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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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.

Windorah Stockman's Challenge

Windorah, Barcoo Area
12 July 2020
The Windorah Stockman's Challenge is a judged event, comprising of Junior and Juvenile, Beginner and Open flat work. It is a great opportunity for new and seasoned riders of varying riding disciplines and skills, to show off their abilities and horses.

Remembrance Day Quilpie

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
11 November 2020
Join the Quilpie Community as we pause to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our country. To be held at Bob Young Memorial Park from 10.45am on Wednesday 11th November 2020. More information provided as event details are finalised.

Sunday Session Blues on the Grass

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$10.00 - 10.00
Weekly from 7 June 2020
Sunday Sessions Blues on the Grass features artists Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters to Stevie Ray Vaughn combined with earthy folk/blues originals. Live music on the grass in the beer garden from 12pm to 5pm every Sunday in June and July 2020!

Trail Blaze West

Townview, Mount Isa Area
Free Entry
14 February 2020 – 31 July 2021
A larger scale epic water mural trail that extends through the heart of Western Queensland linking the Outback communities showcasing their culture, history and heritage. Red Ridge Interior Queensland has engaged multiple artists to work along side communities to share their trail blazing stories and transform into captivating artwork.

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.

Outback by the Sea Festival 2020

Karumba, Carpentaria Area
26 September – 5 October 2020
A 10-day festival celebrating the legendary barramundi, seafood, beef and live music. It will kick off with a feature concert followed by a week of gourmet food and workshops, such as ghostnet sculptures - and finish with the annual Karumba fishing competition.

Hungerford Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana

Hungerford, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
3 – 4 October 2020
Bring your swags, camps, family, friends and heaps of energy for the best weekend ever. Action packed weekend filled with Motorbikes and Horse Gymkhana events! Followed by a Motorbike Enduro on the Sunday!

Channel Country Music Muster

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
From AU$30.00 - 50.00
14 – 19 July 2020
Channel Country Music Muster. Give the Bush a Hand! The Music Muster is held over two days. Featuring Top Line Australian Artists: Tom Maxwell, Laura Downing, Ged and Trudy Hintz, Rob Breese, Trevor Tolton, Rob Walters, The Master of Turbulence, Bush Poet, Murray Hartin.

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!
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