Number 2 a priority for Quilton Australian Dunny Derby supporters

The race to the thunderbox is on as the famous “Quilton Australian Dunny Derby” makes its comeback at Outback Festival 2019 from 24th to 28th September with the support of Queensland Health.

The famous Quilton Australian Dunny Derby is a hilarious event that involves teams of five pulling and pushing the thunderbox (dunny) through a 200 metre course, all competing for a $5,000 prize pool. Special awards are given to the best dressed team and decorated thunderbox, and the winner of the “Constipation Stakes” (the best of the losers!).

Quilton Australian Dunny Derby


A firm crowd favourite, the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby is a fun and frivolous challenge with an important message. Through a partnership with Queensland Health, the “Make No.2 Your No.1 Priority” state campaign aims to increase participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young is proud to support an iconic regional event and reminds Queenslanders over the age of 50 to make bowel screening a priority.

“Partnerships like this one allow Queensland Health to further engage with Queenslanders on important issues like bowel cancer screening.

“I strongly encourage all Queenslanders and visitors to our state aged 50 to 74 to look out for the free bowel cancer screening kit in the mail and take the time to complete the test to help detect early signs of bowel cancer.

“With early detection, 9 out of 10 people can be successfully treated,” she told What’s Up Downunder.



Festival coordinator, Robyn Stephens OAM says having made quite the stir in previous years, the event is attracting international attention. Already, a film crew from Finland and a magazine journalist and photographer from Germany have committed to participate and share the story of Winton’s Outback Festival with their respective homelands.

Alongside the Dunny Derby is the Mayoral Challenge which will pit the mayors of Outback Queensland against each other to compete in what may seem a very “politically incorrect” challenge

Registrations for the event are limited and open until 29 August 2019 if not filled before–it’s first in best dressed and definitely a challenge not to be missed.

Quilton Australian Dunny Derby raising awareness for bowel health

  • Words John Westbury