Regional Tourism Guide for Outbackqld
Hughenden Campdraft
Date Fri 10th Aug 2018 to Sun 12th Aug 2018
Annually held, the Hughenden Campdraft brings a large group of skilled horse riders and keen onlookers to town. Whether you are competing or spectating, the Hughenden Campdraft is an event for all with music, food, drinks and plenty of socialising!
North Queensland Elite Rodeo
Date Sat 18th Aug 2018 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 18th Aug 2018 to Sun 19th Aug 2018
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 24th Aug 2018 to Sun 26th Aug 2018
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 goes to 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.

Cunnamulla Fella Festival
Date Fri 24th Aug 2018 to Sun 26th Aug 2018
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.
B150- Blackall Celebrates
Date Fri 24th Aug 2018 to Sun 2nd Sep 2018
B150 Blackall Celebrates will be a party to end all parties, a significant community milestone celebrated with 10 days of events and festivities. An exciting full program will delight and entertain locals and visitors alike.

Celebrations kick off on Friday August 24, with the annual art show. The official opening occurs on Saturday when the refurbished Black Stump will be unveiled, and leads into a week with something for everyone.

The Shockwave Youth Arts festival will join Blackall's Blue Light Billy Cart Races to engage both the young and young at heart, followed by a fun Sunday sports day including a football match, triathlon and fun colour run.

The week will be filled with heritage displays, garden, bird, mural, Ram Park and woolscour tours.

A Beef and Bolle, Ram and Bull Sale will be hosted at the Saleyards while a PBR rodeo, barrel racing, gymkhana and fast horses will involve all horse enthusiasts. There will be plenty of entertainment at every event, featuring singer Tanya Kernigan, poet Murray Hartin and celebrity chef Matt Golinski.

Celebrations will wind up on Sunday September 2 on the banks of the Barcoo with a combined church service and pancake breakfast.

Simpson Desert Racing Carnival
Date Sat 25th Aug 2018
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 25th Aug 2018
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.
Kangaranga Do Street Party
Date Tue 28th Aug 2018
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 29th Aug 2018
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 31st Aug 2018 to Sat 1st Sep 2018
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, Equine Fun Day 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.

Richmond Campdraft
Date Fri 31st Aug 2018 to Sun 2nd Sep 2018
This three day event has something for everyone and brings competitors from near and far to compete.

Witness the skills involved for these riders.

Events from kids right through to the adults.

Camping available.

So why not roll up the swag from a full weekend of fun and entertainment and head out to Richmond?

Digging At Dawn
Date Tue 4th Sep 2018 to Thu 11th Oct 2018
The tour will be guided by Kronosaurus Korner's resident Palaeontologist who will teach adventurers how to find, identify and excavate their very own 100 million year old fossils.
Charleville's Big Birthday and Bilby Festival
Date Thu 6th Sep 2018 to Sun 9th Sep 2018
'Oops we missed it'.
Did you know that Charleville is turning 153 this year, any excuse for a party so we will celebrate their 150th + birthday.

There will be everything from a Greek themed luncheon, followed by a book launch of the life of the incredible Harry Corones.

Heinemann’s, local bakery, will be holding a Bakery championship; you can only imagine what that entails. There will be a Bilby catching competition (toys of course) followed by a Street Parade with floats and multicultural food stalls.

The Morven races are on Saturday with transport operating. There will be town tours available plus Top Secret WWII tours, the Cosmos Centre and Observatory will be also open. Saturday night is the annual 'Fur Ball' with a 'Big Birthday' theme and a big Birthday cake to match. Looking forward to see who jumps out of it.

Sunday 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. Lastly the Golf Club are hosting a Bilby Golf Funday for all.

Barcaldine Art Competition and Exhibition
Date Fri 7th Sep 2018
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.
Theodore Spindles and Spurs Campdraft
Date Fri 7th Sep 2018 to Sun 9th Sep 2018
Distinctively Australian, campdrafts are a ritual of the drover, harking back to the mid-1880s and passed down through generations.

Hard, fast and unforgiving, good natured gamesmanship between mates around the campfire sparked the now furious campdraft national competition that honours the elite in mustering and drafting skills.

Held in townships large and small right across the country, the heats are a crowd favourite as riders and their horses pitch their skills against man, beast and clock.

