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). 

Here’s a few quirky and quintessential Queensland events to make you feel true blue: 
  • Share a yarn with old Drovers around a campfire in Camooweal or watch the Camel Races and Camp Oven Cook Off in Bedourie.
  • Head to Mount Isa for the biggest rodeo in the southern hemisphere #yeehah
  • Wet a fishing line and snag a winning Barra in the Lake Moondarra
  • Join the punters at the Birdsville Races and hold onto your best racing hat as the dust flies or place your bets on awesomely named yabbies at the International Windorah Yabby Races
  • Be mesmerised by film artists in an open outdoor theatre at the Vision Splendid Film Festival in Winton

Check out The Outback Queensland calendar of events below for more inspiration.

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"A Place to Call Home" - A National Archives of Australia Exhibition

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
10 May – 1 October 2017
Boiled mutton? Bottled milk? Are these your memories? See the National Archives exhibition, A Place to call home? Migrant hostel memories which opens on 10 May 2017 at 10.30am at Qantas Founders Museum!

'Images by Kenny' Photo Exhibition

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
18 August – 6 October 2017
Aaron Kent is touring Australia doing Amateur photography covering a wide range of skills from landscape to sport but his passion is to capture the outback Australian life. His love of the Australian Outback is the wildlife and Sunsets.

Outback Festival

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$0 - 0
19 – 24 September 2017
Queensland's Outback township of Winton is pulling out the stops to host an extra special Outback Festival in the 2017 September school holidays. Perfect for families or anyone who loves the Aussie Outback.

Pride of the West

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
22 September 2017
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 live music and bar until late.

Ewan Races

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
22 – 23 September 2017
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 AUD80,000, making it one of the richest country meetings on the racing calendar.

Needle Creek Motorbike and Horse Gymkhana

Jundah, Barcoo Area
23 – 24 September 2017
The Needle Creek Motorbike and Horse Gymkhana is held at Jundah, in the heart of the channel country in outback Queensland. This is an event held in memory of local identity Shane Rayment aka The Milky Bar Kid.

Longreach Cup

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$10 - 10
23 September 2017
Longreach Jockey Clubs premier event, the Longreach Cup boasts a five race program, tote, bookies, bar, catering and entertainment well into the evening. Come and join the party!

Camboon Campdraft

Camboon, Banana Area
29 September – 1 October 2017
Distinctively Australian, campdrafts are a ritual of the drover, harking back to the mid-1880s and passed down through generations. Hard, fast and unforgiving, good natured gamesmanship between mates around the campfire sparked the now furious campdraft national competition that honours the elite in mustering and drafting skills.

Richmond Fishing Classic

Richmond, Richmond Area
Free Entry
30 September – 1 October 2017
The Richmond Annual Fishing Classic event attracts a lot of people from all over Queensland for the weekend because it is a great weekend for families and people of all ages. Come along and try your luck at catching the elusive Barramundi.

Opera in the Outback

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
From AU$53 - 131
5 – 7 October 2017
Opera in the Outback has become an iconic event for not only many in Tropical North Queensland but has become known around the world. Each October hundreds of visitors descend on Undara Experience for three nights of very unique entertainment in the incredible setting which is the purpose-built Ooramin Place Amphitheatre.
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