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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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!

Biloela Markets in the Park

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 15 June 2019
Normally held on the third Saturday of the month, the Biloela Markets line the park lands near the Biloela Information Centre on Callide Street. 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.

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.

Come See Do - AFC Mount Isa (Outback)

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$8295 - 8295
16 – 19 October 2019
Mount Isa lies in the heart of Queensland’s vast North West Outback region – it’s arid, remote and romantic. Affectionately known as the ‘oasis of the outback‘, Mount Isa is a gleaming mirage on the horizon for travellers from all directions.

Markets hosted by Hughenden Country Music Association

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 8 June 2019
These markets provide a variety of home made wares, skin care products, jewellery, food and some good old fashioned Rawleighs products. Local honey and home grown plants can also be found here. Food and drinks are available and the makings from this, as well as the stalls fees, are donated to help host the yearly event of the Country Music Festival.

Barcaldine Art Competition and Exhibition

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
31 August 2019
One of Western Queensland's best selling Art Exhibitions. With a broad range of art media and styles. . Fabulous opening night with food, drink and entertainment.

Hughenden APRA Timed Event Rodeo

Hughenden, Flinders Area
28 July 2019
Hughenden Timed Event Rode. Come and see some of the best Cowboys and Cowgirls in the country compete for their share of the prize money.

Hungerford Field Day

Hungerford, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
7 June 2019
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.

Windorah Gymkhana

Windorah, Barcoo Area
13 – 14 July 2019
Windorah Gymkhana has both motorbike and horse events for all age groups, and is held on the Saturday prior to Windorah Bronco Branding and Stockman's Challenge. Also, the Windorah Gymkhana has a range of novelty events, such as Bang and Go Back, Walk, Trot and Lead, and Motorbike Chariot Race.

Charters Towers Motor Show and Swap Meet

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$10 - 10
7 – 9 June 2019
The Annual Motor Show and Swap Meet is a must see event for all car buffs featuring a 'show n shine', super cruisers and go-to-whoa. There is something for everyone including a large selection of swap sites, demonstrations, feature attractions, a vast array of vintage cars and stationary machinery on display and much more including live band, licensed bar and children's entertainment.
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