Regional Tourism Guide for theOutback
New South Wales , Australia  
Wilcannia Central School Art and Design Exhibition
Date Mon 24th Sep 2018 to Fri 28th Sep 2018
'Nanyi and Kirra' is a celebration of ‘Light and Country’ to recognise the creative achievements of Wilcannia Central School secondary students. Exhibition highlights include abstract light photography, landscape paintings, shibori dyed textiles and contemporary Aboriginal jewellery.

Opening night will feature projected digital art, sharing of stories behind the artwork and student-made refreshments. One of a kind pieces will be for sale throughout the week with profits supporting art and design education programs and artists.

Wilcannia Central School is an isolated school in far west New South Wales, catering for approximately 100 students from Preschool to Year 12, ninety per cent of whom are Aboriginal.

Situated on the bank of the Darling River on Barkindji country, the school motto is 'River of Knowledge and Learning, Ngurta Ngurtaana Paakna-na.' As a Connected Community school, integration of cultural knowledge and community values are integral parts of how Wilcannia Central School operates and designs learning programmes. The school’s mission is for students to be equipped with relevant skills and knowledge to make valuable contributions to their community.

This event has been generously supported by Flashpoint Labs, Frames Readymade, Hound and Bone Fine Art Printers and Queens Head Hotel.
Let's Dance Carinda: David Bowie Tribute Festival
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018 to Mon 1st Oct 2018
A weekend of music, local and travelling bands and activities for families young and old whilst experiencing the true outback of Australia.

Accommodation - Camping, tents, swags and caravans. Lots of room and millions of stars.

Purchase tickets online.
The Perfect Light Film Festival - Broken Hill
Date Fri 30th Nov 2018 to Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Held annually in Broken Hill, the Perfect Light Film Festival is Broken Hill's iconic, annual, short film festival.

The Festival runs from Friday November 30 - Sunday December 2.

The program includes:
Friday - Film Festival Launch night.

Come and enjoy a screening of an iconic Australian film followed by networking drinks and nibbles.

Saturday - Free outdoor short film festival.

Bring a picnic, a rug and some friend and enjoy 12 short films outside, all competing for a prize pool worth up to AUD15,000.

Held at Sturt Park, Broken Hill from 6pm-10.30pm.

Sunday - Free Filmmaking Symposium - Civic Centre, Broken Hill 10am - 3pm.
Learn about filmmaking - the industry, current practices and gain insight from some of Australia's leading filmmakers, actors and producers - Steve Bastoni, Leah Purcell and Wayne Blair.
Register for this Free filmmaking workshop via the website.

Broken Hill St Patricks Race Day
Date Sun 17th Mar 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    The St. Patrick's Race Club becomes "The City in the Outback" during race week with fun throughout the week and on race day it is the place to be and be seen. With ladies and gentlemen in race attire, fun is had by all, either in the Pavilion, under the sails, in the Grandstand or on the lawn.
Lightning Ridge Easter Festival
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    Home of the elusive 'Black Opal' and renowned for its colourful characters, barrels of dreams, opportunities and experiences! The Ridge is as unique as the Black Opal itself.

    The Easter Festival showcases all the Ridge has to offer and more... if you are after a unique, dynamic and memorable experience - join them!

    Your Easter long weekend is packed full of exciting events with The 'Ridge Factor' talent quest, the Miners Challenge, 'Big Dig', 'Little Dig' novelty events, Float Parade, the Horse Races, market stalls, Easter egg hunt, fireworks spectacular and more!

    It's the only place to be this Easter - and every Easter!
White Cliffs Music Festival
Date Fri 17th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    The White Cliffs Music Festival showcases a wide variety of musical genres with artists from all walks of music, many of whom are internationally acclaimed performers.

    The Festival has hosted fantastic performances from highly acclaimed artists such as Ted Egan, Phil Manning, Natalie Foley, Hamilton County Bluegrass Band from New Zealand, Travis Sinclair, Grant Luhrs and the Chook Raffle Band, Royden Donohue, Euripi, the Davidson Brothers and resident band from Wilcannia, The Black Shadows.
Topar Campdraft Hosted by Broken Hill Australian Stock Horse Branch
Date Sat 18th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    Action packed equine programme that demonstrates the versatility and athleticism of the Australian Stock Horse as well as the skills and horsemanship of the rider.

