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!

Outback Food Wine and Music Festival

Longreach, Longreach Area
14 September 2019
Enjoy the Grazing marquee with a twist of Outback Flavours, Craft Beers and Wine. Grab your tickets and don't miss what will be a great event!

Get Gardening Expo

Jericho, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
14 September 2019
Join the Jericho community for a fun filled day at the Get Gardening Expo. Enjoy market stalls, food stalls, entertainment, special guest gardening speaker and the announcement of the winner of the annual Get Gardening Competition.

Biloela Markets in the Park

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 20 July 2019
Normally held on the third Saturday of the month, the Biloela Markets line the park lands near the Biloela Information Centre on Callide Street. 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.

North Queensland Elite Rodeo

Hervey Range, Charters Towers Area
16 – 17 August 2019
North Queensland Elite Rodeo is an invitational only event putting the very best rodeo athletes against the best animals in the country. Their goal is to not only put on one of the greatest competitions for spectators but to also show junior and emerging rodeo stars that there is a pathway for this great sport.

Towers Rush

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$40 - 40
27 October 2019
Participate in an Amazing Race style treasure hunt in Charters Towers where you will race to checkpoints and complete challenges to gain points. Be the team with the most points at the end of the race to take out the title at Towers Rush.

Campdraft 4 A Cause

Hughenden, Flinders Area
10 – 12 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.

All About Country Scott Dann and Renae Joy Friday Dinner and Show

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$25.00 - 45
28 June 2019
Outback Queensland's leading Dinner and Show venue Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla serves up amazing local produce and international artists to travellers and locals. All About Country features artists Allan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, George Strait, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Connie Francis and Patsy Cline delivering Country at its best.

Buffs Club Mount Isa Show Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Tour Stop 2019

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$10 - 125
21 – 22 June 2019
Don't Miss Out on Round 15 of the "Toughest Sport on Dirt" - the 2019 Mount Isa Show PBR Tour. The 2019 Mount Isa Show PBR will feature circuit, state and national champions all vying for the 2019 Australian Champion Gold Buckle.

October 4X4 Fun Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
13 October 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.
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