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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Ironman/Aluminium Lady Motorkhana/Khana Cross

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
1 – 2 August 2020
Join in on the action as a spectator or competitor of Motorkhana and Khanacross events! These Motorsport events are designed to test the acceleration braking and handling of cars and the skill and judgement of the drivers.

Anzac Day Charters Towers

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
25 April 2021
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.

Betoota Races

Diamantina Area
28 – 29 August 2020
Witness the ghost town of Betoota come to life with a great mix of locals and holiday goers celebrating the region’s signature event – The Annual Betoota Races – the races that kick off the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival.

Bedourie Races and Rodeo

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
10 – 11 September 2021
Dress to impress in pink for Bedourie’s much anticipated Races and Rodeo. All in the name of Breast Cancer patient support, join hundreds as they flock trackside by day in their finest pink silks to back a winner crossing the pink finishing posts.

Are We There Yet

Windorah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
4 – 5 July 2020
The "Are We There Yet" event is held on the Saturday and Sunday night prior to the commencement of the Big Red Bash at Birdsville. The entertainment is from 2pm in the afternoon on both days and goes to 11pm/12pm.

Channel Country Challenge 2020

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
24 April – 1 August 2020
Action packed weekend filled with a Campdraft, Rodeo and Horse Gymkhana. Followed by Live entertainment on the Saturday Night. Bar and Canteen available all weekend.

Psychedelic 70s Show The Retro Girls

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$10.00 - 35.00
23 July 2020
Psychedelic 70s Show THE RETRO GIRLS Kool and the Gang, the Village People and Boogie Fever! Join them on a colourful musical journey through the 70s! Where: Club Boutique Hotel 15 Louise St Cunnamulla When:

Quilpie and District Show and Rodeo

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
11 September 2021
Looking for a fun filled family day out in the Quilpie Shire? Than take the Warrego Way and Natural Sciences Loop to Quilpie and join in the fun at 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;

Swinging 60's Show The Retro Girls

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$10 - 35.00
27 July 2020
Swinging 60s Show! She’s so Fine, Wild Thing, Love me Do, Shout! Join us on a vibrant journey through a decade where music changed the world! When: Mon 27th July 2020, 6.30pm – 8.30pm Where: Club Boutique Hotel 15 Louise St Cunnamulla From the minute they hit the stage THE RETRO GIRLS are bustin with energized Pizzazz!

Birdsville Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
25 – 27 June 2021
Bring the whole family to the Bronco Branding Yards in Birdsville to watch skilled bushmen and women demonstrate their craft. Get involved in the horsemanship skills on Saturday with barrel, flag and herding races, or simply kick back ringside and enjoy the dusty action.
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