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.


What's live in the Outback 

 

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Toompine Easter Gunshoot

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
11 – 12 April 2020
Why not spend your Easter Saturday and Sunday in good company and a great atmosphere at the Toompine Day/Night Clay Target Shoot. Participate in the competition or sit back and watch the self proclaimed outback professionals of the Clay Target Shooting world.

Get Gardening Expo

Jericho, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
14 September 2019
Join the Jericho community for a fun filled day at the Get Gardening Expo. Enjoy market stalls, food stalls, entertainment, special guest gardening speaker and the announcement of the winner of the annual Get Gardening Competition.

Betoota Races

Diamantina Area
30 – 31 August 2019
Witness the ghost town of Betoota come to life with holiday goers and Outback folk to celebrate the region’s signature event – The Betoota Races – and kicking off the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival. Firstly, chuck on your dancing shoes on Friday night for an outback bush dance followed by backing a winner in one of the six horse race meets the next day.

Flinders Shire Council Australia Day Big Breakfast

Hughenden, Flinders Area
26 January 2020
The Shire of Flinders invites you to attend an Australia Day Celebration! Come along and join the community to share a free breakfast! Fun for the whole family, Australia Day awards winners will also be announced.

Adventurethon Charters Towers

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
22 September 2019
Following from the fun, frivolity, and spirited competition of the inaugural event in 2018, we will once again see an awesome course set around the scenic Burdekin River. An exciting paddle course, that may include some small rapids, will set the event in motion and lead participants towards a relatively straight forward (not technical) mountain bike leg.

Stonehenge Rodeo, Bronco Branding and Gymkhana

Stonehenge, Barcoo Area
From AU$5.00 - 10.00
17 – 18 August 2019
The Stonehenge Rodeo, Bronco Branding and Gymkhana is an action packed family long weekend over three days, at the small country town of Stonehenge, located between Longreach and Jundah, in the heart of the channel country.

Bedourie Handle Bars and Horns Bull Ride

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
23 November 2019
Join the adrenalin pumping action of two extreme sports - riding bikes and riding bulls - at the inaugural Bedourie event. Perch yourself ringside for the live action of fearless men/women verse beasts with great prize money up for grabs.

Are We There Yet

Windorah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
4 – 5 July 2020
The "Are We There Yet" event is held on the Saturday and Sunday night prior to the commencement of the Big Red Bash at Birdsville. The entertainment is from 2pm in the afternoon on both days and goes to 11pm/12pm.

Biloela Autofeste

Biloela, Banana Area
From AU$5.00 - 5.00
21 September 2019
The Biloela Autofeste is held in Biloela on the third Saturday in September, every year. Bigger than Ben Hur? Absolutely! His four wheels had nothing on the slick, hot, weird and wonderful vehicles that turn up each year for the Biloela Autofeste…and turn up the heat in the Biloela Showground arena.

Better in Blackall Festival

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
14 – 18 August 2019
Combining the best that Blackall has to offer, the outback explodes into a five-day festival packed with local grazing plates, sunset wine tastings, street parties, art and cultural displays, billycart races, barbecue cook-offs, live music and a swag load of familiar faces, including country music legend Troy Cassar-Daley and Play Schools Jay Laga’aia.
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