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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Thargo Polocrosse Carnival

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
27 – 28 June 2020
A weekend out of the house. Enjoy the fast pace action of both horses and riders. Followed by a Saturday night entertainment for all to enjoy. Bar and Canteen available.

Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Winton, Winton Area
26 – 27 June 2020
Winton is fast becoming known as the “Hollywood in the Outback” thanks to the events of Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival and having several major film productions including Nick Cave’s Proposition and Ivan Sen’s "Mystery Road" and "Goldstone" being filmed there.

Hughenden Bracelet Race Day 2020

Hughenden, Flinders Area
From AU$5.00 - 385.00
16 May 2020
This is a horse race event with five horse race program. There will be a bar, bookies, corporate marquee, kids entertainment and music till late. There are great prizes available for Fashions of the Field:

Bedourie Handle Bars and Horns Bull Ride

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
23 November 2019
Join the adrenalin pumping action of two extreme sports - riding bikes and riding bulls - at the inaugural Bedourie event. Perch yourself ringside for the live action of fearless men/women verse beasts with great prize money up for grabs.

Pride of the West Races

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
From AU$0 - 0
26 September 2020
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.

Toompine Easter Gunshoot

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
11 – 12 April 2020
Why not spend your Easter Saturday and Sunday in good company and a great atmosphere at the Toompine Day/Night Clay Target Shoot. Participate in the competition or sit back and watch the self proclaimed outback professionals of the Clay Target Shooting world.

Campdraft 4 A Cause

Hughenden, Flinders Area
30 August 2019 – 10 April 2020
Campdraft 4 A Cause aims to run a campdraft each year and donate proceeds to a different charity each time to help make a difference to some people's lives.

Thangool Races

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 19 October 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.

Undara Outback Rockabilly Rods and Rides Festival

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
From AU$180 - 180
2 – 3 October 2020
The Undara Outback Rockabilly, Rods and Rides festival will be a music festival like no other currently run in Tropical North Queensland. It promises to attract and present a classic car and bike show while presenting Rockabilly Music and Rock and Roll dancing in the evenings.

Theodore Show

Theodore, Banana Area
11 – 12 May 2020
Home of the time honoured tradition, every town has a showground and at its heart an annual show, and Theodore Show is no exception! With agriculture topping the region’s industries, there are five shows on the calendar, drawing crowds from everywhere as they roll-out.
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