Discover the Outback this April at the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival…


The Julia Creek Dirt & Dust Festival will celebrate 23 years in 2017

If it’s an outback adventure you are seeking, then the Julia Creek Dirt & Dust Festival is a must do on your event calendar!

From modest beginnings, today’s event brings together people from all walks of life – people from Queensland, Australia and overseas. Julia Creek, based in McKinlay Shire, is proud to host what is fast becoming Queensland’s “Must go-to” event. Each year the Committee aims to reproduce the highlights of the previous years and add new attractions to continually showcase the town, its people and the true Aussie outback.

Building on the success of previous years, the Festival is quickly becoming more than bulls, bikes and butts. Situated in the centre of the adventurous Overlander’s Way, the Julia Creek Dirt & Dust Festival provides the focal

point in the magnificent month of April for our many visitors who gather and celebrate, before heading out to explore or work in our glorious outback.

The Julia Creek Dirt & Dust Festival now offers visitors three jam-packed days of fun and entertainment. Experience real outback hospitality when the tiny North West Queensland outback town of Julia Creek swells from 400 people to 3,000 in one weekend! See the gutsy outback triathlon teams in action, back a winner at the Artesian Express Outback Horse Races, kick on til late with nightly outdoor concerts, or check out the spectacular Dirt n Dust Bullride, sanctioned by PBR.

Events for everyone!


Compete in one of Australia’s toughest triathlons.
Julia Creek plays host to the Dirt n Dust Tri. The dirt, the dust, the heat, the flies… will you survive?


Enjoy the nightly live concerts and entertainment held at Dirt n Dust Central featuring the very best in home-grown Aussie talent.
Stay tuned for artist announcements!

PBR Bullride

There are no time outs or towels to throw in – once the riders are on the back of the toughest bulls, there’s nothing to do but hold on for eight desperate seconds.

Horse Races and Fashion on the Field

The South 32 Artesian Express ain’t no city race meet! Horses fly by in a cloud of thunder and dirt; the general fashion ranges from classic racewear to denim and akubras. But you can’t under estimate the glamour some of the ladies and gentlemen bring track side. Dress to impress for your chance to win big in fashion on the field!

Try your luck at a real outback horse race meet.

Red Claw Luncheon

The exclusive Red Claw Luncheon is back again this Horse Racing season – Punters can dine on locally- farmed redclaw and some of the best beef from the industry! Indulge your senses this April 16, 2016.

novelty Events

Dirt n Dust hosts novelty events where, contrary to the Triathlon, competitors require a tough stomach rather than a tough spirit to get through events like cow pat throwing and fly swatting.

bog Snorkeling

The infamous Bog Snorkeling will be back again in 2016.. test your abilities in the championships where no conventional style swimming strokes are allowed and who knows what could be in the bog pit!

Australia’s Best Butt

Australia’s Best Butt Competition – where guys and girls alike pull on their tightest jeans, perk their cheeks up, shake their booty  to the beat and vie for the crowd’s approval of their behind.


Thanks to our sponsors

Event Overview


Discover the outback this April at the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival. Featuring Australia’s toughest sprint triathlon (and a gentler one for the juniors), horse races, bull rides, live music, Australia’s Best Butt competition and novelty events such as Bog Snorkelling, it’s a dirty weekend for the whole family!

Event Location

Julia Creek

Travel Time

Brisbane: 17 hrs
Townsville: 7 hrs
Rockhampton: 13 hrs 19 mins

Travel Guide
Avg. Temperature

High 40°C / Low 10°C
*Pack your woolies just in case!


Event Pricing

Event pricing Date Adult Child
Junior Triathlon 15 April 2016 $30*
Friday Night Concert 15 April 2016 Free Free
Welcoming Carbo Dinner 15 April 2016 $35 (6 and under) $8

(7-12 years) $20

Senior Triathlon 16 April 2016 $130*
Artesian Express Race Day 16 April 2016 $15 Free
Red Claw Luncheon 16 April 2016 (13 years +) $60 (6 and under ) $20

(7-12 years) $30

Dirt n Dust PBR Bullride & Concert 16 April 2016 $35

(Concession Senior/Pension) $10

Australia’s Best Butt 15 & 16 April 2016 Free 18+ Event Only
 Please Note: Prices are subject to change.