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Year of Outback Tourism Guide

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Starting on Anzac Day and running for four days, the festival will also feature a tribute to the town's war veterans. Visitors are welcomed at the dawn service and later in the day there will be a special performance by John Schumann and the Vaga Bond Crew at the Winton Shire Hall. Winton is fast becoming known as the "Hollywood of the Outback", as the location for several major film productions including Nick Cave's The Proposition and Ivan Sen's Mystery Road and Goldstone. Building on that reputation, the annual Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival (June 28- July 6) this year offers nine days of "The Great Adventure", focusing on Australians who have pursued careers in the US. Highlights will be the "Silent Night" O utback adventures come in all shapes and sizes, but spectacular events are worth planning for. Rich red sunsets, ochre sand dunes, and some of the biggest names in Australian entertainment combine to make unforgettable memories in some of Queensland's smallest towns. Winton's Way Out West Fest (April 25-28) was first held last year to celebrate the reopening of the Waltzing Matilda Centre. It was such a hit that it's back for 2019, with 170 hours of music on eight stages and some of the big names in Australian music, including Missy Higgins, John Williamson, Ross Wilson, Glenn Shorrock, Chad Morgan, Murphy's Pigs and more. MORE EVENTS sun, sand and sounds YEAR OF Outback TOURISM THANGOOL RACES, Thangool, April 6 BETOOTA HORSE AND MOTORBIKE GYMKHANA, Birdsville, April 6-7 MOURA MUDDY WATER CLASSIC, Moura, April 20-21 PARADISE LAGOONS CAMPDRAFT, Nine Mile, May 2-5 TREE OF KNOWLEDGE FESTIVAL RACE CUP MEETING, Barcaldine, May 4 BIRDSVILLE CAMPDRAFT, RODEO AND BRONCO BRANDING, Birdsville, May 10-11 BARALABA SHOW AND CAMPDRAFT 2019, Baralaba, May 11-12 BARCALDINE SHOW, Barcaldine, May 12 CAPELLA SHOW, Capella, May 24-25 BEDOURIE RUGBY LEAGUE NINES, Bedourie, June 22 OUTBACK WRITERS' FESTIVAL, Winton, June 25-27 ALPHA RACES, Alpha, June 29 OUTBACK QUEENSLAND MASTERS, Longreach, June 29-30 Incredible surroundings and welcoming locals make any Outback Queensland event unforgettable. Lee Mylne rounds up the central region's best

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