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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Isisford Ross Cup Races

Isisford, Longreach Area
From AU$1.00 - 2.00
24 October 2020
Visit the small Outback town of Isisford , south of Longreach on the Barcoo Way for the annual Isisford Ross Cup Raceday. Six races at this small outback meet. Fashions on the field, bookies, entertainment and kiosk.

VDM Fest - Rock Edge Country Music Festival

Biloela, Banana Area
3 – 4 October 2020
VDMFest is back again in 2020. Now in it’s fourth year, the event just keeps getting bigger and better. With live music throughout the weekend, a VIP area, food trucks and of course a licensed bar, you’ll have everything you need to keep grooving all weekend!

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.

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.

Indigenous Stock Workers Display

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
Free Entry
6 – 7 April 2020
An informative and interactive display in recognition of the resilience, spirit and sheer hard work of the indigenous men and women who played a vital role in the establishment of the cattle industry in the Gulf Region.

The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival

Burketown, Burke Area
24 – 27 September 2020
The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival is the authentic Outback Australian experience, and brings together National and International musicians, Indigenous and First Nation's performers and Australia's best cowboys in the heart of Queensland's Lower Gulf Country.

Boulia Camel Races

Boulia, Boulia Area
17 – 18 July 2020
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!

Birdsville Big Red Bash

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$584 - 584
7 – 9 July 2020
Have the experience of a lifetime at the world’s most remote music festival, the Birdsville Big Red Bash in the heart of Australia’s outback! The three-day festival returns at the Big Red desert dune near Birdsville, Queensland.

Windorah Stockman's Challenge

Windorah, Barcoo Area
12 July 2020
The Windorah Stockman's Challenge is a judged event, comprising of Junior and Juvenile, Beginner and Open flat work. It is a great opportunity for new and seasoned riders of varying riding disciplines and skills, to show off their abilities and horses.

Beer and Wine O'Clock at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$15 - 15
31 March – 31 December 2020
Beer and Wine O’clock - Let your inner larrakin live at Club Boutique Hotel! Craft beer and wine tasting! Join them at the Club Boutique Hotel, one of Cunnamulla’s oldest hotels and an outback icon, to celebrate Beer and Wine O’clock.
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