OUTBACK FESTIVALS, SHOWS AND EVENTS
Queensland Shows, Festivals & Events
For details and dates of all the Agricultural Shows and Field Days held in Queensland each year, check out the web site at:
Queensland Agricultural Shows: http://www.queenslandshows.com.au/
The following web sites are worth a look to see what festivals and events might be happening in Queensland:
Events Queensland: http://www.eventsqueensland.com.au/
Events The Diamantina / Birdsville, Bedourie, Betoota: http://www.thediamantina.com.au/home
Regional Queensland Festivals & Events
Yeppoon Australia Day Beach Party - January
Enjoy a huge family day with live music, arts and crafts, street theatre and the official Australia Day Awards ceremony. Main Beach at Yeppoon. For more information check out their website: http://greataustraliadaybeachparty.com.au
Australia Day at the Woolshed - Jondaryan - January
Australia Day celcebrations with a flag raising ceremony. Enjoy a barbecue, damper making classes, cricket, whip-cracking demonstrations, lamington, scones with jam and cream and, of course, pavlova. For more information check out their website: https://www.jondaryanwoolshed.com.au/home
Moreton Bay Caravan, Camping, Boating & 4X4 Expo - February
Check out some of Australia's best camper trailers, caravans and boats with plenty of travel, camping and 4WDing accessories and advice on show. For more information check out their website: http://bayexpo.com.au
Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival - February
Three days of blues, roots and rock music with headline acts. Also there are a couple of workshops, food and market stalls. For more information check out their website: https://www.agnesbluesandroots.com.au
Brisbane National 4X4 Outdoor Show & Fishing & Boating Expo - March
2 big shows for the price of 1 and around 250 exhibitors make this event one not to be missed.
The National 4X4 and Outdoor Show covers 4WD manufacturers and accessories, camping accessories and products, Tourism destinations, attractions and associations, tour operators, campertrailers, communications, solar, lighting and 12v accessories ,4WD clubs, magazines and publications to name a few while The Brisbane Tinny & Tackle Show showcases Boats and marine craft, (including Kayaks and Jet-ski's) motors, accessories and products, Fishing rods, bait and tackle, Fisheries Queensland, Fishing associations and publications and so much more. For all the details, and Expo dates, check out: https://4x4show.com.au/brisbane
Feast of the Senses - March
Celebrating the local produce of the Far North, especially the rare and exotic fruits of the region. Activities include farm trails, art, photography, cooking competitions and a huge market day. The Feast of the Senses Festival is held in the beautiful Cassowary Coast 90 kilometres south of Cairns and 165 km north of Townsville. Festival events will be held in Mission Beach and surrounds, Mena Creek and the Cane Cutter Way and Innisfail on the Johnstone River. The market day extravaganza is held in Edith Street in the middle of Innisfail CBD and leading down to the beautiful Johnstone River. For all the details of this big event and a must if you are in the area, check out their web site: https://www.feastofthesenses.com.au
Moonie Yabbie Races - March
Enjoy a fun filled day starting off with the Yabbie Races Luncheon, Children's and Adult's Fashions of the Field, facepainting, free rides, photography competition, helicopter lolly drop, footraces, raffles then the running of the yabbie races, then finish off with fireworks and live music. To find out more check out their web site: http://www.moonieyabbieraces.com.au
Dirranbandi Show – April
Every year the Dirranbandi Pastoral & Agricultural Association works hard to bring you a huge range of events that entertain and showcase the vast array of talent from Dirranbandi and the surrounding area. There will be a camp draft, sheep, cattle, rodeo, yard dogs, entertainment, a bar operating, food available, pavilions and much more. The event is all day and night, hosted at the Dirranbandi showgrounds.
For contact details and dates check out Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Dirranbandi-Show-190028927841435/
Augathella Diggers Rodeo - Easter
A full rodeo program of Saddle Bronc, Bare Back, Bull Rides, Steer Rides, Steer Wrestling, Rope n Tie, Breakaway Roping, Team Roping, Steer Undercoating, and Barrel Racing.
Check out their Facebook page:
World Barramundi Fishing Championships Burketown – Easter Weekend
Known for its fishing Burketown's World Barramundi Fishing Championships is not to be missed, prizes for the heaviest Barra, best dresses team and lots more prizes on offer. Over $20,000 in cash, prizes & trophies. Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Burketown-Barramundi-Fishing-Organization-Inc
Easter Vintage Festival Toowoomba - Easter
Experience life in the rural pioneer times. Learn how to milk a cow, crack a whip, or be a blacksmith. Enjoy billy tea and damper made in authentic camp ovens, plus live music, a grand parade, a baby animal nursery and food stalls.
