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Queensland Art Gallery , Gallery of Modern APT9 Kids on Tour
Date Mon 4th Feb 2019 to Thu 14th Mar 2019
Experience and explore contemporary art from Queensland Art Gallery , Gallery of Modern Art’s ‘APT9: The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ through APT9 Kids on Tour.

APT9 Kids on Tour includes activities developed by QAGOMA’s the Children’s Art Centre in collaboration with artists Pauline Kimei Anis (Bougainville), Sadik Kwaish Alfraji (Iraq/The Netherlands), Gary Carsley (Australia/The Netherlands), Nona Garcia (The Philippines), Vincent Namatjira (Australia) and Jakkai Siributr (Thailand). These activities are designed for children and families, enabling Queensland communities to enjoy key elements of the original exhibition at their local venue.

APT9 Kids on Tour invites young visitors to explore and experience diverse contemporary art styles and approaches from Australia, Asia and the Pacific. It includes the EXPLORE interactive, a virtual experience featuring contemporary artworks in the APT9 exhibition.

The program highlights key themes from APT9, including the preciousness of life and natural resources, the importance of community and storytelling.

The Museum will hold four Kids on Tour sessions from 3.15pm to 4pm on
5 March 2019
7 March 2019
12 March 2019
14 March 2019

This activity is free to children aged 4 to 12 years old.

Spaces are limited. Call or email to book.
Biloela Markets in the Park (at the Bowlo)
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019 to Sat 14th Dec 2019
Normally held on the third Saturday of the month, the Biloela Markets line the grounds of the Biloela Bowls Club on Gladstone Road. This is where you’ll find those unexpected gems, the funky hand tooled or crafted specialties, homemade treats, jams and sauces, candles and scents, organic fruit and veg.

No two market days are the same. Vendors rotate and change, so there’s always the new or different to see or try.

Around mid-morning the pace steps up with a bracket or two from the local brass band, or talented musicians on guitars, didgeridoo and other instruments.

Occasionally, local clubs also join in the act, staging their events on market days to add even more novelty and fun.

Surat Riveside Markets
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019 to Sat 23rd Nov 2019
A market event held on the riverside.

Stalls include home cooking, hand-made jewellery, pottery, quilting, arts and crafts, plants, jams and preserves, knick-knacks and other gifts.

There will be a barbecue breakfast. Tea, coffee and cold drinks will be available.

Bendemere Cup
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
Named for the former Bendemere Shire (Wallumbilla and Yuleba), the race day was the centre of early racing in the Roma region and home to the Wallumbilla Race Club, one of the first racing clubs established in the Maranoa.

The Bendemere Cup has been running for almost 50 years and since the dissolving of the old shire boundaries, the day has become a celebration of the new Maranoa region and showcases the spirit of co-operation in the wider community

With strong support from the local Wallumbilla/Yuleba business community and the promise of excellent racing, the race day has become one of the best attended meetings in the region and a gathering point for locals from across the Maranoa.

Several businesses from the former shire have supported the meeting since its inception five years ago - Bendemere Constructions, Midwest Rural Traders and Brandon and Associates.
Jericho Tourism Market Day
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019 to Sat 12th Oct 2019
Come on down to the Jericho Tourism Market Day! Monthly markets - pancakes, sausages, coffee, cold drinks. Stall holder tables are available for AUD5. Open 9.30am to 12pm. The second Saturday of every month during the cooler months.
March 4X4 Fun Day
Date Sun 10th Mar 2019
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.
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!
Roma Picnic Races
Date Fri 29th Mar 2019 to Sat 30th Mar 2019
Roma Picnic Races is the most elegant meeting in the Roma Races calendar.

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

A five race program sees most of the region's finest horse flesh 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.

Betoota Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sun 7th 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.
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.
Dust N Gold Rodeo
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
Charters Towers is indisputably the centre of Rodeo in the north and has a long history with rodeo.

You will be entertained by the best competitors in rough stock and timed event action.

A live band will keep the mood going once the arena action is completed.

The rodeo is a great family friendly outing and constantly draws crowds in excess of 1,000 people.

All the extreme rodeo action takes place under the covered arena at the Dalrymple Equestrian Complex.

