Highland Gathering

The Maryborough Highland Gathering is Australia's oldest continuous running sporting event.

Now into its 158th Year

Programme - 157th Highland Gathering

1st January 2018- Princes Park, Maryborough

Adults $16 | Seniors $8 | Kids Under 16 – Free


10:55am Maryborough First National Open 70m Final
12:15pm Blue Ribbon Restricted 120m Final
 12:30pm Lyal Eales Masters 120m Final
2:05pm Maryborough Toyota & JM Leech Womens Sprint 120m Final
 2:15pm Phelan’s Funeral Open 800m Final
 2:30pm Bendigo Bank Womens & Masters 1600m Final
3:35pm Maryborough KFC 1600m Final
 5:00pm Max Martin Memorial Maryborough Highland Gift Final
 5:30pm Maryborough Advertiser 200m Final
 6:35pm Fortify Insurance 300m Masters Final
6:45pm Maryborough Sports and Leisure 400m Final
6:55pm Maryborough Transport Services Womens 400m Final
7:05pm Sports Biz Under 20 400m Final

Other Events

10:00am Gates Open
11:00am Street Parade – High Street Maryborough
12:15pm McDonalds VSDMA Highland Dancers Competition
12:35pm 157th Highland Gathering Official Opening
12:50pm Pipe Band Performances on Oval x 3
 2:50pm Pipe Band Performances on Oval x 3
4:30pm Massed Bands on Oval
 5:37pm Girl on the Drum Spectacular
5:45pm Heavy Stones Final
7:30pm Evening Concert provided by the Hoffmans
10:00pm Evening Fireworks Display

History of the Highland Gathering

The Maryborough Highland Gathering has been conducted each New Year since its formation in 1857 with the enforced exception of the years of 1942-45 when the Australian Commonwealth was at war and the Highland Gathering went into recess for the duration of this national crisis.

The Highland Gathering was originally formed by gold prospectors, Scottish squatters and businessmen who had arrived in the goldfields and central Victoria from Scotland. They organised an event to re create their traditional New Year Highland celebrations in their adopted land.
Combined and melded with Australian sports, recreation and athletics this tradition has survived and thrived for over 150 years and is as popular now as in its inception in 1857.

The Maryborough Highland Gathering has a proven long and proud History and is now into its 157th year.

Highland Gathering Images

Photos Courtesy of the Maryborough Advertiser banner

Highlights from Goldfields FM

Listen Below to the all the highlights of the 2016 Highland Gathering thanks to Goldfields FM 99.1 – The Voice of Central Victoria

Goldfields FM