NOTICE: New Dates for 2017 COMING SOON!

Due to a number of contributing factors we have unfortunately decided to postpone this years Queen of the Desert Festival to 2017.  Keep an eye on the website or Facebook for updates and the new dates and we look forward to seeing you all next year.


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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 the historic town of Marree and winding its way along the iconic Oodnadatta Track to William Creek, the Pink Road House, the Painted Desert and Arckaringa Station to the Opal Capital of the World, Coober Pedy. You then have the option of heading across to William Creek for their annual Bronco Branding with entertainment on Friday 19 August and the Bronco Branding on Saturday.

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 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?




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

SA, Deserts, Marree

Marree Hotel


Arckaringa Station


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