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!

Mount Isa Show; including Horse Events and Bronco Branding 2019

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$10 - 125
21 – 22 June 2019
The 2019 Mount Isa Show is a heady mix of pavilion entries, showcasing local photography, horticulture, art, cooking, quilting and handicrafts displays. Along with Horse Events, Bronco Branding, Mount Isa's Strongest Man and Woman Competition, Rooftop Express and let's not forget two nights of "The Toughest Sport on Dirt", the Mount Isa Show Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Tour Stop, coupled with Local Live Entertainment.

July 4X4 Fun Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
14 July 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.

Outback Queensland Masters

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
17 June – 28 July 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.

Kangaranga Do Street Party

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
3 September 2019
On your way to the Birdsville Races? Then join in the fun at the annual Quilpie Kangaranga Do Street Party! From 6pm until midnight, this is a fun filled family night out! This years event will feature the ever popular "get your rocks off competition", bath tub derby, wool bale rolling, great prizes, stalls, food and bar until late, kids activities and live entertainment!

April 4X4 Fun Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
14 April 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.

The Paluma Push

Paluma, Charters Towers Area
21 July 2019
Held in July each year, the Paluma Push is a race from the Paluma Village via the Paluma Dam through World heritage rainforest and cattle property to Hidden Valley cabins. Three courses are available, the 42 kilometre recreational course, the 53 kilometre intermediate course and the competition course which is 70 kilometres.

Charters Towers Country Music Festival

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
3 – 5 May 2019
A weekend of Country Music at it's finest! 2019 will mark the festival's 42nd year, the Charters Towers Country Music Festival appeals to all ages - young and old. The festival offers both an amateur Talent Quest that has seen the likes of Samantha McClymont, Brendan Walmsley, Anthony Taylor and Judah Kelly compete and win prizes;

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.

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.
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