UPCOMING MAJOR EVENTS
Date: May 3, 2019 – May 6, 2019
The Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Festival is Barcaldine’s largest event, both in terms of visitation and community participation. This year the event will showcase the community spirit and history of Barcaldine and Outback Queensland.
The Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge is a historical attraction that is known as the birthplace of the Australian Labour Party (ALP) and influence to the longest running May Day Parade.
Staged over the labour day long weekend, the four-day celebration showcases live entertainment, an art gallery, markets, horse and goat racing, RevFest, May Day parade and other special themed events.
Date: June 29 – July 7
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. The Festival combines an incomparable program of classic and contemporary Australian films with special events, conversations and masterclasses with film makers, directors, actors and actresses, kids club and special events.
Join the stars on the red carpet for the Opening Night, or tour to the sites where major feature films were made. You can even enter your own film in the the Qantas Short Film Competition,
Films are screened every night under the stars in the historic, open air Royal Theatre in Winton’s main street (one of only two remaining such theatres in Australia) and by day in the Shire Hall.
Date: July 10 – July 10
Have the experience of a lifetime at the world’s most remote music festival, the Birdsville Big Red Bash in the heart of Australia’s outback! The three-day festival returns at the Big Red desert dune near Birdsville, Queensland.
Date: July 14 – July 14
Forget horses as it’s the camels that reign supreme on in Bedourie. Be amongst the hundreds of race goers who converge on the town to watch dozens of camels race in six events, worth a total of more than AUD11,000.
Also amongst the action is pig racing, wood chopping and novelty events like the ‘old farts’ and ‘old boilers’. Plus, enjoying the traditional camp oven cook-off, where you’re invited (free of charge) to bake your very own bread using provided ingredients.
If it happens to be a success (and not a brick) and you wanna take it home… Easy, purchase your own world-famous cast iron camp oven invented in the droving camps of a bygone era just in town.
Date: August 9 – August 12
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.
It’s non-stop rodeo action – bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback bronc, rope and tie, steer wresting, team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping.
Immerse yourself with unearthed and behind the scenes tours. Throw in Rodeo Rock Concerts, “The Isa Street Party”, Mardi Gras, Queen Quest, Mailman Express Horse Race, Best Dressed Business competition, Bush Poets Breakfast, Markets and our 60th Rodeo into the mix and you’ve got one big party!
The legend continues. Since 1959.
Date: August 31 – September 1
Dubbed as the Melbourne Cup of the Outback, crowds of 6,000 racegoers converge on Birdsville each year to enjoy two day of quality outback racing and entertainment. The second race meet in the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival, the 13 race program features horses from all over Australia competing for the coveted Birdsville Cup. Other entertainment includes the Fashions on the Field, Fred Brophy’s Boxing Troupe, Equine Fun Day at the Birdsville Hotel, Fun Run, Cocktail Party, a variety of food vendors, a giant auction and much more.
Attracting visitors from all over the world, the Birdsville Races is an event you will be talking about for years to come.
Curious about what could draw so many people to a tiny, outback town on the edge of the desert? Join them at the Birdsville Races to experience an Australian racing tradition.
Outback Queensland has a wide range of events happening all year round.
There is never a shortage of things to do, or activities to take part in. From Farmers Markets, Outdoor movies, local Community events and Fairs. All ages will find an event that they want to enjoy!