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). 

Here’s a few quirky and quintessential Queensland events to make you feel true blue: 
  • Share a yarn with old Drovers around a campfire in Camooweal or watch the Camel Races and Camp Oven Cook Off in Bedourie.
  • Head to Mount Isa for the biggest rodeo in the southern hemisphere #yeehah
  • Wet a fishing line and snag a winning Barra in the Lake Moondarra
  • Join the punters at the Birdsville Races and hold onto your best racing hat as the dust flies or place your bets on awesomely named yabbies at the International Windorah Yabby Races
  • Be mesmerised by film artists in an open outdoor theatre at the Vision Splendid Film Festival in Winton

Check out The Outback Queensland calendar of events below for more inspiration.

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Australia Day Celebrations Windorah

Windorah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
26 January 2018
Barcoo Shire Council's annual Australia Day Awards and Celebrations will be held at Windorah Community Centre. Commencing at 6pm, there will be a barbecue, indoor bowls and a Jumping Castle for the kids and bingo.

Goldfield Ashes

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
26 – 28 January 2018
The Charters Towers Goldfield Ashes is the largest amateur cricket carnival in the southern hemisphere. It is conducted in January by the Charters Towers Cricket Association Incorporated (CTCA). The event was recently given the status of being a Queensland Iconic Event.

Australia Day Celebrations Goovigen 2018

Goovigen, Banana Area
Free Entry
26 January 2018
Come and enjoy the Australia Day Celebrations at the Community Hall, from 9am until 3pm. There will be an official ceremony at 9am, followed by Australia Day festivities at the recreation grounds.

The Pirates of Penzance, with a Cast of only Six - Live on Stage

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$15 - 25
9 February 2018
A true family musical comedy is what lies ahead, with the pirates clashing swords and trading barbs in this modern take.  Songs such as I Am The Pirate King, Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One, Cat Like Tread and Poor Wandering One, are just a few performed in this riveting production.

Not Far to Go Now

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
10 February 2018
Katie Jones is a classically trained artist who works primarily in charcoal. She lives with her husband and three children in Pentland; her family are her primary subjects. Born and raised in Canada, it was after she met her husband and moved to the Australian bush that she 'found her muse'.

February 4x4 Fun Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
11 February 2018
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.

Biloela Markets in the Park (at the Bowlo)

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 17 February 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.

Surat Riveside Markets

Surat, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 24 February 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.

March 4X4 Fun Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
4 March 2018
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.

Multi Sport Sprint Series 2018 - Paluma

Paluma, Charters Towers Area
4 March 2018
A fast, yet challenging course featuring all three discipline, kayaking, mountain biking and trail running. Do it solo or in a team of two or three. Option for Duathlon available as well, solo category only.
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