The first cane fire of the year lit up the night sky as hundreds of people watched the spectacular sight.
About a hectare of cane was burnt at the Gudjuda Home Hill Showgrounds last night
in preparation for the Australian Hand
Spectators were treated to a paddock to plate long-table dinner and live music as the flames roared through the cane field.
The Burdekin remains one of the only places that still burn sugar cane and it is now marketed as a unique experience for visitors to the region.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the event was a way of engaging tourists and the community with the cane farming history of the Burdekin.
“For anyone who hasn’t seen a cane fire before, it is a spectacular sight to behold,” Councillor McLaughlin said.
Australian Hand Cane-Cutting Championship organiser Doug Chappell said the cane was grown specifically for the championships which will be held on Saturday. The cane is burnt before it is harvested to make it easier to cut.
“The flames in the middle can get up to 30m high,” he said.