Picnic day shines like a gem in Killarney
THE Gem of the Downs has truly earned itself the title of the Picnic Basket Capital of Australia, with more than 2000 people picnicking in the grounds of Melrose Station at the weekend.
Organisers of the Killarney Gem of the Downs Picnic Basket Day were thrilled with Sunday's event.
Co-ordinator Debbie Bradfield described the atmosphere as "magical".
"Unless you were there you can't really describe it," she said.
"There were people knitting, people playing bocci, little kids blowing bubbles and ladies reading books.
"The peace and tranquillity of the day was a real highlight - it was everything I dreamt it could be, but even better."
Picnickers travelled from as far as Brisbane, The Gold Coast, Kingaroy and Tenterfield for the event.
It's expected tens of thousands of dollars was raised for the charity, Livin'.
"The exposure the Livin' boys got was above and beyond their expectations," Mrs Bradfield said.
"It's going to make such a difference for them, giving them a window to the country."
The day also paid tribute to the late Jamie Mackenzie, with doves released as a sign of love and peace.
Ribbons emblazoned with the Mackenzie family tartan were also sold for a gold coin donation.
"Everybody we spoke to was over the moon about it," Mrs Bradfield said.
"We had so many requests for it to be on again next year, that's what we're considering doing."
Mrs Bradfield expressed her thanks to Melrose Station owners Peter and Colleen Lindores for their support, as well as sponsors, volunteers and everyone who attended.