Bedourie Handle Bars and Horns Bull Ride
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
Join the adrenalin pumping action of two extreme sports - riding bikes and riding bulls - at the inaugural Bedourie event. Perch yourself ringside for the live action of fearless men verse beasts with great prize money up for grabs. Combined with bikekhana, enduro, bullriding, entertainment and a well-stocked bar, this event is guaranteed to keep you entertained all day long. So get amongst the action!
April 4X4 Fun Day
Date Sun 14th Apr 2019
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.
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.

Eromanga Rodeo, Gymkhana and Campdraft
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Get yourself geared up for the annual Eromanga Rodeo, Campdraft, Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana held Easter weekend!

Things kick off Friday and run right through to Sunday with the heart stopping action of the rodeo taking place Saturday afternoon.

All weekend you can replenish with the bar and canteen and free campsites and amenities are available at the Rodeo Grounds.

This event promises to be a fun-filled weekend for the whole family.

Further details are still to be confirmed!

For more information please contact the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre, Museum and Gallery.
XXXX Gold Easter Races
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
Part of Easter in the Country events is this race meet.

It's Easter Saturday over the Easter in the country celebrations.

Free Entry on raceday. After the street parade, come to the track and stay for the rodeo.

Lots of country entertainment.

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.
Toompine Easter Gunshoot
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Why not spend your Easter Saturday and Sunday in good company and a great atmosphere at the Toompine Day/Night Clay Target Shoot.

Participate in the competition or sit back and watch the self proclaimed outback professionals of the Clay Target Shooting world. With food and drinks available all day, including a bar and a barbecue dinner at night, you’ll be well looked after.

Bring your swag and stay the night as there are free showers and plenty of camping spots. All this is sure to make for a great Easter weekend.

For more information please contact the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre.
44th Van Nationals
Date Sun 21st Apr 2019
The humble Panel Van is one of the most iconic vehicles in Australia!

The 44th Van Nationals and Street Machine Show will have a variety of vans including big vans, medium vans and small vans, show, classic, vintage and custom, on display as owners and their vehicles will come together from across the country to meet at the historic outback gold mining town of Charters Towers.

Easter Sunday, the Charters Towers Showgrounds will be alive with the smooth sounds and visual beauty of these iconic vans, along with a sub section of street machine and classic vehicles on display for spectators to view.

Why not soak up the Easter long weekend and take a step back in time and discover the enchanting, outback town of Charters Towers. Driving the streets of Charters Towers is like viewing a living montage of Australian history and heritage.

This iconic annual event is the largest Van Show held in Australia and is the first time this event has been held in North Queensland.
Quilpie Anzac Day Celebrations
Date Wed 24th Apr 2019 to Thu 25th Apr 2019
Join them on Anzac Eve 24 April at 6pm for the Twilight Service at the Quilpie Cemetery.



On Anzac Day, 25 April there will be a Dawn Service at 6am at the RSL Memorial Park.



At 10am, the march will assemble at the café.

All members of the community and visitors are invited to participate in the Anzac March, which commences at 10.15am.

The Anzac Day community service will be held at the Quilpie Shire Hall at 10.30am.

Enjoy a free community barbecue, desserts, bar, and band.

For more information please contact the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre.

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.
Winton's Way Out West Fest
Date Thu 25th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
Winton's Way Out West Fest was first held in 2018 to mark the reopening of the iconic Waltzing Matilda Centre. The event proved to be so successful they have decided to do it all again. You do not want to miss this four day camping music festival being held across eight stages with 170 hours of music.

Bringing together artists from country, pop, rock and blues, the second Winton’s Way Out West Fest presents Amy Shark, John Williamson, MIssy Higgins, Brett Eldredge (USA), Jon Pardi (USA), The Road Hammers, San Cisco, Lime Cordiale, Chad Morgan, Murphy's Pigs and more to be announced playing across the four-day festival.
ANZAC Day Parade
Date Thu 25th Apr 2019
'ANZAC' stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. On the 25th of April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. These became known as Anzacs and the pride they took in that name continues to this day.

The Hughenden community comes together every year to commemorate their heroic actions during the war.
Adavale Sport and Rec Rodeo, Campdraft and Gymkhana
Date Fri 26th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
The fun kicks off for the annual Adavale Rodeo, Campdraft and Gymkhana.

The best and bravest cowboys around will be battling to stay on for that eight seconds and claim the prize at the rodeo on Saturday afternoon and, after the Rodeo, let your hair down and kick up some dust on the dance floor.