For more information check out their web page: http://www.eastervintagefestival.com
Eromanga Rodeo, Gymkhana & Campdraft – April
For some good old outback fun, head to Eromanga and check out the cowboys in action. Rodeo, camp draft, motorbike and horse gymkhana events will be held throughtout the weekend. Web:
Winton Way Out West Festival– April
This four day event will celebrate the rebirth of the Waltzing Matilda Centre. Enjoy an epic line up of Aussie and international artists. For more information check out their website: https://wintonswayoutwestfest.com.au
Dust N Gold Rodeo, Charters Towers – April
Enjoy extreme rodeo action befitting of fine Charters Towers' tradition. This event is a popular, family-friendly day out held under the covered arena at the Dalrymple Equestrian Complex. . You can check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/charters-towers-queensland/dust-n-gold-rodeo
Betoota Horse & Motorbike Gymkhana , Motorbike Enduro – April
Activities and events include bar & music on Friday, Saturday sees the Horse gymkhana, auction, bar and music, while Sunday is the Motorbike gymkhana.
Check out the web site: https://www.facebook.com/BetootaOutbackQld
Dirt & Dust at Julia Creek - April
The annual Julia Creek Dirt & Dust festival is generally held in April and promises a lot of action no matter what your interests. There’s so much to fit into just three days – there’s the outback triathlon teams in action, outback horse races, nightly outdoor concerts, the spectacular Dirt n Dust Bull Ride and of course a ute muster, along with a competition to find Australia’s best Butt.
For more details, check out their web site at: http://www.dirtndust.com/
Undara Outback Rock and Blues - April
Experience Australia's outback and see rock and blues acts perform live over three days with artists hailing from local areas as well as interstate. Nearby caravan and camping accommodation available.
For more details, check out their web site at: https://www.undara.com.au/events/rock-and-blues
Discover Farming - Goondiwindi - May
Discover Farming offers on-farm experiences, lunch and dinners featuring local produce, sausage making competitions, saleyard walk-throughs and artisan bread tasting. For more information check out their website: https://www.discoverfarming.com.au
Julia Creek Campdraft - May
Witness remarkable horsemanship displays firsthand throughout this exciting family-friendly weekend, with on-site camping available. For more information check out their Facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/Julia-Creek-Campdraft
Mackay Home Show & Caravan, Camping Expo - May
Caravan, motorhome, camper trailer and camping gear manufacturers and retailers will join more than 100 businesses showcasing wares for the home. For more information check out their website at :https://mackayexpo.com.au
Goomeri Pumpkin Festival - May
Compete against locals and tourists in pumpkin-themed events or kick back and enjoy the fun with market stalls, roving entertainment and a main stage. For more information check out their website: http://www.goomeripumpkinfestival.com.au
Richmond Fossil Festival - May
Looking for a fun-filled Outback experience? The weekend promises fun for everyone - Admire the skills of the cowboys at the Rodeo; line the main street for the parade, cheer on your favourite at the Bush Race meeting, test your strength in the World Championship Moon-Rock Throwing as well as a Party in the Paddock with live music, stalls and fun for the kids. For all the details, check out their web site at: https://www.facebook.com/richmondoutbackfossilfest/
Barcaldine’s Tree of Knowledge Festival - May
Celebrate Barcaldine’s colourful past and exciting future at the tree of knowledge festival held in early May. Soak up history at Barcaldine’s legendary May Day parade on the Saturday morning, followed by the showgrounds markets featuring yaamba, novelty events, the famous barcy goat racing and more. and don’t forget the horse racing, and all the excitement of the barcy revfest. Be a part of the town party with a thrilling powercruise of over 60 show cars and live music. For more information check out the web site at: http://www.treeofknowledge.com.au/
Gatton Clydesdale & Heavy Horse Field Days - May
To relive history there will be working exhibitions and displays of heavy horses in action. There will be the beautiful and decorated harness displays, working team ploughing, obstacle courses, breed judging and ridden events in dressage and barrel racing. There'll also be the beautiful Gypsy Cobs and an authentic Gypsy Wagon. Other Activities include: a shoeing competition, wagon rides, pony rides, face painting, craft demonstrations, historic vintage vehicles and a bush dance. There's plenty of food with hot espresso coffee, camp oven cooking, the dining room for a sit down roast dinner and there are plenty of hamburgers and Sandwiches for those on the go.
