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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Dinner under the Stars

Paluma, Charters Towers Area
24 October 2020
Join them for a dinner under the stars at their Adventure Centre in Paluma. They are getting together for a social night before their last trail run event (Paluma Trail Run) in 2020 the next morning. The Feel Good Foodie will be catering for the night and offering their delicious meals (from AUD15).

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.

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.

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.

St Patrick's Day Dinner and Show at Club Boutique Hotel

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$10.00 - 35.00
13 March 2020
At the St Patricks Day Dinner and Show there will be: Best Irish outfit competition! Best Irish accent competition! Best Irish joke competition! Pre booking is essential!

Stamford Races and Community Fun Day

Stamford, Flinders Area
From AU$5 - 5
4 – 5 July 2020
Stamford Races and Community fun day (horse racing) offers the best of country racing set in an outback rural setting. With 115 years experience under their belt, the Stamford races and Community Fun Day is sure to be a special event for the whole family.

Simpson Desert Ultra

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$80 - 780
6 – 7 June 2020
The Simpson Desert Ultra is one of Australia’s newest ultra marathons taking place in the heart of the Australian Outback. With distances of 160, 80, 42 and 20 kilometres, there is something for those new to the ultra-scene, as well as those more accustomed to the gruelling nature of such events.

Wowan Agricultural Show

Wowan, Banana Area
15 August 2020
A favourite for families, farmers, growers, food and animal lovers of all persuasion, on the surface, it may all look like fairy floss and fun but with country life on full display, there are bigger stakes at play at the Wowan Show.

Cunnamulla Fella Festival 2020

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
28 – 30 August 2020
The Cunnamulla Fella Festival is an annual three day event located at Cunnamulla in south west Queensland and showcases the the best of the outback lifestyle. Celebrating the true spirit of the Outback, a Rodeo School will be held over three days, led by some of the country’s best stockmen.

Hughenden Bracelet Race Day 2020

Hughenden, Flinders Area
From AU$5.00 - 385.00
16 May 2020
This is a horse race event with five horse race program. There will be a bar, bookies, corporate marquee, kids entertainment and music till late. There are great prizes available for Fashions of the Field:
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