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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Boulia Camel Races

Boulia, Boulia Area
From AU$75 - 80
19 – 21 July 2019
It's the 'Melbourne Cup of Camel Racing', held every July in the spectacular remote town of Boulia in Outback Queensland. It's truly an epic moment as the camels come lumbering down to the finish line - an Outback icon experience to put on your bucket list!

Theodore Spindles and Spurs Campdraft

Theodore, Banana Area
13 – 15 September 2019
Distinctively Australian, campdrafts are a ritual of the drover, harking back to the mid-1880s and passed down through generations. Hard, fast and unforgiving, good natured gamesmanship between mates around the campfire sparked the now furious campdraft national competition that honours the elite in mustering and drafting skills.

Hughenden Country Music Festival

Hughenden, Flinders Area
From AU$10 - 10
26 – 28 July 2019
The Hughenden Country Music Festival is 27 consecutive years of very entertaining music in a modern air conditioned building in the town of Hughenden only a few minutes from a hotel, bank, chemist, doctor and post office.

Channel Country Music Muster

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
From AU$30.00 - 50.00
20 – 21 July 2019
Channel Country Music Muster Give the Bush a Hand! The Music Muster is held over two days. Featuring Top Line Australian Artists: Tom Maxwell, Laura Downing, Ged and Trudy Hintz, Rob Breese, Trevor Tolton, Rob Walters, The Master of Turbulence, Bush Poet, Murray Hartin.

The Night Parrot - Winton

Winton, Winton Area
17 July 2019
Music and conservation unite to tell the enchanting story of one of the world’s most elusive birds. In a world premiere, the enchanting story of one of the world’s most elusive birds will come to life through an intimate night of chamber music.

Cunnamulla Fella Festival

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
30 August – 1 September 2019
The Cunnamulla Fella Festival is an annual three day event located at Cunnamulla in south west Queensland and showcases the the best of the outback lifestyle. It features activities and entertainment including a shearing display, bronc and bull riding, markets, live music, motorbike and horse sports and much much more.

Betoota Races

Diamantina Area
30 – 31 August 2019
Witness the ghost town of Betoota come to life with holiday goers and Outback folk to celebrate the region’s signature event – The Betoota Races – and kicking off the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival. Firstly, don your dancing shoes on Friday night for an outback bush dance followed by backing a winner in one of the six horse race meets the next day.

Biloela Markets in the Park

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 20 July 2019
Normally held on the third Saturday of the month, the Biloela Markets line the park lands near the Biloela Information Centre on Callide Street. This is where you’ll find those unexpected gems, the funky hand tooled or crafted specialties, homemade treats, jams and sauces, candles and scents, organic fruit and veg.

Quiplie Polocrosse Carnival

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
29 – 30 June 2019
Looking for an action packed weekend?! Well look no further than the Quilpie Polocrosse Carnival. Games kick off Saturday morning and run through to Sunday afternoon where the best of the best will play in the finals.

Richmond Bush Sprints

Richmond, Richmond Area
24 August 2019
The Richmond Bush Sprints has no registered race horses, just a quintessential bush race meeting with the glamour of the Fashions in the Field. A great afternoon’s entertainment with Sprint Horse Racing, amusements, licenced bar and food outlets.
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