Horse and motorbike skills are tested in gymkhana events throughout the weekend and be amazed by the skills of both horse and rider in the campdraft events.

Camping, showers and toilets available at the Adavale Sport and Recreation grounds.

There is a licensed bar and great food available all weekend.

This event just gets better each year! See you in Adavale.

Spirit and Soul Festival
Date Sun 28th Apr 2019
A day to explore and experience a wide range of holistic and natural therapies.

Treat yourself to a massage, reflexology or reiki treatment.

Seek guidance from the spiritual side with readings.

Browse market stalls offering a variety of products including essential oils, crystals, new age products, jewellery and clothing.
Charters Towers Country Music Festival
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
A weekend of Country Music at it's finest! 2019 will mark the festival's 42nd year, the Charters Towers Country Music Festival appeals to all ages - young and old.

The festival offers both an amateur Talent Quest that has seen the likes of Samantha McClymont, Brendan Walmsley, Anthony Taylor and Judah Kelly compete and win prizes; and professional live shows in the evenings of the three day event.

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.
Quilpie Cup
Date Sat 4th May 2019
Come along to the Quilpie Diggers Race Club Race Meeting in May and experience country racing in all its glory.

With great prizes for both the race program and the "Fashions on the field", it's hard to know where the greatest competition will be. Have a flutter with the Sky Channel Betting or enter the Calcutta for your chance to win.

A canteen and bar will be available all day with dinner available in the evening. Kick your heels up and dance into the night with great music and great company from the lovable locals. Get your backside trackside, when the dust flies at the Quilpie Race Track.

For further information on events and to receive a complete events calendar confirming dates, please contact the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre.
Tree of Knowledge Festival Race Cup Meeting
Date Sat 4th May 2019
The Race meet is part of the Tree of Knowledge Festival which celebrates Barcaldine's colourful past and exciting future while soaking up a little history.

Gates open at 12pm and there will be fashions on the field, bookmakers, TAB and food and drinks available.

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.
Gold City Campdraft
Date Fri 10th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
Campdrafting is a fun, family friendly event.

Come and experience the art of campdrafting, in which a horse and its rider needs to control a beast around a set course.

It requires a 'cowy' horse, a talented rider, lots of skill and a fair bit of luck!

Baralaba Show and Campdraft 2019
Date Sat 11th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
Home of the time honoured tradition, every town has a showground and at its heart an Annual Show.

With agriculture topping the region’s industries, there are five shows on the calendar, drawing crowds from everywhere as they rollout. A favourite for families, farmers, growers, food and animal lovers of all persuasion, on the surface, it may all look like fairy floss and fun but with country life on full display, there are bigger stakes at play.

Annual shows celebrate the entire community – families, industries and volunteers that together, make the region great.

The 2019 Baralaba Show and Campdraft is sure to be a great day out for all.

There will be entertainment for the kids, market stalls and food and drinks for sale throughout the event and much much more.

Come on out and enjoy a true blue country show experience.

Barcaldine Show
Date Sun 12th May 2019
Barcaldine Pastoral, Agricultural and Horticultural society Inc presents the Barcaldine Show showcasing local arts and produce, agriculture, livestock, machinery displays, market stalls and the traditional sideshow alley.

The show includes all the entertainment, displays, demonstrations and competitions you would expect of a rural show in a relaxed atmosphere and some more, a highlight of the district social calendar.

May 4X4 Fun Day
Date Sun 12th May 2019
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.
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.
Gifted Portraits
Date Sat 1st Jun 2019 to Sat 31st Aug 2019
Photographer and writer John Elliott has been taking portraits of people who make Australian music for over 30 years and this exhibition brings together a selection of his iconic images of stars such as Slim Dusty, Kasey Chambers, Chad Morgan and Shane Howard.

This exhibition will be on display from 1 June to 31 August 2019.

This exhibition is free to view.
Charters Towers Motor Show and Swap Meet
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
The Annual Motor Show and Swap Meet is a must see event for all car buffs featuring a 'show n shine', super cruisers and go-to-whoa.

There is something for everyone including a large selection of swap sites, demonstrations, feature attractions, a vast array of vintage cars and stationary machinery on display and much more including live band, licensed bar and children's entertainment.

