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!

Eighteenth Annual Old Wheels In Motion Rally

Biloela, Banana Area
From AU$0 - 25
20 – 21 July 2019
Biloela, the "Land of the White Cockatoo", will be abuzz with the sound of engines whirring, the clatter of horses hooves, the puffs of steam and smoke, as people from all over come to congregate and celebrate the nation's glorious past and the pioneering spirit of Australian's as the Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club Inc.

Birdsville Races

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$30 - 600
6 September 2019
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.

Kids Rock Junior Rodeo, Heart of the Goldfields Rodeo and King of the Goldfields Steer Wrestling

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$2 - 40
20 July 2019
Charters Towers is indisputably the centre of Rodeo in the North and has a long history with Rodeo with the Charters Towers Rodeo Association hosting events since 1948. The event features bulls, broncs, barrels, roping, bulldogging and bucking bareback ponies.

July 4X4 Fun Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
14 July 2019
Keen to try out your new 4x4 and don't know where to go? Had a 4x4 for years and have run out of new places? Don't have anyone to go with? CT 4x4 Club Fun Day allows novice and experienced drivers an area to test their vehicles in a range of terrain including soft sand and rocky outcrops, with the surety of having experienced Four Wheel Drive Queensland members on-hand to assist and guide where required or just for recovery.

Rotary Arts and Crafts Market Day

Biloela, Banana Area
From AU$3 - 3
26 October 2019
Beautifully handcrafted goodies for the home are the feature of Rotary’s ever-popular Arts and Crafts Market Day. This is a chance to find that little something that no one else has and to hear the story behind it, directly from the artist.

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.

Hughenden Campdraft 2019

Hughenden, Flinders Area
9 – 11 August 2019
The Hughenden Campdraft is a three day Outback event with horses, food, bar and entertainment. Hughenden Campdraft is a family friendly event that has a welcoming social atmosphere. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival

Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
Free Entry
5 – 7 July 2019
The Cloncurry Shire is rich in gold, copper, garnets, amethyst, crystals, Maltese crosses as well as collection of other minor minerals that can be sourced in the region; and at the Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival you will see them all on display.

Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival

Julia Creek, McKinlay Area
From AU$0 - 200
24 – 26 April 2020
From modest beginnings, today’s event brings together people from all walks of life – people from Queensland, Australia and overseas. Julia Creek, based in McKinlay Shire, is proud to host what is fast becoming Queensland’s “Must go-to” event.
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