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. 

What's on in the Outback 


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Jericho Tourism Market Day

Jericho, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 13 June 2020
Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Jericho Tourism Market Day! Monthly markets are held on the second Saturday from March to September. There are pancakes, sausages, coffee, cold drinks and craft stalls.

Birdsville Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
25 – 27 June 2021
Bring the whole family to the Bronco Branding Yards in Birdsville to watch skilled bushmen and women demonstrate their craft. Get involved in the horsemanship skills on Saturday with barrel, flag and herding races, or simply kick back ringside and enjoy the dusty action.

Indigenous Stock Workers Display

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
Free Entry
25 – 26 May 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.

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.

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.

Rockabilly Rock and Roll Show

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$10.00 - 55.00
24 July 2020
Rockabilly Rock & Roll Show THE RETRO GIRLS This Ole House, Tutti Frutti, Good Golly & Green Door! Join us on a playful musical journey through the Rock, Country, Rockabilly, Rock & Roll! Where: Club Boutique Hotel 15 Louise St Cunnamulla When:

July 4X4 Come and Try Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
12 July 2020
Keen to try out your new 4x4 and don't know where to go? Had a 4x4 for years and have run out of new places? Don't have anyone to go with? CT 4x4 Club Come and Try Day allows novice and experienced drivers an area to test their vehicles in a range of terrain including soft sand and rocky outcrops, with the surety of having experienced Four Wheel Drive Queensland members on-hand to assist and guide where required or just for recovery.

Qantas Centenary Birthday Week

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
16 – 22 November 2020
On 16 November 2020, Qantas Airways will turn 100 and to celebrate Qantas Founders Museum has a number of activities planned throughout the week. From 16 to 22 November there will be the following activities:

Ironman/Aluminium Lady Motorkhana/Khana Cross

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
1 – 2 August 2020
Join in on the action as a spectator or competitor of Motorkhana and Khanacross events! These Motorsport events are designed to test the acceleration braking and handling of cars and the skill and judgement of the drivers.

Charters Towers Motor Show and Swap Meet

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$10 - 10
4 – 6 June 2021
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Annual Motor Show and Swap Meet is a must see event for all car enthusiasts featuring a 'show n shine', super cruises and go-to-whoa. There is something for everyone including a large selection of swap sites, demonstrations, feature attractions, a vast array of vintage cars and stationary machinery on display and much more including live band, licensed bar and children's entertainment.
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