Polo Perfection in 2022

Image source: Photographer Florence Lemyre

Last year’s Noosa Country Polo Cup exposed us to a world of good sportsmanship, fabulous fashion and divine drinks in a stunning setting. “We want more!” Carlie Wacker discovers where the action is.

The sport of polo has an unmistakeable grandeur – perhaps due to its reputation as being the sport of Kings and Queens or due to the synchronicity and magic a rider holds with steed. Either way, it was the experience we had at the Inaugural Noosa Polo Cup in 2021 that cemented the status in my mind. 

This year we have even more chances to immerse ourselves in the polo lifestyle with a calendar of events that aim to further share the vision of Noosa Country Polo Club President Niall Coburn and his wife Illy.

“We want to make polo accessible to everyone and get to know the game and possibly start learning to play themselves,” Niall says. “Our emphasis is on ‘country polo’ and enjoying the game whatever level you are at. The culture we try to create is one of enthusiasm for life and to encourage others to be the best they can be, thus our motto: Takes Courage to Encourage.

“The only thing we ask in return is to close the gate after you and love the person in front of you.”

This not-for-profit Club is affiliated with the Queensland and Australian Polo Associations and is dedicated to developing and educating participants in the sport of Polo. 

One of the world’s best trainers Simon Hill (known as “the gentleman of polo”) is the Noosa Country Polo Club coach and is responsible for training some of the debut players in last year’s cup. 

After attending the event last year, we even saw some locals fall in love with the game including leadership coach and author Nikki Fogden-Moore. 

She has begun her own exciting journey to become a polo player with the guidance of Simon, and I cannot wait to see her compete in one of the competitions this year. 

Speaking of which, we are super excited to announce the 2022 Noosa Country Polo Club dates have been set, and there are experiences that cater to young and old, competitors and spectators, socialites and serious punters, fashionistas and businesses looking to shine and entertain their clients

The Dowling Cup Day is the first event to kick off the polo season in Noosa. This traditional country-style day allows attendees to surround the field for an up-close and personal experience. 

Watch the action from Peggy’s Square with bars and food trucks; or secure your own car boot space and lay out the picnic rug for a day of family-friendly polo fun in the foothills of Cooroy Mountain. 

The Dowling Cup Day will also include the traditional stomping of the divots!

The Noosa Polo Cup Day will be held on 28 August with premium hospitality experiences so that you can catch all the action on and off the field! Tickets are already in high demand and will be on-sale shortly, so keep an eye on the Noosa Country Polo website or social media or subscribe to the e-newsletter for more details. 

From car boot picnics to powerhouse Cup Day action there is something for everyone at Noosa Country Polo. 

We’ll see you there!

2022 Event Calendar

12 June – Dowling Cup Day 
Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend

The Club’s first official event of the QPA Season will be a relaxed country style polo experience featuring traditional car boot space hospitality, bars and food trucks coupled with live entertainment and traditional polo favourites including the divot stomp. 

28 August – Noosa Polo Cup Day 

The must attend premier sporting event of the Noosa region. Featuring VIP marquees, fashions on the fields, traditional polo favourites including the divot stomp and upscaled entertainment will ensure this is the must-attend event of the year!

29 October – Food, Wine & Polo Long Lunch 

This will be an invitation-only bespoke experience featuring an Argentinian inspired menu paired with premium wines and boutique craft beers. Guests will enjoy an intimate Polo experience featuring interviews with players and a live match whilst enjoying the hospitality.

Subscribe to the e-newsletter or keep your eye on our social media for ticket releases and the latest information.


About the Author /


Carlie Wacker has worked in the media entertainment industry for over 20 years. From television to stage and radio she has been lucky enough to work her way around the whole country. Over the last 10 years she has styled and choreographed innovative fashion parades and talent shows and brings her love for fashion and entertainment as our Fashion Editor and Editor for Hello Sunshine Magazine. She is also an MC, voice-over artist and radio announcer.

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