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.


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!

Remembrance Day Quilpie

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
11 November 2019
Join the Quilpie Community as we pause to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our country. To be held at Bob Young Memorial Park from 10.45am on Sunday 11 November 2019. More information provided as event details are finalised.

XXXX Gold Easter Races

Roma, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
20 April 2019
Part of Easter in the Country events is this race meet. It's Easter Saturday over the Easter in the country celebrations. Free Entry on raceday. After the street parade, come to the track and stay for the rodeo.

Charters Towers Country Music Festival

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
3 – 5 May 2019
A weekend of Country Music at it's finest! 2019 will mark the festival's 42nd year, the Charters Towers Country Music Festival appeals to all ages - young and old. The festival offers both an amateur Talent Quest that has seen the likes of Samantha McClymont, Brendan Walmsley, Anthony Taylor and Judah Kelly compete and win prizes;

Paint pARTy at the Isa Deck

Mount Isa City, Cloncurry Area
From AU$40 - 55
Monthly from 29 March 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.

Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival

Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
Free Entry
5 – 7 July 2019
The Cloncurry Shire is rich in gold, copper, garnets, amethyst, crystals, Maltese crosses as well as collection of other minor minerals that can be sourced in the region; and at the Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival you will see them all on display.

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.

Remembrance Day Service

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
11 November 2019
Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

Easter at Einasleigh

Einasleigh, Etheridge Area
From AU$30 - 75
19 – 21 April 2019
Easter at Einasleigh is a fun filled family weekend in the small scenic town of Einasleigh, North Queensland. Enjoy swimming, fishing and camping. Main events are a Queensland Race meet on the Saturday and Full Rodeo event on Sunday.

July 4X4 Fun Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
14 July 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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