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!

Theodore Trail Ride

Lonesome Creek, Banana Area
10 – 11 August 2019
More than 600 competitors and 1200 spectators gather on a pile of dirt each year for the thrash it or crash it but keep it coming competition – the Theodore Trail Bike Ride. A fundraiser for Theodore State School, the event is now in its eighth year and it just keeps on getting bigger.

Theodore Spindles and Spurs Campdraft

Theodore, Banana Area
13 – 15 September 2019
Distinctively Australian, campdrafts are a ritual of the drover, harking back to the mid-1880s and passed down through generations. Hard, fast and unforgiving, good natured gamesmanship between mates around the campfire sparked the now furious campdraft national competition that honours the elite in mustering and drafting skills.

The Outback Food and Wine Festival 2019

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$10.00 - 60.00
14 September 2019
Head to Stockman’s Hall of Fame on September 14, 2019 and savour great food, wine and craft beers at the Outback Food and Wine Festival. It’s a must-attend outback event where you can wet your appetite and indulge your senses with a fun filled night.

Sunlit Sounds Festival 2019

The Gap, Brisbane Area
From AU$5.00 - 5.00
14 September 2019
Cheekily nicknamed Splendour in The Gap by a local wag—their event is held on "Sunlit Fields" under the distant Mt Cootha Television towers. The music theme is "Coast to Cabin"—that's the range of styles played by the bands.

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.

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.

Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$15 - 50
25 – 27 October 2019
The Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic promises three days of non-stop action! Staged at picturesque Lake Moondarra, 15 kilometres north of Mount Isa the annual Moondarra Classic offers a program jam packed with fishing, fun and excitement.

Kooroorinya Ladies Day Weekend - Where the Rainbow meets the Water

Hughenden, Flinders Area
24 – 25 August 2019
Join them for a weekend of laughter and fun. All ladies welcome! Markets, activities and classes! Come along and relax for a wonderful weekend. Check out the Facebook page for details of the annual Kooroorinya Ladies Day Weekend!

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.
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