Must-See Outback Events in Australia 2024

Outback and country Australia has some very quirky events – world class festivals, rodeos, concerts, regattas and more …
We’ve asked people travelling with the CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE App and books to share some of their favourite regional events across this vast land.

Here’s a guide to the best festivals and gatherings – a smorgasbord of music, culture, sport and Aussie icons! Enjoy six months of fun, just waiting to be experienced.

Coober Pedy Opal Festival
Coober Pedy Opal Festival

MAY

May 2 – 5
AUSTRALIAN CELTIC FESTIVAL
Glen Innes, NSW
https://www.australiancelticfestival.com/

May 3 – 5
FESTIVAL OF OUTBACK SKIES
Hughenden, QLD
https://festivalofoutbackskies.com.au/

May 3-5
WIDE OPEN SPACE
Alice Springs, NT
https://wideopenspace.net.au/

May 5
MOONDYNE FESTIVAL
Toodyay, WA
https://moondynefestival.com.au/

May 5
ST GEORGE SHOW
St George, QLD
https://www.stgeorgeregion.com.au/event/st-george-show/

May 11
ROAD TO RODEO MOUNT ISA
Mount Isa, QLD
https://www.isarodeo.com.au/road-to-rodeo-mount-isa/

May 11
OODNADATTA GYMKHANA & MOTOKHANA
Oodnadatta, SA
http://oodnadattaraceclub.org.au/

May 11 – 12
BIRSDVILLE CAMPDRAFT, RODEO AND BRONCO BRANDING
Birdsville, QLD
https://www.facebook.com/BirdsvilleSocialClubInc

May 14 – 20
FESTIVAL OF OUTBACK OPERA
Winton and Longreach, QLD
https://www.oq.com.au/whats-on/festival-of-outback-opera-2024/#

May 16 – 19
MUSIC IN THE MULGA
Eulo, QLD
www.musicinthemulga.com.au

May 17-25
ORD VALLEY MUSTER
Kununurra, WA
https://ordvalleymuster.com.au/

May 24 – 25
THE SHEARERS SHINDIG
Thargomindah, QLD
https://www.explorebulloo.com.au/events/event/36/quick-shears-shearers-shindig-2024

 

May 24 – 26
GOOMERI PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Goomeri, QLD
https://goomeripumpkinfestival.com.au/

JUNE

June 1
PINJARRA FESTIVAL
Pinjarra, WA
https://www.facebook.com/PinjarraFestival

June 1
MULLEWA MUSTER & RODEO
Mullewa, WA
https://www.mullewamuster.com.au/

June 2 – 8
RAINBOW BEACH FISHING CLASSIC
Rainbow Beach, QLD
www.facebook.com/
https://www.rainbowbeachfamilyfishingclassic.com.au/

June 3
RED COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Karratha, WA
https://www.redcountrymusic.com.au/

June 6 – 9
NORMANTON RODEO AND CAMPDRAFT
Normanton, QLD
https://www.normantonrodeo.com.au/

June 7 – 10
BARUNGA FESTIVAL
Barunga, NT
https://barungafestival.com.au/

June 7 – 10
FINKE DESERT RACE
Alice Springs, NT
https://finkedesertrace.com.au

June 15 – 16
THE 35TH COOBER PEDY OPAL FESTIVAL
Coober Pedy, SA
www.opalfestival.com.au

June 21 – 24
ALICE SPRINGS BEANIE FESTIVAL
Alice Springs, NT
https://beaniefest.org/

June 21 – 29
VISION SPLENDID OUTBACK FILM FESTIVAL
Winton, QLD
http://www.visionsplendidfilmfest.com

June 28-30
TRUFFLE KERFUFFLE FESTIVAL
Manjimup, WA
https://trufflekerfuffle.com.au/

June 29
ALPHA RACES
Alpha, QLD
https://alphajockeyclub.tidyhq.com/

June 29 – July 20
BICHENO BEAMS
Bicheno, TAS
https://bichenobeams.com/

June 30
MARY POPPINS FESTIVAL
Maryborough, QLD
marypoppinsfestival.com.au

JULY

July 2 – 4
BIG RED BASH
Birdsville, QLD
www.bigredbash.com.au

July 5 – 6
ALICE SPRINGS SHOW
Alice Springs, NT
https://www.alicespringsshow.com.au/

July 6
MARREE CAMEL CUP
Marree, SA
https://www.marreehotel.com.au/mhcc19/

July 9 -14
CLONCURRY STOCKMAN’S CHALLENGE AND CAMPDRAFT
Cloncurry, QLD
www.currychallenge.com.au

July 12 – 13
WINTON OPAL FESTIVAL
Winton, QLD
https://qboa.com.au/

July 12 – 13
WILLIE SMITHS MID-WINTER FEST
Huon Valley, TAS
https://www.williesmiths.com.au/mid-winter

July 13
OODNADATTA BRONCO BRANDING
Oodnadatta, SA
http://oodnadattaraceclub.org.au/

July 14-16
THE BOULIA CAMEL RACES
Boulia, QLD
bouliacamelraces.com.au

July 15 – 21
CHANNEL COUNTRY MUSIC MUSTER
Thargomindah, QLD
https://www.explorebulloo.com.au/events/event/37/channel-country-music-muster-2024

July 24 – 27
LIGHTNING RIDGE OPAL AND GEM FESTIVAL
Lightning Ridge, NSW
https://lightningridgeopalfestival.com.au/

