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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Channel Country Challenge 2020

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
1 – 2 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.

Roma's Easter in the Country Festival

Roma, Maranoa Area
9 – 10 April 2020
Roma's Easter in the Country festival is a five-day celebration of all things country. Now entering its fortieth year, it is widely recognised as one of southwest Queensland's premier Easter events, and brilliantly showcases the history and lifestyle of regional Queensland.

Isisford Ross Cup Races

Isisford, Longreach Area
From AU$5.00 - 5.00
24 October 2020
Visit the small Outback town of Isisford , south of Longreach on the Barcoo Way for the annual Isisford Ross Cup Raceday. Six races at this small outback meet. Fashions on the field, bookies, entertainment and kiosk.

Australia Day Celebrations Windorah

Windorah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
26 January 2020
Barcoo Shire Council's annual Australia Day Awards and Celebrations will be held at Windorah Community Centre. Commencing at 6pm, there will be a barbecue, indoor bowls and a Jumping Castle for the kids and bingo.

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!

Birdsville Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
27 – 28 June 2020
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.

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.

“Harry Rogers – Inspiring us to travel with Qantas” Exhibition

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
3 February – 30 April 2020
From 1956 to 1985, artist Harry Rogers created images of travel with Qantas. In 1970, he invented a complete alpha-numeric font called ‘Cyclone’ for the airline and he, more than anybody else, was responsible for the Qantas ‘look’ for the next 15 years.

“Icons of Australian Skies” Exhibition by Mark Wilson

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
5 May – 2 August 2020
Mark Wilson began studying at the Taranaki Art School in New Zealand in 1994 then, in 2008, started work on 12 paintings of significant Qantas aircraft flying over iconic Australian landscape. The collection was first exhibited at Qantas Founders Museum in 2013 before the Museum acquired the collection.

Taroom New Years Race Day

Taroom, Banana Area
28 December 2019
Enjoy an afternoon of country racing at its best and stay until late with live music. The Dawson Jockey Club at Taroom will host a five race program with the Leichhardt Hotel Cup as the feature race. Visit this historic track which is only one of four left-handed tracks in Queensland.
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