Outback Queensland | Events

Enjoy wide open spaces and big skies in Outback Queensland, where you can follow in the tracks of dinosaurs, meet larger-than-life outback characters, cheer on a field of racing camels and sleep under a blanket of stars.

2019 marks 'The Year of Outback Tourism' making it the perfect time to visit and experience Australia’s best live events in Queensland. Click here for the guide


Birdsville Races

Birdsville's busiest week of the year happens the first Friday and Saturday in September. Visitors take over this tiny outback town from all parts of Australia and the world for the Annual Birdsville Racing Carnival


Winton's Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Head to Winton a.k.a ‘Hollywood in the Outback’  to meet the actors, directors and producers behind some of your favourite Aussie films and at night, enjoy their talents on the big screen at the open-air theatre at the Vision Splendid Film Festival.

Check out The Outback Queensland calendar of events below for more inspiration.


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The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival

Burketown, Burke Area
24 – 27 September 2020
The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival is the authentic Outback Australian experience, and brings together National and International musicians, Indigenous and First Nation's performers and Australia's best cowboys in the heart of Queensland's Lower Gulf Country.

Quilpie Anzac Day Celebrations

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
24 – 25 April 2020
Join them on Anzac Eve 24 April at 6pm for the Twilight Service at the Quilpie Cemetery. On Anzac Day, 25 April there will be a Dawn Service at 6am at the RSL Memorial Park. At 10am, the march will assemble at the café.

Roma's Easter in the Country Festival

Roma, Maranoa Area
9 – 10 April 2020
Roma's Easter in the Country festival is a five-day celebration of all things country. Now entering its fortieth year, it is widely recognised as one of southwest Queensland's premier Easter events, and brilliantly showcases the history and lifestyle of regional Queensland.

Charleville Bilby Festival

Charleville, Murweh Area
From AU$50.00 - 50.00
11 – 13 September 2020
The second Sunday in September is National Bilby Day, the only day an Australian animal has its own gazetted special day. Starting on Friday evening with Street Parade, market stalls, Eat off competitions, toy bilby races, it's a fabulous night with something for everyone.

Bedourie Handle Bars and Horns Bull Ride

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
23 November 2019
Join the adrenalin pumping action of two extreme sports - riding bikes and riding bulls - at the inaugural Bedourie event. Perch yourself ringside for the live action of fearless men/women verse beasts with great prize money up for grabs.

Thargomindah Polocrosse Carnival

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
27 – 28 June 2020
Pack up your family, bring the kids and head on out for a fun filled weekend in Thargomindah. Watch the skill of these players and all the action that is Polocrosse. This is a weekend that promises to keep you entertained from wo to go.

Stamford Races and Community Fun Day

Stamford, Flinders Area
From AU$5 - 5
4 – 5 July 2020
Stamford Races and Community fun day (horse racing) offers the best of country racing set in an outback rural setting. With 115 years experience under their belt, the Stamford races and Community Fun Day is sure to be a special event for the whole family.

Beer and Wine O'Clock at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$15 - 15
14 – 21 October 2019
Beer and Wine O’clock - Let your inner larrakin live at Club Boutique Hotel! Join them at the Club Boutique Hotel, one of Cunnamulla’s oldest hotels and an outback icon, to celebrate Beer and Wine O’clock.

Back to the 40s - Big Band and Dance

Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
15 August 2020
‘Back to the 40s’ will celebrate Cloncurry, and the Outback’s, unique role as a military base of operations during World War 2. Cloncurry was an important base and refuelling stop for United States B-17 Flying Fortresses, Dutch forces evacuating Java, and Australian forces.

Birdsville Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
27 – 28 June 2020
Bring the whole family to the Bronco Branding Yards in Birdsville to watch skilled bushmen and women demonstrate their craft. Get involved in the horsemanship skills on Saturday with barrel, flag and herding races, or simply kick back ringside and enjoy the dusty action.
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