Munga-Thirri National Park (Simpson Desert)

Birdsville, Diamantina Area

Munga-Thirri National Park, also known as the Simpson Desert, spans 1,012,000 hectares in the arid outback, making it Queensland’s largest protected area.

Parallel wind-blown sand dunes dominate the striking landscape. Some dunes extend 200 kilometres and reach 90 metres high. Saltpans and gibber-ironstone flats occupy interdunal areas. More than 180 species of birds, including the Eyrean grasswren, and numerous mammals and reptiles live in the park.

Wildflowers are prolific after good rains. Along your way, visit Big Red, the largest sand dune just east of the park boundary. At Poeppels Corner, attempt to stand in two states and a territory at once. Camp and admire the expansive night sky and make sure you take binoculars and a camera!

This park is extremely remote and visitors need to be self-reliant, well-prepared and experienced in remote outback travel. The park closed from 1 December to 15 March due to extreme summer temperatures of 40 to 50 degrees celsius.

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Karumba Anglers Classic

Karumba, Carpentaria Area
6 – 8 April 2018
Karumba Anglers Classic 2018 is a fishing and fundraising event with activities and lots of fun for kids, adults, families and those chasing the elusive big catch! There is a prize pool over AUD20000 and categories for children up to five years, six to 15 years and then seniors.

Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival

Julia Creek, McKinlay Area
From AU$0 - 200
13 – 15 April 2018
From modest beginnings, today’s event brings together people from all walks of life – people from Queensland, Australia and overseas. Julia Creek, based in McKinlay Shire, is proud to host what is fast becoming Queensland’s “Must go-to” event.

Curry Merry Muster Festival Inc

Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
From AU$5.00 - 25.00
3 – 5 August 2018
Curry Merry Muster Festival is a jam packed four day Festival of rodeo and bull ride action. Which also incorporates activities for the whole family including a Teddy Bear Picnic, Bush Poetry and live entertainment.

The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$40 - 500.00
9 August 2018
Join them for their sixtieth Rodeo , the Diamond Jubilee in 2018 from August 9 to 12. The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is where the romance of the Australian Outback meets the grit of a mining town, east meets west and man meets beast.

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.

Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$15 - 40
26 October 2018
The Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic promises three days of non-stop action! Staged at picturesque Lake Moondarra, 15 kilometres north of Mount Isa the annual Moondarra Classic offers a program jam packed with fishing, fun and excitement.
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