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The Donaldson Collection – A Photo Exhibition of Life in the Gulf Country of Outback Queensland
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018 to Fri 14th Dec 2018
The Donaldson Collection includes images of the Donaldson family including cattle station manager Willie Donaldson, his wife Helen and their children, at Riversleigh and Rocklands from 1920 to 1927. The exhibition gives an insight into what life was life for people on those remote properties and reminds us why the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited (QANTAS) was established in Outback Queensland.

Willie Donaldson was one of three men to be killed in a Qantas crash in 1927 in a DH-9c while landing at Tambo.
Babushka in Happily Ever After
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018
Three unlikely princesses want to tell you a very grown-up bedtime story.

Having performed to rapturous applause at Queensland Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the three Princesses of Babushka want to tell you some brand new fairytales.

After hit tours of Doll and I Can Keep A Secret, Babushka is back with Happily Ever After to turn your best-loved children’s stories inside out. Be entertained by this wickedly funny cabaret that features the raucous music of Kurt Weill and modern muses from Rihanna to Violent Femmes to Tom Waits.

Babushka are ready to give Rapunzel a sharp new haircut, put Goldilocks in charge of the three bears and give a whole new meaning to Puss in Boots. These Princesses who didn’t quite make the Disney cut, but still demand to live happily ever after.

For more info go to their website.

This project is supported by The Playing Queensland Fund and arTour, initiatives of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

This performance is proudly supported by the Longreach Regional Council Arts Development Fund.
Topology’s Queensland at Home Tour - Hughenden
Date Thu 25th Oct 2018
Packing an illustrious 20 years as one of Queensland’s finest arts organisations, ARIA nominated Topology have become a staple sound of their hometown in Brisbane. In their most recent endeavours Topology have teamed up with the Queensland State Library to create ‘Queensland at Home’ a time capsule of vintage film accompanied by a live original score performed by the band to paint an evocative portrait of life in Queensland dating back to the early 20th Century.

Set to tour Queensland at Home across 42 towns throughout 34 local government areas, the work features an original score by Topology's Robert Davidson inspired by the sights and sounds of times past and a compelling compilation of Queenslanders engaging in everyday activities.

In addition to the live performances, the tour will incorporate 45 workshops as part of the Top Up Music Education program, facilitating local students and community participants to compose their own live score to be featured at the performance alongside Queensland at Home.
Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018 to Sun 27th Oct 2019
The Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic promises three days of non-stop action! Staged at picturesque Lake Moondarra, 15 kilometres north of Mount Isa the annual Moondarra Classic offers a program jam packed with fishing, fun and excitement.

Hosted by Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group the Classic raises funds for re-stocking local impoundments with native fish species.

A fishing, outdoor and camping enthusiasts dream, the Fishing Classic boasts over 20 prize categories not only on water but land and an enormous line up of entertainment on the land including Fireworks, Dragon Boat Regatta, yabby races, live bands, trade exhibits, camping, food, drink and bar facilities and more.
Topology’s Queensland at Home Tour - Winton
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018
Packing an illustrious 20 years as one of Queensland’s finest arts organisations, ARIA nominated Topology have become a staple sound of their hometown in Brisbane. In their most recent endeavours Topology have teamed up with the Queensland State Library to create ‘Queensland at Home’ a time capsule of vintage film accompanied by a live original score performed by the band to paint an evocative portrait of life in Queensland dating back to the early 20th Century.

Set to tour Queensland at Home across 42 towns throughout 34 local government areas, the work features an original score by Topology's Robert Davidson inspired by the sights and sounds of times past and a compelling compilation of Queenslanders engaging in everyday activities.

In addition to the live performances, the tour will incorporate 45 workshops as part of the Top Up Music Education program, facilitating local students and community participants to compose their own live score to be featured at the performance alongside Queensland at Home.
Isisford Ross Cup Races
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018 to Sat 26th Oct 2019
Visit the small Outback town of Isisford , south of Longreach on the Barcoo Way for the annual Isisford Ross Cup Raceday.

Six races at this small outback meet.

Fashions on the field, bookies, entertainment and kiosk.

Gates open at 11.30am with all the racing action kicking off at 1pm.

Fashions of the Field theme 'Lovely in Lace' with fantastic prize money.

There will also be a courtesy bus running from Isisford to the races and return.

Please check out the Facebook page for more information regarding the Isisford Ross Cup Races.

