About the event

The event concept was born from the genius of one idea from Daniel Walker (Outback Dan): the Outback Paddle Regatta, an innovative event to promote outback Queensland and its natural asset, the Thomson River, Longreach. Following years of drought in Outback Queensland, outback paddle regatta took matters into it’s own hands, creating the exclusive Outback Paddle Regatta, as a means to drive community pride, tourism and talk ability for the region.

The outback Paddle regatta was born from this immense pride for the outback and aims to promote and celebrate this by engaging with and encouraging more people to visit the outback and revel in its famous hospitality.

The Outback Paddle Regatta Festival will be an annual event held in Longreach on the Thomson River.  There is something for everyone:

Challenges: Competitive events for serious ‘paddlers’ with prizes to be won.

Fun Paddles:  Come along on and try out a range of paddle equipment while having fun with family and friends.

Giant Duck Races: Not for the faint-hearted these 2m x 1.8m ducks require a two man team to maneuver. Fun for participants and spectators. 

Other Activities: The day is also jam packed with a range of other activities such as water ski demonstrations, fire-eaters, kids corner for the kids, music, food and entertainment throughout the day. 

Event Objectives