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 - Theodore

Theodore, Banana Area
From AU$0 - 21
Quarterly from 6 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.

Colour and Response Roma

Roma, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
27 September – 9 November 2019
See the best of local Roma artists and learn about the legacy of renowned Queensland artist and founder of Flying Arts Alliance, Mervyn Moriarty. The 'Colour and Response' touring exhibition project consists of two exhibitions at each venue.

Birdsville Races

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$35 - 600
5 – 6 September 2020
Dubbed as the Melbourne Cup of the Outback, crowds of 6,000 racegoers converge on Birdsville each year to enjoy two day of quality outback racing and entertainment. The second race meet in the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival, the 13 race program features horses from all over Australia competing for the coveted Birdsville Cup.

Town and Country Rugby League in Julia Creek

Julia Creek, McKinlay Area
Free Entry
4 October 2019
October 4 will see the annual Town versus Country match in Julia Creek. It is always a big battle and this year for Queensland State of Origin legends Brent Tate and Paul Bowman will be in attendance for this great event so come along to Kev Bannah Oval from 6pm to watch this great match.

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.

Pride of the West Races

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
From AU$0 - 0
28 September 2019
On Saturday 28 September make your way to Quilpie’s Bulloo Park Complex for the Quilpie Diggers Race Club annual Station Challenge...‘Pride of the West’ Races. On Saturday at 11.30am the gates open with a Canteen and Bar available all day.

Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Winton, Winton Area
26 – 27 June 2020
Winton is fast becoming known as the “Hollywood in the Outback” thanks to the events of Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival and having several major film productions including Nick Cave’s Proposition and Ivan Sen’s "Mystery Road" and "Goldstone" being filmed there.

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.

Thangool Races

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 19 October 2019
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.
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