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 14 December 2019
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.

The Spirit of Place – Our Landscape

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
21 October – 31 December 2019
In 2017 the Longreach Arts and Cultural Association organised a lino-print workshop with a visiting tutor and three local tutors. Thirty two participants from across the Longreach region participated in the Community Arts project.

Birdsville Big Red Bash

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$584 - 584
7 – 9 July 2020
Have the experience of a lifetime at the world’s most remote music festival, the Birdsville Big Red Bash in the heart of Australia’s outback! The three-day festival returns at the Big Red desert dune near Birdsville, Queensland.

Hughenden Golf Club Championships

Hughenden, Flinders Area
28 – 30 August 2020
Hughenden Golf Club will be hosting a Championship Competition. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you intend on competing, please use the contact provided to register.

“Harry Rogers – Inspiring us to travel with Qantas” Exhibition

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
3 February – 30 April 2020
From 1956 to 1985, artist Harry Rogers created images of travel with Qantas. In 1970, he invented a complete alpha-numeric font called ‘Cyclone’ for the airline and he, more than anybody else, was responsible for the Qantas ‘look’ for the next 15 years.

Bash Break on Brolga 2020

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
2 – 5 July 2020
If you are heading to the 2020 Birdsville Big Red Bash then you must save the date for Quilpie's 2020 Bash Break on Brolga and make a stop on your travels. 2020's event promises to be bigger and better, starting Thursday 2nd and running through to Sunday 5th July.

Quilpie Polocrosse Carnival 2020

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
20 – 21 June 2020
Looking for an action packed weekend?! Well look no further than the Quilpie Polocrosse Carnival, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June 2020. Games kick off Saturday morning and run through to Sunday afternoon where the best of the best will play in the finals.

Quiplie 2 Day Bowls Carnival

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
3 – 4 October 2020
Nominate your bowls team for Quilpie's two day bowls carnival. Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October 2020. Play against teams from Quilpie and far and wide! For more information please contact Megan McFadzean.

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!

Gold City Campdraft

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
12 – 14 June 2020
Campdrafting is a fun, family friendly event. Come and experience the art of campdrafting, in which a horse and its rider needs to control a beast around a set course. It requires a 'cowy' horse, a talented rider, lots of skill and a fair bit of luck!
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