Running on Empty Festival 2018

Outback car enthusiasts will gather in Cobar to celebrate Aussie car cult classic, Running on Empty with an enviable show and shine.


Produced in the mining community of Cobar, Running on Empty is returning to its hometown for two days of car-orientated good times. Movie fans will have the opportunity to meet the stars, cars and behind-the-scenes crew of the cult-classic film. There will be opportunities to cruise to Canbelego – the site of the Rebel’s Garage, relive the action with a movie screening, indulge in unique movie paraphernalia and discuss everything motor-related over a gala dinner.

An amazing show and shine will also feature with an estimated 300 cars registered.

Visitors can expect more bang for their buck, with the festival coinciding with Cobar’s annual Festival of the Miner’s Ghost.

Date: 26th – 27th October

The Festival of the Miner’s Ghost will run from October 22nd – 28th

Costs: Costs vary between events.


Taking place over two days the event boasts a variety of features including:

• Running on Empty Meet and Greet • Movie screening • Show and shine • Gala dinner with charity auction and live music by Typhoon • Cruise to Canbelego the Rebel’s Garage • Group photo opportunity

Visitors can also enjoy these great events taking place in the Festival of the Miner’s Ghost:

• Glencore CSA Mine Fireworks – fireworks over Cobar’s open cut mine • Festival markets all day Saturday with live music through the evening • Charity golf day • Cobar annual art exhibition • Festival opening cocktail party • Miner’s Memorial Service • Halloween Disco – event for children under 10 years • Rotary barbeque


Released in 1981, Running on Empty celebrates what it was to be Australian in the 80’s. Simple times, when life was about hot cars, hot chicks and hot times. The movie follows the journey of two local street racers, who find themselves driving against Fox – the fastest drag racer around. As with life, there is much more to this movie than who wins and who loses.

Since it hit the cinema, Running on Empty has become known for it’s great cars and catchy one-liners.


Out of the Ordinary Outback venues in Cobar

The Copper City Motel – Outback accommodation with real outback hospitality. The perfect home for your stay during the Running on Empty Festival

Out of the Ordinary venues for your travels

The Broken Hill Outback Resort – New venue boasting picturesque backdrops for campers and caravans. Warrawong on the Darling (Wilcannia) – An outback oasis for campers and caravanners along the Darling River White Cliffs Underground Motel (White Cliffs) – Unique underground accommodation in a unique underground community