Bridget O'Shannessy performs on stage at the 2017 Australia Day event.
Bridget O'Shannessy performs on stage at the 2017 Australia Day event. Rhiannon Tuffield

Appreciate essence of Australia at Boondooma Homestead

BOONDOOMA Homestead is the place to be for Aussies with an affinity for the countryside this Australia Day.

The homestead's Australia Day event starts at 5pm on January 26, and event secretary Judy Brandt said there was a lot for visitors to look forward to.

"At 5pm we're going to have a flag raising ceremony and we'll do the affirmation as well, and then we plan to follow it with a free barbecue dinner for all people there. We'll also be following dinner with some entertainment," she said.

Ms Brandt said it was the perfect event for locals to connect and be thankful.

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"We have a wonderful country, it has a wonderful history and I suppose we're all very lucky to be born and living here. It's an opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate what we have," she said.

Ms Brandt said there was no better place to host the event.

"We've been celebrating Australia Day at Boondooma for nearly 11 years now. Boondooma Homestead is quite a bit out into the country, but it does give the local people from surrounding areas a chance to come together. We would've had around 100 people there last year," she said.

Thanks to sponsorships, Ms Brandt said the event was free for all - including transportation.

"We're sponsored by the South Burnett Regional Council, so we've been able to provide free transportation by the Proston Country Bus Service. That bus comes from Murgon, through Wondai, Hidesville and Proston," she said.

"If people would like to take advantage of the bus, they'll need to ring the Proston Country Bus Service, and they'll be able to find out about the bus timetable from there. But also, the timetable is on the Boondooma website.

"It's all a no-cost event, however if people would like to make donations during the evening, that would be fine."

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