Charleville Races
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
They're off and racing again in Charleville. Country horse races are always a lot of fun for everyone. The fashions, the thrill of backing the winner and the nonstop entertainment are all that's needed for a great day out. Bookmakers, Sky Channel, Bar and Food on site.
Lake Callide Family Fishing Classic
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018 to Sun 27th Oct 2019
Usually held five days before the full moon in October, Biloela’s Callide Family Fishing Classic is all about the Barra. Pulling a 103.3 centimetre beauty has set the record and got everyone excited for what’s to come. About 400 fishing fans join the throng, so all-weekend action is guaranteed. Saturday night the mood continues with live music, raffle draws and food, cold beers and drinks.

There’s free onsite camping for everyone and thanks to the Banana Shire Council, new amenities make this venue top draw.

The Callide Valley Stocking Association has re-stocked the weir, year in and year out since 1987.
Queensland at Home
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
You are invited to a cinematic and live music performance by world acclaimed Topology at Qantas Founders Museum on Saturday 27 October 2018.

“Queensland at Home” is a performance of original musical score by Topology’s Robert Davidson accompanying historical footage from the early 1900’s of Queenslanders engaging in everyday activities.

This unique experience will engage your senses and immerse you in the history of Queensland.

This event is free to attend but a gold coin donation is appreciated.

Doors open at 6.30pm.
Paluma Dam Good Trail Run 2018
Date Sun 28th Oct 2018
Join them for the last trail run of the year in the village of the clouds, Paluma. The event offers a 6 kilometre, 10 kilometre and 20 kilometre course, taking you through the stunning rainforest scenery of Paluma, up and down hills and across creeks. The cooler temperatures make it perfect for running at this time of the year.
Festival of Small Halls - Wallumbilla
Date Wed 31st Oct 2018
Acclaimed Canadian multi-instrumentalists Madison Violet and rising Kimberley star Harry Jakamarra will join the Festival of Small Halls tour this Spring, playing 20 community halls across outback Queensland and New South Wales throughout October and November.

The tour kicks off in Rocky Creek, and will dip into inland New South Wales before it works its way through the Queensland outback, finally finishing in Felton, where just under 300 people call home.

Madison Violet are musical chameleons. Their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family as if they were born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana.

The Juno-nominated duo met in Toronto in 1999, only to find out that their fathers sat next to each other in high school, nearly 2000 kilometress away.

A “Mad Max” of the Kimberley, Harry Jakamarra is one of Australia’s most-talked about musicians. He has recently completed recording an EP with the legendary Jeff Lang, and counts Missy Higgins and John Butler amongst his fans. Harry is packing his brother Elwood in his suitcase for an extra-special show between two brothers.

Festival of Small Halls - Alpha
Date Fri 2nd Nov 2018
Acclaimed Canadian multi-instrumentalists Madison Violet and rising Kimberley star Harry Jakamarra will join the Festival of Small Halls tour this Spring, playing 20 community halls across outback Queensland and New South Wales throughout October and November.

The tour kicks off in Rocky Creek, and will dip into inland New South Wales before it works its way through the Queensland outback, finally finishing in Felton, where just under 300 people call home.

Madison Violet are musical chameleons. Their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family as if they were born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana.

The Juno-nominated duo met in Toronto in 1999, only to find out that their fathers sat next to each other in high school, nearly 2000 kilometres away.

A “Mad Max” of the Kimberley, Harry Jakamarra is one of Australia’s most-talked about musicians. He has recently completed recording an EP with the legendary Jeff Lang, and counts Missy Higgins and John Butler amongst his fans. Harry is packing his brother Elwood in his suitcase for an extra-special show between two brothers.

Barcaldine Race Day
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018 to Sat 8th Jun 2019
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. Kiosk and bar available.
Festival of Small Halls - Jericho
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
Acclaimed Canadian multi-instrumentalists Madison Violet and rising Kimberley star Harry Jakamarra will join the Festival of Small Halls tour this Spring, playing 20 community halls across outback Queensland and New South Wales throughout October and November.

The tour kicks off in Rocky Creek, and will dip into inland New South Wales before it works its way through the Queensland outback, finally finishing in Felton, where just under 300 people call home.

Madison Violet are musical chameleons. Their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family as if they were born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana.

The Juno-nominated duo met in Toronto in 1999, only to find out that their fathers sat next to each other in high school, nearly 2000 kilometres away.

