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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Festival of Small Halls - Charters Towers

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$0 - 16
Quarterly from 14 November 2019
Festival of Small Halls is Australia’s largest music tour dedicated exclusively to regional, rural and remote Australia. Presented in partnership with major Australian festivals Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, the Spring Tour 2019 starring the Jellyman’s Daughter (SCO) and Ash Bell and Sara Tindley (AUS), will kick off in the rolling hills of Dorrigo, NSW, cross the sunburnt outback of western Queensland and conclude on the sunny Victorian peninsula of Queenscliff.

Music in the Mulga

Eulo, Paroo Area
From AU$35 - 220
14 – 17 May 2020
Music In The Mulga is a Country Music Festival is an annual event. The festival is held on a working sheep and cattle property, "Wandilla Station" 16 kilometres south of Eulo, south west Queensland. This unique festival of four days full of great country and country rock music has the atmosphere of a large family gathering and in true outback style everyone is made to feel welcome.

Hughenden Show

Hughenden, Flinders Area
29 – 30 May 2020
The Hughenden Show Society will hold their 136th show in 2019. The show offers entertainment for all the family. Food stalls and a bar will operate throughout the show and sideshow alley will also offer food and rides for all ages.

Half Way There - Charleville Shindig

Charleville, Murweh Area
Free Entry
26 – 27 June 2020
On your way to the Big Red Bash and need somewhere to overnight? Call in at Charleville and enjoy a street party with food stalls and a whole lot more. Be entertained by local artists and musicians. Where are you half way to?

Bedourie Races and Rodeo

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
11 – 12 September 2020
Dress to impress in pink for Bedourie’s much anticipated Races and Rodeo. All in the name of Breast Cancer patient support, join hundreds as they flock trackside by day in their finest pink silks to back a winner crossing the pink finishing posts.

Hughenden Golf Club Championships

Hughenden, Flinders Area
28 – 30 August 2020
Hughenden Golf Club will be hosting a Championship Competition. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you intend on competing, please use the contact provided to register.

Hungerford Field Day

Hungerford, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
4 June 2021
Hungerford Progress Association would like to invite you to its 30th Field Day, to be held at the Ross Wallace Sports Grounds, Hungerford. Auction for the Royal Flying Doctors: To help them achieve their fundraising goal for the RFDS this year they would gratefully accept any donations for the auction for these genuine Aussie heroes.

Barcaldine Race Day

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 2 November 2019
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.

Hughenden Campdraft 2019

Hughenden, Flinders Area
7 – 9 August 2020
The Hughenden Campdraft is a three day Outback event with horses, food, bar and entertainment. Hughenden Campdraft is a family friendly event that has a welcoming social atmosphere. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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.
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