One of our core visions is to provide a link between economic regional developments and local community growth and engagement.

Supporting local events and organisations

Outback Parks & Lodges continues to build long standing relationships with the towns in which we operate, providing support for local events, sporting associations, and community radio stations.

Our members of staff are engaged in a variety of voluntary roles within our communities including St John Ambulance, SES not to mention annual events such as the Golden Gift in Leonora and Outback Triathlon in Cue.

Supporting local people

We offer work experience for school students, apprenticeship and training opportunities.

We use local and regional trades-people and suppliers extensively.

Our people live local and work local.


  • Golden Gift

A small outback town, elite athletes, $50,000 up for grabs and a bitumen street as the track. Combine this with dirt track horse racing, fireworks, market stalls, bands and street entertainment all weekend for the kids and you have yourself the outback experience that is Leonora’s Golden Gift Carnival.

When: Annually, WA Day long weekend 31st May – 2nd June 2014
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Photos reproduced with permission from Shire of Leonora.

  • Leonora Cup

Every year Leonora Race Club hosts the Leonora Cup in the Spring Racing Season. Highlights include 6 races plus the Cup, bar, TAB, hot food, Fashions on the Field and children’s entertainment.

When: October
More info: Neil Biggs – Leonora Race Club – 08 9037 6700

  • Leonora Town Christmas Party

Every year the children of Leonora are treated to a day of festive fun, with rides and water games along with a visit from Santa himself on the fire engine to give out his presents

When: December
More info: Larnie Petersen – 08 9037 6400

Photos provided by OPL staff and management.


  • Laverton Cup

Laverton Race Club has operated for over 50 years with the largest annual event being the Cup held in October as part of the Regional Spring Race Carnival. Back in 1956 races were held with locally bred horses ridden by Station Hands and indigenous Stockmen. Races were started with rubber strand as the gates were not installed until the late 70’s. These days professional riders, horses and trainers travel to Laverton to put on a race day enjoyed by tourists, mining company employees and members of the local community.

When: October
More info: Julia Pinch – Laverton Race Club – 0418 140 677

  • Outback Fireman’s Ball

Taffeta, silk, frills and bow ties get an annual airing in Laverton for the only formal event in town for the year. The Outback Fireman’s Ball is organized by the local Fire & Rescue Service and provides residents and visitors alike with hearty food and drink, live music and toe-tapping fun for all

When: October
More info: Tiffany Farlow – Laverton Fire Station – 08 9031 1304

  • Golden Hoop Tournament

A family friendly evening centred around a 3 on 3 knockout basketball tournament, shooting competitions, raffles, music, door prizes and refreshments. Supported by the Perth Wildcats and sponsored by Focus Minerals Laverton, Mining & Civil Australia, Outback Parks & Lodges and a host of local businesses, this event is designed to raise funds for one large donation to the Laverton Primary School each year.

When: October
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    Outback Triathlon

Set in one of West Australia’s historic mining towns, this fun and gruelling event provides participants with an unique experience whether competing individually or in a team. Challenges include an 800m swim in a 52m deep old mining pit, a 28km bike ride on red dirt tracks and a 5.5km run through the bush. Plenty of support for competitors is provided by the local community. At the day’s end the Outback Bash celebrates everyones achievement with a relaxed evening of family friendly entertainment under the stars, this includes awards presentation, BBQ dinner, kids’ entertainment and live music.

When: October
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  • Cue Fun Day

Family friendly fun designed to let the locals and visitors alike let their hair down. Includes amusements & rides, games, market stalls, refreshments and live music.

When: April
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Coober Pedy

  • Coober Pedy Regional Sport & Recreation Association

The CPRSRA is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers with 3 main goals:

  • increase in the number of participants in sport and recreation;
  • act as peak body for regional sporting and recreation clubs;
  • deliver funding and programs to regional sporting and recreation clubs.

Outback Parks & Lodges is a major sponsor providing funds annually for uniforms, equipment and transport to regional competitions in Port Augusta.

  • Australia Day Fun Day

A fun day for locals and visitors held every Australia Day at the Old Timers Mine. The event includes a BBQ breakfast, naturalization ceremony, face painting and a good shower is provided to cool the crowds down by the local Fire Truck.

This event raises money for the Royal Flying Doctors and is supported annually by Outback Parks & Lodges.

When: 26th January (annually)