Yeeehaii! Returning events spark Outback excitement

Published: May 13, 2021

After more than a year of pandemic-related cancellations, some iconic events and festivals are returning to regional Australia and grey nomads are among those chomping at the bit to get back out there.

Outback Queensland Tourism Association chief executive officer Denise Brown told the ABC that events would build strong tourism economies in 2021. 

“Events are critical to outback Queensland and even more so when events such as the Isa rodeo build in outback itineraries to provide pre- and post-travel options,” she said. 

“They build strong tourism economies and increased nights in regions across the Outback.”

The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo, famed as the biggest in the southern hemisphere, will run from August 12-15 this year, is just the latest ‘returned’ event to generate real excitement.

The rodeo will follow Birdsville’s Big Red Bash which sold out earlier this year and Boulia’s camel races which are expected to see record crowds.

Organisers say when tickets went on sale for the 2021 Mount Isa Rodeo, it took only 46 minutes to smash the 2019 first-day ticket sale record.

Queensland’s tourism minister Stirling Hinchliffe told the ABC that the population of Mount Isa was expected to more than double for the event.

“This outback Queensland destination event brings cowboys and cowgirls from across Australia … swelling the town’s population,” he said. “We expect the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo to contribute around $10 million to Mount Isa’s tourist economy and encourage visitors to spend longer in outback Queensland.”

This year’s rodeo will boast headliners Guy Sebastian and Lee Kernaghan with Australian talent the flavour of the year amidst travel restrictions.

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Ric Moffet
1 year ago

This may be all well and good for QLDer’s, but god forbid, if you are coming from NSW, or thru NSW, to get there, we are banned in QLD, and will be for sometime.


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