    Spectators are welcome to attend to gain knowledge of this unique and exciting sport.

Bre Big Fish
Date Tue 11th Jun 2019
Held on the June long weekend, the "Bre Big Fish" is become bigger and better every year, attracting over 600 anglers in 2015. The Brewarrina Fishing Club aims to reduce the amount of pest fish such as Carp and restock the Barwon-Darling River with native fish to ensure future generations will continue to catch Cod and Yellow-belly.
PJ O'Brien Memorial Race Meeting Walgett
Date Sun 16th Jun 2019
The PJ O'Brien Memorial Race Meeting is a six race meeting. There will be fashions on the field for men and women and children, there will be an open bar and luncheon as well as smaller food stalls, novelty races, entertainment and activities for the kids. There is ample parking and shade area. Betting facilities will be available on the day.
Duck Creek Picnic Races
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019
The Duck Creek Picnic Races are without a doubt the Western Plains social event of the year... An event not to be missed!

Enjoy traditional outback horse racing with all the facilities including TAB, Bookmakers, Bar and Food. Duck Creek Picnic Races are held annually at the Nyngan Racecourse.
Milparinka Gymkhana
Date Thu 11th Jul 2019
The Milparinka Gymkhana is held annually on the second Saturday of the NSW July School Holidays.

The day long event takes place on the Milparinka Sports Grounds, just on the north side of Milparinka, alongside the Evelyn Creek.

The gymkhana is a truly bush family day affair, with riders bringing their horses from local station properties as well as some distance away in Queensland and South Australia.

The riders, aged from about two years to, well, who knows, compete in a range of events including novelties such as the bending race, or flat races such as the Milparinka Cup.

All days meals are available, and at night, after prize presentation, entertainment to get everyone up and dancing.

Visitors are welcome to join locals at the Milparinka Gymkhana each July.

Carinda Races
Date Sat 20th Jul 2019
Carinda's biggest event of the year is its picnic race meeting held each July.

Carinda and District Race Club has been racing since 1915 and stages a six race meeting every July. Outback racing at its best!

All racing enthusiasts please put it in your diary for 101 years of racing at Carinda!
Lightning Ridge Opal Festival
Date Wed 24th Jul 2019 to Sat 27th Jul 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    The countdown has started for Lightning Ridge's biggest event! The Opal Festival is a four day celebration and there are many ways you can join in the festivities.

    There is Australia's largest show of opal and opal jewellery on display, the Opal Queen Ball, International Opal Jewellery Design Awards Competition, plus loads more.

    The Opal Festival offers a jam packed program of events with free activities and social events.

    Don't miss out on the opportunity to see the outback's largest opal show and events to celebrate the character and charm of the opal industry.

AGL Nyngan Ag Expo
Date Sat 3rd Aug 2019
The AGL Nyngan Ag Expo is a community event organised by a dedicated volunteer committee and all funds raised are returned to the community of Nyngan.

Over 260 exhibitors will display their products and services ranging from farm machinery and livestock to lifestyle, fashion, art, craft, emergency services, schools and children's amusements, antiques and collectibles, and a car 'show 'n' shine.

See latest farming technology and find out about safety at home and on the farm, learn about energy conservation at the AGL site.

Afterwards relax and enjoy the hospitality and music, in the Aussie Country Catering Food and Wine Extravaganza marquee.

Louth Races
Date Thu 8th Aug 2019 to Sun 11th Aug 2019
Situated on the banks of the Darling River 100 kilometres south-west of Bourke and 132 kilometres north-west of Cobar, Louth has an undeniable reputation for staging a great annual race meeting that keeps crowds coming back ... year after year.

While racing in the village dates back to 1880, instead of horse and buggy, today's racegoers are more likely to arrive in air-conditioned buses and cars, or by aeroplane. However, their great bush hospitality remains the same.

And while racegoers love the sheer isolation of Louth - the colourful bush characters and the experience of watching the horses thunder past the winning post in a cloud of dust - the action isn't just confined to the Saturday. Instead, there are four days of entertainment and activities, so come along, join in the fun and embrace outback country racing at its best.
The Broken Hill Silver City Show
Date Sat 14th Sep 2019
The annual Silver City Show is a true country affair, with something for everyone. Bring the whole family for a day of rides, food, and events. Check out the arts and crafts, the museum of 'days gone by' and the animal nursery, before the show stopping fireworks complete the day.