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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Bedourie Campdraft, Rodeo, Gymkhana

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
3 – 4 July 2020
Perched on a sand dune and surrounded by Eyre Creek, soak up all the action and speed of the country’s best horse, bike and bull riders in Bedourie. A township home to 120 locals and is appropriately named to reference a ‘dust storm’, stand ringside with hundreds, who flock to appreciate precision, agility and tight teamwork at it’s very best.

Biloela Markets in the Park

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 16 November 2019
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.

The Outback Food, Wine and Music Festival 2020

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$70.00 - 70.00
11 – 13 September 2020
Head to Stockman’s Hall of Fame on September 12, 2020 and savour great food, wine and craft beers at the Outback Food, Wine and Music Festival. It’s a must-attend outback event where you can wet your appetite and indulge your senses with a fun filled night.

Quilpie Anzac Day Celebrations

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
24 – 25 April 2020
Join them on Anzac Eve 24 April at 6pm for the Twilight Service at the Quilpie Cemetery. On Anzac Day, 25 April there will be a Dawn Service at 6am at the RSL Memorial Park. At 10am, the march will assemble at the café.

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.

Layered Landscapes of Oz – an exhibition by students of the Western Alliance

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
21 October 2019 – 2 February 2020
From October 14th – 18th students from the Western Alliance, who range from Years 7 through to 10, came together in Longreach to attend their biannual Multischool event. The students travelled from regions across Queensland;

Campdraft 4 A Cause

Hughenden, Flinders Area
30 August 2019 – 10 April 2020
Campdraft 4 A Cause aims to run a campdraft each year and donate proceeds to a different charity each time to help make a difference to some people's lives.

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!

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.

Kangaranga Do Street Party

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
1 September 2020
On your way to the Birdsville Races? Then join in the fun at the annual Quilpie Kangaranga Do Street Party! From 6pm until midnight, this is a fun filled family night out! This years event will feature the ever popular "get your rocks off competition", bath tub derby, wool bale rolling, great prizes, stalls, food and bar until late, kids activities and live entertainment!
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