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Gregory Downs

The old Gregory Downs Hotel holds court as the centre of town society. Originally built to serve passengers on the coach run from Burketown, the hotel is in the historic village of Gregory Downs which accesses the perennially-flowing Gregory River.

At one time it was a Mounted Police post. In World War II, officers at this station won fame when they searched with Doomadgee Aboriginal trackers for the crew of the ditched plane Little Eva. The crew flew out of Iron Range Airport for a bombing run to then-New Guinea and they became disoriented in a tropical storm.

Gregory Downs Station was one of the first cattle runs in the Gulf Savannah. It was one of a range of properties established on Lort Stokes' Plains of Promise, a vast monsoonal savannah stretching from Gregory to the Leichhardt Rivers.

The peaceful waters of The Gregory remain a natural attraction. Here you can canoe year-round the site hosts thousands for the annual May Labour Day weekend canoe race.

While camping has traditionally been in the riverbed, public hygiene has prompted discussions to move away from the river's edge. Rent a canoe or time your visit to coincide with Gregory's racing and rodeo calendar. The Gregory Ball is a not-to-be missed social event.

It may take a while to get here, but you will be guaranteed a load of fun.

Gregory Downs

Gregory Downs: Events

Gregory Downs Races

Gregory Downs Jockey Club has been racing for over 100 years in the Gulf Country.

The Gregory Downs Races is a weekend of family fun not to be missed.

Entertainment includes a luncheon, fashions on the field, dinner, music and fun for the kids.

Continue the celebrations the next day with the Gregory River Canoe Race and enjoy lunch by the river.

Event Dates
      4th May
      11th May
      18th May
      25th May
      1st Jun
      8th Jun
      15th Jun
      22nd Jun
      29th Jun
      6th Jul
      13th Jul
      20th Jul
      27th Jul
      3rd Aug
      10th Aug
      17th Aug

Gregory, QLD, 4830

Located 0.0K from Gregory Downs

Gregory River Canoe Race

The event now is in its 44th year at the Gregory River in the township of Gregory. The Gregory river is a crystal clear spring feed river which flows all year round.

The event has two distances, 18 kilometre recreational race and the marathon 40 kilometre race.

Both races are open to all types of plastic kayaks through to the serious racing K1 racers and anything in between.

Both races can be made up of teams or individuals. Event competitors numbers range from 80 to 120.

The race is well supervised with four checkpoints along the way, SES boats, a helicopter in the air above keeping an eye on things, plus a sweep boat trailing behind to guide the slower craft.

Total prize money is AUD7400. Late registration is possible on 4 May at the Gregory Racecourse.

Event Dates
      5th May

Gregory Downs, QLD, 4830

Located 0.0K from Gregory Downs

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