About The Trails
It's the ultimate music festival meets road trip!
#About the Queensland Music Trails
Whether you’re scoffing down a sausage roll at a country bakery or hoeing into a fresh Yatala pie; crackin’ a tinny at a pub in woop woop or nodding your head in approval as you gaze out across one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, you’ve gotta ask yourself – is there anything better than an Aussie road trip? Well, yeah. Maybe. But what if you chucked in some live music along the way? That’d be nice!
It would! So in 2021, QMF shook things up a bit. We said see-ya-later to traffic jams, hoo-roo to long cafe lines on weekends and offered up a fresh alternative to doom scrolling your way through to 2022.
This Winter, the very first Queensland Music Trail got Aussies out of the Big Smoke, and into that great big beautiful backyard we all call the Queensland outback. We totally reimagined the Aussie road trip, turning the festival format on its head and putting on a bunch of unique events in some damn fine locations. The best bit – everyone was invited along for the ride! Sounds like an alright time, yeah?
It is! And it kicked off in June and July this year with The Outback Trail, a road trip through the Western Downs, into the heart of the Australian outback and towards the red desert, jam packed with weird and wonderful events along the way. From discovering bands at the most regional music festival on earth, to experiencing music under the stars with a glass of bubbles, The 2021 Outback Trail married the best of Queensland’s southern outback across small towns, big cities and natural wonders with ripper live music.
Future trails will explore Tropical Far North Queensland, South East Queensland, East Coast (Mackay to Sunshine Coast) Cape Trail (Townsville to Bamaga), Gemfields (Emerald to Middlemount) and Coast to Coast (Yarrabah to Burketown). How good!
The Outback Trail is presented by QMF and supported by the Australian Government through the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund, and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Spaces and Places Activation Fund. The event is also supported by Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.
QMF is a strategic music agency that helps communities unlock the power of music to create a brighter future.
The QMF team is an expert collective, brought together by the shared belief that music’s potential value to our society is yet to be fully realised.
The programs we facilitate are typically partnerships between leading artists and arts organisations, local communities, government, corporate and philanthropic partners.
We like to think that we tie it all together.
QMF is an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.