2018 Festival… Stay another day












Grand Parade Down The Main Street of Kilkivan








4 Horse Trails from Beginner to Experienced Riders









Dinner under the Kilkivan Moon by Matt Golinski





Countdown has begun for the 2018 Festival!









Annually on a Saturday in April close to Easter, up to 1100 horses and riders start from various locales around the former Kilkivan Shire, travel 20 – 32kms through some of the most picturesque country in South-East Queensland, then meet up for the grand parade through Kilkivan township at approx 4.00 pm.

KILKIVAN is one of the few towns actually situated on the Bi-Centennial National Trail, which runs from Cooktown to Victoria, and this was the inspiration for establishing the annual Kilkivan Great Horse Ride in 1986.

The Kilkivan Great Horse Ride was first suggested by Widgee grazier and former Kilkivan Shire councillor, the late Fabian Webb, who wanted people of all ages and riding ability, from all walks of life, to get involved with a recreational ride through the scenic country around Kilkivan. In 1988 the Queensland opening of the National Trail was incorporated into the ride and the legendary late R M Williams was among the riders who participated.

Street activities provide fun and entertainment in Kilkivan while spectators await the arrival of the horses and riders. Following the parade, riders, visiting spectators and locals relax at a Campfire Concert at the Kilkivan showgrounds, with a fully licensed bar and catering by local community groups.

Breakfast is always available for purchase on Friday, Saturday & Sunday mornings.

Building Better Regions Fund

In 2018 Kilkivan Great Horse Ride Festival …stay another day… is supported by a grant from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.  This has allowed us to expand from our previous 3 day format to a 5 day Kilkivan-focussed festival!  We have added several elements which we hope will encourage visitors and locals, participants and spectators, to get involved in celebrating Kilkivan and horses!

Come to Kilkivan between April 4 – 8…you’ll be so glad to stay an extra day!!



Trail Rides

Choose from four scenic trails for beginner to experienced riders set throughout the picturesque countryside of Kilkivan.

Dinner Under the Kilkivan Moon

Enjoy a magical dinner ‘Under the Kilkivan Moon’ prepared by renowned chef Matt Golinski using locally grown produce.

Street Entertainment

We have a program bustling with activities including demonstrations and displays. Browse the street stalls and grab a bite to eat whilst enjoying some live entertainment. 

Kids Activities

The 2018 Festival has a stack of things for all age groups, especially kids! Activities include Pony Rides & Petting Zoo,Jumping Castle, as well as Carriage Rides down the main street.

Campfire Concert

FREE Tom Grady Campfire Concert featuring Whiskey Mountain Boys and the final of the Regional Talent Quest. Mechanical bull, Jumping Castle and Camping available.


Show off your creative talents this year with three new competitions being introduced including Wall Hanging/Quilt, Rustic Sculpture and Photography Competition.


Stephen Horseman 0467 495 179


Rosie Fitzgerald 0407 699 620


Bob Thompson 0403 238 192

Postal Address

PO Box 52, Kilkivan  Qld  4600


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