Outback Queensland Masters
Date Mon 17th Jun 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019
Taking place in six destinations across Outback Queensland, from June to July, explore local events and venues while enjoying rounds of golf. An Australian first, Outback Queensland Masters is a series of golf events, for non-golfers, golfers, adventure seekers, and tourism travellers.
Mount Isa Show; including Horse Events and Bronco Branding 2019
Date Fri 21st Jun 2019 to Sat 22nd Jun 2019
The 2019 Mount Isa Show is a heady mix of pavilion entries, showcasing local photography, horticulture, art, cooking, quilting and handicrafts displays.



Along with Horse Events, Bronco Branding, Mount Isa's Strongest Man and Woman Competition, Rooftop Express and let's not forget two nights of "The Toughest Sport on Dirt", the Mount Isa Show Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Tour Stop, coupled with Local Live Entertainment.

There will be local displays and stalls, topped off with all the fun of Side Show Alley.



Bring the kids to the baby animals, thoroughbred racing pigs, snakes, lizards and even a baby crocodile! Laser Tag is back and there will be plenty for the little ones to take part in.

There will be Sand Sculpting, Science Workshops, the Fabulous Lemon Drops, Mini Rodeo for the kids; and so much more.

Blacksmithing and Traditional Iron Art and the very popular Camp Oven cooking demonstrations and taste testing's are back!

Gates Open at 8am and close at Midnight each day.

Keep your wristband on - you can come and go all day!!

Ticket price includes PBR and After Party Fun with North West Queensland's favourite Party Band "Bareback".

Mount Isa Show Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Tour Stop 2019
Date Fri 21st Jun 2019 to Sat 22nd Jun 2019
Don't Miss Out on Round 15 of the "Toughest Sport on Dirt" - the 2019 Mount Isa Show PBR Tour.

The 2019 Mount Isa Show PBR will feature circuit, state and national champions all vying for the 2019 Australian Champion Gold Buckle.

There will be Major League Match Ups between the nation’s best bull riders and the All Star Bucking Bulls from Brandenburg and Dittman Bucking Bulls- featuring the 2018 Bucking Bull of Australia “Take the Gamble”.

PBR Australia only visits Mount Isa once a year; delivering major league match ups between man and beast. Everyone will be on the edge of their seats from the first bull ride of the night until the last bull ride of the night.

Gates and Bar open at 5pm each day - with entertainment starting from 6pm and the first exhilarating "Buck-Out" from 7pm.

Stick around after the PBR each night for a great night of live music and dancing, with North West Queensland Favourite Party Band "Bareback" at the "After Party", with bar facilities available.
Mount Isa Show 2019 - Strongest Man and Woman Competition
Date Fri 21st Jun 2019 to Sat 22nd Jun 2019
It's back! The incredibly popular - Mount Isa Show Strongest Man and Woman Competition.

Two full days of extreme athlete's testing their muscular and mental strength, along with speed and endurance.

The Mount Isa Strongman and Strongwoman contestants will lift colossal (Atlas) stones, flip gigantic (they are talking massive) tyres, throw kegs, carry a car, deadlift extreme weights and more.

You really don't want to miss all this action - tickets to the Mount Isa Show Strongest Man and Woman competition, include entry to the 2019 Mount Isa Show, PBR (Professional Bull Ride) and After Party with North West Queensland's favourite party band "Bareback".

You really don't won't to miss any of the action!

Gates Open at 8am and close at midnight each day.

Keep your wristband on - you can come and go all day!

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).
Outback Writers' Festival
Date Tue 25th Jun 2019 to Thu 27th Jun 2019
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.

In addition there will be writing master classes for those interested in fiction and non fiction writing and publishing. This is an event for all ages who have a love for books.
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.
Quiplie Polocrosse Carnival
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019
Looking for an action packed weekend?! Well look no further than the Quilpie Polocrosse Carnival.

Games kick off Saturday morning and run through to Sunday afternoon where the best of the best will play in the finals.

Bar and canteen will be operating all weekend with entertainment Saturday night.

Fore more information please contact the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre.
Bedourie Campdraft, Rodeo, Gymkhana and Bronco Branding
Date Fri 5th 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.
Half Way There - Charleville Shindig
Date Fri 12th 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 Camel and Pig Races and Camp oven Cook-off
Date 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.
Windorah Gymkhana
Date Sat 13th Jul 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
Windorah Gymkhana has both motorbike and horse events for all age groups, and is held on the Saturday prior to Windorah Bronco Branding and Stockman's Challenge.

