Watch the country's best cowboys (and cowgirls) in action at the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo, the largest and richest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere. Held every August, it's Outback Queensland’s biggest event, with more than 615 competitors hoping for a slice of AUD$200,000 prize money over three days of classic rodeo events. There are also mardi gras parades, fashion festivals, market stalls, carnival rides, arena tours, bush poet breakfasts, a boxing show and country music concerts once the sun goes down. Tickets start at AUD$40, and a dorm room at the Travellers Haven Backpacker Hostel costs AUD$30. Getting there is easy by bus, plane or train from Brisbane.