Festival of Outback Opera 2024
14 - 20 May

Performance Festival of Outback Opera 2024 14 - 20 May 2024                                

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“Remote outback towns, singalongs over a beer, friendly folk and sublime arias sung by top artists under the stars. There’s nothing else like it.” Australian Financial Review

Join music lovers from around Australia and the world who make the annual pilgrimage to the Outback to indulge in big voices and big skies blended in beautiful harmony.

This is the Festival of Outback Opera.

Unlike any other music event you have experienced. Your destination delivers a series of outdoor concerts in iconic locations set on a backdrop of insta-worthy sunsets and scenery on a grand scale. Frock up for the Gala or join us in the pub for a casual singalong. Gather with us under the night skies for Dark Sky Serenade or enjoy an afternoon of beautiful singing and fine dining at the Long Lunch.

With a flexible itinerary, the program allows you to immerse yourself for a long weekend or completely give in to a full week of activities. This is song and scenery on a grand scale. And while the space is vast, the feeling is intimate, leaving you with a smile on your face and a swag of new friendships.

Featuring award-winning singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke. Classically trained, Kate has been widely praised for her unique ability to effortlessly traverse the worlds of opera, contemporary pop, folk, and musical theatre. Joining Kate will be tenor Rosario La Spina, direct from his appearance in Opera Queensland’s new Brisbane-based Brisbane Bel Canto festival and soprano Rachelle Durkin who returned to Australia from New York during the pandemic. She recently starred in West Australian Opera’s La Bohème and was last seen in Queensland playing the title role in Opera Queensland’s Tosca. As well as Shaun Brown, Hayley Sugars and a host of other artists will perform alongside the University of Queensland Pulse Chamber Orchestra joined by musicians of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

It’s an experience the city cannot match. Start making your plans today. As with previous years, the festival will sell out quickly.

Please note
There is limited accommodation available in Winton and Longreach. Bus transfers will be available between Longreach and Winton with additional camping and caravan options. We recommend confirming travel and accommodation arrangements before purchasing tickets. Refunds will not be available due to an inability to secure accommodation.
More details to come.

The Festival of Outback Opera is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the Outback Queensland Tourism Association, The University of Queensland, QMF and Haymans Electrical.

Tour Packages

Courtesy of Sheehan Events and Outback Aussie Tours, we have created two tailored packages to simplify your planning and enhance your Outback adventure.

Secure your spot now for an exclusive single-day return charter flight, immersing yourself in Opera Queensland’s highlight event, Dark Sky Serenade, or take the train and stay for eight days, allowing you to experience everything the festival has to offer.


Opera Queensland has partnered with Sheehan Events to offer day-return Charter Flights for Dark Sky Serenade (Winton, Thursday 16 May 2024).

From champagne breakfast and your private charter flight through to Opera Queensland’s scintillating performance at the extraordinary Australian Age of Dinosaurs, this is a day to remember!
Experience all the majesty and wonder of our Dark Sky Serenade in the Outback.


Teaming up with Opera Queensland and Queensland Rail, Outback Aussie Tours is offering a new eight-day tour of Festival of Outback Opera.

Travel in luxury alongside friends and other like-minded travellers as you experience glorious scenery and magnificent music on your way to the festival!

Relive the Magic of Festival of Outback Opera 2023

“Under Patrick Nolan’s artistic directorship, last year’s Festival of Outback Opera set the bar incredibly high in its mission to enrich rural communities through the power of music.

Could the success of previous years be matched, or even bettered?

The answer is a resounding ‘yes’ on both counts.”

Limelight ★★★★★ 

Read full review here

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Our partners

Performance Partners
  • Queensland Symphony Orchestra
  • University of Queensland
  • Queensland Music Trails
Government Partners
  • TEQ It's Live
  • Queensland Government
  • Creative Australia
  • Longreach Regional Council
  • Winton Shire Council
Philanthropy Partners
  • Tim Fairfax Family Foundation
  • ACF - Australian Cultural Fund
Major Partners
  • Haymans Electrical & Data Suppliers
Supporting Partners
  • AB Paterson Cpllege
  • Cisco
  • Data3
  • Downtown Toyota
  • Kawai
  • Outback Queensland Tourism Association
  • Western Queensland Spirit

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