Outback Queensland | Events

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to head outback and go bush, stop right there. Outback Queensland towns and their salt of the earth locals pretty much guarantee that you’ll have a darn tootin, rip roaring good time in the Outback. Especially if you time your visit around event season (from March til October). 

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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Free Dance Classes (Social)

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 24 January 2019
Can you dance? Would you like to learn? Social dancing - friendships, fitness and fun! Free hall available per kind favour of Mrs Jenny Murdoch from RSL Hughenden.

Paint pARTy at the Isa Deck

Mount Isa City, Cloncurry Area
From AU$40 - 55
Monthly from 25 January 2019
Paint, sip and have a great time at the Isa Deck. You don't have to be good at art to take this fun class! It's a great experience to explore acrylic paint on canvas. Arrive 15 minutes early to get your seat, order a drink and get ready to have a good time.

Flinders Shire Council Australia Day Big Breakfast

Hughenden, Flinders Area
26 January 2019
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.

Thangool Races

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 26 January 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.

Australia Day Celebrations Windorah

Windorah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
26 January 2019
Barcoo Shire Council's annual Australia Day Awards and Celebrations will be held at Windorah Community Centre. Commencing at 6pm, there will be a barbecue, indoor bowls and a Jumping Castle for the kids and bingo.

Australia Day Celebrations - Jundah

Jundah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
26 January 2019
Celebrate Australia Day in the Jundah community by attending the Tennis Tournament to be held on Saturday 26 January 2019. It will be commencing at 7pm at the Jundah Sports Complex. Refreshments will be available and there will be a free barbecue dinner sponsored by Barcoo Shire Council and Jundah Social Sports Club Inc.

Australia Day Awards Quilpie

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
26 January 2019
Come and celebrate Australia Day and the presentation of the Australia Day Awards at Bulloo Park! Starting at 6pm with a free community barbecue. Bar will be in operation until late. For more information please contact the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre, Museum and Gallery.

Markets hosted by Hughenden Country Music Association

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 9 February 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.

February 4x4 Fun Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
10 February 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.

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.
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