July 25 – 27
WINTERFEST BILOELA
Biloela, QLD
https://www.winterfestbiloela.com.au/

July 27
HUGHENDEN RUGBY 7S CARNIVAL
Hughenden, QLD
https://hughendenrugby7s.com.au

July 27 – 28
RAILFEST
Quorn, SA
https://www.pichirichirailway.org.au/events/upcoming-events

AUGUST

August 5
GARMA FESTIVAL
Gulkula, Arnhem Land, NT
https://yyf.com.au/garma-festival/

August 5
GREAT NORTHERN DARWIN CUP
Darwin, NT
https://darwinturfclub.org.au

August 8 – 25
DARWIN FESTIVAL
Darwin, NT
https://www.darwinfestival.org.au/

August 8 – 11
MOUNT ISA MINES RODEO
Mount Isa, QLD
https://www.isarodeo.com.au/mount-isa-mines-rodeo/

August 9 – 11
GLENHOPE SHINDIG
Cobar, NSW
https://www.cobar.nsw.gov.au/event/lock-it-in-eddy-glenhope-shindig/

August 9 -11
GEMFIELDS FESTIVAL
Sapphire, QLD
https://www.gemfieldsrocks.com.au/gemfields-festival

August 9 – 11
Cardwell UFO Festival
Cardwell, QLD
https://www.cardwellufofestival.com.au/

August 14 – 17
#BETTERINBLACKALL FESTIVAL
Blackall, QLD
www.betterinblackall.com

August 15 – 17
MUNDI MUNDI BASH
Broken Hill, NSW
https://mundimundibash.com.au/home/

August 16 – 17
MOURA COUNTRY & COAL FESTIVAL
Moura, QLD
https://mouracoalandcountryfestival.com/

August 16 – 18
STONEHENGE BUSHMANS CARNIVAL
Stonehenge, QLD
https://www.facebook.com/StonehengeRodeo

August 16 – 25
COBB & CO FESTIVAL
Surat – Yuleba, QLD
https://www.cobbandcofestival.com.au/

August 17
THE HENLEY-ON-TODD REGATTA
Alice Springs, NT
henleyontodd.com.au

August 17 – 24
HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK
Hamilton Island, QLD
https://www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au/

August 17 – September 1
SHINZU MATSURI
Broome, WA
https://shinjumatsuri.com.au/

August 18
DARWIN LIONS BEER CAN REGATTA
Darwin, NT
https://beercanregatta.org.au

August 22 – 25
THE GYMPIE MUSTER
Amamoor, Gympie Region, QLD
www.muster.com.au

August 31 – September 1
INNAMINCKA RACES
Innamincka, SA
https://innaminckahotel.com.au/events-near-innamincka/innamincka-races/

SEPTEMBER

September 5 – 9
BROKEN HEEL FESTIVAL
Broken Hill, NSW
www.bhfestival.com

September 6 – 7
THE BIRDSVILLE RACES
Birdsville, QLD
birdsvilleraces.com

September 14
CUNNAMULLA FELLA ROUND UP
Cunnamulla, QLD
https://cunnamullatourism.com.au/roundup/

September 14 – 15
OCEAN & OUTBACK FILM FESTIVAL
Gulf of Carpentaria, QLD
http://www.ooff.com.au/

September 14 – October 13
FLORIADE
Canberra, ACT
https://floriadeaustralia.com/

September 21 – October 1
DESERT FESTIVAL
Alice Springs, NT
https://www.desfest.com/

September 23 – 27
WINTON OUTBACK FESTIVAL and DUNNY DERBY
Winton, QLD
https://outbackfestival.com.au/

September 27 – 29
WINGS ON THE WARREGO
Charleville, QLD
https://www.experiencecharleville.com.au/events/event/40-wings-on-the-warrego

OCTOBER

October 4 – 5
THE DENILIQUIN UTE MUSTER
Deniliquin, QLD
deniutemuster.com.au

October 5 – 6
HUNGERFORD HORSE & MOTORBIKE GYMKHANA
Hungergord, QLD
https://www.explorebulloo.com.au/events/event/42/hungerford-horse-motorbike-gym
khana-plus-motorbike-enduro

October 5 – 6
AUSTRALIAN CAMP OVEN FESTIVAL
Milmerran, QLD
https://acof.com.au/

October 6
BOOROWA IRISH WOOLFEST & RUNNING OF THE SHEEP
Boorowa, NSW
https://irishwoolfest.com.au/

October 10 -13
BATHURST 1000
Bathurst, NSW
https://www.supercars.com/events/2024-repco-bathurst-1000

October 11 – 13
THOMSON RIVER FESTIVAL
Longreach, QLD
https://experiencelongreach.com.au/event/thomson-river-festival/

October 12
DOLLY PARTON FESTIVAL
Narromine, NSW
https://www.dollyfestivalnarromine.com/

October 12
TULIP FESTIVAL WYNYARD
Wynyard, TAS
www.tablecapetulipfarm.com.au/#bloomin-tulip-festival-section

If you need campsites or caravan parks to go with these wonderful events, please check out the CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE App and books. Called the “Traveller’s Bible”, they hold more than 23 years of camping history – the CAMPS App is updated every day!

UNCONFIRMED
September 30 – October 1
TIBOOBURRA GYMKHANA, BIKEKHANA & RODEO, 2023
Tibooburra, NSW
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100093132905742

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