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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Adavale Sport and Rec Rodeo, Campdraft and Gymkhana

Adavale, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
11 – 12 April 2020
The fun kicks off for the annual Adavale Rodeo, Campdraft and Gymkhana. The best and bravest cowboys around will be battling to stay on for that eight seconds and claim the prize at the rodeo on Saturday afternoon and, after the Rodeo, let your hair down and kick up some dust on the dance floor.

Barcaldine Race Day

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 30 November 2019
Experience Outback Racing at its best and check out the Barcaldine Races. These races offer something for everyone - Winter Fashions on the Fields, bookmakers and TAB on course, jumping castle and playground for the kids.

Festival of Outback Opera

Miles End, Mount Isa Area
26 – 28 June 2020
Queensland's inaugural Festival of Outback Opera will be co-presented by Opera Queensland and Camerata Queensland's Chamber Orchestra in 2020. A three-day event featuring internationally renowned performers alongside Queensland's leading opera singers accompanied by its premier orchestra.

Tom Curtain's "We're Still Here" Tour - Winton

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$0 - 40
30 November 2019
Tom Curtain and the Katherine Outback Experience (KOE) team of horses and dogs will be putting on an authentic outback experience at the Winton Showgrounds. This family friendly show kicks off at 6pm (gates open 5.

Bedourie Handle Bars and Horns Bull Ride

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
23 November 2019
Join the adrenalin pumping action of two extreme sports - riding bikes and riding bulls - at the inaugural Bedourie event. Perch yourself ringside for the live action of fearless men/women verse beasts with great prize money up for grabs.

Tom Curtain's "We're Still Here" Tour

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$0 - 40
1 December 2019
To celebrate the release of his fourth studio album, Multiple Golden Guitar winner and horseman extraordinaire Tom Curtain will again be hitting the road this summer as part of his 'We're Still Here Tour' with his award winning outback show Katherine Outback Experience (KOE).

Hughenden Porcupine Gorge Challenge

Hughenden, Flinders Area
From AU$30 - 50
13 June 2020
Held in the glorious Porcupine Gorge National Park, 74 kilometres north of Hughenden, this unique event has been growing in popularity every year. The first challenge was held in 2001 and was not only to challenge serious competitors but to give the opportunity for locals and adjoining communities to enjoy such a wonderful natural attraction, whilst walking the gorge with friends.

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.

Flinders Shire Council Australia Day Big Breakfast

Hughenden, Flinders Area
26 January 2020
The Shire of Flinders invites you to attend an Australia Day Celebration! Come along and join the community to share a free breakfast! Fun for the whole family, Australia Day awards winners will also be announced.

Thargomindah Polocrosse Carnival

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
27 – 28 June 2020
Pack up your family, bring the kids and head on out for a fun filled weekend in Thargomindah. Watch the skill of these players and all the action that is Polocrosse. This is a weekend that promises to keep you entertained from wo to go.
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