Want to learn more about the Heavy Horse, then check out the Australian Heavy Horses web site: http://www.aussieheavyhorses.com/
Music in the Mulga (Eulo) - May
Wandilla Station celebrates for four days with live acts, 'walk up' concerts open to showgoers, a charity auction, yabby races and a celebrity cook off. For more information check out their web site at: https://www.musicinthemulga.com.au
Birdsville Bronco Branding and Camp Draft - May
Bronco Branding is where teams compete to be the quickest to brand the required number of cattle using the traditional method of branding in the bush, whilst campdrafting is a test of dexterity, riding and rope work - both combine to keep alive Australian bush skills of the past. Friday: Auction at the Birdsville Pub; Saturday: Camp Draft and Rough Stock Rodeo and Sunday: Bronco Branding.
Harry Redford Cattle Drive - May
Saddle up for the Harry Redford Cattle Drive which sets off from Aramac around mid-May through June. Over 19 unforgettable, spectacular days, some of Australia´s most experienced drovers will drive approximately 600 head of cattle by horseback through the twists of the rugged Redford trail, reliving one of the world´s greatest cattle duffing drives known to man.
For more details go to: www.harryredford.com.au
Maryborough Food and Wine Festival - June
Maryborough's heritage streetscape will play host to a delicious feast of culture and cuisine, with celebrity chefs, gourmet tastings, cooking workshops, live music as well as art.
For more details go to: https://www.relishfrasercoast.com.au
Longreach Outback Drover's Reunion - Queen's Birthday Long Weekend June
Everyone is welcome to experience this taste of outback life. Each year outback workers, drovers, stockmen and women come together to honour the Drovers of days gone by. Sitting around the campfire they tell yarns and remember those who lived lonely in the saddle moving stock through the Australian Outback.
Highlights of the weekend include Billy Tea and Damper, camp oven meals, Outback Games such as Whip Cracking, Billy Boiling and Damper Making, Driving the Nail, and Boot Throwing.
For more details, go to the Stockman's Hall of Fame web site: http://www.outbackheritage.com.au/, and visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Stockmanshalloffame
Richmond Field Days - June
More than 100 regional exhibitors display livestock, agricultural supplies, fashion and homewares with a sideshow alley, a beef dinner and dance, a race day on Saturday and nighttime shows.
For more details go to: http://www.richmondracecourse.com.au
The Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show (Brisbane Showgrounds) - June
Queensland caravan show to showcase latest and greatest. Travel enthusiasts are expected to roll into Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds in their tens of thousands when one of Australia’s largest caravan exhibitions, theQueensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show.
For more details and dates, go to the Caravanning Queensland web site:
and also check out their Facebook Page:
Jandowae Timbertown Festival - June
A journey of discovery through the history of the Jandowae timber industry to a celebration of the agricultural links the town relies upon today. The whole family will be entertained over the weekend with endless entertainment, food and The Timber Games which guests can all participate in. Events & activities include: Street Festival, Art Show, Bulls, Barrels and Bangs, Bush Poets' Breakfast, Photography Competition, 3 Person Ambrose Golf day, Decorated Trees, Craft Show, Chainsaw Racing, 20Twenty Cricket, Yabbie Races, Grand Parade, Chainsaw Sculpting, Zone 4 Rugby League, What is Timbertown.
Check out their web site for all the details and dates:
Birdsville Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana - June
A great weekend of horse and motorbike events. Held in the Bronco Branding Yards, riders can either put their horsemanship skills to the test on Saturday with barrel, flag and herding races, or simply kick back ringside and enjoy the dusty action. On the Sunday dirt bikes and quads repeating Saturday's events on wheels. For more information check on the website: https://birdsvillehotel.com.au/events-near-birdsville/birdsville-horse-motorbike-gymkhana/
Outback Film Festival - June/July
Come join locals, travellers, outback lovers and film buffs and celebrate Australian film and culture under the stars in Winton, Queensland.
The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is the first open-air outback film festival of it's kind and runs over 10 days. You may be surprised at the variety of films and the people who will be there.
Check out their web Page: http://visionsplendidfilmfest.com
Big Red Bash - July
Australia's magnificent outback desert sand dune, the 'Big Red' at Birdsville, is set to play host to some of Australia's most recognised music legends in a unique new 2 day desert music event – The Big Red Bash.
