Outback Queensland | Events

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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Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
20 April – 29 July 2018
Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices examines, through the contributions of people affected by Australia’s forced adoptions policies and practices, what happens when social expectations, morality and authority collide.

Barcaldine Race Day

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 16 – 23 June 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
19 June 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 21 June 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.

Croydon Poddy Dodgers Rodeo

Croydon, Croydon Area
Free Entry
22 – 24 June 2018
Come along and enjoy a weekend of fun and excitement at the Croydon Poddy Dodgers. The action starts Friday night with the street parade and rodeo action, leading into Saturday with more rough stock events and time events, as well as some novelty action.

Rugby Race Day

Roma, Maranoa Area
From AU$7.00 - 7.00
23 June 2018
Where too much sport is never enough on a crisp winter's afternoon in the country, rugby, then racing, then more rugby. Old boys, young boys and some just right fellas take to the field inside the racetrack and between the races (no horses are harmed in staging this event) to showcase western rugby prowess and have a punt in the bookies ring during half time.

NQ Super Series Off Road Racing

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
23 – 24 June 2018
Round three of the NQ Super Series Off Road Racing held in Charters Towers. Off Road racing is a format of racing where various classes of specially modified vehicles (including cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buggies) compete in races through off-road environments.

Bedourie Rugby League Nines

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
Free Entry
23 June 2018
The game of brute and fitness will return to The Diamantina after 30 years in Bedourie. Fans, tourists and locals alike are invited along to the local park, turned ruby league field, to cheer on the 2017 winners of the Bedourie Cup - Brothers Mt Isa.

Outback Writers' Festival

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$20 - 250
26 – 28 June 2018
This event, located in the iconic town of Winton and the home of Waltzing Matilda, brings writers and readers together to exchange the telling of outback Australian stories. You will hear from award-winning and best-selling authors - their trials and tribulations of writing and successful publishing.

The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$15 - 15
29 June – 7 July 2018
The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, Winton, Queensland. 9 days / 30 films / A zillion stars Winton's Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is a film festival like no other. It celebrates Australian film and culture under the stars of Winton in Outback Queensland.
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