Not a sport for the faint hearted, you have to have plenty of bull dust in your veins to want to try your chances at a title. But stock men, women and children still line up to do just that.

Balance, timing and strength are on full show as riders cut one bull, steer or stag away from the herd and guide them into the camp (arena). Suddenly, everything happens at whip cracking speed, horse and rider with only seconds to guide the animal through a course and figure eights and then through the gates (flags).

Held at showgrounds and recreation reserves, onsite catering and camping are available throughout the meets.
Quilpie and District Show and Rodeo
Date Sat 8th Sep 2018
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!

Bedourie Races and Rodeo
Date Sat 8th Sep 2018
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 Sat 8th Sep 2018
Held on September 8, 2018 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.
Baralaba Saratoga Classic
Date Sat 8th Sep 2018 to Sun 9th Sep 2018
Now in its eighteenth year and touted as one of Queensland’s top inland fishing competitions, the Saratoga Classic falls on the second weekend in September. Attracting 300-plus participants, aged from four years and up, and with rich prizes up for grabs, there’s no shortage of willing challengers. It’s all friendly rivalry though, and a great excuse for family fun with live entertainment until midnight, markets (free to stall vendors), and festival fare provided by the local P&C.

Weigh-in is strictly by 12 noon each day and this year, organisers are offering a new mobile weigh-in service so contestants who don’t want to leave their post, can weigh-in without having to move.

The Baralaba Recreation and Fish Stocking group tops up fish supplies with about 60,000 fingerlings each year.

Camping at the Neville Hewitt Weir is available but works on a first in, best dressed basis.

Sites are limited.

Millchester Festival of Dirt
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018 to Sun 16th Sep 2018
Come and check out the first ever 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!
Biloela Autofest
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018
The Biloela Auto fest is held in Biloela on the third Saturday in September, every year.

Bigger than Ben Hur? Absolutely! His four wheels had nothing on the slick, hot, weird and wonderful vehicles that turn up each year for the Biloela Auto Fest…and turn up the heat in the Biloela Showground arena.

Fans flock to the Burn Out comps, to see their favourite drivers laying rubber in doughnut shapes and showing their prowess at the wheel. Keenly judged for vehicle control, the most smoke made, and the most smoke made in the quickest amount of time, it’s minute by minute, action-packed entertainment.

However, like the colosseums of old, winning an event rests on the whim of the spectators – thumbs up thumbs down – well, really the level of applause – it’s the crowd that decides and they flock in to take part.

Other events include barrel racing, the Go to Whoa, Show and Shine and a massive Cruise Fest.
Betoota Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
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.
Longreach Cup
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Longreach Jockey Clubs premier event, the Longreach Cup boasts a six race program, tote, bookies, bar, catering and entertainment well into the evening with Electrik Lemonade and 'The Voice Australia' contestant Trent Bell! Come and join the party and see 'Country Racing at its best!'
Thargomindah Motorbike Sports and Enduro
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Arguably Far South West Queensland’s most popular motorbike event of the year!

This weekend is fast paced and action packed, filled with exciting thrills and spills which showcases the amazing motocross skills of their youngest thrill seekers right through to their visiting motocross champions.

Saturday kicks off the weekend with motorbike sporting events which include challenges that cater for all levels of riding experience, from children to the more advanced motorbike enthusiasts – hey, even Mum could get in on the action!

Sunday challenges the more adventurous rider with a three hour enduro ride that snakes through the Bulloo River channels, the rider with the most completed laps will be the winner.

There are three different classes to compete in – 250cc, 450cc and the Masters Pony Express which is open for the over 35’s.

There will be a canteen and bar operating all weekend with amenities onsite.

Entry to this event is free and participation is encouraged.

Visitors, locals and tourist will all be welcomed to come and join the action at the Thargomindah Rodeo Grounds.

Free camping (with hot showers) will be available for attendees over the weekend.

Theodore Bulls 'n' Barrels Bonanza
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Theodore’s 2018 Xtreme 1 Servo 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.
Theodore River Festival
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
The Theodore River Festival is a fun filled family event that runs different events/activities over four days – the main day being Saturday.

Inspired by the magnificent Dawson River, towns that border its banks pay homage to its virtues, each year throughout September.

The Festival is a multi-function event, celebrating the Dawson River, ensuring a fun filled family weekend with lots for kids and adults alike.

