About Outback Festival

It has been coined quirky, strange, and even weird by some, but the locals call it the “Outback Festival.” It has been luring visitors to Winton from all over Australia and overseas since 1972 with its unique blend of outback-themed events and authentic Aussie experiences and will celebrate the 26th Festival in 2021.

The inaugural event was held in 1972, with the event growing to a total attendance of 8,420.

This country town, home to less than 1,000 residents, literally explodes with excitement and people, increasing the local population by ten-fold during the five-day Festival including rare, active, and participatory events, such as the Outback Ironman, Ironwomen and Iron Juniors and the Century Cycle.

The iconic feature of the Festival is the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby.  All accommodation in Winton is fully booked out during the event, with camping available at the Showgrounds and an additional Tent City developed to increase accommodation capacity.

Our Mission is to deliver an authentic Australian outback experience that actively encourages all ages to participate in the event. The Festival is welcoming, fun, and one of the world’s quirkiest events.

Our vision is to be known as one of the world’s quirkiest festivals, famous for the Australian Dunny Derby and an icon for Outback Queensland.

We are a biennial event organised by the Outback Festival Inc.; is a not-for-profit incorporated association supported by a small army of volunteers.

volunteers at outback festival