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!

Quiplie Bowls Carnival

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
5 – 6 October 2019
Nominate your bowls team for Quilpie's two day bowls carnival to be held on 5 and 6 of October. Play against teams from Quilpie and far and wide! For more information please call the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre, Museum and Gallery.

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.

Cobb & Co Festival

Surat, Maranoa Area
15 – 16 August 2019
Travel in a horse drawn carriage, see a bullock wagon in action, celebrate a piece of Australia’s unique outback history - just don’t tangle with the bushrangers! Come to the Maranoa to celebrate the last run of the Cobb & Co Coach service in Australia along the Cobb & Co Way.

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.

Winton's Way Out West Fest

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$258.50 - 258.50
25 – 28 April 2019
Winton's Way Out West Fest was first held in 2018 to mark the reopening of the iconic Waltzing Matilda Centre. The event proved to be so successful they have decided to do it all again. You do not want to miss this four day camping music festival being held across eight stages with 170 hours of music.

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.

Thangool Races

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 25 May 2019
Thangool is the home of country horse racing within the Banana region. The large course and spacious green lawns give an ambience of calm, a contrast to the cut and thrust of colour, suspense and excitement among the spectators, and the jockeys and horses as they stride down the straight towards the winner’s post.

Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival

Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
Free Entry
5 – 7 July 2019
The Cloncurry Shire is rich in gold, copper, garnets, amethyst, crystals, Maltese crosses as well as collection of other minor minerals that can be sourced in the region; and at the Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival you will see them all on display.

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.
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