2017 promises more fair dinkum memory-making festivals in outback Queensland than you can poke a stick at. We’ve pulled together the cream of the crop, so grab your Akubra and a sense of adventure and add these little beauties to your bucket list.
Vision Splendid Film Festival, Winton, 23 June – 1 July 2017
Celebrate Australian film and culture under the starry skies of outback Queensland at Winton’s annual Vision Splendid Film Festival. Over 10 days and nights, this true celebration of movie making in the outback, promises a full program of classic and modern Australian films. Enjoy live talks, masterclasses and location tours. Best of all, experience movies the old-fashioned way in canvas chairs at Winton’s iconic outdoor cinema.
Mount Isa Rodeo, Mount Isa, 11-13 August 2017
Hold onto your cowboy hat for an electrifying three days of thrills, spills and non-stop rodeo action at the annual Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo. This award-winning and legendary event is jam-packed with edge of your seat excitement – bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc, rope & tie, steer wrestling, barrel racing, breakaway roping and more. The largest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere is guaranteed to rock your socks off with a full program of live entertainment and concerts.
Jackie Howe Festival, Jondaryan, 2017 dates TBA
If you think you’ve had a tough day at work, spare a thought for Aussie legend Jackie Howe, who sheared a record and back-breaking 321 sheep in 7 hours and 40 minutes in 1892! The Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears celebrates this infamous shearer and the Darling Downs sheep and wool industry. Enjoy shearing competitions, woolshed re-enactments and a fashion show.
Capricorn Food & Wine Festival, Rockhampton, 15-17 September 2017
Sample the best food and wine Central Queensland has to offer at the annual Capricorn Food & Wine Festival. Over three days and nights, indulge in signature dining experiences, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, food and wine masterclasses, and more.
Roma Cup Race Carnival, Roma, 2017 dates TBA
Join the locals trackside for a true taste of country racing at the annual Roma Cup Race Carnival. If anyone knows how to throw a true blue outback Queensland party, it’s Roma. This popular event promises a full program of racing, including the hotly contested Roma Cup Race, food, fashion, bars and live music.
Cully Fest, Toowoomba, 17 – 19 November 2017
Learn how to cook an emu in a traditional Kup Murri, tickle your tastebuds with bush tucker, and watch a didgeridoo being made at the annual Cully Fest. Cully Fest promises a fun and educational showcase of Aboriginal culture and traditions. Don’t miss the Aboriginal musicians, poets and story-tellers.
NYE Rodeo, Charters Towers, 31 December 2017
Ditch the black tie and cocktail dress this New Years Eve and head to Charters Towers for its annual rodeo event guaranteed to kick off the new year with a bang. More than 40 of Australia’s professional bull riders descend on the old mining town each New Years Eve to battle it out with Queensland’s most extreme bucking bulls. The PBR New Years Eve Chute Out guarantees an action-packed night of extreme sport, fireworks and live music.