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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Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Winton, Winton Area
26 – 27 June 2020
Winton is fast becoming known as the “Hollywood in the Outback” thanks to the events of Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival and having several major film productions including Nick Cave’s Proposition and Ivan Sen’s "Mystery Road" and "Goldstone" being filmed there.

Come See Do - AFC Mount Isa (Outback)

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$8295 - 8295
16 – 19 October 2019
Mount Isa lies in the heart of Queensland’s vast North West Outback region – it’s arid, remote and romantic. Affectionately known as the ‘oasis of the outback‘, Mount Isa is a gleaming mirage on the horizon for travellers from all directions.

Birdsville Campdraft, Rodeo and Bronco Branding

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
8 – 9 May 2020
Come and experience the fast moving action and skills of professional Bushmen and women as they demonstrate their skills through theses historic arts. Witness teams tough it out to be the quickest to brand cattle using the traditional method of branding in the bush.

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.

Baralaba Saratoga Classic Fishing Competition

Baralaba, Banana Area
14 – 15 September 2019
Now in its nineteenth year and touted as one of Queensland’s top inland fishing competitions, the Saratoga Classic falls on the second weekend in September. Attracting 300-plus participants, aged from four years and up, and with rich prizes up for grabs, there’s no shortage of willing challengers.

Cloncurry Stockmans Challenge and Campdraft

Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
Free Entry
8 – 12 July 2020
The Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge and Campdraft is an annual campdrafting and challenge event celebrating the talent and passion of horsemen and is regarded as one of the greatest horse events in Australia.

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.

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.

Undara Outback Rock and Blues

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
From AU$85 - 170
24 – 26 April 2020
The Undara Outback Rock and Blues festival held at Undara Experience will feature high quality acts, over the three days, to make this a weekend guaranteed to suit fans of all genres. Artists are sort from local areas as well as interstate to give guests to North Queensland a weekend to remember!

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.
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