Focused on families, thousands turn out to parkland, showground and civic hall events that throw the spotlight on the mighty Dawson and all that’s great about Theodore.

Up and down the river competitions often include but are not limited to tinnie and wheelbarrow racing, gumboot and hay bale throwing, tractor pulling, bike gymkhanas, fishing comps and so much more.

Not to mention the art exhibitions, fashion shows and food and market stalls, also not to be missed!

Pride of the West
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Make your way to Quilpie's Bulloo Park for the Quilpie Diggers Race Club annual Pride of the West Festival.

The weekend kicks off on Friday with the two handed cutting and music and bar until late.

On Saturday head track side for a great day of country racing. All races feature station horses and local riders!

The title "The Pride of the West" is awarded to the horse which wins the final race after four heats.

For further information contact the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre.

Ewan Races
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
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.

Richmond Fishing Classic
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
The Richmond Annual Fishing Classic event attracts a lot of people from all over Queensland for the weekend because it is a great weekend for families and people of all ages. Come along and try your luck at catching the elusive Barramundi. With lots of cash and prizes to be won The Annual Richmond Fishing Classic is not to be missed.
Get Gardening Expo
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Join the Aramac community for a fun filled day at the Get Gardening Expo.

Enjoy market stalls, food stalls, entertainment, special guest gardening speaker and the announcement of the winner of the annual Get Gardening Competition.

Shane Rayment Memorial Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
The Shane Rayment Memorial Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana, held in Jundah annually is in memory of local "Milky Bar Kid".

This will be the second year that the Gymkhana has been held at the newly refurbished Horse Sports grounds, located on the outskirts of Jundah, in the heart of the channel country, Queensland.

Local clubs and committees will provide catering and bar, with entertainment provide to kick up a bit of dust and dance the night away!

Events are open for both horses and motorbikes.
Barcoo Shire Race Meeting
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
The Barcoo Shire Race Meeting is held at Jundah each year.

The Jundah racecourse holds the only country race meeting in the Barcoo Shire, and is a fun family event, featuring trainers and their horses from the regional area. This is a rare treat for the local community members to dress up for fashion's of the field, kick up their heels and socialise.

Bar, meals and entertainment provided.
October 4X4 Fun Day
Date Sun 7th Oct 2018
Keen to try out your new 4x4 and don't know where to go? Had a 4x4 for years and have run out of new places? Don't have anyone to go with? CT 4x4 Club Fun Day allows novice and experienced drivers an area to test their vehicles in a range of terrain including soft sand and rocky outcrops, with the surety of having experienced Four Wheel Drive Queensland members on-hand to assist and guide where required or just for recovery.

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

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

Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
The Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic promises three days of non-stop action! Staged at picturesque Lake Moondarra, 15 kilometres north of Mount Isa the annual Moondarra Classic offers a program jam packed with fishing, fun and excitement.

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

A fishing, outdoor and camping enthusiasts dream, the Fishing Classic boasts over 20 prize categories not only on water but land and an enormous line up of entertainment on the land including Fireworks, DIY Dragon Boat Regatta, Beach Volleyball, yabby races, live bands, trade exhibits, camping, food, drink and bar facilities and more.
Lake Callide Family Fishing Classic
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
Usually held five days before the full moon in October, Biloela’s Callide Family Fishing Classic is all about the Barra. Pulling a 90 centimetre beauty has set the record and got everyone excited for what’s to come. It’s a ‘drag ‘em out’ tussle that’s on for young and old, to see who’ll crack the metre at this year’s turn out. About 400 fishing fans join the throng, so all-weekend action is guaranteed. Saturday night the mood continues with live music, raffle draws and food, cold beers and drinks.

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

The Callide Valley Stocking Association has re-stocked the weir, year in and year out since 1987.
Towers Rush
Date Sun 28th Oct 2018 to Sun 4th Nov 2018
This year you'll participate in an Amazing Race style treasure hunt in Charters Towers where you will race to checkpoints and complete challenges to gain points. Be the team with the most points at the end of the race to take out the title at Towers Rush.