For more details go to:
Bedourie Camel & Pig Races - July
Watch camel races, pig races, foot races, wood chopping, golf competitions and novelty events. For more information have a look at their Facebook page on
Bedourie Camp Oven Cook-off
Amidst the action, bush chefs get cooking and, using a Bedourie Camp Oven, a historic piece of outback equipment, stew up the best feed they can in a unique cook-off to rival all others.
There's a dedicated web site that covers the Diamantina, Birdsville, Bedourie, Betoota regions. It's a great site and you also find an events link: http://www.thediamantina.com.au/home
Camel Racing Festival - Bedourie, Boulia & Winton - July
The Western Queensland Camel Racing Festival runs over three events in July, starting off in Bedourie with camel racing, novelty events and free camping at the track. Part 2 is the Boulia Camel Races held over three nights and two days, then the Boulia races start with a twilight camel race and a concert on the Friday night, followed by a weekend of market stalls, camel rides, belly dances, and much more. The Camel Racing Festival finishes in Winton, with the prestigious Winton Camel Cup.
For more details and dates of the festival, check out the Diamantina web site: http://www.thediamantina.com.au/qotback-qld-camel-festival-trail
For more events in the Diamantina Shire, you can check out the events Calendar on their web site: http://www.thediamantina.com.au
The Diamantina Shire is home to many varied and special events including the Bedourie Camel Races, the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival, the Bedourie Ute and Wagon Muster and the Betoota Gymkhana and Motorbike Event just to name a few............
Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge & Campdraft - July
The Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge is regarded as one of the greatest horse events in Australia. The Curry Challenge is an elite and prestigious event, drawing competitors from all states in to a fierce and thrilling competition. The event is held at The Cloncurry Recreation Grounds. The events display the horse’s athleticism, ability and trainability whilst exhibiting the rider’s horsemanship. Another event the horse and rider combination is required to work cattle in a manner similar to a Campdraft course. It's a great event.
For more information and dates, go to:
Winton Opal Festival – July
The Queensland Boulder Opal Association’s Winton Opal Festival brings together miners, buyers, retailers, exporters, jewellers and the public in a social atmosphere to trade, sell and admire Australia's national gemstone.
Yowah Opal Festival – July
Special opal displays, walk in mine tours, stalls, live entertainmen, as well as food, drink and raffles. It’s a fun-seeking gem lover’s paradise.
For more information, check out: http://www.opalhut.com.au/ausopals/opalfest.htm
Childers Festival – July
The Childers Festival features performers, artists and bands and food from every corner of the world. Over 50,000 people converge on the small town to celebrate the weekend long festival which starts with a street party on Saturday, with food stalls and markets taking centre stage on the Sunday. Childers is a quintessential Queensland country town located 40 minutes south west of Bundaberg, 3.5 hours north of Brisbane. The Childers Festival is a Bundaberg Regional Council Event.
For more details: http://childersfestival.com.au
Curry Merry Muster Festival (Cloncurry) - August
Held annually on the 1st weekend in August in Cloncurry, the festival promises an action packed weekend full of extreme sports, entertainment and fun for the whole family in a unique outback location. Witness the thrills and spills of over 400 competitors battling it out in Australia’s highest single pay out rodeo. Unwind with bush poetry, see the sponsors compete in the steer wrestling challenge, enjoy live entertainment and experience the true outback with a historic bus tour.
For all the events, timing and details, check out their web site: http://www.currymerrymuster.com.au/.
Thargomindah Channel Country Rodeo Challenge – August
The Channel Country Challenge at Thargomindah grows every year from strength to strength. Saddle up the Thargomindah Stockmans Challenge. The event will see Australia's best stockman line up to take out the coveted award and prize money.
It kicks off in April, there is a Claypan Boogie under the stars on Friday night followed by one of the best outback rodeos around on Saturday night. Sunday is all of the finals for the Challenge and the campdrafts. Throw in a bit of live entertainment, full bar, kitchen operating and a friendly atmosphere and you are guaranteed a good time in Thargomindah Stockman's Challenge.
For more details contact the local visitor centre, ph: (07) 4655 3399. You can also check out the Outback Now web site: https://www.facebook.com/ChannelCountryChallenge/
Betoota Races – August
The Betoota Races are held on Mt Leonard Station, Windorah, and it is the first race meeting of the ‘Simpson Desert Carnival’. There’s entertainment on the Friday night, and the races on Saturday.
