The Outback Trail

The Outback Trail


April 13 - 21 2024

Head West of the Ordinary

Embark on an offbeat adventure along The Outback Trail, where the marvels of Queensland's outback come alive through the magic of music.

9 Days - 7 Events - 2,200km Roundtrip to/from Brisbane

From 13 - 21 April 2024, join us on a thrilling nine-day musical journey through the rugged heartland of Queensland.

This offbeat adventure kicks off 4 hours outside of Brisbane and promises to guide you through the outback's most breathtaking destinations, with each stop inviting a celebration of iconic music moments, enriching cultural experiences and heartfelt local hospitality.

Crafted as a self-driving adventure, the trail allows you to build your itinerary and tailor your adventure to your unique preferences. Plan your journey to attend as many events as you desire and customise your experience by selecting the events and attractions that resonate with you.

The Outback Trail beckons the extraordinary, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that can only unfold in the distinct realm of the outback.

Grab your swag, pack your tucker bag and join the trail – the outback is waiting for you!

How it Works

#How it Works

1. Choose Your Events

Check out the itinerary below and choose one, some or all of the events you wish to attend along the trail and buy tickets to each.

2. Book Your Accommodation

Camping, glamping, caravanning or 4WD-ing! You can book the accommodation that suits you around the events and attractions you've planned.

3. Pack Your Swag

Pack up the car with all the essentials you'll need for the road, get Google Maps up and start planning your drive.

4. The Trail Begins!

We'll see you in Goondiwindi on 13 April, or wherever you decide to start your outback adventure!

#The Journey

Day 1: Goondiwindi: Saddle Up for the Trail Ahead

Day 1: Goondiwindi: Saddle Up for the Trail Ahead

Saturday, 13 April

Pack your swag, round up your mates and head out west to start the first day of your outback musical adventure. The first destination? Goondiwindi, where you'll settle along the tranquil banks of the mighty Macintyre River. 

The Outback Trail 2024 kicks off with Saddle Up—a spirited invitation to Trail-goers and locals to join us in Goondiwindi for our official launch event. Bring a picnic lunch, mix and mingle with fellow Trail-goers and enjoy live tunes from homegrown heroes Split Image and country pop rising star Chloe Styler. If you're keen to keep the good times rolling, those aged 18+ can head to the beloved Goondiwindi Picnic Races for even more celebration.



Day 2: Nindigully

Day 2: Nindigully

Sunday, 14 April

On the second day of The Outback Trail we find ourselves in charming Nindigully— affectionately dubbed "The Gully" by locals. 

Our journey brings us to the most famous and respected institution in town... The Nindigully Pub!

With roots dating back to 1864, The Nindigully Pub is revered as one of Queensland's oldest and continually licensed pubs. 

Mosey on down to The Gully Sessions for a relaxed afternoon of classic pub grub and live country music.


Day 3: Travel day to St George

Day 3: Travel day to St George

Monday, 15 April

On the third day of The Outback Trail, we roll into the quaint town of St George, nestled along the picturesque Balonne River. Today is your chance to tailor your journey to your interests – it's a choose-your-own-adventure kind of day! 

Grab a glass of vino and let the good times flow at Riversands Winery, where you’re guaranteed a “bush story in every glass”. Take a leisurely stroll along the iconic Balonne River or crank it up a notch with a Sandytown River Cruise. For a unique experience, embark on the Self-Drive Cotton Trail starting at the Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre, and learn a thing or two about the local cotton growing industry.

St. George is a treasure trove of outback activities – so let loose, have a blast and uncover the hidden gems that make this town an outback favourite! 

Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland 


Day 4: Charlotte Plains

Day 4: Charlotte Plains

Tuesday, 16 April

Our next stop invites you and your fellow trail-goers to Charlotte Plains, a cherished family-owned and operated sheep station with a century-long legacy. Feel the warmth of a heartfelt welcome from owner Robyn Russell and her family as we gather for an intimate storytelling experience at Ballads and Bush Yarns

Here, we'll celebrate the spirited outback tales that define the heart and soul of Charlotte Plains. To complement the narratives we've thrown in the musical storytelling of Troy Cassar-Daley and Loren Ryan.

Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland 


Day 5: Travel Day to Charleville

Day 5: Travel Day to Charleville

Wednesday, 17 April

On the fifth day of our outback adventure, we continue westward to Charleville, which we'll use as a base for the events to come. Today's agenda is a blank canvas, presenting an excellent opportunity for you to forge your own unique Outback adventure—and there's no town better suited for the task!  

Journey through the big outback sky and have its wonders explained by expert guides at the Cosmos Centre. Get up close with Australia's native wildlife, particularly the endangered bilby, at the Charleville Bilby Experience. Dive into the rich history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service at the Visitor Centre and step back in time at the WWII Secret Base.

No matter your interests, Charleville has something to captivate every trail-goer seeking an authentic Australian outback experience.

Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland 


Day 6: Quilpie

Day 6: Quilpie

Thursday, 18 April

As the sun sets on the quaint town of Quilpie, day six will see us head out to The Lake for a once-in-a-lifetime fusion of degustation and artistic brilliance beneath the vast outback night sky.

Culinary Constellations extends a warm invitation to indulge in a decadent five-course degustation dinner curated by renowned celebrity chef, Mark Olive.

Between each delicious course, the evening will be enriched by the mesmerising musical performances. As the native cherry on top, you'll have the rare opportunity to engage in a stargazing journey.

Elevating the culinary spectacle is a live performance from William Barton, Australia’s leading didgeridoo player and highly-esteemed composer, instrumentalist and vocalist.

Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland 


Day 7: Tambo

Day 7: Tambo

Friday, 19 April

Giddy up for a nostalgic evening of toe-tappin' and boot-scootin' at The Big Bush Dance! Day seven of this offbeat adventure promises an unbridled celebration of traditional Australian bush dancing at the historic Tambo Town Hall.

The hall will come alive with dancers of all ages invited to join in and learn a bush dance guided by local professionals. Whether you're an experienced dancer or a green horse, everyone is welcome on the dance floor to relish the good ol'-fashioned joy of bush dancing. 


Day 8: Charleville

Day 8: Charleville

Saturday, 20 April

On the eighth day of our epic journey we trot into Charleville for the inaugural Outback Sounds— a one-day, family-friendly music festival proudly reigning as the pinnacle event of The Outback Trail. Headlining the night is Ball Park Music, Paul Dempsey, Pierce Brothers + More

Outback Sounds will transform the Charleville Showgrounds into an outback oasis, where the spirit of music, arts, food and community bursts to life. 

Explore local market stalls between sets and savor delicious eats from food stalls scattered across the site. Outback Sounds is more than a festival; it's a vibrant celebration of music, creativity, and community spirit against the captivating outback backdrop.

Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland 


Day 9: Roma

Day 9: Roma

Sunday, 21 April

All good things must come to an end, but not without a worthy send-off! On the final day of The Outback Trail, we invite trail-goers and local legends to come together for a memorable last hurrah in Roma

Seize this opportunity to relax and unwind before heading homeward. It’s the perfect time to share tales of the wonderful moments we've experienced and the beautiful locations we've explored. Immerse yourself in the rich flavours of outback Queensland one last time and bid farewell to both mates old and new.

Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland 


#What's On

SEE ALL EVENTS

Outback Sounds
The Outback Trail

Outback Sounds

Charleville Showgrounds
Goondiwindi Picnic Races
The Outback Trail
Gunsynd ParkAustralia
The Gully ~Sessions~
The Outback Trail

The Gully Sessions

The Nindigully PubAustralia
Ballads and Bush Yarns
The Outback Trail

Ballads and Bush Yarns

Bore Camp, Charlotte Plains
Culinary ~Constellations~
The Outback Trail

Culinary Constellations

The Lake
The Big Bush Dance
The Outback Trail

The Big Bush Dance

Tambo Shire Hall
The Sundowner
The Outback Trail

The Sundowner

Western Queensland Distillery
Saddle Up
The Outback Trail

Saddle Up

Goondiwindi Waggamba Community Cultural Centre
Outback River Lights Festival
The Outback Trail
Event Tickets

#Event Tickets

The Trail Traveller Pass

The Trail Traveller Pass

The Trail Traveller Pass grants entry to three of our premier Trail events at a remarkable 20% discount.

Tickets are $128 for adults and $102 for children aged 6-17, children under 5 are free!

Your Trail Traveller Pass includes 1x ticket to each of these events:

Sunday 14 April: The Gully Sessions in Nindigully
Tuesday 16 April: Ballads & Bush Yarns in Charlotte Plains
Saturday 20 April: Outback Sounds in Charleville

These tickets are limited, so you’ll need to get in quick!

Individual Event Tickets

Individual Event Tickets

Choose your own adventure with individual tickets to any of the events along The Outback Trail.

Tickets don't include camping or transport. More detailed information and FAQs to be released soon!

FAQs

From general event information to outback travel tips, our FAQs cover it all. We've gathered the most asked questions to make sure your adventure along The Outback Trail is as smooth as your favourite track.

So, pump up the volume and check out the FAQs below. We're here to make sure your experience is off the charts fun and as stress-free as possible!

#Drought Angels

Drought Angels is joining the Outback Trail as our official charity partner, passionately supporting Aussie farmers and rural communities doing it tough.

They provide crucial financial assistance, food hampers, care packs and mental wellbeing support to over 4,800 primary producers battling the harsh realities of natural disasters across Australia. Their on-farm visits and heart-to-heart phone conversations act as a lifeline, helping farmers stay on the land—an indispensable service that contributes profoundly to Australia's regional economies, food security and the social well-being of rural communities.

Stand with us in supporting Aussie farmers and outback communities navigating tough times. You can donate to Drought Angels when purchasing event tickets through Moshtix or look out for donation points at all Outback Trail events.

#Travel for Good

Empowering Communities

As a not-for-profit organisation, every dollar we earn goes directly back into the heart of communities, fostering local talent development and creating a positive impact that ripples across the region.

Supporting Local

Immerse yourself in the true essence of Queensland's outback! We're dedicated to championing local suppliers and vendors at every turn along our trails, ensuring an authentic and enriching experience for all.

Championing Inclusion

Through initiatives such as MobTix, Local Legends, accessible venues and facilities, we pride ourselves on creating events that ensure everyone can enjoy the vibrant spirit of Queensland.

QMF respectfully acknowledges the Bidjara, Bigambul, Dharawala, Kamilaroi, Kooma, Kunya, Mardigan and Wadjabangai Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land, waters and skies where the Outback Trail unfolds. We extend our respects for their enduring connection to the remarkable terrain, where creative works take place, performances resonate, and celebrations come to life. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of all communities who also work and live on this land. We recognise the importance of First Nations leadership and collaboration, and QMF commits to walking together on a journey of shared learning and culture.

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Goondiwindi

Charleville

Tambo

Cunnamulla

Baldy Top

Charleville

Goondiwindi

Charleville

Charleville

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