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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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
Birdsville Big Red Bash
Date Tue 9th Jul 2019 to Thu 11th 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
North Queensland Elite Rodeo
Date Fri 16th Aug 2019 to Sat 24th 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!
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.
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.

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.