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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The Donaldson Collection – A Photo Exhibition of Life in the Gulf Country of Outback Queensland

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
12 October – 14 December 2018
The Donaldson Collection includes images of the Donaldson family including cattle station manager Willie Donaldson, his wife Helen and their children, at Riversleigh and Rocklands from 1920 to 1927. The exhibition gives an insight into what life was life for people on those remote properties and reminds us why the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited (QANTAS) was established in Outback Queensland.

Free Dance Classes (Social)

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 25 October 2018
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.

Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$15 - 50
26 – 28 October 2018
The Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic promises three days of non-stop action! Staged at picturesque Lake Moondarra, 15 kilometres north of Mount Isa the annual Moondarra Classic offers a program jam packed with fishing, fun and excitement.

Paint pARTy at the Isa Deck

Mount Isa City, Cloncurry Area
From AU$40 - 55
Monthly from 26 October 2018
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.

Charleville Races

Charleville, Murweh Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 27 October 2018
They're off and racing again in Charleville. Country horse races are always a lot of fun for everyone. The fashions, the thrill of backing the winner and the nonstop entertainment are all that's needed for a great day out.

Queensland at Home

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
27 October 2018
You are invited to a cinematic and live music performance by world acclaimed Topology at Qantas Founders Museum on Saturday 27 October 2018. “Queensland at Home” is a performance of original musical score by Topology’s Robert Davidson accompanying historical footage from the early 1900’s of Queenslanders engaging in everyday activities.

Isisford Ross Cup Races

Isisford, Longreach Area
From AU$5.00 - 5.00
27 October 2018
Visit the small Outback town of Isisford , south of Longreach on the Barcoo Way for the annual Isisford Ross Cup Raceday. Six races at this small outback meet. Fashions on the field, bookies, entertainment and kiosk.

Lake Callide Family Fishing Classic

Dumgree, Banana Area
27 – 28 October 2018
Usually held five days before the full moon in October, Biloela’s Callide Family Fishing Classic is all about the Barra. Pulling a 103.3 centimetre beauty has set the record and got everyone excited for what’s to come.

Paluma Dam Good Trail Run 2018

Paluma, Charters Towers Area
28 October 2018
Join them for the last trail run of the year in the village of the clouds, Paluma. The event offers a 6 kilometre, 10 kilometre and 20 kilometre course, taking you through the stunning rainforest scenery of Paluma, up and down hills and across creeks.

Festival of Small Halls - Wallumbilla

Wallumbilla, Maranoa Area
From AU$0 - 20
Quarterly from 31 October 2018
Acclaimed Canadian multi-instrumentalists Madison Violet and rising Kimberley star Harry Jakamarra will join the Festival of Small Halls tour this Spring, playing 20 community halls across outback Queensland and New South Wales throughout October and November.
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