Also, the Windorah Gymkhana has a range of novelty events, such as Bang and Go Back, Walk, Trot and Lead, and Motorbike Chariot Race. Lots of fun for both spectators and competitors.

As part of the Gymkhana and Bronco Branding circuit each year, it is just one of the great events to attend in the channel country.
Windorah Stockman's Challenge
Date Sun 14th Jul 2019
The Windorah Stockman's Challenge is a judged event, comprising of Junior and Juvenile, Beginner and Open flat work. It is a great opportunity for new and seasoned riders of varying riding disciplines and skills, to show off their abilities and horses.

The Windorah Stockman's Challenge is also held with the Windorah Gymkhana and Windorah Bronco Branding, so a busy, fun filled community weekend!

For the spectator, the Windorah Stockman's Challenge is a fun way to view the horsemanship skills of our budding riders and local stockmen and women.

Nomination forms and patterns are available from the Windorah Information Centre prior to competition.
July 4X4 Fun Day
Date Sun 14th Jul 2019
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.
Windorah Bronco Branding
Date Sun 14th Jul 2019
Windorah Bronco Branding is an annual event, and is part of Queensland's Bronco Branding circuit. Bronco Branding is an Australian only sport, derived from the necessity of branding and marking calves, within the vast tracts of land in remote Australia. "Bronco" horses and a team of people compete in a timed event against other teams, some of whom have travelled a very long way.

This iconic Australian event, showcases pioneering adaptation, and the natural competiveness of we Aussies, along with our country sense of humour, ribbing opposing teams, and animal and land care.

If you're a bushy, or just would like to see how this sport is done, come along and enjoy country community spirit, along with a beer, great food and entertainment.
Birdsville Big Red Bash
Date Tue 16th Jul 2019 to Thu 18th Jul 2019
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.
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!

Kids Rock Junior Rodeo, Heart of the Goldfields Rodeo and King of the Goldfields Steer Wrestling
Date Sat 20th Jul 2019
Charters Towers is indisputably the centre of Rodeo in the North and has a long history with Rodeo with the Charters Towers Rodeo Association hosting events since 1948.

The event features bulls, broncs, barrels, roping, bulldogging and bucking bareback ponies.

A live band will keep the mood going once the arena action is completed.

The rodeos is a great family friendly outing, with all of the extreme rodeo action taking place under the covered arena at the Charters Towers Dalrymple Equestrian Complex.

Nockatunga/Toompine Polocrosse Carnival
Date Sat 20th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
Make your way to Toompine for the annual Nockatunga/Toompine Polocrosse Carnival at Toompine!

Free camping is available with access to toilets and showers. Bar and canteen will be in operation all weekend as well as the Toompine Hotel.

More information will be provided as details are confirmed.

For more information please contact the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre, Museum and Gallery.
Hughenden Rugby 7's Carnival
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019
The Hughenden Rugby 7's Carnival is an annual 1 day carnival bringing at least 18 rugby teams, coaches, referees and spectators together in a well respected carnival.

The Hughenden Rugby 7's Carnival is becoming well known as a fun and supportive carnival, with teams as far as Mt Isa, Longreach and beyond competing.



The Hughenden Rugby 7's Committee is dedicated to supporting the local community.

Charters Towers Show
Date Sun 28th Jul 2019 to Tue 30th Jul 2019
Charters Towers will be alive with live performances, agriculture, produce, exhibitors and the famous side show alley for three exciting days.

There is always something happening in the ring with showjumping and ring events to sit and watch throughout the day. Entertainment aplenty with local performers, whip cracking, wood chopping, racing mowers, agricultural alley and of course, fireworks! The kids will be kept busy with sideshow alley full of rides for all ages and lots of fun to be had, don't forget to pick your self up a showbag!

The Pavilions are a must see with competitions featuring art, craft, wood-turning, photography, baking, confectionery, fruit, vegetables, plants, home brew, school student displays and many more.
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.

Theodore Trail Ride
Date Sat 10th Aug 2019 to Sun 11th Aug 2019
More than 600 competitors and 1200 spectators gather on a pile of dirt each year for the thrash it or crash it but keep it coming competition – the Theodore Trail Bike Ride.

