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.

Free Dance Classes (Social)

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 18 October 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.

Babushka in Happily Ever After

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
19 October 2018
Three unlikely princesses want to tell you a very grown-up bedtime story. Having performed to rapturous applause at Queensland Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the three Princesses of Babushka want to tell you some brand new fairytales.

Thangool Races

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 20 October 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.

Biloela Markets in the Park (at the Bowlo)

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 20 October 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.

Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$15 - 50
26 – 28 October 2018
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.

Paint pARTy at the Isa Deck

Mount Isa City, Cloncurry Area
From AU$40 - 55
Monthly from 26 October 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.

Isisford Ross Cup Races

Isisford, Longreach Area
From AU$5.00 - 5.00
27 October 2018
Visit the small Outback town of Isisford , south of Longreach on the Barcoo Way for the annual Isisford Ross Cup Raceday. Six races at this small outback meet. Fashions on the field, bookies, entertainment and kiosk.

Lake Callide Family Fishing Classic

Dumgree, Banana Area
27 – 28 October 2018
Usually held five days before the full moon in October, Biloela’s Callide Family Fishing Classic is all about the Barra. Pulling a 103.3 centimetre beauty has set the record and got everyone excited for what’s to come.

Paluma Dam Good Trail Run 2018

Paluma, Charters Towers Area
28 October 2018
Join them for the last trail run of the year in the village of the clouds, Paluma. The event offers a 6 kilometre, 10 kilometre and 20 kilometre course, taking you through the stunning rainforest scenery of Paluma, up and down hills and across creeks.
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