The Winton Outback Festival was born in 1972, a time when the local community was grappling with years of devastating drought. The festival was conceived with the aim of putting the town of Winton on the map. From its humble beginnings, the festival has grown into a major regional event, attracting thousands of attendees from all walks of life. Perfect for families and anyone who loves the Australian outback, this is an event to put on your bucket list.
When and Where
The festival takes place biennial in odd years in the month of September. The next edition of the festival is scheduled for 23-27 September 2025. Winton, is located in Central West Queensland approximately 441 km from Mount Isa and 1,153 km from Brisbane.
The Outback Festival Winton is known for its unique blend of outback-themed events and authentic Aussie experiences. The festival’s signature event is the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby, a hilarious spectacle that sees teams racing homemade ‘Thunderboxes’.
Sports fans can test their skills in the True Blue Aussie Sports, Outback Ironman and Ironwoman, and Century Cycle Challenge. The festival also features a variety of novelty events.
For those who prefer a more relaxed pace, there are bush poets breakfasts, live bands, and roving artists. The festival also offers a range of activities for kids, making it a perfect event for families.
What to Expect
Quilton Australian Dunny Derby
Sunset Gala Charity Dinner
Outback Iron Man, Woman & Junior
Outback Century Cycle Challenge
Western River Run
Bush Poets Breakfast & Show
Outback Aussie Sports
True Blue Aussie Sports Competition
Outback Whip Cracking Championships