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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Better in Blackall Festival

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
Free Entry
13 – 16 August 2020
Combining the best that Blackall has to offer, the outback explodes into a four-day festival packed with local grazing plates, sunset wine tastings, street parties, art and cultural displays, billycart races, barbecue cook-offs, live music and a swag load of familiar faces, including chef Matt Golinski!

National Veteran 1 and 2 Cylinder Rally

Charleville, Murweh Area
Free Entry
7 – 13 April 2021
DUE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS, THIS EVENT WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN 2020. IT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO APRIL 2021 WITH THE YET TO BE CONFIRMED DATE OF APRIL 7TH TO THE 13TH. A once in a lifetime event! Over 70 Veteran 1 and 2 Cylinder cars (all over 100 years old)and motorbikes will descend on Charleville for the week and you are welcome to see them at the racecourse each morning (except Sunday) from 10am to 11am.

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.

Rotary Arts and Crafts Market Day

Biloela, Banana Area
From AU$3 - 3
24 October 2020
Beautifully handcrafted goodies for the home are the feature of Rotary’s ever-popular Arts and Crafts Market Day. This is a chance to find that little something that no one else has and to hear the story behind it, directly from the artist.

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.

Bedourie Rugby League Nines

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
Free Entry
19 June 2021
The game of brute and fitness will return to The Diamantina after 30 years in Bedourie. Fans, tourists and locals alike are invited along to the local park, turned rugby league field, to cheer on the 2017 winners of the Bedourie Cup - Brothers Mt Isa.

Boulia Camel Races

Boulia, Boulia Area
16 – 17 July 2021
It's the 'Melbourne Cup of Camel Racing', held every July in the spectacular remote town of Boulia in Outback Queensland. It's truly an epic moment as the camels come lumbering down to the finish line - an Outback icon experience to put on your bucket list!

Drover's Camp Festival 2020: Postponed due to COVID-19

Camooweal, Mount Isa Area
From AU$15.00 - 60.00
21 – 23 August 2020
The Drovers Camp Festival is a unique outback flavoured festival. Come to yarn with the old drovers and hear their amazing stories. A fun-filled weekend. Friday opens with a lively street parade including humorous floats, musicians, horses and coaches culminating in a fun-filled, lively night full of entertainment.

Psychedelic 70s Show The Retro Girls

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$10.00 - 35.00
23 July 2020
Psychedelic 70s Show THE RETRO GIRLS Kool and the Gang, the Village People and Boogie Fever! Join them on a colourful musical journey through the 70s! Where: Club Boutique Hotel 15 Louise St Cunnamulla When:

Cameron Corner New Years Eve Party

Cameron Corner, Bulloo Area
31 December 2020 – 1 January 2021
3 News Years - 3 Time Zones in one spot at Cameron Corner! Ever wanted to celebrate New Years 3 times in 1 night? Come to Cameron Corner for a night of fun. Party is based at the Cameron Corner Store but will move to the Corner Post at 10.
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