Outback Queensland | Events

Outback Queensland is wide open spaces and big skies, where you can follow in the tracks of dinosaurs, meet larger-than-life outback characters, cheer on a field of racing camels and sleep under a blanket of stars.

But it's also music festivals that transform tiny towns, golf competitions on red-dirt fairways, iconic races and open-air film festivals under the Milky Way.

Here's your guide to unmissable Outback Queensland events as we celebrate the Year of Outback Tourism in 2020. 

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Biloela Markets in the Park

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 20 June 2020
Normally held on the third Saturday of the month, the Biloela Markets line the park lands near the Biloela Information Centre on Callide Street. This is where you’ll find those unexpected gems, the funky hand tooled or crafted specialties, homemade treats, jams and sauces, candles and scents, organic fruit and veg.

Quilpie and District Show and Rodeo 2020

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
From AU$15 - 15
12 September 2020
Looking for a fun filled family day out? Look no further than the Quilpie and District Show and Rodeo. With stalls of all kinds and entertainment for the kids, an all day bar and canteen and show pavilion.

Cobb & Co Festival

Maranoa Area
14 – 15 August 2021
The Cobb and Co Festival is a unique family-friendly weekend that celebrates the history of the last Cobb and Co coach run in Australia. Running from 14 to 22 August 2019, the festival includes live entertainment, markets, camp oven dinner, bush dance and a reenactment of a horse-drawn coach and trail riders travelling the 76 kilometre Cobb and Co Way from Surat to Yuleba in South West Queensland.

Undara Outback Rockabilly Rods and Rides Festival

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
From AU$180 - 180
2 – 3 October 2020
The Undara Outback Rockabilly, Rods and Rides festival will be a music festival like no other currently run in Tropical North Queensland. It promises to attract and present a classic car and bike show while presenting Rockabilly Music and Rock and Roll dancing in the evenings.

Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Winton, Winton Area
18 – 26 September 2020
Winton is fast becoming known as the “Hollywood in the Outback” thanks to the events of Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival and having several major film productions including Nick Cave’s Proposition and Ivan Sen’s "Mystery Road" and "Goldstone" being filmed there.

Fun Fab Fun Dinner and Show The Retro Girls Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$10.00 - 35.00
22 July 2020
THE RETRO GIRLS Fun Fab Fun Show! Doris, Bill, Tom and Shania! Join them on a wonderful musical journey from the 40s to the 90s! From the minute they hit the stage THE RETRO GIRLS are bustin with energized Pizzazz!

National Veteran 1 and 2 Cylinder Rally

Charleville, Murweh Area
Free Entry
7 – 13 April 2021
DUE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS, THIS EVENT WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN 2020. IT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO APRIL 2021 WITH THE YET TO BE CONFIRMED DATE OF APRIL 7TH TO THE 13TH. A once in a lifetime event! Over 70 Veteran 1 and 2 Cylinder cars (all over 100 years old)and motorbikes will descend on Charleville for the week and you are welcome to see them at the racecourse each morning (except Sunday) from 10am to 11am.

Hungerford Field Day

Hungerford, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
4 June 2021
Hungerford Progress Association would like to invite you to its 30th Field Day, to be held at the Ross Wallace Sports Grounds, Hungerford. Auction for the Royal Flying Doctors: To help them achieve their fundraising goal for the RFDS this year they would gratefully accept any donations for the auction for these genuine Aussie heroes.

The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
From AU$40 - 600
6 – 9 August 2020
The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo is where the romance of the Australian Outback meets the grit of a mining town, east meets west and man meets beast. It's non-stop rodeo action - bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback bronc, rope and tie, steer wresting, team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping.

Ironman/Aluminium Lady Motorkhana/Khana Cross

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
1 – 2 August 2020
Join in on the action as a spectator or competitor of Motorkhana and Khanacross events! These Motorsport events are designed to test the acceleration braking and handling of cars and the skill and judgement of the drivers.
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