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!

Buffs Club Mount Isa Show Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Tour Stop 2019

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$10 - 125
21 – 22 June 2019
Don't Miss Out on Round 15 of the "Toughest Sport on Dirt" - the 2019 Mount Isa Show PBR Tour. The 2019 Mount Isa Show PBR will feature circuit, state and national champions all vying for the 2019 Australian Champion Gold Buckle.

Richmond Bush Sprints

Richmond, Richmond Area
4 May 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, free amusements, licenced bar and food outlets.

Windorah Stockman's Challenge

Windorah, Barcoo Area
14 July 2019
The Windorah Stockman's Challenge is a judged event, comprising of Junior and Juvenile, Beginner and Open flat work. It is a great opportunity for new and seasoned riders of varying riding disciplines and skills, to show off their abilities and horses.

Flinders Invitational Triples

Hughenden, Flinders Area
31 August – 1 September 2019
Hughenden Bowls Club will be hosting the annual Flinders Invitational Triples. This is a family friendly event, full of fun and laughter. With food, bar and entertainment the Hughenden Bowls Club invites everyone to come along to support the competitors as they compete for the best result!

Baralaba Saratoga Classic Fishing Competition

Baralaba, Banana Area
7 – 8 September 2019
Now in its nineteenth year and touted as one of Queensland’s top inland fishing competitions, the Saratoga Classic falls on the second weekend in September. Attracting 300-plus participants, aged from four years and up, and with rich prizes up for grabs, there’s no shortage of willing challengers.

Hughenden Cup Races

Hughenden, Flinders Area
From AU$5.00 - 5.00
20 July 2019
The Hughenden Cup Races is a five horse race meeting, family fun day, entertainment, bar, and corporate marquee. Fashions on the Field: Trendsetter Lady 18 - 30 Lady of the Meet 31+ Millinery Gent of

Windorah Bronco Branding

Windorah, Barcoo Area
14 July 2019
Windorah Bronco Branding is an annual event, and is part of Queensland's Bronco Branding circuit. Bronco Branding is an Australian only sport, derived from the necessity of branding and marking calves, within the vast tracts of land in remote Australia.

Outback Queensland Masters

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$100.00 - 380.00
17 – 18 June 2019
Taking place in six destinations across Outback Queensland, from June to July, explore local events and venues while enjoying rounds of golf. An Australian first, Outback Queensland Masters is a series of golf events, for non-golfers, golfers, adventure seekers, and tourism travellers.

Hughenden Country Music Markets

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 11 May 2019
The Hughenden Country Music Markets are family friendly markets, held by the Hughenden Country Music Association. You will find local stalls displaying hidden talents craft, jewellery, art, baked goods, plants and so much more!
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