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!

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, don 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.

Hughenden Golf Club Championships

Hughenden, Flinders Area
29 – 30 June 2019
Hughenden Golf Club will be hosting a Championship Competition. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you intend on competing, please use the contact provided to register.

Annual Prairie Jockey Club Races

Hughenden, Flinders Area
From AU$5.00 - 5.00
17 August 2019
Their Annual Prairie Races are held once year in their little community town. There will be five races on day, bookies in attendance, bar license till late, Fashions on the field for all ages, food and drink till late, kids entertainment through out the day and music till late.

Hughenden Porcupine Gorge Challenge

Hughenden, Flinders Area
From AU$30 - 50
15 June 2019
Held in the glorious Porcupine Gorge National Park, 74 kilometres north of Hughenden, this unique event has been growing in popularity every year. The first challenge was held in 2001 and was not only to challenge serious competitors but to give the opportunity for locals and adjoining communities to enjoy such a wonderful natural attraction, whilst walking the gorge with friends.

Callide Valley Agricultural Show

Biloela, Banana Area
17 – 18 May 2019
The 84th Annual Callide Valley Show is a ‘must do’ event for locals and tourists alike! Home of the time honoured tradition, every town has a showground and at its heart, an Annual Show. Two full days of entertainment and activities for the whole family includes horse events, amusement rides, displays (including cookery, photography, precious gems, craft, arts, flowers and produce), market stalls, rodeo, fireworks, crash-a-rama, motorcycle fun night and much more!

Buffs Club Mount Isa Show Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Tour Stop 2019

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$10 - 125
21 – 22 June 2019
Don't Miss Out on Round 15 of the "Toughest Sport on Dirt" - the 2019 Mount Isa Show PBR Tour. The 2019 Mount Isa Show PBR will feature circuit, state and national champions all vying for the 2019 Australian Champion Gold Buckle.

All About Country Scott Dann and Renae Joy Friday Dinner and Show

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$25.00 - 45
28 June 2019
Outback Queensland's leading Dinner and Show venue Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla serves up amazing local produce and international artists to travellers and locals. All About Country features artists Allan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, George Strait, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Connie Francis and Patsy Cline delivering Country at its best.

October 4X4 Fun Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
13 October 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.

Half Way There - Charleville Shindig

Charleville, Murweh Area
Free Entry
12 – 13 July 2019
On your way to the Big Red Bash and need somewhere to overnight? Call in at Charleville and enjoy a street party with food stalls and a whole lot more. Be entertained by local artists and musicians. Where are you half way to?
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