Check out their web site: http://betootaraces.com/.
Clermont Gold and Coal Festival, MacKay – August
Gold was first discovered in Clermont over 150 years ago. Every year the Gold and Coal festival is held for locals and visitors to participate in the lucrative Gold Detecting Competition, Gold Raffle and Gold Wheel. The Gold and Coal Festival is a two day event filled with activities to celebrate the unique culture and heritage of gold mining.
They have a Facebook Page:
Tara Festival of Culture & Camel Races - August
The festival runs in August at the Tara showgrounds, and offers a variety of cultural events along with two days of camel racing. Tara is 300km west of Brisbane and with plenty of activities and free camping you wont be disappointed.
For more details visit: https://tarafestival.com.au
Gemfest - Festival of Gems (Anakie) - August
The Gemfest is held in August at the Allen King Memorial Park in Anakie, Qld, and celebrates of the area’s precious and semi-precious stones, including sapphires, diamonds, pearls, zircons and opals. Apart from the gemstones (on show and on sale), there's plenty of music, a fireworks show and much more.
For lots more details, check out their web site at: http://www.gemfest.com.au/
The Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo (Toowoomba) - August
The Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo held at the Toowoomba Showgrounds is the region's largest event of it’s kind. Over 130 local and regional companies will be involved, displaying thousands of products and services, including the very latest in Caravans, Camper Trailers, Motor Homes, Vehicles and 4WD’s, 5th Wheelers, Camping Gear and Accessories.
For more information and Expo dates, check out their web site: http://adventureexpo.com.au/
Camooweal Drovers Camp Festival - August
A fun-filled weekend. Friday opens with a street parade including humorous floats, musicians, horses and coaches culminating in a fun-filled night full of entertainment. All this takes place in the Ellen Finlay Park so bring your chair, rug or swag and lie back or join in the fun.
During the weekend, wander through our historical town and view the displays at the old Shire Hall and Freckletons Historical Store. Enjoy the top class art and photographic exhibitions and competition. Be entertained at the new Drovers Campsite, enjoy the traditional camp cooking, have a yarn with an old drover, listen or enter in with the bush balladeers and story tellers. To liven up the action, a Bronco Branding competition is on all weekend. There is plenty of fine food, company and entertainment for all!
For exact dates and all details check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Camooweal/
Mount Isa Mines Rodeo - August
The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo is the largest rodeo event in the Southern Hemisphere and is located in the Outback Queensland city of Mount Isa. More than 25,000 visitors descend on the Isa for three days of world class rodeo action including bull riding, saddle bronco, bareback, steer wrestling, roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping.
Check out their web site for all the details and dates: http://www.isarodeo.com.au/
Gympie Music Muster - August
Celebrate mateship, making a difference and country music in this community run charity event attracting more than 120 artists.
Check out their web site for all the details and dates: https://www.muster.com.au
Dingo Race Day and World Famous Dingo Trap Throwing Competition (Dingo) - August
This full day event is loads of fun for everyone. Activities include the World Dingo Trap Throwing Competition, Ladies Trap Throwing Competition, Fashions In The Field, and plenty of Racing.
For more details and dates, check out: https://www.facebook.com/Dingo-Race-Club
Windorah Yabbie Races - Aug/September
If you are in the Channel Country you shouldn't miss the famous Yabby Races held in Windorah Aug/Sept. The night comprises fun and entertainment for all with live music, food, and a bar operating throughout the night.
There are a number of yabby races, while the last race of the night is the grand finally - the Cooper Cup. Each of the 10 yabbies in every event is named and auctioned off prior to the race, with the funds from the night going back into the community and a great portion of all proceeds going to the RFDS.
Web site: https://www.queensland.com/en-au/event/windorah-international-yabby-races
You can also check out their Facebook Page:
Sarina Beach Coconut Festival - September
Enjoy coconut events, palm weaving, de-husking and de-nutting, market stalls, sand art, along with food experiences incorporating local produce. Other highlights will be camel rides, kite surfing, kite flying and entertainment. You may even sight a humpback whale on its annual migration.
For all information have a look at their website: http://www.sarinabeachcocofest.com
Jondaryan Woolshed Open Weekend - September
Step back in time and see what the Darling Downs was like in the 1800s. The event feature sheep shearing, rope making, whip cracking, blacksmithing, working dog displays, horse and cart rides, spinner and weavers, mini train rides, bee keeping, damper making and much more.
