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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Hughenden Rugby 7's Carnival

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
24 – 26 July 2020
The Hughenden Rugby 7's Carnival is an annual 1 day carnival bringing at least 18 rugby teams, coaches, referees and spectators together in a well respected carnival. The Hughenden Rugby 7's Carnival is becoming well known as a fun and supportive carnival, with teams as far as Mt Isa, Longreach and beyond competing.

Windorah Gymkhana

Windorah, Barcoo Area
11 July 2020
Windorah Gymkhana has both motorbike and horse events for all age groups, and is held on the Saturday prior to Windorah Bronco Branding and Stockman's Challenge. Also, the Windorah Gymkhana has a range of novelty events, such as Bang and Go Back, Walk, Trot and Lead, and Motorbike Chariot Race.

THE RETRO GIRLS Christmas in July Show

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$10.00 - 35.00
27 – 28 July 2020
THE RETRO GIRLS Xmas in July Show! The Retro Girls Christmas Show is coming to Town! Full of fun & jolliness The Retro Girls will have you Jingling your bells and Rocking around The Christmas Tree. Now…….

Fun Fab Fun Dinner and Show The Retro Girls Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$10.00 - 35.00
22 July 2020
THE RETRO GIRLS Fun Fab Fun Show! Doris, Bill, Tom and Shania! Join them on a wonderful musical journey from the 40s to the 90s! From the minute they hit the stage THE RETRO GIRLS are bustin with energized Pizzazz!

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. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Dinosaur Festival - Bringing Pre-Historic to 2020

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
7 – 9 August 2020
Enjoy three days of fun filled activities involving the Hughenden Community. Bus Tours of Torver Valley, Mt Walker, Cemetery, Fossils, Quiz Night and Entertainment, Markets, Street Parade with Floats from local schools, Community and Sporting Groups.

Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Festival

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
1 – 4 May 2020
The Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Festival is Barcaldine’s largest event, both in terms of visitation and community participation. The festival showcases the community spirit and history of Barcaldine and Outback Queensland.

Drover's Camp Festival

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.

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.
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