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. 

What's on in the Outback 


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Back to the 40s - Big Band and Dance

Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
15 August 2020
‘Back to the 40s’ will celebrate Cloncurry, and the Outback’s, unique role as a military base of operations during World War 2. Cloncurry was an important base and refuelling stop for United States B-17 Flying Fortresses, Dutch forces evacuating Java, and Australian forces.

Noccundra Campdraft, Rodeo and Motorbike Gymkhana

Noccundra, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
10 – 11 October 2020
Action Packed weekend filled with a Campdraft, Rodeo and Motorbike Gymkhana! Bar and Canteen all weekend starting on Friday! Music Entertainment for both Friday and Saturday Night!

November 4x4 Come and Try Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
8 November 2020
Keen to try out your new 4x4 and don't know where to go? Had a 4x4 for years and have run out of new places? Don't have anyone to go with? CT 4x4 Club Come and Try Day allows novice and experienced drivers an area to test their vehicles in a range of terrain including soft sand and rocky outcrops, with the surety of having experienced Four Wheel Drive Queensland members on-hand to assist and guide where required or just for recovery.

Wowan Agricultural Show

Wowan, Banana Area
15 August 2020
A favourite for families, farmers, growers, food and animal lovers of all persuasion, on the surface, it may all look like fairy floss and fun but with country life on full display, there are bigger stakes at play at the Wowan Show.

Roma's Easter in the Country Festival

Roma, Maranoa Area
1 – 5 April 2021
They'll be back in 2021. Roma's Easter in the Country Festival is a five-day celebration of all things country. It is now widely recognised as one of Queensland's premier Easter events. It quite deliberately encapsulates the unforgiving Outback and the quintessential Queensland country lifestyle.

Quilpie Motorbike Gymkhana and Enduro 2020

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
26 – 27 September 2020
Save the date for the 2020 Quilpie Motorbike Gymkhana and Enduro, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September. More details of events and prize money to be made available as they are confirmed. For more information please contact Kerri Vagg.

Cloncurry Stockmans Challenge and Campdraft

Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
Free Entry
9 – 13 September 2020
The Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge and Campdraft is an annual campdrafting and challenge event celebrating the talent and passion of horsemen and is regarded as one of the greatest horse events in Australia.

Dinosaur Festival - Bringing Pre-Historic to 2020

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
7 – 9 August 2020
Enjoy three days of fun filled activities involving the Hughenden Community. Bus Tours of Torver Valley, Mt Walker, Cemetery, Fossils, Quiz Night and Entertainment, Markets, Street Parade with Floats from local schools, Community and Sporting Groups.

Beer and Wine O'Clock at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$15 - 15
31 March – 31 December 2020
Beer and Wine O’clock - Let your inner larrakin live at Club Boutique Hotel! Craft beer and wine tasting! Join them at the Club Boutique Hotel, one of Cunnamulla’s oldest hotels and an outback icon, to celebrate Beer and Wine O’clock.

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.
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