For all the details about the weekend, check out their web site: https://www.jondaryanwoolshed.com.au
Quilpie and District Show & Rodeo - September
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 10th 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 operating until late. For an outback experience with true country hospitality, make the Quilpie and District Show and Rodeo your big day out!
For all the activities and dates, go to their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/302414446970935/
Winton Outback Festival - September
The historic outback town of Winton, home of the famous Waltzing Matilda song, holds a biennial Outback Festival held over the September Queensland school holiday. Events include: the Outback Iron Man and Woman; crayfish derby face, Aussie dunny derby challenge; bush poets breakfast, music concerts and much more.
Beef, Bells & Bottle Tree Festival (Miles) - September
This year the Miles District will once again host its Beef, Bells and Bottle Tree Festival, a Biennial September showcase of community activities and events that capture our living history, celebrate our relaxed country lifestyle, and provide ample opportunities for community and visitor involvement.
The festival is known for its unique and quirky Aussie events, plus a carnival atmosphere that welcomes city and country families alike to enjoy the events. September is the ideal time of year to visit Miles coinciding with the Spring flourish of wildflowers for which our district is renowned. For all the details and dates, check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Beef-Bells-Bottle-Tree-Festival
Bedourie Ute and Travellers’ Muster / Bedourie Races - September
Held in conjunction with the Bedourie Races in September, the Bedourie Ute & Travellers’ Muster attracts motor enthusiasts from all around the country all keen to pay homage to Australia’s greatest workhorse; the good ol’ Aussie ute.
The Muster incorporates many categories for all vehicles with great prize money and trophies up for grabs. Nominations should be made to the Bedourie Outback Visitor Centre. Food and refreshments are available all weekend.
For all the details of the Muster, check out their web site at:
RM Williams Muster - Longreach - September
September sees the dust fly in the Queensland Outback for the annual R.M. Williams Longreach Muster! Over two action packed days, Australia's best stockmen and women will battle it out in a range of fast paced, hard riding bush events. An event not to be missed!
The Muster sees the country’s top horse men and women show why Australia is second to none when it comes to horsemanship and bush skills.
For all the details and dates for the coming year, go to:
You can also check out their Facebook Page:
Birdsville Races - Birdsville's busiest week of the year occurs in September.
Visitors converge on this tiny outback town from all parts of Australia and the world on the first Saturday in September for the Annual Birdsville Racing Carnival over two days (Friday and Saturday). The first race meeting was held in 1882 as an event for hack and stock horses with a few local spectators. The carnival now includes a 13-race program and prize money in excess of $140 000. The XXXX Gold Birdsville Cup is a much sought after trophy and is famous throughout the world.
Situated three kilometres to the South East of the town the track itself is on a claypan alongside the sand dunes. The track is 2000m in circumference with the longest race, 1600m XXXX Gold Birdsville Cup starting in the back straight. All starts are on the course proper with the exception of the 1000m, which starts from a chute. Birdsville is one of four tracks in Queensland that run anti-clockwise
Crowds of over 6000 race goers celebrate the carnival each year enjoying two days of quality outback racing and three great nights of live entertainment. Other entertainment includes the Fashions of the Field, Fred Brophy's Boxing Troupe, Equine Fun Day (Thursday), a variety of food vendors, a giant auction and much more. Great entertainment, class horse racing and premium hospitality makes for a fantastic week in the heart of Australia's outback.
For all the details, and coming dates, go to their web site:
Morning Glory Festival Burketown - September
The Morning Glory Festival takes place usually in September, near the Gulf of Carpentaria in a place called Burketown. The festival will celebrate the unique phenomenon that is the unusual cloud formations that roll in once a year, called “The Morning Glory” cloud. These clouds are so rare that most people will never see one in their lifetime. There is only spot on earth where The Morning Glory Cloud can be predicted and observed on a regular basis and that’s over the Gulf of Carpentaria in Queensland, in our tiny town called Burketown.
The Morning Glory Festival is a program of events for all ages including a rodeo, campdraft, live music, market stalls, photography competitions, seminars, tours and workshops. Burketown will come alive – don’t miss this!
