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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Outback Writers Festival

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$0 - 50
23 – 25 June 2020
If you enjoy writing, reading, meeting authors, learning how to write or just enjoy outback books in general, this annual festival is for you. Meet locals and visitors alike and attend book launches. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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.

Towers Rush

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$40 - 40
1 November 2020
Participate in an Amazing Race style treasure hunt in Charters Towers where you will race to checkpoints and complete challenges to gain points. Be the team with the most points at the end of the race to take out the title at Towers Rush.

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…….

Birdsville Races

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$35 - 600
4 – 5 September 2020
Dubbed as the Melbourne Cup of the Outback, crowds of 6,000 racegoers converge on Birdsville each year to enjoy two day of quality outback racing and entertainment. The second race meet in the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival, the 13 race program features horses from all over Australia competing for the coveted Birdsville Cup.

Outback Queensland Masters

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$50 - 380
20 – 21 June 2020
Taking place in six destinations across Outback Queensland, from June to July, explore local events and venues while enjoying rounds of golf. An Australian 1st, the Outback Queensland Masters is a series of golf events, for non-golfers, golfers, adventure seekers and tourism travellers.

Undara Outback Rock and Blues

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
From AU$90 - 180
24 – 26 April 2020
The Undara Outback Rock and Blues festival held at Undara Experience will feature high quality acts, over the three days, to make this a weekend guaranteed to suit fans of all genres. Artists are sort from local areas as well as interstate to give guests to North Queensland a weekend to remember!

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:

Outback Queensland Golf Masters in Quilpie 2020

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
4 – 5 July 2020
The ultimate golfing odyssey to the 2020 million dollar hole-in-one! This is Australia’s most remote golf series spanning an epic 1600 kilometres across Queensland’s Outback. Amateur golfers and travellers are being encouraged to adventure west of the Great Divide in Queensland through the townships from Biloela and the sandstone wonders through to the channel country of Charleville, Quilpie and onto Blackall, Hughenden and the heart of the outback, Longreach, for the 2020 million dollar hole in one!

Biloela Markets in the Park

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 18 April 2020
Normally held on the third Saturday of the month, the Biloela Markets line the park lands near the Biloela Information Centre on Callide Street. This is where you’ll find those unexpected gems, the funky hand tooled or crafted specialties, homemade treats, jams and sauces, candles and scents, organic fruit and veg.
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