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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Adavale Sport and Rec Rodeo, Campdraft and Gymkhana

Adavale, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
11 – 12 April 2020
The fun kicks off for the annual Adavale Rodeo, Campdraft and Gymkhana. The best and bravest cowboys around will be battling to stay on for that eight seconds and claim the prize at the rodeo on Saturday afternoon and, after the Rodeo, let your hair down and kick up some dust on the dance floor.

Legends and the Locals 2019

Hughenden, Flinders Area
18 August 2019
Imagine watching your idol perform... The bright lights, the songs you've loved for years being recreated right there in front of you, in your town... and then onto the stage steps a friend of yours, or maybe you?

Cunnamulla Fella Festival 2019

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
30 August – 1 September 2019
The Cunnamulla Fella Festival is an annual three day event located at Cunnamulla in south west Queensland and showcases the the best of the outback lifestyle. This year the music line-up is headlined by Australian country music star Adam Brand.

Bedourie Races and Rodeo

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
From AU$15.00 - 20.00
13 – 14 September 2019
Dress to impress in pink for Bedourie’s much anticipated Races and Rodeo. Yes, that’s right the colour pink (not the singer, silly). All in the name of Breast Cancer patient support, join hundreds as they flock trackside by day in their finest pink silks to back a winner crossing the pink finishing posts.

Quilpie and District Show and Rodeo

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
From AU$15 - 15
14 September 2019
Looking for a fun filled family day out? Look no further than the Quilpie and District Show and Rodeo. With fashion parades, stalls of all kinds, a sideshow alley, entertainment for the kids, an all day bar and canteen and show pavilion.

Australia Day Awards Quilpie

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
26 January 2020
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.

Lake Callide Family Fishing Classic

Dumgree, Banana Area
26 – 27 October 2019
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.

Markets at Club Boutique Hotel

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 17 August 2019
Weekend markets are the best way to spend a lazy Saturday in Cunnamulla. Find food, homemade cakes and slices, art, clothing and jewellery stalls, homemade jams and chutneys, local photography, craft beer tasting, wine tasting.

Baralaba Saratoga Classic Fishing Competition

Baralaba, Banana Area
14 – 15 September 2019
Now in its nineteenth year and touted as one of Queensland’s top inland fishing competitions, the Saratoga Classic falls on the second weekend in September. Attracting 300-plus participants, aged from four years and up, and with rich prizes up for grabs, there’s no shortage of willing challengers.

Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Winton, Winton Area
26 – 27 June 2020
Winton is fast becoming known as the “Hollywood in the Outback” thanks to the events of Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival and having several major film productions including Nick Cave’s Proposition and Ivan Sen’s "Mystery Road" and "Goldstone" being filmed there.
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