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.

Duck Race:  For those who prefer dry land, buy a rubber duck which will race 350 other rubber numbered ducks and hopefully you will be in for a prize.

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 an arm wrestling competition, mini-obstacle courses for the kids, music, food and entertainment throughout the day. 

Event Objectives

  • To deliver a family friendly event fun community event.
  • To celebrate and promote the Thomson River of its natural ecosystems and eco-friendly water activites.
  • To boost local economies through visitors to the region.
  • To contribute to fundraising for Cancer research.
  • To provide a supportive opportunity for locals and visitors to complete or try paddle sports equipment.
  • To strengthen relationships between non-for profits and build social capacity.