Watch this: Australia’s toughest triathlon in Outback Queensland

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Triathletes regard it as the toughest of the tough. While just an 800m swim, 25km ride and 5km run, the harsh outback environment means the Cannington Dirt n Dust Triathlon is no picnic.

Emerging from a creek the colour of chocolate milk, entrants take to their bikes for the tough cycle along a barren stretch of the Flinders Highway before cheering crowds guide them home in the final sprint through town.

It’s just one in a long list of events that makes the three-day Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival worth travelling for. Besides battling it out in the outback tri, you can take the plunge at the Bog Snorkelling Championships or vie for Australia’s Best Butt on the main stage. For the less daring, there are nightly outdoor concerts, the Artesian Express Outback Horse Races and the Dirt n Dust Bullride, sanctioned by PBR.

In 2015, Bondi Rescue’s Corey Oliver swapped the sand and sea for the dirt and dust to take part in the 21st anniversary of the triathlon while Instagram stars @garry_norris and @rikerama snapped all the action.

Here are some of the best moments from Queensland’s dirtiest and dustiest festival:

Julia Creek - Aireal SQ

Photo by @garry_norris via IG

The tiny town of Julia Creek swells from 400 to 3000 for Dirt n Dust.

sosarina dirt n dust

Photo by @sosarina via IG

Starting off the day in Dirt n Dust’s tent city with a cuppa.

Photo by @rikerama via IG

Photo by @rikerama via IG

Road trains transport the bikes for the start of the triathlon.

garrynorris

Photo by @garry_norris via IG

The start of the triathlon in the creek!

Photo by @sambetten via IG

Photo by @sambetten via IG

Sam Betten took out the 2015 Dirt n Dust Triathlon for the fifth year in a row and managed to sneak in a mid-ride selfie!

Photo by @bondibaggins via IG

Photo by @bondibaggins via IG

Bondi Rescue‘s Corey Oliver meets Julia Creek’s cutest resident!

9. sosarina

Photo by @sosarina via IG

Sunset is just the beginning of the day at Dirt n Dust.

9. rikerama

Photo by @rikerama via IG

Hold on tight! Action at the PBR sanctioned Bullride.

10. feegz

Photo by feegzz_2 via IG

Cheeky viewing at Australia’s Best Butt competition.

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