For all the details, check out:
Gulf Glory Barra Bash - Karumba - September
This event is run by the Gulf Barramundi Restocking Association—a not for profit, volunteer based organisation and we welcome your input, participation and your involvement. Proceeds raised over the weekend are going towards future restocking of barramundi into the Norman, Nicholson and Albert River systems in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
For more details about this, and other events held in Karumba, check out the web site: http://karumba.qld.au/events. You can also have a look at the Gulf Barramundi Restocking Association Facebook page:
Monto Dairy Festival - September
Gain insight into the region's diverse agricultural industries through interactive displays, a festival parade and various workshops throughout the week. For more information check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/montodairyfestival/
Charters Towers Heritage and Cultural Festival - September/October
The Charters Towers Region will be full of activities during September and October as part of the annual Heritage & Cultural Festival.
If you’re looking for an outback festival stacked full of heritage displays, bush poetry, historical home tours, theatre restaurant, gold battery tours, including ghost tours if you’re game; then the Charters Towers Heritage and Cultural Festival just might be for you! e town of Charters Towers gets involved with a heritage race day, cattle drive, antique and vintage fair, quilting, blacksmith and leather work displays and so much more…
For more information on all the events and activities held during the festival, and dates, go to the Charters Towers Regional Council web site:
The Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic (Mt Isa) - October
Visitors, competitors and fans can expect to see the Dragon boat regatta and beach volleyball competition on the schedule, along with the hugely popular fireworks display. Not to be forgotten the fishing component of the Classic will also deliver thousands of dollars’ worth of trophies, cash and prizes.
Full details and dates for the next event check out:
Better in Black Festival, Blackall - October
Blackall showcases its sheep and wool heritage and produce with a billy cart derby, barbecue cook off, art and photography exhibitions, music, racing, fashions on the field and a bull ride.
Full details and dates for the next event check out: https://www.betterinblackall.com
Maryborough Heritage Craftfest - November
Showcasing the talents of over 50 local artisans, the annual Craftfest also features stalls, demos and displays. You can even create care packages for overseas troops.
Full details and dates for the next event check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MaryboroughHeritageCraftFest/
Mary Valley Family Fishing Classic - November
Anglers line up to compete for bass, saratoga, silver perch, golden perch and catfish along the well-stocked banks of Lake Borumba. Other festivities include stalls, casting competitions, food and live eterntainment.
Full details and dates for the next event check out their website: https://gympie.qld.lions.org.au
Sunshine Coast Home Show - Caravan, Camping & Boating Expo - October
Held at the Sunshine Coast Stadium, this 3 day Expo and the Show includes the Caravan, Camping and Boating Expo with the largest range of retailers, manufacturers, designers and builders of leisure vehicles on site. Before making a decision on buying or updating your camper trailers, caravans or motorhomes. For more information check out their website:
Nindigully Pub Pig Races - last Saturday in November
The Nindigully Pub Pig Races are held on the last Saturday in November every year. A 6 race programme....gates open high noon....1st race 2pm gully time (can vary a little) ...last race app 8pm with great live country music entertainers. The pub is 160 kilometres west of Goondiwindi, 45 kilometres east of St George and approximately 70 kilometres north of the Queensland/New South Wales border. It is situated on the banks of the Moonie River.
Woodford Folk Festival - December
Enjoy six days of music, dance, cabaret, acrobatics and comedy with workshops, debate, street theatre, forums, visual arts and a children's festival culminating in a New Year's Day fire spectacular.
Full details check out:https://woodfordfolkfestival.com
Professional Bull Riders Australia have a web site which details up coming events - places, dates, times, competitions, etc, etc. Check out their web site at: http://www.pbraustralia.com/
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CAPE YORK FESTIVALS & EVENTS
The Great Wheelbarrow Race - Mareeba - Dimbulah - Almaden - Chillagoe 140km - May
This iconic charity event sees entrants race from Mareeba to Chillagoe pushing a wheelbarrow and following in the footsteps (and tyre tracks) of the region’s hardy pioneers - much the same way that things were done in the gold rush era of the 1880's.
Late in the 1800’s when work was scarce and transportation was limited, miners often used to travel about the region using a wheelbarrow to carry all of their possessions. In 2004, as a tribute to these early pioneers and to honour their amazing trail-blazing feats, the road between Mareeba and Chillagoe was named the Wheelbarrow Way. The original road to Chillagoe began at Herberton and locals claim that a ‘T’ model Ford was used to blaze a shorter route close to the railway track between Dimbulah and Petford in 1949.
