Like any ‘destination location’ the Paroo Shire in south west Queensland is awash with places for travelers to meet and experience the best of outback Australia.  One such gem is the annual Noorama Picnic Races held in the Cunnamulla district. 

With a history dating back to the mid 1960’s, the Noorama Races are a magnet for locals and visitors alike, delivering a day of excitement, entertainment and some fabulous horse racing.  Established in 1964, the Noorama Racing Club brought racing to the Cunnamulla district with the first race meeting held in 1966.  A large crowed turned out to see the 43 horses compete for a range of trophy prizes.  The races have grown over the last 50+ years with entries from across Queensland.

So, whether you’re into some ‘fashions in the field’, live music, kids’ entertainment, fabulous food or the main attraction of the day, the horses, you won’t be disappointed.  There’s no better place to meet new friends, share a few yarns, and learn about the history and attractions of the Paroo Shire than the track side bar overlooking all the amazing action and entertainment on offer. 

Out the Back Australia published a wonderful YouTube video on the races and we recommend checking it out at

The annual Noorama Picnic Races are being held on Saturday 13 April 2019 at the Noorama Recreational Centre. 

Camping facilities are available on site for caravans, camper trailers and tents.  Contact the team at the Cunnamulla Fella Visitors Centre and start planning your journey. 

The Paroo Shire is truly part of the amazing outback Queensland experience – come and Live like a local!

For further information or media enquiries contact Barbara Mason, Tourism Coordinator, Paroo Shire Council.

Tel: 07 4655 8477
Mob: 0427 250 595
Email: [email protected]

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