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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Markets hosted by Hughenden Country Music Association

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 14 September 2019 – 14 September 2020
These markets provide a variety of home made wares, skin care products, jewellery, food and some good old fashioned Rawleighs products. Local honey and home grown plants can also be found here. Food and drinks are available and the makings from this, as well as the stalls fees, are donated to help host the yearly event of the Country Music Festival.

Prairie Races

Hughenden, Flinders Area
15 – 16 August 2020
Drag your swag and crawl a mile to their annual Prairie Races! Dress up, maybe win a prize in their Fashions on the Field - open to all ages. Lots of entertainment for young and old. Five race program, on field betting on local and southern fields.

Hungerford Remembrance Day

Hungerford, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
11 November 2020
Their Remembrance Day Ceremony is usually small, but well attended by the residents of Hungerford and surrounding property owners. Everyone is welcome to attend this ceremony.

Charleville Show Races

Charleville, Murweh Area
Monthly from 16 May 2020
They're off and racing again in Charleville. Country horse races are always a lot of fun for everyone. The fashions, the thrill of backing the winner and the nonstop entertainment are all part of a Charleville Race Day.

ANZAC Day Parade

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
25 April 2020
'ANZAC' stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. On the 25th of April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula.

Hughenden Bracelet Race Day 2020

Hughenden, Flinders Area
From AU$5.00 - 385.00
16 May 2020
This is a horse race event with five horse race program. There will be a bar, bookies, corporate marquee, kids entertainment and music till late. There are great prizes available for Fashions of the Field:

Outback Paddle Regatta Festival

Longreach, Longreach Area
19 September 2020
The Outback Paddle Regatta Festival is a jam-packed event which has been tailored for paddle sports enthusiasts, local families/individuals and visitors to our region – there is literally something of interest for everyone of all ages.

Eromanga Easter Campdraft and Rodeo 2020

Eromanga, Quilpie Area
10 – 12 April 2020
Save the date for the 2020 Eromanga Easter Campdraft and Rodeo, Friday 10 to Sunday 12 April 2020. More event details to be advertised as they are confirmed. For more information please contact Jo Pegler.

Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival

Julia Creek, McKinlay Area
From AU$0 - 200
17 – 19 April 2020
From modest beginnings, today’s event brings together people from all walks of life – people from Queensland, Australia and overseas. Julia Creek, based in McKinlay Shire, is proud to host what is fast becoming Queensland’s “Must go-to” event.

Theodore Bulls 'n' Barrels Bonanza

Theodore, Banana Area
10 October 2020
Theodore’s 2020 Bulls ‘n’ Barrels Bonanza is back bigger and better than ever! For a district that prizes its horses for work and recreation, rodeos are just a normal part of the life. Around for more than 150 years, the origins of the rodeo date back to the drovers’ runs – on stations where wild horses and cattle would be found in the scrub or on the trail, as the teams moved herds over hundreds of miles.
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