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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.

Prairie Races

Hughenden, Flinders Area
From AU$5 - 5
18 – 19 August 2018
Drag your swag and crawl a mile to their annual Prairie Races! Dress up, maybe win a prize in their Fashions on the Field - open to all ages. Lots of entertainment for young and old. Five race program, on field betting on local and southern fields.

Biloela Markets in the Park (at the Bowlo)

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 18 August 2018
Normally held on the third Saturday of the month, the Biloela Markets line the grounds of the Biloela Bowls Club on Gladstone Road. This is where you’ll find those unexpected gems, the funky hand tooled or crafted specialties, homemade treats, jams and sauces, candles and scents, organic fruit and veg.

Stonehenge Rodeo, Bronco Branding and Gymkhana

Stonehenge, Barcoo Area
From AU$5.00 - 10.00
18 – 19 August 2018
The Stonehenge Rodeo, Bronco Branding and Gymkhana is an action packed family long weekend over three days, at the small country town of Stonehenge, located between Longreach and Jundah, in the heart of the channel country.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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