A “Mad Max” of the Kimberley, Harry Jakamarra is one of Australia’s most-talked about musicians. He has recently completed recording an EP with the legendary Jeff Lang, and counts Missy Higgins and John Butler amongst his fans. Harry is packing his brother Elwood in his suitcase for an extra-special show between two brothers.

Towers Rush
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
This year you'll participate in an Amazing Race style treasure hunt in Charters Towers where you will race to checkpoints and complete challenges to gain points. Be the team with the most points at the end of the race to take out the title at Towers Rush.

Be part of the event which has captivated the community and led competitors to abseil heritage buildings, constructing food masterpieces, paddling the river, completing puzzles and challenges and much more!
Festival of Small Halls - Barcaldine
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
Acclaimed Canadian multi-instrumentalists Madison Violet and rising Kimberley star Harry Jakamarra will join the Festival of Small Halls tour this Spring, playing 20 community halls across outback Queensland and New South Wales throughout October and November.

The tour kicks off in Rocky Creek, and will dip into inland New South Wales before it works its way through the Queensland outback, finally finishing in Felton, where just under 300 people call home.

Madison Violet are musical chameleons. Their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family as if they were born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana.

The Juno-nominated duo met in Toronto in 1999, only to find out that their fathers sat next to each other in high school, nearly 2000 kilometres away.

A “Mad Max” of the Kimberley, Harry Jakamarra is one of Australia’s most-talked about musicians. He has recently completed recording an EP with the legendary Jeff Lang, and counts Missy Higgins and John Butler amongst his fans. Harry is packing his brother Elwood in his suitcase for an extra-special show between two brothers.

Festival of Small Halls - Aramac
Date Tue 6th Nov 2018
Acclaimed Canadian multi-instrumentalists Madison Violet and rising Kimberley star Harry Jakamarra will join the Festival of Small Halls tour this Spring, playing 20 community halls across outback Queensland and New South Wales throughout October and November.

The tour kicks off in Rocky Creek, and will dip into inland New South Wales before it works its way through the Queensland outback, finally finishing in Felton, where just under 300 people call home.

Madison Violet are musical chameleons. Their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family as if they were born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana.

The Juno-nominated duo met in Toronto in 1999, only to find out that their fathers sat next to each other in high school, nearly 2000 kilometres away.

A “Mad Max” of the Kimberley, Harry Jakamarra is one of Australia’s most-talked about musicians. He has recently completed recording an EP with the legendary Jeff Lang, and counts Missy Higgins and John Butler amongst his fans. Harry is packing his brother Elwood in his suitcase for an extra-special show between two brothers.

Festival of Small Halls - Muttaburra
Date Wed 7th Nov 2018
Acclaimed Canadian multi-instrumentalists Madison Violet and rising Kimberley star Harry Jakamarra will join the Festival of Small Halls tour this Spring, playing 20 community halls across outback Queensland and New South Wales throughout October and November.

The tour kicks off in Rocky Creek, and will dip into inland New South Wales before it works its way through the Queensland outback, finally finishing in Felton, where just under 300 people call home.

Madison Violet are musical chameleons. Their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family as if they were born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana.

The Juno-nominated duo met in Toronto in 1999, only to find out that their fathers sat next to each other in high school, nearly 2000 kilometres away.

A “Mad Max” of the Kimberley, Harry Jakamarra is one of Australia’s most-talked about musicians. He has recently completed recording an EP with the legendary Jeff Lang, and counts Missy Higgins and John Butler amongst his fans. Harry is packing his brother Elwood in his suitcase for an extra-special show between two brothers.

Remembrance Day Quilpie
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
Join the Quilpie Community as we pause to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our country.

To be held at Bob Young Memorial Park from 10:45am on Sunday 11 November 2018.

More information provided as event details are finalised.

For more information please contact the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre.
November 4x4 Fun Day
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
Keen to try out your new 4x4 and don't know where to go? Had a 4x4 for years and have run out of new places? Don't have anyone to go with? CT 4x4 Club Fun Day allows novice and experienced drivers an area to test their vehicles in a range of terrain including soft sand and rocky outcrops, with the surety of having experienced Four Wheel Drive Queensland members on-hand to assist and guide where required or just for recovery.



