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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Karumba Barra and Blues Festival 2020

Karumba, Carpentaria Area
3 – 5 October 2020
A weekend festival celebrating the legendary barramundi and live blues music 3 to 5 October 2020 – together with the towns' annual Barramundi Fishing Competition. Not to be missed!

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.

Festival of Small Halls - Jackson

Jackson, Maranoa Area
From AU$0 - 16
Quarterly from 3 November 2019
Festival of Small Halls is Australia’s largest music tour dedicated exclusively to regional, rural and remote Australia. Presented in partnership with major Australian festivals Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, the Spring Tour 2019 starring the Jellyman’s Daughter (SCO) and Ash Bell and Sara Tindley (AUS), will kick off in the rolling hills of Dorrigo, NSW, cross the sunburnt outback of western Queensland and conclude on the sunny Victorian peninsula of Queenscliff.

Thargo Polocrosse Carnival

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
27 – 28 June 2020
A weekend out of the house. Enjoy the fast pace action of both horses and riders. Followed by a Saturday night entertainment for all to enjoy. Bar and Canteen available.

Quilpie 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.

Festival of Small Halls - Muttaburra

Muttaburra, Barcaldine Area
From AU$0 - 21
Quarterly from 9 November 2019
Festival of Small Halls is Australia’s largest music tour dedicated exclusively to regional, rural and remote Australia. Presented in partnership with major Australian festivals Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, the Spring Tour 2019 starring the Jellyman’s Daughter (SCO) and Ash Bell and Sara Tindley (AUS), will kick off in the rolling hills of Dorrigo, NSW, cross the sunburnt outback of western Queensland and conclude on the sunny Victorian peninsula of Queenscliff.

Brigalow Arts Festival

Valentine Plains, Banana Area
Free Entry
18 – 19 October 2019
Banana Shire's Annual Visual Art's Festival, The Brigalow Arts Festival, is the longstanding visual art awards for artists of the Banana Shire and surrounds.  Proudly presented by the Banana Shire Art Gallery Association.

Channel Country Challenge 2020

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
1 – 2 August 2020
Action packed weekend filled with a Campdraft, Rodeo and Horse Gymkhana. Followed by Live entertainment on the Saturday Night. Bar and Canteen available all weekend.

Barcoo Shire Race Meeting

Jundah, Barcoo Area
5 October 2019
The Barcoo Shire Race Meeting is held at Jundah each year. The Jundah racecourse holds the only country race meeting in the Barcoo Shire, and is a fun family event, featuring trainers and their horses from the regional area.

Jericho Tourism Market Day

Jericho, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 9 March – 12 October 2019
Come on down to the Jericho Tourism Market Day! Monthly markets - pancakes, sausages, coffee, cold drinks. Stall holder tables are available for AUD5. Open 9.30am to 12pm. The second Saturday of every month during the cooler months.
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