Today, the Wheelbarrow Way traverses this same country and follows a similar path close to the railway line which was originally privately owned but has since been incorporated into the state rail system. The line was originally used to ship material from the Chillagoe smelter to Cairns via Mareeba. For all the information and details on this charity event, check out their web page: http://www.greatwheelbarrowrace.com/
The Discovery Festival Cooktown - is held in June each year.
Is presented to celebrate Cooktown’s historical significance and introduce the world to its incredible natural beauty and unique Aboriginal culture. The Cooktown Discovery Festival is an annual event held in Cooktown, Far North Queensland. It is held in June each year to celebrate the arrival of Lt. James Cook on our shores in 1770 and his interaction with the local aboriginal people, the Guugu Yimithirr and the Kuku Yalanji. One of the highlights of the weekend is when the people of Cooktown come together to stage a fully costumed Re-enactment of this event.
Over the 50 years that Cooktown has held this event, it has become a state-wide and national event of significance. The three day Festival includes a multitude of events – the Re-enactment, The Grand Parade, The Welcome to Cooktown Extravaganza, musical entertainment, movies in the park, markets, rides and sideshow alley, kids activities, exhibitions, fireworks as well as dinners , entertainment and events provided by local businesses and organisations.
For all the details go to: http://www.cooktowndiscoveryfestival.com
Laura Rodeo & Campdraft and Races - June
A traditional bush race meeting and Rodeo where ringers and stockmen compete with professional rodeo riders for prizes and trophies. Food stalls, bar facilities and camping is available.
Check out the Laura Rodeo & Campdraft Association Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LauraRodeoCampdraft
Normanton Rodeo and Campdraft - June
A district show, gymkhana, sideshow alley, street parade, rodeo and campdraft all rolled into one.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Normanton-Rodeo/502138009852739
Weipa Fishing Classic - June
The Weipa Fishing Classic is Cape York’s premier and most exciting fishing competition held annually in June. Local and interstate anglers will compete for a record prize pool of more than $100,000. And that’s just in the water – throw in activities for the kids, casting competitions, tug of war showdowns, live entertainment, dance groups, community displays, exhibits, food, drinks and you have got three days of non-stop fun for all the family. For all the details and event dates, go to web: http://www.weipafishingclassic.com/. They also have a Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/weipafishingclassic
Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - July
The festival is held 15km South of Laura, at the Ang-Gnarra Festival Grounds, Cape York. Laura is 330 km north of Cairns, and is a celebration of Aboriginal culture in Cape York. The Festival celebrates & showcases the culture of the Aboriginal people of Cape York Peninsula through song, dance ceremony and performance. The performance and practice of Aboriginal dance & culture at the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival is a very important element in the preservation & continuance of the unique culture of the region.
For all the details and dates go to: https://www.lauraquinkanfestival.com.au
Cairns Multicultural Month - August
In August each year, Cairns Regional Council supports culltural associations, community service providers and organisations to deliver multicultural activities. For more information go to the Cairns Regional Council website: https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/community-environment/multicultural-information/month
Wallaby Creek Festival - September
Wallaby Creek Festival is a multi-cultural, family-friendly and community orientated event, with a relaxed, nurturing, intimate atmosphere. Free camping amongst the lush grounds at Home Rule Rainforest Lodge is available to all ticket holders. Workshops, performers, activities and children's festival activities are plentiful and inlcude craft, sculpture, face painting, movies, the Children’s Parade and much more!! The festival provides an ideal September holiday destination for families.
Food & market stalls are presented throughout the festival to tempt your viewing, tasting and shopping pleasures and an extensive music program is offered across 2 main stages and the Brackets & Jams stage.
The festival grounds come alive with street theatre and dynamic activities, workshops and exhibits and walks to the spectacular Home Rule Falls and unique tropical rainforest displays are offered throughout the weekend.
For more information and festival dates, web: http://www.wallabycreekfestival.org.au/, and visit their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/210372528977471/
Poddy Dodgers Festival - September
This free three-day festival highlights the diversity, endurance and larrikinism that epitomises life in Croydon. Enjoy the Poddy Dodging Challenge, World Title Wild Cow Milking, Greasy Pig Chase, Poddy ride and Mutton Busting ride for kids, competition steer wrestling and team roping, horse sports and station challenges and a camp oven cooking competition. After a hard day's horse and cattle work camp under a blanket of stars, relax and dance the nights away with live music. A great event for the whole family and not to be missed if you are in the area.
For all the details, and dates, go to: https://www.facebook.com/PoddyDodgers
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