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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Lake Callide Family Fishing Classic

Dumgree, Banana Area
30 October – 1 November 2020
Usually held five days before the full moon in October, Biloela’s Callide Family Fishing Classic is all about the Barra. Pulling a 116 cm beauty has set the record and got everyone excited for what’s to come.

Hughenden Cup Races

Hughenden, Flinders Area
From AU$5.00 - 5.00
18 July 2020
The Hughenden Cup Races is a five horse race meeting, family fun day, entertainment, bar, and corporate marquee. Fashions on the Field: Trendsetter Lady 18 to 30. Lady of the Meet 31 and above. Millinery.

Nockatunga/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.

September 4x4 Come and Try Day

Broughton, Charters Towers Area
13 September 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.

Quilpie Anzac Day Celebrations

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
24 – 25 April 2020
Join the Quilpie Community to Celebrate and remember the Anzac's at one of their community events. Anzac Eve, 24 April at 6pm for the Twilight Service at the Quilpie Cemetery. Anzac Day, 25 April there will be a Dawn Service at 6am at the RSL Memorial Park.

Callide Valley Agricultural Show

Biloela, Banana Area
15 – 16 May 2020
The 85th Annual Callide Valley Show is a ‘must do’ event for locals and tourists alike! Home of the time honoured tradition, every town has a showground and at its heart, an Annual Show. Two full days of entertainment and activities for the whole family includes horse events, amusement rides, displays (including cookery, photography, precious gems, craft, arts, flowers and produce), market stalls, rodeo, fireworks, crash-a-rama, motorcycle fun night and much more!

Blues Burners Dinner and Show Club Boutique Hotel

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$10.00 - 55.00
3 – 4 July 2020
Rare opportunity to experience a 5 piece blues band in Cunnamulla at Club Boutique Hotel. Originally formed 15 years ago on the Sunshine Coast the Blues Burners is a group of fine tuned musicians with a passion steeped in the Blues.

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.

Centenary Park Charity Markets

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 23 February 2020
On the fourth Sunday of each month, local producers gather at Centenary Park to sell fresh produce, home made crafts, jewellery, clothing and just about anything else you can think of. Stroll through the beautiful surrounds of Centenary Park and chat to a local, with over 50 stalls each month and the local Country Music Club providing live music.

Thangool Races

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 22 February 2020
Thangool is the home of country horse racing within the Banana region. The large course and spacious green lawns give an ambience of calm, a contrast to the cut and thrust of colour, suspense and excitement among the spectators, and the jockeys and horses as they stride down the straight towards the winner’s post.
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