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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Undara Outback Rock and Blues

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
From AU$85 - 170
24 – 26 April 2020
The Undara Outback Rock and Blues festival held at Undara Experience will feature high quality acts, over the three days, to make this a weekend guaranteed to suit fans of all genres. Artists are sort from local areas as well as interstate to give guests to North Queensland a weekend to remember!

Half Way There - Charleville Shindig

Charleville, Murweh Area
Free Entry
26 – 27 June 2020
On your way to the Big Red Bash and need somewhere to overnight? Call in at Charleville and enjoy a street party with food stalls and a whole lot more. Be entertained by local artists and musicians. Where are you half way to?

Taroom New Years Race Day

Taroom, Banana Area
28 December 2019
Enjoy an afternoon of country racing at its best and stay until late with live music. The Dawson Jockey Club at Taroom will host a five race program with the Leichhardt Hotel Cup as the feature race. Visit this historic track which is only one of four left-handed tracks in Queensland.

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.

Paluma Dam Good Trail Run 2020

Paluma, Charters Towers Area
From AU$15 - 45
25 October 2020
Join them for the last trail run of the year in the village of the clouds, Paluma. The event offers a 6 kilometre, 10 kilometre and 20 kilometre course, taking you through the stunning rainforest scenery of Paluma, up and down hills and across creeks.

Betoota Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$5 - 10
17 – 19 April 2020
The annual Betoota Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana brings Australia's smallest town alive. Watch bushmen and women compete in exercises of true horsemanship and skillful dirt bike riding. Saturday you can expect barrel racing and much more at the Horse Gymkhana followed by Motorbike Enduro later in the afternoon.

Tom Curtain's "We're Still Here" Tour

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$0 - 40
1 December 2019
To celebrate the release of his fourth studio album, Multiple Golden Guitar winner and horseman extraordinaire Tom Curtain will again be hitting the road this summer as part of his 'We're Still Here Tour' with his award winning outback show Katherine Outback Experience (KOE).

Jericho Tourism Market Day

Jericho, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 14 March 2020
Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Jericho Tourism Market Day! Monthly markets are held on the second Saturday from March to September. There are pancakes, sausages, coffee, cold drinks and craft stalls.

North Queensland Elite Rodeo

Hervey Range, Charters Towers Area
14 – 15 August 2020
North Queensland Elite Rodeo has changed to two nights of action packed Rodeo. The 2019 Prize money was over AUD70,000. It is no longer invitational only. The aim of the event is to put the very best Rodeo athletes against the best Rodeo stock in the country.

Cloncurry Stockmans Challenge and Campdraft

Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
Free Entry
8 – 12 July 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.
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