Do you need a reason to start your Outback road trip? Here are five Outback Queensland events that will make you bag your bags right now! Take your pick from golfing at the Outback Queensland Masters, watching movies at the Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, placing a ringside bet on the Boulia Camel Races, finding out why its Better in Blackall or celebrating the 50th year of the Outback Festival in Winton.

Five Outback Queensland Events That Will Get You on the Road Right Now!

Outback Queensland Masters 2019

Outback Queensland Masters IMAGE: Tourism and Events Queensland


Located at five destinations in the heart of the outback, the Outback Queensland Masters (coined OQM by the locals) is Australia’s most remote golf series.

It spans over 2,000 kilometres across Queensland’s Outback and attracts everyone from mad golf enthusiasts and amateurs to first-time golfers. They are all competing for the $10,000 hole-in-one opportunities across five locations. It’s all golf by day and dine under the stars of the Milky Way by night. 

This year’s competition will see competitors wheel their golf bags through Roma, Tambo, Barcaldine, Winton, and Mount Isa. The 2022-million-dollar hole-in-one will be held in Birdsville on the edge of the Simpson Desert. The competition runs from June 18 to July 24

Find further information on the website.

Milky Way in Winton

​The Milky Way in Winton is just one of the things you’ll see at Vision Splendid. IMAGE: Tourism and Events Queensland


Go beyond the beaches this winter and venture to Australia’s Hollywood of the Outback for the festival that unites the dreamers, explorers, filmmakers and the seekers. The 9th annual Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival returns to Winton in Outback Queensland from June 24 – July 2 2022. This year there will be an immersive nine-day program with screenings under the stars in Winton’s 104-year-old Royal Open Air Cinema. 

Find further information on the website. 

Outback Queensland Events Boulia Camel Races

Outback Queensland Events – Boulia Camel Races IMAGE: Tourism and Events Queensland


It’s known as the ‘Melbourne Cup of Camel Racing’. The Boulia Camel Races attract professional camel racing teams from across Australia, all with hopes to win the 1500m Boulia Camel Cup! 

Held out on the cusp of the Simpson Desert, it’s the longest, toughest and most prestigious camel race in Australia and is an epic experience for competitors and spectators alike. Celebrating 25 years of camel racing in Boulia, travellers are urged to experience this ‘bucket-list’ Outback Queensland event from 15 – 17 July. 

More information on their website

Outback Queensland Events – And they are off in the Boulia Camel Races! IMAGE: Tourism and Events Queensland

There're off -Outback Queensland Events
Better in Blackall Festival

Blackall’s main street comes alive for the Better in Blackall Festival.


Escape the city and experience a taste of life in Blackall – where life is better. The four-day festival program is a sweet combination of everything the outback town has to offer. The town springs to life with local food, beverage and food tastings, live music and entertainment, art and cultural displays, billy cart races, barbeque competitions, and a swag load of familiar faces. Bring the family to experience life in Blackall for a wholesome winter escape from August 17 to August 21. 

Find further information on the website.

Live Music Main Street Winton

Outback Queensland Events – Live music for the Winton Outback Festival


Extend your winter trip to make it to the 50-year celebration of the ultimate Outback Festival. The Winton Outback Festival has been an unmissable outback experience since 1972. Fast forward 50 years, and the biennial event expects to draw thousands of visitors to experience this outback extravaganza. 

To celebrate this 50-year achievement, there’ll be a special one-off Anniversary Event Weekend from September 23 to September 25. Celebrations include a Golden Anniversary Gala Dinner under the Stars, live entertainment, Boulder Opal markets in Winton’s main street and Bush Poets Breakfast Recovery Show. 

Find further information on the website.

More to see in the Queensland Outback

Outback Queensland Events – Dining at the Winton Outback Festival

Outback Festival Winton