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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The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$40 - 600
9 – 11 August 2019
Join them for their 60th year, as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations in 2019 from August 9 to 11. The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is where the romance of the Australian Outback meets the grit of a mining town, east meets west and man meets beast.

Quiplie Polocrosse Carnival

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
27 – 28 June 2020
Looking for an action packed weekend?! Well look no further than the Quilpie Polocrosse Carnival. Games kick off Saturday morning and run through to Sunday afternoon where the best of the best will play in the finals.

Flinders Challenge Netball Carnival

Hughenden, Flinders Area
17 August 2019
The Flinders Challenge is a one day event that encourages everyone to play. With various games of Junior and Senior throughout the day, everyone is welcome to attend. All Players are to register with Netball Queensland in order to compete in the carnival.

Hughenden Porcupine Gorge Challenge

Hughenden, Flinders Area
From AU$30 - 50
13 June 2020
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.

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.

Hughenden APRA Timed Event Rodeo

Hughenden, Flinders Area
28 July 2019
Hughenden Timed Event Rode. Come and see some of the best Cowboys and Cowgirls in the country compete for their share of the prize money.

The Mount Isa Blast

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$0 - 0
25 – 27 July 2019
“Twice a day this place explodes! And there’s no telling what secrets will come out of the ground…” Queensland Music Festival returns to Mount Isa for an explosive outdoor theatrical spectacular! Created for, by and with the Mount Isa community, The Mount Isa Blast celebrates the people, the place and the pulse of a resilient, diverse and proud regional city.

ANZAC Day Parade

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
25 April 2020
'ANZAC' stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. On the 25th of April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula.

Towers Rush

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$40 - 40
27 October 2019
Participate in an Amazing Race style treasure hunt in Charters Towers where you will race to checkpoints and complete challenges to gain points. Be the team with the most points at the end of the race to take out the title at Towers Rush.

Quiplie Bowls Carnival

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
5 – 6 October 2019
Nominate your bowls team for Quilpie's two day bowls carnival to be held on 5 and 6 of October. Play against teams from Quilpie and far and wide! For more information please call the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre, Museum and Gallery.
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