Located just nine kilometres from Charters Towers central business district, the Millchester Motor Sport and Recreation Facility has it all from winch walls to mud pits that host the NQ Off Road Challenge, participants can come for the weekend and enjoy all that the Towers has to offer.

CT 4x4 Club is a family friendly club catering for all 4x4 enthusiasts.

Remembrance Day Service
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

Join the Hughenden community for the 2018 Remembrance Day service.
The Royal on 99 Roma Cup
Date Fri 16th Nov 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
The Roma Cup is western Queensland's largest and most glamorous race meeting.

Attracting around 8,000 punters from around the state, accommodating them on site at Swag Central or in motels around town, the race meeting and the weekend festivities make it the best weekend that can be had in the bush. All within a half day drive or a one hour flight from the south-east corner.

This is bush racing at it's finest and most colourful, with a guarantee of country hospitality and a convening of everyone who is anyone from western Queensland looking for action.

The weekend kicks off Friday evening with the Calcutta in town. Saturday race day starts around 11am and is an action-packed day of racing, fashion and socialising. In fact, their race meeting works more effectively than Tinder for introductions and relationship kickstarts.

After the races, live music at an after-party that finishes in the wee hours of Sunday morning and a recovery breakfast at Bassett Park sends travellers on their way with a full stomach and some spectacular memories.

Qantas Birthday Celebration Free Morning Tea
Date Fri 16th Nov 2018
On Friday 16 November 2018, Qantas will mark its 98th birthday. On this day the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited, QANTAS, was registered as a company in Brisbane. Qantas went on to set up operations and mail routes through Western Queensland and the Northern Territory. From these small beginnings, Qantas has grown into the major airline it is today.

Qantas Founders Museum is dedicated to telling the story of Qantas and they would like to invite you to join them to celebrate the birthday of Qantas with a morning tea in McGinness’ Restaurant at 10.30am on Friday 16 November 2018. This event is free to attend.
Festival of Small Halls - Goovigen
Date Fri 16th Nov 2018
Acclaimed Canadian multi-instrumentalists Madison Violet and rising Kimberley star Harry Jakamarra will join the Festival of Small Halls tour this Spring, playing 20 community halls across outback Queensland and New South Wales throughout October and November.

The tour kicks off in Rocky Creek, and will dip into inland New South Wales before it works its way through the Queensland outback, finally finishing in Felton, where just under 300 people call home.

Madison Violet are musical chameleons. Their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family as if they were born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana.

The Juno-nominated duo met in Toronto in 1999, only to find out that their fathers sat next to each other in high school, nearly 2000 kilometres away.

A “Mad Max” of the Kimberley, Harry Jakamarra is one of Australia’s most-talked about musicians. He has recently completed recording an EP with the legendary Jeff Lang, and counts Missy Higgins and John Butler amongst his fans. Harry is packing his brother Elwood in his suitcase for an extra-special show between two brothers.

Catholic Christmas Fair
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Join the Barcaldine community for the Catholic Fair at the Barcaldine Town Hall Park (Beech Street) from 6pm for barbecue, food stalls, ham wheels, raffles, jumping castle, merry-go-round and entertainment.

Outside stalls welcome (no food) at AUD10 per table.

A bar will also be available.

Goldfield Ashes
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019 to Mon 28th Jan 2019
The Charters Towers Goldfield Ashes is the largest amateur cricket carnival in the southern hemisphere.

It is conducted in January by the Charters Towers Cricket Association Incorporated (CTCA).

The event was recently given the status of being a Queensland Iconic Event.

Matches are played on 58 different playing fields, including some which are privately owned.

Whilst 'The Ashes' has grown to levels well beyond the imagination of President Jack Meeson's original concept, it has not lost its reputation for friendliness and hospitality. Perhaps within that reputation, lies the secret of its past success and assured growth in the future.

Australia Day Celebrations Windorah
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
Barcoo Shire Council's annual Australia Day Awards and Celebrations will be held at Windorah Community Centre.

Commencing at 6pm, there will be a barbecue, indoor bowls and a Jumping Castle for the kids and bingo.

A great way to celebrate Australia Day with the people of the Barcoo Shire communities. All are welcome.

This event is bring your own and a shared plate.

Roma Picnic Races
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
Roma Picnic Races is the most elegant meeting in the Roma Races calendar.

An old fashioned black tie country ball open the racing weekend on Friday night.

A five race program sees most of the region's finest horseflesh turn up to have a gallop before the busy Autumn carnivals begin in April.

