Regional Tourism Guide for theOutback
New South Wales , Australia  
The Sunsets Music Festival
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019 to Sun 3rd Mar 2019
An all Australian, acoustic music festival held at the iconic Silverton Hotel in outback NSW.

Hosted by Australia's Country Music darling Catherine Britt and her husband James Beverley, The Silverton Sunsets Music Festival returns for a second year in 2019!

Featuring Australian artists in the most intimate setting with the iconic Australian outback as the backdrop. The Inaugural 2018 Festival featured the likes of John Williamson, Adam Harvey and The Sunny Cowgirls!

The 2019 Festival will feature Troy Cassar-Daly, Sara and Greg Storer, Tania Kernaghan, Fanny Lumsden and the Bushwackers, to name a few.

The Silverton Hotel is famous for the filming of many television shows, films and iconic events. It opened in 1884 erected by John De Baun and has been a regular watering hole for locals, travellers and Broken Hillians ever since. Now owned by Peter and Patsy Price, they along with Catherine Britt and her husband James Beverley are proud to present The Silverton Sunsets Music Festival 2019 at the iconic Silverton Hotel.

Enjoy real Australian music in the real Australian outback.
Broken Hill St Patricks Race Day
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
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!
The Grey Mardi Gras
Date Fri 12th Apr 2019 to Mon 15th Apr 2019
The Grey Mardi Gras will held in April 2019. The event will celebrate everything 50's, 60's and 70's. People will be encourage to attend all events dressed in clothes from that era. The events will consist of dinner dance, a street parade, a fashion parade and a baby boomers concert featuring music from the 50's, 60's and 70's.
Heritage Festival Broken Hill
Date Thu 18th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
The Heritage Festival is a showcase of the Nation's history through architecture, theatre, art, music, interactive tours and displays. The 2019 festival program focuses on mining and unions includes events for all age groups, visitors, locals and reaching all sectors of the community.

Commencing with Heritage Highlights with the Town Hall Facade and Trades Hall transformed into massive canvasses as images from the City's Outback Archives are displayed.
Other events include a Cemetery tour focusing on mining and union officials laid to rest in Broken Hill; Silverton Hotel - linked to BHP as the site where the Syndicate of Seven signed paperwork to register the Broken Hill Proprietary Company.; Penrose Park Picnic Day; Mine Tours; guided behind the scenes tour of the Trades Hall; Mining and union history brought to life through theatre and a mine march through the CBD lead by marchers with replica mine banners from the turn of the century.

An in-depth tour and discussion on historical mining buildings and locations .
Antique Fair / Mining Exhibition
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.
Festival of the Miner's Ghost
Date Fri 25th Oct 2019 to Tue 29th Oct 2019
The Festival of the Miner's Ghost is an annual event that is held in Cobar on the last weekend in October. The event features music events, markets, art exhibition, youth events, colour run, fire works, sporting events, charity golf day youth disco, car club show and shine. Different events are added each year.
The Perfect Light Film Festival - Broken Hill
Date Fri 1st Nov 2019 to Sun 3rd Nov 2019
Held annually in Broken Hill, the Perfect Light Film Festival is Broken Hill's iconic, annual, short film festival.

The program includes:
Friday November 1 - Film Festival Launch night.

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

Saturday November 2 - Free outdoor short film festival.

Bring a picnic, a rug and some friends and enjoy 12 short films outside, all competing for a prize pool worth up to AUD3,000.

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

Sunday November 3 - Free Filmmaking Symposium - Civic Centre, Broken Hill 10am to 2pm.

Learn about film making - the industry, current practices and gain insight from some of Australia's leading filmmakers, actors and producers,