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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Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
20 April – 29 July 2018
Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices examines, through the contributions of people affected by Australia’s forced adoptions policies and practices, what happens when social expectations, morality and authority collide.

Hughenden Races

Hughenden, Flinders Area
From AU$5 - 5
19 May 2018
Experience Outback Racing at its best and check out the Hughenden Races in May and July. These races offer something for everyone. Fashions on the Fields, live entertainment and fun and games for the kids.

Digging At Dusk

Richmond, Richmond Area
From AU$15.00 - 80.00
22 May 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 24 May 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.

Thangool Races 2018

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 26 May 2018
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.

Surat Riveside Markets

Surat, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 26 May 2018
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.

Gold City Campdraft

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
1 – 3 June 2018
Campdrafting is a fun, family friendly event. Come and experience the art of campdrafting, in which a horse and its rider needs to control a beast around a set course. It requires a 'cowy' horse, a talented rider, lots of skill and a fair bit of luck!

Hughenden Show

Hughenden, Flinders Area
1 – 3 June 2018
The Hughenden Show Society will hold their 135th show in June 2018. The show offers entertainment for all the family. Food stalls and a bar will operate throughout the show and sideshow alley will also offer food and rides for all ages.

Charters Towers Motor Show and Swap Meet

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$10 - 10
8 – 10 June 2018
The Annual Motor Show and Swap Meet is a must see event for all car buffs featuring a 'show n shine', super cruisers and go-to-whoa. There is something for everyone including a large selection of swap sites, demonstrations, feature attractions, a vast array of vintage cars and stationary machinery on display and much more including live band, licensed bar and children's entertainment.

Jericho Tourism Market Day

Jericho, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 9 June 2018
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 12 noon.
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