Forget crowded indoor music performances where you have to dress up in stiff suits and frilly frocks. Grab ya boots, your sense of adventure, and head outback!
You’ll find an event utopia where there are no queues to grab a beer, plenty of chairs to relax in, and no risk of falling asleep between acts. We’ve pulled together the Top 9 Outback Queensland events that will get you boot skootin’ like a true local.
The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival | Winton
27 June – 6 July 2014
Get involved with the first open-air film festival of its kind at The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival. Spread over 10 glorious days, you can watch most of the 50 films, which celebrate our true blue Aussie culture, under the stars of the outback night sky.
Big Red Run | Birdsville
2-7 July 2014
Work up a thirst by tackling Big Red Run, Australia’s first and only 250-kilometre multi-day race set in the scorching Simpson Desert. If you’re not quite up for such a big challenge, they have shorter runs available, or just ditch the running altogether and grab a ‘frothy’ at the pub and soak up the atmosphere.
Big Red Bash | Birdsville
9-10 July 2014
Looking for Australia’s ultimate outdoor music venue? Grab your camping gear and get set to enjoy performances from some of the country’s biggest music legends like John Williamson, Daryl Braithwaite and Kasey Chambers (just to name a few) at the Big Red Bash. Did we mention the gig is held from the top of the biggest sand dune in the Simpson Desert (aka Big Red)? If the thought of listening to Aussie ballads under the stars of the Southern Cross, with your feet in the red earth, doesn’t make you proud, nothing will.
Bedourie Camel Races and Camp Oven Cook-Off | Bedourie
12 July 2014
The Bedourie Camel Races are about as far removed from your fashions-on-the-field racetrack experience as you can get. These original ships of the desert can be cheeky buggers as they fly around the dirt track with their brave riders holding on tight. After a day on the track, dive into some delicious outback tucker that would make your nanna jealous. Don’t be scared, the camp oven cook-off isn’t the charcoal remains from dad’s BBQ – you’ll see feasts prepared the outback way that would put any master chef to shame and leave you salivating for more.
The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo | Mount Isa
8-10 August 2014
This is the BIG one that every cowboy and cowgirl dreams of riding in. Polish your boots and grab your Akubra for the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo – the largest and richest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere.
Windorah Yabby Races | Windorah
4 September 2014
You know you’ve hit outback gold when you get to enjoy the Windorah Yabby Races. Scream and yell along with your new mates as you watch the little critters scurry over the finish line. HOT TIP: The yabby races are a perfect pit stop for those driving out for the Birdsville Races.
Birdsville Races | Birdsville
5-6 September 2014
The Birdsville Races, or the ‘Melbourne Cup of the Outback’, is a two-day race that attracts over 7,000 people to the outback town of Birdsville. Frock up or get creative and watch the race that stops the outback!
Bedourie Ute and Traveller’s Muster | Bedourie
13 September 2014
We love our utes in Australia – so much in fact that we even hold a muster for them. Guys and gals drive their beloved beasts from all over the country to pay homage to Australia’s greatest workhorse; the good ol’ Aussie ute, at the Bedourie Ute and Traveller’s Muster.
The Morning Glory Festival | Burketown
19-28 September 2014
Raise a few eyebrows and tell all of your mates that you’re going to Australia’s biggest Morning Glory Festival. Every September, this natural phenomenon rolls in over Burketown and is one of the few places in the world where this wonder can be predicted on a regular basis.