What’s on in Outback Queensland this August

If you’re heading out to the Birdsville Races, why not turn your trip out West into an road-trip bonanza. This month, the Outback is putting on event after event, so you will be spoiled for choice! 

On the 28th August, Quilpie is hosting its’ annual Kangaranga Do Street Party, where the town lets loose for a night from 6pm to midnight. With music, a bar, stalls, a canteen and great activities for kids, the party is set to be a great affair! There will be wool bale rolling, a bath tub derby and a “get your rocks off competition”.

Next stop, why not pull into Windorah, to check out the Windorah International Yabby Races. It’s a unique event that certainly draws a crowd! The races have been going since 1998, and raise money for the Royal Flying Doctors Association and local community groups.

Once you have finished joining in on the excitement of watching the first yabby cross the line, jump back in your car and drive the final 380km to the races. The Birdsville Races have earned a name for themselves as the Melbourne Cup of the Outback. Despite being the most remote race meet of all, sitting on the edge of the Simpson Desert, the races attract so many people that Birdsville swells from 100 to 6000 people over the weekend. 

The Birdsville Races will take place from the 31st of August to the 1st September, so you still have some time to fuel up and plan your trip. 

If you attend any of the events, we would love to see some snaps – tag us in your photos on Instagram @queenslandweekender and use the hashtag, #QueenslandWeekender.

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