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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North Queensland Elite Rodeo

Hervey Range, Charters Towers Area
14 – 15 August 2020
North Queensland Elite Rodeo has changed to two nights of action packed Rodeo. The 2019 Prize money was over AUD70,000. It is no longer invitational only. The aim of the event is to put the very best Rodeo athletes against the best Rodeo stock in the country.

July 4X4 Come and Try Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
12 July 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.

Relics on the Range

Hervey Range, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
31 May 2020
Static Display of Motorcycles - Last Century (Pre 2000). Off road, racers, road bikes. Get your old bikes out of the shed and display them - fully or partially restored, original.... Spend the day with like-minded enthusiasts.

Isa St Festival

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
Free Entry
5 August 2020
The Isa Street Festival is a free community event that is fun for the entire family. With food stalls, liquor licensed area, games, fireworks, kids corner, carnival rides, Street Parade and evening concert!

Sunday Session Blues on the Grass

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$10.00 - 10.00
Weekly from 7 June 2020
Sunday Sessions Blues on the Grass features artists Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters to Stevie Ray Vaughn combined with earthy folk/blues originals. Live music on the grass in the beer garden from 12pm to 5pm every Sunday in June and July 2020!

Outback Festival

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$0 - 0
21 – 25 September 2021
Queensland's Outback township of Winton will be celebrating its biennial Outback Festival once again in 2021 from 21 to 25 September. Held during the September school holidays it's perfect for families or anyone who loves the Aussie Outback.

Adavale Sport and Rec Rodeo, Challenge, Campdraft, Bikekhana and Gymkhana

Adavale, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
2 – 4 October 2020
The fun kicks off for the annual Adavale Rodeo, Challenge, Bikekhana 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, then after you can let your hair down and kick up some dust on the dance floor.

Undara Outback Rockabilly Rods and Rides Festival

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
From AU$180 - 180
2 – 3 October 2020
The Undara Outback Rockabilly, Rods and Rides festival will be a music festival like no other currently run in Tropical North Queensland. It promises to attract and present a classic car and bike show while presenting Rockabilly Music and Rock and Roll dancing in the evenings.

Paluma Dam Good Trail Run 2020

Paluma, Charters Towers Area
From AU$15 - 45
25 October 2020
Join them for the last trail run of the year in the village of the clouds, Paluma. The event offers a 6 kilometre, 10 kilometre and 20 kilometre course, taking you through the stunning rainforest scenery of Paluma, up and down hills and across creeks.

Paluma Push 2020

Paluma, Charters Towers Area
19 July 2020
Townsville's iconic Mountain Bike event is an individual challenge as well as a great social ride. Riders start in the dreamy Paluma Village following a course that winds its way through lush World Heritage Rainforest, past the Paluma Dam, down into shady big timber and open cattle country and finishes at the historic tin mining settlement of Hidden Valley.
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