Outback Queensland | Events

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to head outback and go bush, stop right there. Outback Queensland towns and their salt of the earth locals pretty much guarantee that you’ll have a darn tootin, rip roaring good time in the Outback. Especially if you time your visit around event season (from March til October). 

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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National Trust 2018 Australian Heritage Festival – Free Guided Tours of the Qantas Hangar

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
18 April – 20 May 2018
Qantas Founders Museum is celebrating and participating in the 2018 National Trust Australian Heritage Festival, with free guided tours of the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar. The 2018 Australian Heritage Festival’s theme is “My Culture My Story".

Winton's Way Out West Fest

Winton, Winton Area
19 – 22 April 2018
It’s there whenever Australians want to quell their fears, steel their resolve, express their joy, celebrate their victories or lament their defeats. As our unofficial national anthem, ‘Waltzing Matilda’ has inspired a nation and this April, Australia celebrates the re-opening of the iconic Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton with one of the biggest inland music and culture festivals ever held in Queensland, Winton’s Way Out West Fest.

Undara Outback Rock and Blues

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
From AU$85 - 170
20 – 22 April 2018
The Undara Outback Rock and Blues festival held at Undara Experience will feature high quality acts, over the three days, to make this a weekend guaranteed to suit fans of all genres. Artists are sort from local areas as well as interstate to give guests to North Queensland a weekend to remember!

Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
20 April – 29 July 2018
Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices examines, through the contributions of people affected by Australia’s forced adoptions policies and practices, what happens when social expectations, morality and authority collide.

Biloela Markets in the Park (at the Bowlo)

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 21 April 2018
Normally held on the third Saturday of the month, the Biloela Markets line the grounds of the Biloela Bowls Club on Gladstone Road. This is where you’ll find those unexpected gems, the funky hand tooled or crafted specialties, homemade treats, jams and sauces, candles and scents, organic fruit and veg.

Digging At Dusk

Richmond, Richmond Area
From AU$15.00 - 80.00
24 April 2018
The tour will be guided by Kronosaurus Korner's resident Palaeontologist who will teach adventurers how to find, identify and excavate their very own 100 million year old fossils.

Anzac Day Charters Towers

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
25 April 2018
Anzac Day is the day to remember every Australian who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. A National Day of remembrance for Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated annually by both countries on 25 April to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I.

Free Dance Classes (Social)

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 26 April 2018
Can you dance? Would you like to learn? Social dancing - friendships, fitness and fun! Free hall available per kind favour of Mrs Jenny Murdoch from RSL Hughenden.

10 Days in the Towers

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
27 April – 6 May 2018
The 10 Days in The Towers Festival brings the historic North Queensland town of Charters Towers to life in a very unique way. Staged during April each year, 10 Days in The Towers is a celebration of many things.

Spirit and Soul Festival

Hervey Range, Charters Towers Area
From AU$0 - 0
29 April 2018
A day to explore and experience a wide range of holistic and natural therapies. Treat yourself to a massage, reflexology or reiki treatment. Seek guidance from the spirit side with clairvoyant, tarot and angel readings.
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