They came, they played, they sang, they busked and they certainly entertained.

The Australian National Busking Championships, combined with the Cooma Regional Championships had the Cooma CBD humming with tunes on Saturday as a plethora of highly talented musicians of all ages played from 10am through until the final songs at 6.30pm.

With spectators wandering the streets and stopping to watch artists across 28 hot spot busking venues, and artists trying to impress the judges as well as busk for gratuities from the public, it proved to be another hugely successful event for Cooma.

With buskers automatically qualifying for the national finals if they had won a regional event, and final places up for grabs courtesy of the Cooma Regional Championships, artists pulled out all stops to impress.

In the end there can only be one winner in each category, with the National Finals awarded as follows.

Open Age Category

Winners the Inadequates

1st – The Inadequates
2nd – Jackson Xavier
3rd – Stitch
4th – Tash Eloise
5th – Drew Blundell
6th – Alex Eldred
7th – Alejandro Aguanta

Secondary Age Category

Secondary age winner Finnegan August

1st – Finnegan August
2nd – Todd Haywood
3rd – Kesha Oayda
4th – Hanna Dunn
5th – The Gray Sisters
6th Finley Geach

Primary Age Category

Tulli Oayda

1st – Tulli Oayda
2nd – Annabelle van Wyk
3rd – Gemma Ellis
4th – Will & Annie
5th – Gryff

Peoples Choice
1st – Drew Blundell
2nd – Stephen O’Brien
3rd – Snowy Strings

See below a gallery of various artists from the day and finals. All photos Steve Cuff.

Gemma Ellis

Cooma Regional Championships finalists.

Cooma Regional Primary Age Category Jada Horneman, Lucy Beveridge, Tulli Oayda.

Glenda Harvey

JJH Potter

Stitch Duo

The Remedy boys from Jindabyne.

The Remedy boys from Jindabyne.


AB Positive

Snowy Strings

Lucy Beveridge

The James Brothers

Constance Fairleight

Jackson Xavier

Kesha Oayda

David Durrant

The Norts, Shelley and Annie.

City of Queanbeyan Pipes and Drumns

Alejandro Aguanta

Tash Eloise

Alex Eldred

Dew Blundell

The Gray Sisters, Tia and Bella.

Hanna Dunn

Finnegan August

Todd Haywood

Finley Geach

Annie and Will