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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Barcaldine Race Day

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 30 June – 1 December 2018
Experience Outback Racing at its best and check out the Barcaldine Races. These races offer something for everyone - Winter Fashions on the Fields, bookmakers and TAB on course, jumping castle and playground for the kids.

Thargomindah Motorbike Sports and Enduro

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
22 – 23 September 2018
Arguably Far South West Queensland’s most popular motorbike event of the year! This weekend is fast paced and action packed, filled with exciting thrills and spills which showcases the amazing motocross skills of their youngest thrill seekers right through to their visiting motocross champions.

Betoota Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
Free Entry
22 – 23 September 2018
The annual Betoota Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana brings Australia's smallest town alive. Watch bushmen and women compete in exercises of true horsemanship and skillful dirt bike riding. Saturday you can expect barrel racing, flagging plus much more at the Horse Gymkhana followed by Motorbike Enduro later in the afternoon.

Digging At Dawn

Richmond, Richmond Area
From AU$15.00 - 80.00
Weekly from 25 September 2018
The tour will be guided by Kronosaurus Korner's resident Palaeontologist who will teach adventurers how to find, identify and excavate their very own 100 million year old fossils.

Free Dance Classes (Social)

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 27 September 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.

Karumba Anglers Classic

Karumba, Carpentaria Area
28 – 29 September 2018
Karumba Anglers Classic 2018 has been postponed due to local flooding and road closures - this event will now be held on the Queens Birthday Weekend - 28 to 30 September - this is a fun fishing, family event with AUD25,000 plus in prizes.

Pride of the West

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
28 – 29 September 2018
Make your way to Quilpie's Bulloo Park for the Quilpie Diggers Race Club annual Pride of the West Festival. The weekend kicks off on Friday with the two handed cutting and music and bar until late. On Saturday head track side for a great day of country racing.

Paint pARTy at the Isa Deck

Mount Isa City, Cloncurry Area
From AU$40 - 55
Monthly from 28 September 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.

Ewan Races

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
28 – 29 September 2018
The Ewan Races honour the true spirit of country racing, by conducting its annual two-day race meeting, on the banks of Stockyard Creek, Charters Towers in North Queensland. With its on track facilities, EATC is proud to offer two days of first class, professional country racing with a prize pool of over AUD100,000, making it one of the richest country meetings on the racing calendar.

Georgetown Bushman’s Ball

Georgetown, Etheridge Area
From AU$25 - 25
29 September 2018
The Georgetown Bushman’s Ball is an annual event that draws a crowd ready to dance and enjoy live music, raffles and games. In 2018, the Ball is celebrating its 80th Anniversary. This is a long running tradition of the community and is unique to the area.
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