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!

The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$40 - 600
9 – 11 August 2019
Join them for their 60th year, as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations in 2019 from August 9 to 11. The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is where the romance of the Australian Outback meets the grit of a mining town, east meets west and man meets beast.

Alpha Races 2019

Alpha, Barcaldine Area
From AU$5 - 15
29 June 2019
The Alpha Races celebrates country racing starting with a Calcutta at the Alpha Golf club on June 28. Saturday June 29 gates open at 11am at Fordham Park with a six race program, kids entertainment, full bar and catering, sky channel and bookmakers, Fashions on the Field Extravaganza with over AUD15000 in cash and prizes, champagne bar, live band, courtesy buses, free camping and showers and Sunday recovery breakfast.

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.

ANZAC Day Memorial Service and Diggers Games

Hughenden, Flinders Area
25 April 2020
Join them for the Annual ANZAC Day Memorial Services in front of the Cenotaph at the Hughenden Aquatic Centre. Dawn Service will be held at 6am. Day Service will be held at 10am. A family friendly event "Diggers Games" will be held at the Hughenden Railway Social Club beginning at 12pm.

Hughenden Golf Club Championships

Hughenden, Flinders Area
29 – 30 June 2019
Hughenden Golf Club will be hosting a Championship Competition. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you intend on competing, please use the contact provided to register.

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.

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.

Bedourie Camel and Pig Races and Camp oven Cook-off

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
Free Entry
13 July 2019
Forget horses as it’s the camels that reign supreme on in Bedourie. Be amongst the hundreds of race goers who converge on the town to watch dozens of camels race in six events, worth a total of more than AUD11,000.

Remembrance Day Quilpie

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
11 November 2019
Join the Quilpie Community as we pause to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our country. To be held at Bob Young Memorial Park from 10.45am on Sunday 11 November 2019. More information provided as event details are finalised.
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