A fundraiser for Theodore State School, the event is now in its eighth year and it just keeps on getting bigger. With a family focus, riders as young as four years old come to try their skills on the hills.

A post-challenge obstacle course adds hilarity as riders try their luck flying over logs, rolling barrels and a water course, the antics considered a good laugh at the riders’ expense.

Then it’s movie time, the best part of the day, when everyone can sit back and re-live the action all over again with home movies of their heroic acts.

The Student Council and teachers run a food stall with real barista coffee and the onsite catering is run by community groups.

Held at Gyranda, 11 kilometres north of Cracow and 43 kilometres south of Theodore.
August 4x4 Fun Day
Date Sun 11th Aug 2019
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..

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!
North Queensland Elite Rodeo
Date Fri 16th Aug 2019 to Sat 17th Aug 2019
North Queensland Elite Rodeo is an invitational only event putting the very best rodeo athletes against the best animals in the country. Their goal is to not only put on one of the greatest competitions for spectators but to also show junior and emerging rodeo stars that there is a pathway for this great sport.
Prairie Races
Date Sat 17th Aug 2019
Drag your swag and crawl a mile to their annual Prairie Races! Dress up, maybe win a prize in their Fashions on the Field - open to all ages. Lots of entertainment for young and old. Five race program, on field betting on local and southern fields. Family friendly environment. Late night entertainment. Beers are cold and plenty of food so stay the night! Heaps of room for camping and there are hot showers and toilets available. Breakfast available in the morning!
Annual Prairie Jockey Club Races
Date Sat 17th Aug 2019
Their Annual Prairie Races are held once year in their little community town. There will be five races on day, bookies in attendance, bar license till late, Fashions on the field for all ages, food and drink till late, kids entertainment through out the day and music till late.

Free camping, showers and toilets. Wheelchair friendly.
Legends and the Locals 2019
Date Sun 18th Aug 2019
Imagine watching your idol perform... The bright lights, the songs you've loved for years being recreated right there in front of you, in your town... and then onto the stage steps a friend of yours, or maybe you? You walk right up to where your idol is standing and you pick up the microphone, or the guitar, and you start playing along! You look out into the crowd and the whole town is watching this magical moment, and they couldn't be more proud to see one of their own performing side by side with an absolute legend!

Legends and the Locals is a Hey There Happiness concept (featuring a different Australian music Legend each year) of Regional Queensland communities. The much loved music ‘Legend' is accompanied by an up and coming support act, and invites locals to join the show for unique collaborations.

In 2019 they are delighted to be able to present Country music Legend Troy Cassar-Daley who has released 10 studio albums over 30 years.

It's Troy's generous nature that makes him perfect for connecting with the communities and sharing skills.​

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.

Betoota Races
Date Fri 30th Aug 2019 to 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.
Cunnamulla Fella Festival
Date Fri 30th Aug 2019 to Sun 1st Sep 2019
The Cunnamulla Fella Festival is an annual three day event located at Cunnamulla in south west Queensland and showcases the the best of the outback lifestyle. It features activities and entertainment including a shearing display, bronc and bull riding, markets, live music, motorbike and horse sports and much much more. A variety of food and drinks are available over the course of the event and tickets can be purchased from the Cunnamulla Fella Visitor Centre or at the gates.
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!
Kangaranga Do Street Party
Date Tue 3rd Sep 2019
On your way to the Birdsville Races? Then join in the fun at the annual Quilpie Kangaranga Do Street Party! From 6pm until midnight, this is a fun filled family night out!

This years event will feature the ever popular "get your rocks off competition", bath tub derby, wool bale rolling, great prizes, stalls, food and bar until late, kids activities and live entertainment!

Make Quilpie a destination stop over on your trip and join the locals for some country fun and entertainment.
Windorah International Yabby Races
Date Wed 4th Sep 2019
The Windorah International Yabby Races began 1998, and is always on the Wednesday night prior to the iconic Birdsville Races, which is on the first weekend of each September.

It is held in the street outside of the Western Star Hotel, and draws a crowd of punters, ready to whet their appetite with speedy blue claw crustaceans.

As well an opportunity for a good knees up, with live music, it is an event which helps raise much needed funds for Royal Flying Doctors Association, local community groups, as well as auctioning for charitable organisations, such as Breast Cancer Research and Tie Up The Black Dog.
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.

