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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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.

Quilpie Cup

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
From AU$15 - 15
2 May 2020
Come along to the Quilpie Diggers Race Club Race Meeting in May and experience country racing in all its glory. With great prizes for both the race program and the "Fashions on the field", it's hard to know where the greatest competition will be.

Kooroorinya Ladies Day Weekend - Where the Rainbow meets the Water

Hughenden, Flinders Area
24 – 25 August 2019
Join them for a weekend of laughter and fun. All ladies welcome! Markets, activities and classes! Come along and relax for a wonderful weekend. Check out the Facebook page for details of the annual Kooroorinya Ladies Day Weekend!

Betoota Races

Diamantina Area
30 – 31 August 2019
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, chuck on 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.

Jericho Tourism Market Day

Jericho, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 9 March – 12 October 2019
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 12pm. The second Saturday of every month during the cooler months.

VDM Fest - Rock Edge Country Music Festival

Biloela, Banana Area
From AU$89.95 - 129.95
12 – 13 October 2019
VDMFest is back again in 2019. Now in it’s third year, the event just keeps getting bigger and better. With live music all night, a VIP area, food trucks and of course a licenced bar, you’ll have everything you need to keep grooving all night long!

Drover's Camp Festival

Camooweal, Mount Isa Area
From AU$15.00 - 60.00
23 – 25 August 2019
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.

October 4X4 Fun Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
13 October 2019
Keen to try out your new 4x4 and don't know where to go? Had a 4x4 for years and have run out of new places? Don't have anyone to go with? CT 4x4 Club Fun Day allows novice and experienced drivers an area to test their vehicles in a range of terrain including soft sand and rocky outcrops, with the surety of having experienced Four Wheel Drive Queensland members on-hand to assist and guide where required or just for recovery.

Isisford Ross Cup Races

Isisford, Longreach Area
From AU$5.00 - 5.00
26 October 2019
Visit the small Outback town of Isisford , south of Longreach on the Barcoo Way for the annual Isisford Ross Cup Raceday. Six races at this small outback meet. Fashions on the field, bookies, entertainment and kiosk.

Tambo Teddy Bears Picnic

Tambo, Blackall-Tambo Area
Free Entry
20 – 21 September 2019
Head to the home of the famous Tambo Teddies for their annual teddy bears picnic; a fun filled family day. Bears and their owners are invited to visit Tambo to join in the fun of country games, music and mayhem of the teddy bear parade and teddy bear challenges.
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