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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Toompine Polocrosse Carnival 2020

Toompine, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
11 – 12 July 2020
Make your way to Toompine for the annual Nockatunga/Toompine Polocrosse Carnival at Toompine! Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July 2020. Free camping is available with access to toilets and showers. Bar and canteen will be in operation all weekend as well as the Toompine Hotel.

Windorah International Yabby Races

Windorah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
2 September 2020
The Windorah International Yabby Races began 1998, and is always on the Wednesday night prior to the iconic Birdsville Races, which is on the first weekend of each September. It is held in the street outside of the Western Star Hotel, and draws a crowd of punters, ready to whet their appetite with speedy blue claw crustaceans.

Anzac Day Charters Towers

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
25 April 2020
Anzac Day is the day to remember every Australian who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. A National Day of remembrance for Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated annually by both countries on 25 April to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I.

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.

Festival of Outback Opera

Miles End, Mount Isa Area
26 – 28 June 2020
Queensland's inaugural Festival of Outback Opera will be co-presented by Opera Queensland and Camerata Queensland's Chamber Orchestra in 2020. A three-day event featuring internationally renowned performers alongside Queensland's leading opera singers accompanied by its premier orchestra.

Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Winton, Winton Area
26 – 27 June 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.

May 4X4 Come and Try Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
10 May 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.

Outback Writers Festival

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$0 - 50
23 – 25 June 2020
If you enjoy writing, reading, meeting authors, learning how to write or just enjoy outback books in general, this annual festival is for you. Meet locals and visitors alike and attend book launches. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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.

Outback Festival

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$0 - 0
21 – 25 September 2021
Queensland's Outback township of Winton will be celebrating its biennial Outback Festival once again in 2021 from 21 to 25 September. Held during the September school holidays it's perfect for families or anyone who loves the Aussie Outback.
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