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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Channel Country Challenge 2020

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
1 – 2 August 2020
Action packed weekend filled with a Campdraft, Rodeo and Horse Gymkhana. Followed by Live entertainment on the Saturday Night. Bar and Canteen available all weekend.

Remembrance Day Quilpie

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
11 November 2019
Join the Quilpie Community as we pause to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our country. To be held at Bob Young Memorial Park from 10.45am on Sunday 11 November 2019. More information provided as event details are finalised.

ANZAC Day Parade

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
25 April 2020
'ANZAC' stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. On the 25th of April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula.

Digging At Dawn

Richmond, Richmond Area
From AU$15.00 - 80.00
Weekly from 17 September 2019
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.

Outback Paddle Regatta

Longreach, Longreach Area
20 – 21 September 2019
The Outback Paddle Regatta (OPR) was born from this immense pride for the outback and aims to promote and celebrate water sporting at Longreach by engaging with and encouraging more people to visit the outback and revel in its famous hospitality.

Beer and Wine O'Clock at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$15 - 15
16 – 23 September 2019
Beer and Wine O’clock - Let your inner larrakin live at Club Boutique Hotel! Join them at the Club Boutique Hotel, one of Cunnamulla’s oldest hotels and an outback icon, to celebrate Beer and Wine O’clock.

Hungerford Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana

Hungerford, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
5 – 6 October 2019
Action packed weekend filled with Motorbikes and Horse Gymkhana events! Followed by a Motorbike Enduro on the Sunday! Bar and Canteen available all weekend starting the Friday Night

Festival of Small Halls - Julia Creek

Julia Creek, McKinlay Area
From AU$0 - 21
Quarterly from 10 November 2019
Festival of Small Halls is Australia’s largest music tour dedicated exclusively to regional, rural and remote Australia. Presented in partnership with major Australian festivals Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, the Spring Tour 2019 starring the Jellyman’s Daughter (SCO) and Ash Bell and Sara Tindley (AUS), will kick off in the rolling hills of Dorrigo, NSW, cross the sunburnt outback of western Queensland and conclude on the sunny Victorian peninsula of Queenscliff.

Taroom Cup Race Day

Taroom, Banana Area
28 September 2019
Enjoy an afternoon of country racing at its best and stay until late with live music. The Dawson Jockey Club at Taroom will host a five race program with the Leichhardt Hotel Cup as the feature race. Visit this historic track which is only one of four left-handed tracks in Queensland.

Australia Day Awards Quilpie

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
26 January 2020
Come and celebrate Australia Day and the presentation of the Australia Day Awards at Bulloo Park! Starting at 6pm with a free community barbecue. Bar will be in operation until late. For more information please contact the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre, Museum and Gallery.
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