Existing as a local government entity since 1887, Winton covers 62,000 square kilometres and is located in Central West Queensland.  Named after Winton, Dorset, England, the birthplace of Robert Allen, the first white settler in thearea, the major industry in the shire is beef production and some opal mining, and, there has been some development of oil and gas

This is where Australia’s quirkiest festival will be held again this September 24th – 28th to celebrate its 25th festival, and, with that is set to be the biggest Outback Festival yet. Coinciding with 2019’s ‘Year of the Outback’, there is no better time to travel to Winton for five days of quintessential Australian fun in the heart of Queensland’s outback.

The festival’s preliminary program has now been released online featuring the signature festival events such as the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby, Outback Ironman & Ironwoman and the Century Cycle Challenge for the toughest of competitors.

With a host more entertainment and special guests yet to be announced, the program is shaping up to be a jam packed true Aussie family affair with events including whip cracking, strongman challenges, wool bale rolling and for the kids the “Little Swaggies Event ‘Hat Toss”  for the smallest Outback Festival fans. But wait! There is more! There will be a great street parade, Bushman’s Egg Throwing Event, outback bike races and great entertainment with live music on stage.

Tickets are also now on sale for accommodation in Tent City, Caravan and Camping Sites with the Festival preparing for some 8,500 visitors to descend on the small outback town.
The Club Paterson Tent City is the perfect package for festival goers looking to camp under the stars without losing their creature comforts just a short walk to all the action of the festival!

For the seasoned travellers powered caravan and camping sites are available at the Winton Showgrounds for the duration of the festival, with a shuttle service operating regularly between the show grounds and festival event venues.

Located in central-west outback Queensland on the Landsborough Highway, Winton is closely located to the townships of Opalton, Corfield and Middleton. Whether you want to take the wheel or sit back and enjoy the ride, there are many ways to get to Winton to join in the festival fun. Those looking for a bit of adventure can plan ahead for the ultimate 2019 Road Trip culminating at Winton’s Outback Festival to celebrate Year of the Outback. A self-drive itinerary is the perfect way to truly experience all that the Aussie outback has to offer.

The Outback Festival at Winton has all the information you need to plan an amazing self-drive itinerary from wherever you’re travelling from and for more information on this great event email the organisers on

Story: John Westbury     Photos: Alan Alsop