BOULIA CAMEL RACES: 19 - 21 July 2019
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'The Melbourne Cup of Camel Races'

Join us in Outback Queensland for the iconic Boulia Camel Races from 19 - 21 July, 2019.

BOULIA CAMEL RACES 19 - 21 July 2019

As the camels come hurtling down the track through the plume of red dust, you’ll have one of those ‘this is epic’ moments.

It’s the Melbourne Cup of camel racing - the longest camel race in Australia (running a 1500m cup final) and also offers a rich prize pool in the professional camel races circuit.

It’s an outback adventure, in the land of the legendary Min Min Light, sharing extraordinary events with a bunch of new friends.

Beyond the camel races you’ll find live entertainment, yabby races, the hilarious camel tagging & sheep tagging competitions, markets, food, fireworks, children’s amusements and a host of novelty races.  


We've got a packed program of racing that wont disappoint!!


There is something for all the family, check out all there is to experience!


There's a great line up of entertainment performing live!


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Get trackside Saturday morning for the start of the camel race heats. They’re run over 400m and camels placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd will progress to the 1000m heats held Saturday afternoon.

To progress all the way to Sunday’s Final of the Boulia Cup, camels will have competed over 400m and again over 1000m. The Final for the big prize money is run over 1500m and you’ll be barracking for your favourite for a little over 2 ½ minutes before they lumber over the finish line.


Camel Tagging is a crowd favourite and quite simply you just can’t miss this!

It’s easy to explain, but not so easy to do. Fearless contenders enter an arena where a few young and lively camels are waiting. The object is to ‘tag’ a camel by sticking a piece of duct tape on it, then run back to the starting position, only to have to then chase down that same camel to retrieve the tape and finally return to the judge at the starting position. The fastest contender wins, but the crowd are the real winners with the laughs from the sidelines Outback gold!


When the dust has settled on the racetrack and the stunning outback sunset has finished its show, the evening program is just starting to heat up. There’s live music and dancing, plus an auction raising money for the annual event and of course the bar is open until late.

It’s around an evening campfire when some of the best times and memories are forged with new found Boulia friends, sharing a yarn and vowing to meet again next year under the big skies of Boulia.

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It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Boulia Camel Races, one of Queensland’s many great event experiences here in the Outback.
Events like the Boulia Camel Races are vital to Queensland’s tourism prosperity, engaging visitors with the locals and the community, and creating memorable experiences.

The Palaszczuk Government is proud to support this event through Tourism and Events Queensland’s Destination Events Program, which helps drive visitors to the destination, increase expenditure, support jobs and foster community pride.

There is a story to tell in every Queensland event and I hope these stories help inspire you to experience more of what this great State has to offer.

Congratulations to the event organisers and all those involved in delivering the Boulia Camel Races and I encourage you to take some time to explore the diverse visitor experiences throughout the Outback.
The Hon Kate Jones MP, Minister for Tourism and Major Events

An Outback Queensland Adventure!

A trip to Boulia Camel Races is an epic road journey from whichever direction to approach!  Check out these great videos to help plan your journey through the towns and areas surrounding Boulia.

Channel Country Drive (starting Winton to Boulia)

Diamantina Bedourie Loop (Boulia to Diamantina NP and Bedourie)

Drovers & Pioneers Trail (Mt Isa to Boulia via Urangangie)

Outback Camel Festival Trail (Bedourie, Boulia to Winton)

Our Amazing Sponsors

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Australian Hotel 

BAJ Contractors

B & M Gundersen 

Desert Sands Motel



George Bourne Assoc 

Goodwood Pastoral Co

Min Min Store

Remote Mechanical

S&R Lincoln Grader Hire

Tropic Distributors


Boulia Camel Races Inc
PO Box 70
Boulia Qld 4829

M 0428 581 874

M 0429 434 279