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 five-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!

Thargo Polocrosse Carnival

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
27 – 28 June 2020
A weekend out of the house. Enjoy the fast pace action of both horses and riders. Followed by a Saturday night entertainment for all to enjoy. Bar and Canteen available.

Flinders River Roping Hughenden APRA Timed Event

Hughenden, Flinders Area
26 July 2020
Get your boots and hats our and ready for a great afternoon and night at the Flinders River Roping Associations Hughenden Australian Professional Rodeo Timed event rodeo. Free admission. Canteen and bar available.

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.

Swinging 60's Show The Retro Girls

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$10 - 35.00
27 July 2020
Swinging 60s Show! She’s so Fine, Wild Thing, Love me Do, Shout! Join us on a vibrant journey through a decade where music changed the world! When: Mon 27th July 2020, 6.30pm – 8.30pm Where: Club Boutique Hotel 15 Louise St Cunnamulla From the minute they hit the stage THE RETRO GIRLS are bustin with energized Pizzazz!

Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival

Julia Creek, McKinlay Area
From AU$0 - 200
17 – 19 April 2020
From modest beginnings, today’s event brings together people from all walks of life – people from Queensland, Australia and overseas. Julia Creek, based in McKinlay Shire, is proud to host what is fast becoming Queensland’s “Must go-to” event.

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.

Barcaldine Race Day

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 14 March 2020
Experience Outback Racing at its best and check out the Barcaldine Races. These races offer something for everyone - Winter Fashions on the Fields, bookmakers and TAB on course, jumping castle and playground for the kids.

Kooroorinya Ladies Day Weekend - Where the Rainbow meets the Water

Hughenden, Flinders Area
13 September 2019 – 22 August 2020
Join them for a weekend of laughter and fun. All ladies welcome! Markets, activities and classes! Come along and relax for a wonderful weekend. Check out the Facebook page for details of the annual Kooroorinya Ladies Day Weekend!

Are We There Yet

Windorah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
4 – 5 July 2020
The "Are We There Yet" event is held on the Saturday and Sunday night prior to the commencement of the Big Red Bash at Birdsville. The entertainment is from 2pm in the afternoon on both days and goes to 11pm/12pm.
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