Quilpie and District Show and Rodeo
Date Sat 14th Sep 2019
Looking for a fun filled family day out? Look no further than the Quilpie and District Show and Rodeo.

With fashion parades, stalls of all kinds, a sideshow alley, entertainment for the kids, an all day bar and canteen and show pavilion.



Come dusk make your way to the arena for the night time Rodeo featuring the annual Wayne Allen memorial bull ride where the bulls are feisty and the country folk know how to entertain! Be amazed as these cowboys go head to head with some of the best bulls in the west for their chance at an eight second ride.

Dance long into the night with great music and a bar til late.

For an outback experience with true country hospitality, make the Quilpie and District Show and Rodeo your big day out!

Outback Food Wine and Music Festival
Date Sat 14th Sep 2019
Enjoy the Grazing marquee with a twist of Outback Flavours, Craft Beers and Wine. Grab your tickets and don't miss what will be a great event!
Ewan Races
Date Thu 26th Sep 2019 to Sat 28th Sep 2019
The Ewan Races honour the true spirit of country racing, by conducting its annual two-day race meeting, on the banks of Stockyard Creek, Charters Towers in North Queensland.

With its on track facilities, EATC is proud to offer two days of first class, professional country racing with a prize pool of over AUD100,000, making it one of the richest country meetings on the racing calendar.

And what is racing without fashion? Ewan’s Fashions on the Field is a fiercely contested event: Friday dedicated entirely to Microfashion (ages 0 to 17), and Saturday for the adult categories.

Other activities include: Live music each night, children’s fancy dress, jumping castle, fun run and children’s sports.

Pride of the West Races
Date Sat 28th Sep 2019
On Saturday 28 September make your way to Quilpie’s Bulloo Park Complex for the Quilpie Diggers Race Club annual Station Challenge...‘Pride of the West’ Races.

On Saturday at 11.30am the gates open with a Canteen and Bar available all day. Ladies and gents wear your best attire and try your hand at “Fashions on the Field” with great prizes available.

Have a flutter on Sky Channel as the station horses thunder down the straight.



Dinner available in the evening and great music to dance the night away to. This is a unique event in the racing world so ensure you mark this on your calendar.

For further information contact the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre.

Millchester Festival of Dirt
Date Sat 12th Oct 2019 to Sun 13th Oct 2019
Come and check out a round of the NQ Super Series Offroad Championships to be held in Charters Towers!

Offroad racing is from 9am to 4pm Saturday. Sunday has more Offroad racing from 8am till 12pm followed by presentations and CT 4x4 Club Come and Try where you can take your vehicle on the 4x4 tracks!
October 4X4 Fun Day
Date Sun 13th Oct 2019
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..

Theodore Bulls 'n' Barrels Bonanza
Date Sat 19th Oct 2019
Theodore’s 2019 Bulls ‘n’ Barrels Bonanza is back bigger and better than ever!

For a district that prizes its horses for work and recreation, rodeos are just a normal part of the life. Around for more than 150 years, the origins of the rodeo date back to the drovers’ runs – on stations where wild horses and cattle would be found in the scrub or on the trail, as the teams moved herds over hundreds of miles.

Horses had to be broken and cattle reigned in. The all-important skills of the drover were his strength, agility and staying power and accuracy with a rope.

The same set of skills are as relevant today as back then. A rider’s reputation is on the line when he takes to the ring. Fighting the thrashings of the steer or horse, precious seconds on the clock tick down; with the longest of the stayers receiving the adoration of the crowd.

There will be a bar operating, food available for purchase and activities for the kids!

Proceeds go to the Theodore Early Childcare Centre. This is a CRCA affiliated event.
Towers Rush
Date Sun 27th Oct 2019
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, construct food masterpieces, paddle the river, completing puzzles and challenges and much more!
Paluma Dam Good Trail Run 2019
Date Sun 27th Oct 2019
Join them for the last trail run of the year in the village of the clouds, Paluma. The event offers a six 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.
November 4x4 Fun Day
Date Sun 10th Nov 2019
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 Quilpie
Date Mon 11th Nov 2019
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 2019.

More information provided as event details are finalised.

For more information please contact the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre.
Qantas Birthday Celebration Free Morning Tea
Date Sat 16th Nov 2019
On Saturday 16 November 2019, Qantas will mark its 99th 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 Saturday 16 November 2019. This event is free to attend.