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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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.

Rotary Arts and Crafts Market Day

Biloela, Banana Area
From AU$3 - 3
26 October 2019
Beautifully handcrafted goodies for the home are the feature of Rotary’s ever-popular Arts and Crafts Market Day. This is a chance to find that little something that no one else has and to hear the story behind it, directly from the artist.

Flinders Challenge Netball Carnival

Hughenden, Flinders Area
31 August 2019 – 30 August 2021
The Flinders Challenge is a one day event that encourages everyone to play. With various games of Junior and Senior throughout the day, everyone is welcome to attend. All Players are to register with Netball Queensland in order to compete in the carnival.

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.

Barcaldine Show

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
From AU$5 - 10
9 May 2020
Barcaldine Pastoral, Agricultural and Horticultural society Inc presents the Barcaldine Show showcasing local arts and produce, agriculture, livestock, machinery displays, market stalls and the traditional sideshow alley.

Outback Paddle Regatta

Longreach, Longreach Area
20 – 21 September 2019
The Outback Paddle Regatta (OPR) was born from this immense pride for the outback and aims to promote and celebrate water sporting at Longreach by engaging with and encouraging more people to visit the outback and revel in its famous hospitality.

Jericho Tourism Market Day

Jericho, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 9 March – 12 October 2019
Come on down to the Jericho Tourism Market Day! Monthly markets - pancakes, sausages, coffee, cold drinks. Stall holder tables are available for AUD5. Open 9.30am to 12pm. The second Saturday of every month during the cooler months.

Barcoo Shire Race Meeting

Jundah, Barcoo Area
5 October 2019
The Barcoo Shire Race Meeting is held at Jundah each year. The Jundah racecourse holds the only country race meeting in the Barcoo Shire, and is a fun family event, featuring trainers and their horses from the regional area.

Festival of Small Halls - Julia Creek

Julia Creek, McKinlay Area
From AU$0 - 21
Quarterly from 10 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.

Birdsville Big Red Bash

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$539 - 539
7 – 9 July 2020
Have the experience of a lifetime at the world’s most remote music festival, the Birdsville Big Red Bash in the heart of Australia’s outback! The three-day festival returns at the Big Red desert dune near Birdsville, Queensland.
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