Delightfully local, this is the Roma Races meeting where graziers come in for a blow and the social activity is almost as important as the athletic action.

MADBAG Mini Triathlon
Date Mon 25th Mar 2019
The MADBAG Mini Triathlon offers visitors four events to compete in so get your togs, your bike and your running shoes ready and tackle the MADBAG Mini!
Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival
Date Fri 12th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
From modest beginnings, today’s event brings together people from all walks of life – people from Queensland, Australia and overseas. Julia Creek, based in McKinlay Shire, is proud to host what is fast becoming Queensland’s “Must go-to” event. Each year the Committee aims to reproduce the highlights of the previous years and add new attractions to continually showcase the town, its people and the true Aussie outback.

The Julia Creek Dirt and Dust Festival now offers visitors three jam-packed days of fun and entertainment. Experience real outback hospitality when the tiny North West Queensland outback town of Julia Creek swells from 300 people to 3,000 in one weekend! See the gutsy outback triathlon teams in action, back a winner at the Artesian Express Outback Horse Races, kick on til late with nightly outdoor concerts, or check out the spectacular Dirt n Dust Bullride, sanctioned by PBR.
Betoota Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
The annual Betoota Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana brings Australia's smallest town alive. Watch bushmen and women compete in exercises of true horsemanship and skillful dirt bike riding.

Saturday you can expect barrel racing, flagging plus much more at the Horse Gymkhana followed by Motorbike Enduro later in the afternoon. Remember, plan ahead and camp overnight to see the motorbikes kick back into action on Sunday.

You won’t go hungry with onsite catering (outback style) and plenty of cold ale at the bar, available Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.
Roma's Easter in the Country Festival
Date Thu 18th Apr 2019
Roma's Easter in the Country festival is a five-day celebration of all things country. Now entering its fortieth year, it is widely recognised as one of southwest Queensland's premier Easter events, and brilliantly showcases the history and lifestyle of regional Queensland.



The festival offers a range of activities for the thrill-seeker, the cultural buff, and for those that like to take things a little more leisurely.

The event gives an opportunity for the residents of Roma to invite their relatives and friends to spend a long weekend in the country to enjoy the atmosphere and friendliness that Roma and the Maranoa has to offer.

Moura Muddy Water Classic - Fishing Competition
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Upwards of 400 contenders turn up for the Moura Muddy Water Classic each year. Held at Apex Park on the beautiful Dawson River, hopeful contenders begin to pour in on Friday to get their nominations in. It’s an early night though with battle lines drawn at 6am the next morning and first weigh-in starting at 7am.

The focus is all on family fun with juniors making up more than half of the number of seniors in the game. Saturday night entertainment includes special guest Dave Hodge, ‘Hodgie’ the Bare Foot Fisherman, who’s on the spot and willing to share his tips and tricks to help out budding fisho’s.

Excellent camping facilities are available at Apex Park with powered and unpowered sites.

Established back in 2003, the competition has released more than 400,000 Bara and Yellow Belly fingerlings (in the main) to restock river supplies.
Anzac Day Celebrations - Windorah
Date Thu 25th Apr 2019
Windorah's Anzac Day celebrations begin with a Dawn Service, commencing at 5.30am at the Windorah Cemetery.

The Morning Service begins with the march from the Windorah Information Centre, gathering at 9.00am, and proceeding to the Rock of Remembrance, at the Windorah Caravan Park.

Morning Service is followed by a shared plate morning tea. All are welcome.

Two-Up begins at 1pm at the Western Star Hotel, lunch is available.
Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Festival
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Mon 6th May 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.
Yellowbelly Fishing Competition
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
Windorah annually hosts the Yellowbelly Fishing Competition on the banks of Cooper's Creek, located 10 kilometres south east of town.

Anglers have the opportunity to snag a Yellowbelly, Catfish or Barcoo Grunter, just to name a few.

Prizes and entertainment over the weekend make for a great family event, for both the serious and not so serious fisher. Boats are also permitted.

Raffles drawn throughout the weekend.
Richmond Bush Sprints
Date Sat 4th May 2019
The Richmond Bush Sprints has no registered race horses, just a quintessential bush race meeting with the glamour of the Fashions in the Field.

A great afternoon’s entertainment with Sprint Horse Racing, free amusements, licenced bar and food outlets.

