrates that fact and involves burning the purpose grown cane to be cut in the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships. The Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships is a test of skill and endurance, with thousands of dollars in prize money up for grabs for competitors. Bring the family to experience history coming back to life, in the sugar capital of Australia- the Burdekin region.

Sit back and enjoy live cane fire up close, be a part of the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, be entertained by live music, wander through vintage machinery from yesteryear, take part in a workshop or two, enjoy a bite to eat from one of the many food providers or have a cold drink from the bar. There is something to do for the whole family.

Both events are held at the Home Hill Showgrounds, about one and a quarter hour’s drive south of Townsville, and 15 minutes from Ayr.


Bar Cafe Carpark Caters for hearing impairment Caters for high support needs Caters for limited mobility Caters for vision impairment Coach Parking Disabled access available Family Family Friendly International Kiosk Parents Room Public Toilet Wheelchair access

Event Times

30 May 2019 to 2 Jun 2019

Annual Event


Home Hill Showgrounds

Corner Hurney Road and Sixth Avenue, Home Hill, 4806

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