The Diamantina Shire is home to many varied and special events to make your outback Queensland road trip an adventure of a life time!  The RV Friendly towns of Birdsville and Bedourie together with the people of the Diamantina welcome all visitors including Grey Nomads, Backpackers, Caravan, RV and 4WD holiday makers.  There’s always something happening, and your outback road trip to the far west and channel country will leave you wanting to come back.  Some of the amazing events held annually include:

  • Betoota Gymkhana and Bikekhana
  • Bedourie Bikes & Bulls
  • Birdsville Bronco Branding                                                                                          
  • Bedourie Campdraft, Rodeo, and Gymkhana                                                  
  • Big Red Run
  • Big Red Bash Music 
  • Bedourie Camel and Pig Races
  • Simpson Desert Racing Carnival incorporating the Birdsville Races, The Bedourie Races and Rodeo, and The Betoota Races.  

2017 Events Calendar

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Betoota Gymkhana - Betoota Events: 7 April 2018 to 8 April 2018

Betoota Gymkhana is held the first weekend after Easter every year. Come for a unique experience in the outback!

Bedourie Bikes & Bulls - Bedourie Events: 14 April 2018

Bedourie is hosting it's first Bikes & Bulls event on the 8th & 9th April! Held at the Bedourie race track , the event features live entertainment, a bar and food stall at the venue all weekend. There is also free camping available at the site.

Birdsville Campdraft, Rodeo & Bronco Branding - Birdsville Events: 12 May 2018 to 13 May 2018

Birdsville comes alive every Mother's Day weekend with Annual Campdraft Rodeo and Bronco Branding, This is a unique show of outback sports and horsemanship. It is a must see on the calendar.

Bedourie Channel Country Rugby League Nines 2018 - Bedourie Events: 9 June 2018

Would you like to be able to get the chance to call yourselves the  "Channel Country Rugby Leauge 9's Champions", if so why not grab your team mates and head to Bedourie for this great sporting event. 


Big Red Run - Birdsville Events: 27 June 2018 to 1 July 2018

Big Red Run is Australia's first and only 250km multi day race.

Birdsville Gymkhana & Bikekhana - Birdsville Events: 30 June 2018 to 1 July 2018

Come and enjoy a great outback event for the whole family.

Bedourie Campdraft, Rodeo, Gymkhana & Bronco Branding - Bedourie Events: 6 July 2018 to 8 July 2018

Great music and entertainment continues long into the night on Friday and Saturday.

Big Red Bash Music Event - Birdsville Events: 10 July 2018 to 12 July 2018

3 days and nights of music …… Iconic Australian artists, set in an iconic location on the edge of the Simpson Desert, with the iconic Big Red Dune as stage backdrop …. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Bedourie Camel & Pig Races & Camp Oven Cook-Off - Bedourie Events: 14 July 2018

Forget horses – it's the camels that reign supreme in the historic town of Bedourie come July.

Betoota Races - Betoota Events: 25 August 2018

Renowned as the race that breathes life back into Outback Queensland's famed ghost town, the Betoota Races kicks off the lucrative Simpson Desert Racing Carnival.

Birdsville Races - Birdsville Events: 31 August 2018 to 1 September 2018

Nothing beats Birdsville in September!

Join us for the 2018 Birdsville Races on the 31st August  and 1st September. 

Bedourie Races & Rodeo - Bedourie Events: 8 September 2018

Bedourie is the 3rd and final race meeting of the famed Simpson Desert Racing Carnival. Enjoy an evening rodeo and entertainment on Friday night followed by a great day at the races on Saturday.


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