Birdsville Campdraft, Rodeo and Bronco Branding
Date Fri 10th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
Come and experience the fast moving action and skills of professional Bushmen and women as they demonstrate their skills through theses historic arts.

Witness teams tough it out to be the quickest to brand cattle using the traditional method of branding in the bush. This means without a calf cradle and rather out in the open, all in recognition of country tradition and keeping these skills alive.

The weekend isn’t complete without a campdraft competition and a much anticipated rodeo when the sun falls. Jive all night to live music and cheer on the bushmen who will share in AUD17000 worth of prize money.

Food and refreshments are available throughout the weekend and free camping is also on hand to make a holiday of it.
Music in the Mulga
Date Thu 16th May 2019 to Mon 20th May 2019
Music In The Mulga is a Country Music Festival is an annual event.

The festival is held on a working sheep and cattle property, "Wandilla Station" 16 kilometres south of Eulo, south west Queensland.

This unique festival of four days full of great country and country rock music has the atmosphere of a large family gathering and in true outback style everyone is made to feel welcome. The main rule for the festival is to simply have fun.

The Outback gathering is an opportunity to meet up with friends, old and new, have a chat, a drink and enjoy yourself and the whole experience. Walk Up concerts to share your talents, evening concerts, main concert Saturday, Charity Auction, Yabby races with fashions of the field, a family Bush Dance and much more.

Don't miss out on this great few days.

Guinness World Records (c) Record attempts longest line of RVs
Date Sat 25th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
Guinness World Records (c) record attempts for the longest connected image made of LED rope lights and the largest parade of self contained camping vehicles (RVs). Motorhomes, caravans, campervans, and fifth wheelers who are selfcontained are illegible to participate.
The events are being organised by the Australian Motorhoming Lions Club. These events will be staged in Barcaldine on the evening of May 25 and morning May 26, 2019.
MineX Outback Queenslands Premier Mining Expo
Date Thu 30th May 2019 to Sat 1st Jun 2019
MineX's origins began in 1996 to highlight and showcase the wealth and quality of the mining industry throughout North West Queensland and the Carpentaria Minerals Province; one of the worlds richest mineral producing regions.​

From humble beginnings the event has prospered and developed significantly; today hailed as one of the largest Mining Expo's in eastern Australia, attracting both national and international exhibitors to the city of Mount Isa.

With a primary objective of offering exhibitors a strategic opportunity to showcase their products and services to targeted audiences. MineX plays host to several unique informative and networking opportunities to greater expose and promote their great region.
Glencore Great Western Games 2019
Date Sat 22nd Jun 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019
The Great Western Games is a multi sport event held biennially in north-west Queensland along the Overlander's Way between Charters Towers and Mount Isa.

The Great Western Games will take you through architecturally rich historic towns to dinosaur centres following in the footsteps of Australia's droving heroes without even leaving the bitumen!

Athletes, officials and supporters have the opportunity to participate in this unique event whilst discovering the unspoilt beauty of North West Outback Queensland.

Local sporting clubs/associations in Charters Towers, Hughenden, Richmond, Cloncurry, Julia Creek and Mount Isa, have the opportunity to 'host' their sport and provide the opportunity to 'compete in the outback'.

Held in various locations: Charters Towers, Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek, Cloncurry, Mount Isa.
Bedourie Rugby League Nines
Date Sat 22nd Jun 2019
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.

Want to get amongst the action? Teams of both men and women are encouraged to nominate with prize money of AUD10,000 up for grabs.

Thanks to the QRL, NRL and Queensland Health for their continued support in bringing Healthier Lifestyle Choices to Queensland’s Outback.
Rugby Race Day
Date Sat 22nd Jun 2019
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.

Live music, live heating and lively patrons make for a cracker day in Roma at Bassett Park, home of the Roma Cup (where it's very warm come November).
Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival
Date Fri 28th Jun 2019 to Sat 6th Jul 2019
Winton is fast becoming known as the “Hollywood in the Outback” thanks to the events of Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival and having several major film productions including Nick Cave’s Proposition and Ivan Sen’s "Mystery Road" and "Goldstone" being filmed there. This iconic Australian Outback Town which is the home of Waltzing Matilda, Australia's home of the Dinosaur and the Birthplace of Qantas, and now the driving for the creation of a Regional Film Industry in Queensland.

