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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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Barcaldine Race Day

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 30 June – 1 December 2018
Experience Outback Racing at its best and check out the Barcaldine Races. These races offer something for everyone - Winter Fashions on the Fields, bookmakers and TAB on course, jumping castle and playground for the kids.

Digging At Dusk

Richmond, Richmond Area
From AU$15.00 - 80.00
21 August 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 23 August 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.

Drover's Camp Festival

Camooweal, Mount Isa Area
From AU$15.00 - 60.00
24 – 25 August 2018
The Drovers Camp Festival is a unique outback flavoured festival. Come to yarn with the old drovers and hear their amazing stories. A fun-filled weekend. Friday opens with a lively street parade including humorous floats, musicians, horses and coaches culminating in a fun-filled, lively night full of entertainment.

Cunnamulla Fella Festival

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
24 – 26 August 2018
The Cunnamulla Fella Festival is an annual three day event located at Cunnamulla in south west Queensland and showcases the the best of the outback lifestyle. It features activities and entertainment including a shearing display, bronc and bull riding, markets, live music, motorbike and horse sports and much much more.

B150- Blackall Celebrates

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
24 August 2018
B150 Blackall Celebrates will be a party to end all parties, a significant community milestone celebrated with 10 days of events and festivities. An exciting full program will delight and entertain locals and visitors alike.

Simpson Desert Racing Carnival

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
25 August 2018
The Simpson Desert Racing Carnival incorporates the Betoota Races, Birdsville Races and Bedourie Races for the ultimate outback racing experience. Held over three consecutive weekends, bar, food, camping and entertainment available!

Surat Riveside Markets

Surat, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 25 August 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.

Betoota Races

Diamantina Area
25 August 2018
Witness the ghost town of Betoota come to life with holiday goers and Outback folk to celebrate the region’s signature event – The Betoota Races – and kicking off the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival. Firstly, don your dancing shoes on Friday night for an outback bush dance followed by backing a winner in one of the six horse race meets the next day.

Kangaranga Do Street Party

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
28 August 2018
On your way to the Birdsville Races? Then join in the fun at the annual Quilpie Kangaranga Do Street Party! From 6pm until midnight, this is a fun filled family night out! This years event will feature the ever popular "get your rocks off competition", bath tub derby, wool bale rolling, great prizes, stalls, food and bar until late, kids activities and live entertainment!
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