Regional Australia partnerships
We're proud to partner with organisations that drive social impact in the regional communities in which we operate, as we aim to promote local tourism and support regional success.
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Rural Aid was founded in 2015 to provide a holistic support program to rural Australia. The starting point for the charity was the success of the Buy a Bale campaign, which Australians have generously donated to allowing the distribution of fodder, hampers and more. In 2018 Rural Aid embarked on the development of a specialised mental health counselling program, 100% fully funded to support rural communities.
Weather events such as drought, fires and cyclones mean that there is even more call for Rural Aid’s services. Rural Aid have a number of programs designed with rebuilding and repairing in mind. These include the Farm Rescue and Farm Army programs seeing thousands of volunteers give their time to support rural communities, the Gift of Music bringing the joy of music to the bush and mental health counsellors helping reduce stress, domestic violence, suicide, and mental health in general.
You've got to get to Tamworth in January for the annual Toyota Country Music Festival. It’s Australia's largest music festival and one of the top 10 music festivals in the world. The variety of country music is endless during the festival with over 700 performers and 2,800 shows across 120 different venues. There are hundreds of buskers in Peel Street alone, providing a diverse range of entertainment each day – it’s no wonder the event attracts over 300,000 visitors across 10 days.
The pinnacle event of the festival are The Toyota Golden Guitars - Country Music Awards of Australia, when the who’s who of Australian country music gather with country music fans to see who will win the famous Golden Guitars. Qantas is proud to be the Official Airline of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
As a dedicated advocate of Australian food and wine, Qantas is proud to support the Capricorn Food and Wine Festival. This premier event showcases Rockhampton and Central Queensland’s gourmet food, wine and local produce, while celebrating the region's burgeoning hospitality, music and tourism scene.
Since its inception in 2012, the festival has attracted a stellar line up of high profile chefs and talent, and showcased local produce synonymous with the region including beef, crocodile, tropical fruit, barramundi, and more.
Established in 2013, the Karijini Experience is a thriving annual multi-arts event in the Pilbara Region, which proudly celebrates the local Indigenous culture.
What sets the Karijini Experience apart from other regional events and festivals is its unique setting and strong sense of place, combined with a growing recognition for the authenticity of its Indigenous cultural content and sense of community. In doing this, the event delivers a number of social, cultural and economic impacts that enhance and promote the Inland Pilbara.
In 2018, it attracted 1640 visitors, featured 180 artists, headlined 52 individual events, representing 13 Aboriginal language groups and was supported by 41 partners and sponsors. Qantas is proud to be the official airline of the Karijini Experience.
The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers features more than 60 unique events and experiences over 10 magical days. Visitors can enjoy award-winning parks, stunning private gardens, a street parade, internationally acclaimed musical acts, amazing food and wine, as well as a multitude of cultural and natural adventures. Qantas is proud to support the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.