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.


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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Boulia Camel Races

Boulia, Boulia Area
From AU$75 - 80
19 – 21 July 2019
It's the 'Melbourne Cup of Camel Racing', held every July in the spectacular remote town of Boulia in Outback Queensland. It's truly an epic moment as the camels come lumbering down to the finish line - an Outback icon experience to put on your bucket list!

Quiplie Polocrosse Carnival

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
29 – 30 June 2019
Looking for an action packed weekend?! Well look no further than the Quilpie Polocrosse Carnival. Games kick off Saturday morning and run through to Sunday afternoon where the best of the best will play in the finals.

Cobb & Co Festival

Surat, Maranoa Area
15 – 16 August 2019
Travel in a horse drawn carriage, see a bullock wagon in action, celebrate a piece of Australia’s unique outback history - just don’t tangle with the bushrangers! Come to the Maranoa to celebrate the last run of the Cobb & Co Coach service in Australia along the Cobb & Co Way.

MADBAG Mini Triathlon

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
From AU$0.00 - 20.00
24 March 2019
The MADBAG Mini Triathlon offers visitors four events to compete in so get your togs, your bike and your running shoes ready and tackle the MADBAG Mini!

Birdsville Big Red Bash

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$539 - 539
16 – 18 July 2019
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.

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.

Baralaba Saratoga Classic Fishing Competition

Baralaba, Banana Area
7 – 8 September 2019
Now in its nineteenth year and touted as one of Queensland’s top inland fishing competitions, the Saratoga Classic falls on the second weekend in September. Attracting 300-plus participants, aged from four years and up, and with rich prizes up for grabs, there’s no shortage of willing challengers.

Spirit and Soul Festival

Hervey Range, Charters Towers Area
From AU$0 - 0
28 April 2019
A day to explore and experience a wide range of holistic and natural therapies. Treat yourself to a massage, reflexology or reiki treatment. Seek guidance from the spiritual side with readings. Browse market stalls offering a variety of products including essential oils, crystals, new age products, jewellery and clothing.

ANZAC Day Parade

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
25 April 2019
'ANZAC' stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. On the 25th of April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula.

Nockatunga/Toompine Polocrosse Carnival

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
20 – 21 July 2019
Make your way to Toompine for the annual Nockatunga/Toompine Polocrosse Carnival at Toompine! Free camping is available with access to toilets and showers. Bar and canteen will be in operation all weekend as well as the Toompine Hotel.
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