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.


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!

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 Country Music Markets

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 12 – 13 April 2019
The Hughenden Country Music Markets are family friendly markets, held by the Hughenden Country Music Association. You will find local stalls displaying hidden talents craft, jewellery, art, baked goods, plants and so much more!

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!

Mount Isa Show 2019 - Strongest Man and Woman Competition

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$10 - 125
21 – 22 June 2019
It's back! The incredibly popular - Mount Isa Show Strongest Man and Woman Competition. Two full days of extreme athlete's testing their muscular and mental strength, along with speed and endurance.

Windorah Stockman's Challenge

Windorah, Barcoo Area
14 July 2019
The Windorah Stockman's Challenge is a judged event, comprising of Junior and Juvenile, Beginner and Open flat work. It is a great opportunity for new and seasoned riders of varying riding disciplines and skills, to show off their abilities and horses.

Bedourie Rugby League Nines

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
Free Entry
22 June 2019
The game of brute and fitness will return to The Diamantina after 30 years in Bedourie. Fans, tourists and locals alike are invited along to the local park, turned ruby league field, to cheer on the 2017 winners of the Bedourie Cup - Brothers Mt Isa.

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.

Mount Isa Show; including Horse Events and Bronco Branding 2019

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$10 - 125
21 – 22 June 2019
The 2019 Mount Isa Show is a heady mix of pavilion entries, showcasing local photography, horticulture, art, cooking, quilting and handicrafts displays. Along with Horse Events, Bronco Branding, Mount Isa's Strongest Man and Woman Competition, Rooftop Express and let's not forget two nights of "The Toughest Sport on Dirt", the Mount Isa Show Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Tour Stop, coupled with Local Live Entertainment.

Music in the Mulga

Eulo, Paroo Area
From AU$35 - 220
16 – 20 May 2019
Music In The Mulga is a Country Music Festival is an annual event. The festival is held on a working sheep and cattle property, "Wandilla Station" 16 kilometres south of Eulo, south west Queensland. This unique festival of four days full of great country and country rock music has the atmosphere of a large family gathering and in true outback style everyone is made to feel welcome.
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