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.

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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!

Prairie Races

Hughenden, Flinders Area
From AU$5 - 5
17 August 2019
Drag your swag and crawl a mile to their annual Prairie Races! Dress up, maybe win a prize in their Fashions on the Field - open to all ages. Lots of entertainment for young and old. Five race program, on field betting on local and southern fields.

Quiplie Polocrosse Carnival

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
29 – 30 June 2019
Looking for an action packed weekend?! Well look no further than the Quilpie Polocrosse Carnival. Games kick off Saturday morning and run through to Sunday afternoon where the best of the best will play in the finals.

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.

Oak Park Races

Einasleigh, Etheridge Area
From AU$99 - 165
5 – 6 July 2019
Join in the excitement of a traditional country race meeting. The Oak Park Races, set in beautiful shady grounds, feature a ten-race program over two days with bookies on site. Professional horse racing.

Charters Towers Motor Show and Swap Meet

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$10 - 10
7 – 9 June 2019
The Annual Motor Show and Swap Meet is a must see event for all car buffs featuring a 'show n shine', super cruisers and go-to-whoa. There is something for everyone including a large selection of swap sites, demonstrations, feature attractions, a vast array of vintage cars and stationary machinery on display and much more including live band, licensed bar and children's entertainment.

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.

Paint pARTy at the Isa Deck

Mount Isa City, Cloncurry Area
From AU$40 - 55
Monthly from 22 February 2019
Paint, sip and have a great time at the Isa Deck. You don't have to be good at art to take this fun class! It's a great experience to explore acrylic paint on canvas. Arrive 15 minutes early to get your seat, order a drink and get ready to have a good time.

Toompine Easter Gunshoot

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
20 – 21 April 2019
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.

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.
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