The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is inspired by the Sundance Film Festival. It is an incorporated, non-profit organisation developed by the passion and drive of the Winton community and brought to you thanks to their visionary partners.
Alpha Races
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
Alpha Jockey Club Inc. presents the Alpha Community Cup. The day will include a six race programme, Fashions on the Field, full catering facilities on the day/night, On Site Bookies, Children's Entertainment, Live Entertainment, Over Night Camping and Sunday Morning Recovery Breakfast.
Birdsville Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019
Bring the whole family to the Bronco Branding Yards in Birdsville to watch skilled bushmen and women demonstrate their craft.

Get involved in the horsemanship skills on Saturday with barrel, flag and herding races, or simply kick back ringside and enjoy the dusty action. Horsepower is than replaced by dirt bikes and quads on the Sunday, and the same events re-enacted on wheels.

You won’t starve with all the onsite catering you’d expect, plus loads of live music and evening entertainment.

Then, pitch a tent with free camping on offer and repeat it all over the next weekend at the Bedourie Campdraft, Rodeo and Gymkhana just up the road.
Half Way There - Charleville Shindig
Date Fri 5th Jul 2019
On your way to the Big Red Bash and need somewhere to overnight? Call in at Charleville and enjoy a street party with food stalls and a whole lot more. Be entertained by local artists and musicians.

Where are you half way to?
Half Way to Birdsville?
Half Way to Christmas holidays?
Half Way to your next stop?
Let them know where you are half way to?

Looking forward to a street party with everyone on their Half Way to party!
Bedourie Campdraft, Rodeo, Gymkhana and Bronco Branding
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019
Perched on a sand dune and surrounded by Eyre Creek, soak up all the action and speed of the country’s best horse, bike and bull riders in Bedourie.

A township home to 120 locals and is appropriately named to reference a ‘dust storm’, stand ringside with hundreds, who flock to appreciate precision, agility and tight teamwork at it’s very best.
Bedourie Camel and Pig Races and Camp oven Cook-off
Date Fri 12th Jul 2019 to Sat 13th Jul 2019
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.
Boulia Camel Races
Date Fri 19th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
It's the 'Melbourne Cup of Camel Racing', held every July in the spectacular remote town of Boulia in Outback Queensland.

It's truly an epic moment as the camels come lumbering down to the finish line - an Outback icon experience to put on your bucket list!

Boulia's Camel Cup is the longest camel race in Australia, run over 1500 metres and is a prized win amongst competitors on Australia's professional camel races circuit.

On the trackside not to be missed is the hilarious camel tagging competition.

Watch the fearless competitors attempt to put a piece of duct tape on a very lively camel, run back to a marker and then return to get the tape, aiming to doing it in the fastest time.



In the evening kick back and enjoy live entertainment, starring Outback favourite Mick Lindsay in 2018! During the three days of events there's also tabby races, fireworks, children's amusements and a host of novelty races, including the Great Australian Ride-on Lawnmower Competition.

It’s an adventure into the land of the mysterious Min Min Light and there's plenty of nights to camp out and hope to see the light, since onsite camping is available for 15 days!

Eighteenth Annual Old Wheels In Motion Rally
Date Sat 20th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
Biloela, the "Land of the White Cockatoo", will be abuzz with the sound of engines whirring, the clatter of horses hooves, the puffs of steam and smoke, as people from all over come to congregate and celebrate the nation's glorious past and the pioneering spirit of Australian's as the Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club Inc. hosts the 18th Annual Old Wheels In Motion Rally.

The event will see exhibitors from Queensland, and across this great land, come together to host a working rally showcasing the uniqueness of the many vintage machines and collectables on display.

Demonstrations and events, like the vintage tractor pull, the tractor balancing competition and the traditional grand parade, amalgamate with displays of traditional crafts and trades to educate and entertain.



So, come along, explore, discover and celebrate the past!

The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo
Date Fri 9th Aug 2019 to Sun 11th Aug 2019
Join them for their 60th year, as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations in 2019 from August 9 to 11.

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. With competitors from all over Australia and internationally vying for Australia's richest rodeo prize pool and the coveted all around cowboy and all around cowgirl prize buckles.

Immerse yourself with unearthed and behind the scenes chute tours.

Throw in Rodeo Rock Concerts, "The Isa Street Party", Mardi Gras, Queen Quest, Bush Poets Breakfast, Markets and our 60th Rodeo into the mix and you've got one big party!

The legend continues. Since 1959.

