Discover the Magic of the Outback: Experience the Unforgettable Outback Festival

9 August 2023

Head over to Winton this September for Australia’s most eccentric event, the Outback Festival. For five delightful days, the charming Outback Queensland town of Winton will come alive with quintessential outback festivities from 19th to 23rd September, perfectly timed with the Queensland school holidays.

Nestled in the heart of Outback Queensland, Winton sits within a cooee of Longreach and Mount Isa (just 2 hours north of Longreach and 5 hours southeast of Mount Isa). This charming town earned the prestigious title of Queensland’s favourite Top Tiny Tourism Town in 2022.

The festival’s highlight is the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby, capping off five days of authentic outback revelry, complete with warm Outback hospitality and nightly live entertainment. Sports enthusiasts can put their skills to the test in the True Blue Aussie Sports, Outback Ironman and Ironwoman, Century Cycle Challenge, and an array of fun novelty events. Plus, you won’t want to miss the live bands, bush poets breakfasts, roving artists, and engaging kids’ activities that make this event a must-do experience.

It’s an ideal occasion for families and anyone with a love for the Australian outback. Winton itself epitomizes true Australian spirit, being the birthplace of iconic works like Waltzing Matilda and the establishment of Qantas. With its title as Australia’s Dinosaur Capital, Winton is unlike any other town in the country.

Mark your calendars for Winton’s Outback Festival from 19th to 23rd September 2023. Don’t miss out; book your tickets and camping spots now at and be part of the fun-filled adventure.

Some Amazing Events Include:

Quilton Australian Dunny Derby

Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping experience and root for the speediest dunny in the west during our legendary Quilton Australian Dunny Derby. Watch as teams of five fiercely race past derby ‘obstacles’ to claim the coveted golden porcelain bowl.

The 200-meter Derby kicks off in Le Mans style, with the jockey sprinting to his thunderbox (seat) before the team pushes/pulls their Dunny through the challenging ‘obstacles’ toward the finish line. Each five-person team comprises two runners ‘pushing’ the Dunny, two runners ‘pulling’ the Dunny, and one daring jockey riding on his thunderbox inside the Dunny. It’s an exhilarating spectacle you won’t want to miss!

Sunset Gala Charity Dinner

Join us for a magical evening under the stars as we celebrate the breath taking outback sunset at our Sunset Charity Gala Dinner, a beloved highlight of the Outback Festival.

Dress in your finest attire, with bowties and bling, and get ready to dance the night away with friends while enjoying a sumptuous three-course meal. The evening’s live entertainment will be provided by the talented Band of the 1st Battalion, affectionately known as 1 RAR Band!

The event will also feature inspiring guest speakers and an exciting charity auction, where you’ll have the chance to bid on unique and priceless items. All proceeds from the auction will go to Ronald McDonald Place Northern Australia & Ageing in the Outback, specifically supporting ‘Jessamine Place’ in Winton.

Throughout the years, the Outback Festival has successfully raised over $100,000 for various worthy causes. The Sunset Charity Dinner is the centerpiece of the week-long program, reflecting the town’s unwavering commitment to supporting fellow Australians in need. Come be a part of this meaningful and unforgettable night!

Outback Iron Man, Woman and Junior

At the Outback Festival in Winton, participants have the chance to embrace the spirit of the outback through the distinctive Outback Iron Man, Women, and Junior events, specially crafted to test their strength and endurance. Spanning across multiple days, these challenges are designed to push participants to their limits, demonstrating the ruggedness and toughness of the outback.

Engaging in these events not only allows individuals to experience the thrill of friendly competition but also provides a wonderful opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich and unique culture of the outback. It’s a great way to get involved, connect with like-minded individuals, and celebrate the indomitable spirit of the Australian outback.

Outback Century Cycle Challenge

Branded as the Outback’s most demanding and level cycling event, the 2023 Outback Festival Century Challenge presents a metric century (100km) ride on a fully sealed road, commencing and concluding in Winton. Although it may not boast steep hills, the ride compensates with an unparalleled mental challenge.

According to ride organizer Chris Carson, the absence of typical geographic features and scenic vistas that cyclists are accustomed to renders the Outback Century Cycle Challenge an exceedingly demanding course to conquer.

The true challenge lies in the unique setting: no towering ascents to conquer, just vast expanses of open terrain with more emus than cars. It’s not just a physical endeavour; it’s a test of mental fortitude. However, as participants embrace the sheer enormity of the magnificent Outback landscape, they embark on an adventure that will be cherished for a lifetime!

So what are you waiting for?

If you’re eager to delve deeper into a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and secure tickets to this extraordinary experience, seize the opportunity now!