Be part of the event which has captivated the community and led competitors to abseil heritage buildings, constructing food masterpieces, paddling the river, completing puzzles and challenges and much more!
Paluma Dam Good Trail Run 2018
Date Sun 28th Oct 2018
Join them for the last trail run of the year in the village of the clouds, Paluma. The event offers a 6 kilometre, 10 kilometre and 20 kilometre course, taking you through the stunning rainforest scenery of Paluma, up and down hills and across creeks. The cooler temperatures make it perfect for running at this time of the year.
Remembrance Day Quilpie
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
Join the Quilpie Community as we pause to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our country.

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

More information provided as event details are finalised.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Qantas Founders Museum is dedicated to telling the story of Qantas and they would like to invite you to join them to celebrate the birthday of Qantas with a morning tea in McGinness’ Restaurant at 10.30am on Friday 16 November 2018. This event is free to attend.
Catholic Christmas Fair
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Join the Barcaldine community for the Catholic Fair at the Barcaldine Town Hall Park (Beech Street) from 6pm for barbecue, food stalls, ham wheels, raffles, jumping castle, merry-go-round and entertainment.

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

A bar will also be available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This event is bring your own and a shared plate.

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

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

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

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

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

The Julia Creek Dirt and Dust Festival now offers visitors three jam-packed days of fun and entertainment. Experience real outback hospitality when the tiny North West Queensland outback town of Julia Creek swells from 300 people to 3,000 in one weekend! See the gutsy outback triathlon teams in action, back a winner at the Artesian Express Outback Horse Races, kick on til late with nightly outdoor concerts, or check out the spectacular Dirt n Dust Bullride, sanctioned by PBR.
Roma's Easter in the Country Festival
Date Thu 18th Apr 2019
Roma's Easter in the Country festival is a five-day celebration of all things country. Now entering its fortieth year, it is widely recognised as one of southwest Queensland's premier Easter events, and brilliantly showcases the history and lifestyle of regional Queensland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two-Up begins at 1pm at the Western Star Hotel, lunch is available.
Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Festival
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Mon 6th May 2019
The Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Festival is Barcaldine’s largest event, both in terms of visitation and community participation. This year the event will showcase the community spirit and history of Barcaldine and Outback Queensland.

The Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge is a historical attraction that is known as the birthplace of the Australian Labour Party (ALP) and influence to the longest running May Day Parade.

Staged over the labour day long weekend, the four-day celebration showcases live entertainment, an art gallery, markets, horse and goat racing, RevFest, May Day parade and other special themed events.
Yellowbelly Fishing Competition
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
Windorah annually hosts the Yellowbelly Fishing Competition on the banks of Cooper's Creek, located 10 kilometres south east of town.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don't miss out on this great few days.

Guinness World Records (c) Record attempts longest line of RVs
Date Sat 25th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
Guinness World Records (c) record attempts for the longest connected image made of LED rope lights and the largest parade of self contained camping vehicles (RVs). Motorhomes, caravans, campervans, and fifth wheelers who are selfcontained are illegible to participate.
The events are being organised by the Australian Motorhoming Lions Club. These events will be staged in Barcaldine on the evening of May 25 and morning May 26, 2019.
2019 Great Western Games
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 Overlander's Way 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 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).
Alpha Races
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
Alpha Jockey Club Inc. presents the Alpha Community Cup. The day will include a six race programme, Fashions on the Field, full catering facilities on the day/night, On Site Bookies, Children's Entertainment, Live Entertainment, Over Night Camping and Sunday Morning Recovery Breakfast.
Birdsville Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019
Bring the whole family to the Bronco Branding Yards in Birdsville to watch skilled bushmen and women demonstrate their craft.

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

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

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

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

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

A township home to 120 locals and is appropriately named to reference a ‘dust storm’, stand ringside with hundreds, who flock to appreciate precision, agility and tight teamwork at it’s very best.
Bedourie Camel and Pig Races and Camp oven Cook-off
Date Fri 12th Jul 2019 to Sat 13th Jul 2019
Forget horses as it’s the camels that reign supreme on in Bedourie. Be amongst the hundreds of race goers who converge on the town to watch dozens of camels race in six events, worth a total of more than AUD11,000.

Also amongst the action is pig racing, wood chopping and novelty events like the ‘old farts’ and ‘old boilers’. Plus, enjoying the traditional camp oven cook-off, where you’re invited (free of charge) to bake your very own bread using provided ingredients.

If it happens to be a success (and not a brick) and you wanna take it home… Easy, purchase your own world-famous cast iron camp oven invented in the droving camps of a bygone era just in town.
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!

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!