Qld launches bush events calendar to attract 1m visitors to the Outback

Bog Snorkelling is one of the Dirt n Dust Festival events.

A revamped calendar of bush events has been launched as the Queensland Government works to attract one million tourists to the Outback in 2019.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk launched the events calendar, saying the year of Outback Tourism marketing campaign was expected to reach more than 3 million potential visitors.

“We are determined to build on that momentum and reach one million visitors for the first time — that’s more than 13 per cent growth year on year,” Palaszczuk said.

“Two things I can guarantee about an outback holiday: you won’t come home hungry and you’ll kick yourself for not doing it sooner.”

The first event off the grid will be the Julia Creek Dirt and Dust Festival in the State’s west. This will be followed by Mount Isa Rodeo, Winton Way Out West Fest, Birdsville Big Red Bash, Outback Queensland Masters golf series, and Million Dollar Hole-in-One Challenge.

“Events like the Julia Creek Dirt and Dust Festival, the iconic Mount Isa Rodeo, Winton’s Way Out West Fest and Birdsville’s Big Red Bash are crucial when it comes to enticing tourists to the Outback,” said Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones.

“One of the best ways to show your support for the people of west Queensland is to head to the Outback for a holiday.

“There’s so much to do from exploring Australia’s history, to meeting classic Outback characters or experiencing a range of world-class events.”