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 attend one of the world-class events on offer. Experience Australia’s best live events in Queensland.

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!

Birdsville Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
29 – 30 June 2019
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.

Pride of the West Races

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
From AU$0 - 0
28 September 2019
On Saturday 28 September make your way to Quilpie’s Bulloo Park Complex for the Quilpie Diggers Race Club annual Station Challenge...‘Pride of the West’ Races. On Saturday at 11.30am the gates open with a Canteen and Bar available all day.

Simpson Desert Racing Carnival

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
31 August – 14 September 2019
The Simpson Desert Racing Carnival incorporates the Betoota Races, Birdsville Races and Bedourie Races for the ultimate outback racing experience. Held over three consecutive weekends, bar, food, camping and entertainment available!

Dust N Gold Rodeo

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
13 April 2019
Charters Towers is indisputably the centre of Rodeo in the north and has a long history with rodeo. You will be entertained by the best competitors in rough stock and timed event action. A live band will keep the mood going once the arena action is completed.

Mount Isa Show 2019 - Strongest Man and Woman Competition

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$10 - 125
21 – 22 June 2019
It's back! The incredibly popular - Mount Isa Show Strongest Man and Woman Competition. Two full days of extreme athlete's testing their muscular and mental strength, along with speed and endurance.

May 4X4 Fun Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
12 May 2019
Keen to try out your new 4x4 and don't know where to go? Had a 4x4 for years and have run out of new places? Don't have anyone to go with? CT 4x4 Club Fun Day allows novice and experienced drivers an area to test their vehicles in a range of terrain including soft sand and rocky outcrops, with the surety of having experienced Four Wheel Drive Queensland members on-hand to assist and guide where required or just for recovery.

Tree of Knowledge Festival Race Cup Meeting

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
4 May 2019
The Race meet is part of the Tree of Knowledge Festival which celebrates Barcaldine's colourful past and exciting future while soaking up a little history. Gates open at 12pm and there will be fashions on the field, bookmakers, TAB and food and drinks available.

Bedourie Races and Rodeo

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
From AU$15.00 - 20.00
13 – 14 September 2019
Dress to impress in pink for Bedourie’s much anticipated Races and Rodeo. Yes, that’s right the colour pink (not the singer, silly). All in the name of Breast Cancer Research, join hundreds as they flock trackside by day in their finest pink silks to back a winner crossing the pink finishing posts.

Theodore Bulls 'n' Barrels Bonanza

Theodore, Banana Area
19 October 2019
Theodore’s 2019 Bulls ‘n’ Barrels Bonanza is back bigger and better than ever! For a district that prizes its horses for work and recreation, rodeos are just a normal part of the life. Around for more than 150 years, the origins of the rodeo date back to the drovers’ runs – on stations where wild horses and cattle would be found in the scrub or on the trail, as the teams moved herds over hundreds of miles.
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