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!

Bedourie Campdraft, Rodeo, Gymkhana and Bronco Branding

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
5 – 7 July 2019
Perched on a sand dune and surrounded by Eyre Creek, soak up all the action and speed of the country’s best horse, bike and bull riders in Bedourie. A township home to 120 locals and is appropriately named to reference a ‘dust storm’, stand ringside with hundreds, who flock to appreciate precision, agility and tight teamwork at it’s very best.

Millchester Festival of Dirt

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
12 – 13 October 2019
Come and check out a round of the NQ Super Series Offroad Championships to be held in Charters Towers! Offroad racing is from 9am to 4pm Saturday. Sunday has more Offroad racing from 8am till 12pm followed by presentations and CT 4x4 Club Come and Try where you can take your vehicle on the 4x4 tracks!

Rugby Race Day

Roma, Maranoa Area
From AU$7.00 - 7.00
22 June 2019
Where too much sport is never enough on a crisp winter's afternoon in the country, rugby, then racing, then more rugby. Old boys, young boys and some just right fellas take to the field inside the racetrack and between the races (no horses are harmed in staging this event) to showcase western rugby prowess and have a punt in the bookies ring during half time.

Bedourie Races and Rodeo

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
From AU$15.00 - 20.00
13 – 14 September 2019
Dress to impress in pink for Bedourie’s much anticipated Races and Rodeo. Yes, that’s right the colour pink (not the singer, silly). All in the name of Breast Cancer Research, join hundreds as they flock trackside by day in their finest pink silks to back a winner crossing the pink finishing posts.

Gold City Campdraft

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
14 – 15 June 2019
Campdrafting is a fun, family friendly event. Come and experience the art of campdrafting, in which a horse and its rider needs to control a beast around a set course. It requires a 'cowy' horse, a talented rider, lots of skill and a fair bit of luck!

Flinders Shire Council Australia Day Big Breakfast

Hughenden, Flinders Area
26 January 2020
The Shire of Flinders invites you to attend an Australia Day Celebration! Come along and join the community to share a free breakfast! Fun for the whole family, Australia Day awards winners will also be announced.

Outback Festival

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$0 - 0
24 – 28 September 2019
Queensland's Outback township of Winton Outback Festival will be celebrating it's 25th bienniel festival in 2019. Held during the September school holidays it's perfect for families or anyone who loves the Aussie Outback.

Australia Day Awards Quilpie

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
26 January 2020
Come and celebrate Australia Day and the presentation of the Australia Day Awards at Bulloo Park! Starting at 6pm with a free community barbecue. Bar will be in operation until late. For more information please contact the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre, Museum and Gallery.

Hughenden Country Music Markets

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 8 June 2019
The Hughenden Country Music Markets are family friendly markets, held by the Hughenden Country Music Association. You will find local stalls displaying hidden talents craft, jewellery, art, baked goods, plants and so much more!
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