Thursday 13th April 2017 – Monday 17th April 2017


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The Queen of the Desert Festival is proud to support Blue September, the national charity fighting men’s cancer.

It’s time to make a difference!

Joining Queen of the Desert Festival and Blue September in the fight against cancer, the biggest killer of men in Australia, just makes sense. The statistics are scary but can be improved with early detection and further research to find a cure.

So many Australians have experienced Cancer first hand and know the widespread and devastating impact it can have on the person, their family and friends. Sadly Cancer effects everyone but this doesn’t have to be the case.  Every year, 20% more men die of cancer than women, purely from late diagnosis. We are fighting to change that. Why not join the Queen of the Desert Team in 2016 and help raise much need funds for the fight against Men’s Cancer?

Grab your mates, round up the family, and be part of the most exciting family outback adventure of the year!

What a party! Get a team together to celebrate your favourite Australian film by dressing up yourselves (and the “fourbie” of course), and get ready for the longest street parade on the planet. The Queen of the Desert Festival is 4 days of fun starting in Whyalla where you’ll head to Coober Pedy to take part in the Opal Festival before leaving for Arckaringa Station travelling via the Moon Plain. You will then wind along the iconic Oodnadatta Track from Oodnadatta to William Creek to finish in Marree on Easter Monday.

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which Australian films to represent. The quality of acting and cinematography in Australia ranks us amongst the top in the world and is the reason alone to celebrate. This year we had a wide variety of entrants from ‘Red Dog’ and ‘The Rover’ to ‘Muriel’s wedding’ and ‘BMX Bandits’. Which Aussie film will you choose?





From this Dream, the Queen of the Desert Festival was born

The Festival is a four day event which explores the Oodnadatta Track at a leisurely pace with lots of family fun. The party starts in Whyalla on Thursday, April 13, 2017 with an official welcoming dinner and entertainment by our very own ‘Just Me’. The ‘official’ departure will be on the morning of Friday, April 14, 2017. The fun continues with overnight stops at Coober Pedy, Painted Desert, Arckaringa Station, William Creek Hotel and finishes in Marree with dinner and entertainment for the whole family!


The Queen of the Desert Festival is about raising funds for Blue September and relies heavily on the support and generosity of Sponsors.

This year we are proud to announce the support of our major sponsors:




The Monitor Logo



Electric Bug Logo



Brecknock Insurance Logo

Where the festival will be travelling…

Great Artesian Basin “String of Springs”
Along the Oodnadatta Track – Blanche Cup Mound Spring

Marree Hotel

Arckaringa Station

Coober Pedy – ‘the Opal Capital of the World’
Coober Pedy Tourist Information Centre