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Events alert: Due to COVID-19 public health advice, all Queensland events are subject to a change in date or cancellation. Please visit the event's official website or contact the event organisers directly for the latest information. For more information please see Tourist Safety Information page.

The best way to experience the energy and spirit of Queensland is at our world-class events, where communities and fans come together to celebrate in spectacular destinations.  

And no matter what you’re into, you’ll find an event that’ll spark your interest.

Catch a world-class theatre performance or dine by the beach at one of our gourmet food festival. 

Cheer on your favourite sports team, or pitch your tent at Australia’s most remote music festival in the middle of Outback Queensland. 

Test your limits in a tropical triathlon where two World Heritage Wonders touch.  

Connect with Indigenous culture in Queensland’s top end.  

One thing’s for sure – these experiences will stay with you long after curtain call.  

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Change of Circumstance - Quilpie Diggers Race Club Quilpie Cup

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
From AU$15 - 15
Come along to the 2020 Brown and Hurley Quilpie Cup and experience country racing in all its glory. You can even start your weekend early by joining the Quilpie Diggers Race Club at the Quilpie Bowls Club for the Calcutta draw.

Trail Blaze West

Townview, Mount Isa Area
Free Entry
14 February 2020 – 31 July 2021
A larger scale epic water mural trail that extends through the heart of Western Queensland linking the Outback communities showcasing their culture, history and heritage. Red Ridge Interior Queensland has engaged multiple artists to work along side communities to share their trail blazing stories and transform into captivating artwork.

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.

Channel Country Challenge 2020

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
2 August 2020 – 30 June 2021
Action packed weekend filled with a Campdraft, Rodeo and Horse Gymkhana. Followed by Live entertainment on the Saturday Night. Bar and Canteen available all weekend.

“Our Qantas, Our People” – Exhibition

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
5 August – 31 December 2020
Curated by the Museum’s Curator Tom Hardwood, this exhibition will tell the stories of some of the many people whose lives contributed to the creation and ongoing development of our national airline. Whether as pilots, engineers, cabin crew or ground staff, their stories will remind us of the dedication to high standards of service and safety which are the essence of national icon we call Qantas.

Windorah International Yabby Races - Postponed

Windorah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
2 September 2020
Postponed, subject to further advisement re: COVID-19 The Windorah International Yabby Races began 1998, and is always on the Wednesday night prior to the iconic Birdsville Races, which is on the first weekend of each September.

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.

Cloncurry Beat The Heat Festival

Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
Free Entry
11 – 13 September 2020
Celebrate the true Cloncurry way with a street party on Scarr Street with live entertainment, tickle your tastebuds with the curry cooking competition, and cheer on your favourite team in the comical mine cart races.

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.

Thangool Races - closed racing meets only due to COVID-19

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 12 September 2020
Events are currently closed meets only due to COVID-19, please check in with organisers if you are planning to attend in future. Thangool is the home of country horse racing within the Banana region. The large course and spacious green lawns give an ambience of calm, a contrast to the cut and thrust of colour, suspense and excitement among the spectators, and the jockeys and horses as they stride down the straight towards the winner’s post.
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