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). 

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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Christmas in the Gallery

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
17 November 2017 – 2 January 2018
Christmas in the Gallery will be on again this year and is a great place to pick up a great gift for that special someone! Handmade items, art, jewellery.........there is something to tickle everyone's fancy!

Biloela Markets in the Park

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 18 November 2017
Normally held on the third Saturday of the month, the Biloela Markets line the grounds of the Biloela Bowls Club on Gladstone Road. This is where you’ll find those unexpected gems, the funky hand tooled or crafted specialties, homemade treats, jams and sauces, candles and scents, organic fruit and veg.

Acoustic Guitar Spectacular

Longreach, Longreach Area
21 November 2017
A hand-picked group of internationally recognised acoustic guitarists from across the globe join forces to weave memorable musical magic.   Winner of the international 2016 Guitar Masters fingerstyle competition – one of the largest and most prestigious guitar competitions in the world – East Frisian guitarist Soenke Meinen embarks on his first Australian tour as part of the 2017 Acoustic Guitar Spectacular.

Surat Riveside Markets

Surat, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 25 November 2017
A market event held on the riverside. Stalls include home cooking, hand-made jewellery, pottery, quilting, arts and crafts, plants, jams and preserves, knick-knacks and other gifts. There will be a barbecue breakfast.

Arj Barker: Organic (Mount Isa Civic Centre)

Miles End, Mount Isa Area
From AU$46.90 - 49.90
30 November 2017
"As always, I start with the finest free-range topics, nurture them until they're brimming with wholesome hilarity, and ready for the tellin'. Remember, my cruelty-free jokes are always tested on animals, and 100 per cent goat-approved by the time you hear them.

Festival of Small Halls Queensland Summer Tour 2017

Surat, Maranoa Area
2 December 2017
Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of the country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia.

Thangool Races 2017

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 2 December 2017
Thangool is the home of country horse racing within the Banana region. The large course and spacious green lawns give an ambience of calm, a contrast to the cut and thrust of colour, suspense and excitement among the spectators, and the jockeys and horses as they stride down the straight towards the winner’s post.

Festival of Small Halls Queensland Summer Tour 2017

Ilfracombe, Longreach Area
3 December 2017
Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of the country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia.

Goldfield Ashes

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
26 – 28 January 2018
The Charters Towers Goldfield Ashes is the largest amateur cricket carnival in the southern hemisphere. It is conducted in January by the Charters Towers Cricket Association Incorporated (CTCA). The event was recently given the status of being a Queensland Iconic Event.

Australia Day Celebrations Goovigen 2018

Goovigen, Banana Area
Free Entry
26 January 2018
Come and enjoy the Australia Day Celebrations at the Community Hall, from 9am until 3pm. There will be an official ceremony at 9am, followed by Australia Day festivities at the recreation grounds.
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