Outback Queensland | Events

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to head outback and go bush, stop right there. Outback Queensland towns and their salt of the earth locals pretty much guarantee that you’ll have a darn tootin, rip roaring good time in the Outback. Especially if you time your visit around event season (from March til October). 

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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The Donaldson Collection – A Photo Exhibition of Life in the Gulf Country of Outback Queensland

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
12 October – 14 December 2018
The Donaldson Collection includes images of the Donaldson family including cattle station manager Willie Donaldson, his wife Helen and their children, at Riversleigh and Rocklands from 1920 to 1927. The exhibition gives an insight into what life was life for people on those remote properties and reminds us why the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited (QANTAS) was established in Outback Queensland.

The Royal on 99 Roma Cup

Roma, Maranoa Area
From AU$35 - 150
16 – 17 November 2018
The Roma Cup is western Queensland's largest and most glamorous race meeting. Attracting around 8,000 punters from around the state, accommodating them on site at Swag Central or in motels around town, the race meeting and the weekend festivities make it the best weekend that can be had in the bush.

Biloela Markets in the Park (at the Bowlo)

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 17 November 2018
Normally held on the third Saturday of the month, the Biloela Markets line the grounds of the Biloela Bowls Club on Gladstone Road. 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.

Free Dance Classes (Social)

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 22 November 2018
Can you dance? Would you like to learn? Social dancing - friendships, fitness and fun! Free hall available per kind favour of Mrs Jenny Murdoch from RSL Hughenden.

Surat Riveside Markets

Surat, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 24 November 2018
A market event held on the riverside. Stalls include home cooking, hand-made jewellery, pottery, quilting, arts and crafts, plants, jams and preserves, knick-knacks and other gifts. There will be a barbecue breakfast.

Catholic Christmas Fair

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
24 November 2018
Join the Barcaldine community for the Catholic Fair at the Barcaldine Town Hall Park (Beech Street) from 6pm for barbecue, food stalls, ham wheels, raffles, jumping castle, merry-go-round and entertainment.

Georgetown Horse Sports

Georgetown, Etheridge Area
Free Entry
24 November 2018
The Georgetown Horse Sports is on again. Join in on the fun Saturday 24 November 2018. The family friendly day includes stake races, bending races, figure of eight, flag races, barrel races and ring races.

Paint pARTy at the Isa Deck

Mount Isa City, Cloncurry Area
From AU$40 - 55
Monthly from 30 November 2018
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.

Thangool Races

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 1 December 2018
Thangool is the home of country horse racing within the Banana region. The large course and spacious green lawns give an ambience of calm, a contrast to the cut and thrust of colour, suspense and excitement among the spectators, and the jockeys and horses as they stride down the straight towards the winner’s post.

Barcaldine Race Day

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 1 December 2018
Experience Outback Racing at its best and check out the Barcaldine Races. These races offer something for everyone - Winter Fashions on the Fields, bookmakers and TAB on course, jumping castle and playground for the kids.
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