Cobb & Co Festival
Date Thu 15th Aug 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019
Travel in a horse drawn carriage, see a bullock wagon in action, celebrate a piece of Australia’s unique outback history - just don’t tangle with the bushrangers!

Come to the Maranoa to celebrate the last run of the Cobb & Co Coach service in Australia along the Cobb & Co Way. Book a seat on the horse-drawn coach for a section of the historic route, bring a horse and team up with the trail ride, or join the celebration in event transport – this family friendly event retraces the 76 kilometre route of Cobb & Co Mail Service No. 177.

Celebrations include coach rides around Yuleba and Surat, a bush dance, markets, an open air concert, live theatre, an exhibition by national award winning artist Kathy Ellem, classic Australian movies showing in Surat’s heritage listed Shire Hall, and the list goes on…

Come along in period dress and join in the celebration of Australia’s history.

Tickets are required for most events. Keep an eye on their Cobb & Co Festival Facebook page for when bookings open.

And beware the bushrangers!
Drover's Camp Festival
Date Fri 23rd Aug 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019
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. The street parade will be followed by the Ozzie Outdoors Mail Race where the winner and runner up prize money is shared between team members and your chosen charity. To top this weekend off, enjoy yarning with an old drover, Bronco Branding, music, poetry and Saturday night concert with a special artist. During the weekend wander through the Droving Heritage Centre and enjoy the top class photographic competition and displays.

Mass service Sunday morning in the Heritage Centre.

Be entertained at the Drover's Campsite.

The Drover's Camp is one kilometre east of the township of Camooweal, turn left at the cemetery road, then left again.

Please book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.

Barcaldine Art Competition and Exhibition
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019
One of Western Queensland's best selling Art Exhibitions. With a broad range of art media and styles. . Fabulous opening night with food, drink and entertainment.
Simpson Desert Racing Carnival
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019 to Sat 14th Sep 2019
The Simpson Desert Racing Carnival incorporates the Betoota Races, Birdsville Races and Bedourie Races for the ultimate outback racing experience. Held over three consecutive weekends, bar, food, camping and entertainment available!
Betoota Races
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019
Witness the ghost town of Betoota come to life with holiday goers and Outback folk to celebrate the region’s signature event – The Betoota Races – and kicking off the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival.

Firstly, don your dancing shoes on Friday night for an outback bush dance followed by backing a winner in one of the six horse race meets the next day. Don’t forget there’s also Fashions on the Field, a mystery auction and lucky gate prizes. You’ve gotta be in it to win it, right?

Than mingle with the down to earth country characters living in isolated Betoota, which sits on a vast gibber plain surrounded by cattle stations east of Birdsville and west of Windorah. Once famous as a Cobb and Co change station, now a secluded lonely ghost town.

Year round folk are also welcome to camp by the riverbank of Brown’s Creek near the deserted Betoota Hotel and stop at Deon’s Lookout - a memorial with peaceful views.
Birdsville Races
Date Fri 6th Sep 2019
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, entertainment 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.

Charleville Bilby Festival
Date Fri 6th Sep 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019
The second Sunday in September is National Bilby Day, the only day an Australian animal has its own gazetted special day. Head to the Bilby Experience at the Charleville Railway Station and enjoy breakfast and spend some time learning about these unique animals.
The weekend is full of entertainment, tours and not to forget the famous 'Fur Ball' on Saturday night.
Bedourie Races and Rodeo
Date Fri 13th Sep 2019 to Sat 14th Sep 2019
Dress to impress in pink for Bedourie’s much anticipated Races and Rodeo. Yes, that’s right the colour pink (not the singer, silly).

All in the name of Breast Cancer Research, join hundreds as they flock trackside by day in their finest pink silks to back a winner crossing the pink finishing posts.

By night the entertainment switches gears into Rodeo mode with cowboys and their beasts on display, live music and a fun-flowing bar.



Don’t forget to also carve time to enjoy the town sights including the restored historic Mud Hut, the dust storm sculpture on Herbert Street and the 22 person therapeutic spa with warm crystal-clear water immersing you from an artesian bore.

Bedourie Races
Date Fri 13th Sep 2019 to Sat 14th Sep 2019
Bedourie is the third race meeting of the famed Simpson Desert Racing Carnival providing great outback racing action. The event includes: Friday evening rodeo and entertainment, Saturday races, top betting facilities, food and refreshments and entertainment all weekend.