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. 

What's on in the Outback 


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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!

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.

Bedourie Races and Rodeo

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
11 – 12 September 2020
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.

Outback Queensland Masters, Charleville Leg 2020

Charleville, Murweh Area
26 – 28 June 2020
If a visit to Outback Queensland has been on your bucket-list for some time, let them give you six words and a million more reasons to visit in 2020: Whether you’re an amateur golfer, social player or a first-time swinger, grab your clubs and head west in June and July (2020).

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.

Markets and Grazy Saturdays

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 6 June 2020
Join them at Club Boutique Hotel for Markets and Grazy Saturdays from 6 June to 29 August 2020. Weekend markets are the best way to spend a grazy Saturday in Cunnamulla. Stroll around and meet the local vendors and try their amazing produce including home made cakes, slices, Jams and chutneys.

Cobb & Co Festival

Maranoa Area
14 – 15 August 2021
The Cobb and Co Festival is a unique family-friendly weekend that celebrates the history of the last Cobb and Co coach run in Australia. Running from 14 to 22 August 2019, the festival includes live entertainment, markets, camp oven dinner, bush dance and a reenactment of a horse-drawn coach and trail riders travelling the 76 kilometre Cobb and Co Way from Surat to Yuleba in South West Queensland.

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!

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.

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.
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