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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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.

Birdsville Big Red Bash

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$617 - 617
6 – 8 July 2021
Have the experience of a lifetime at the world’s most remote music festival, the Birdsville Big Red Bash in the heart of Australia’s outback! The three-day festival returns at the Big Red desert dune near Birdsville, Queensland.

Outback Festival

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$0 - 0
22 – 26 September 2020
Queensland's Outback township of Winton will be celebrating its biennial Outback Festival once again in 2021 from 21 to 25 September. Held during the September school holidays it's perfect for families or anyone who loves the Aussie Outback.

Biloela Markets in the Park

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 19 September 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.

Bedourie Rugby League Nines

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
Free Entry
19 June 2021
The game of brute and fitness will return to The Diamantina after 30 years in Bedourie. Fans, tourists and locals alike are invited along to the local park, turned rugby league field, to cheer on the 2017 winners of the Bedourie Cup - Brothers Mt Isa.

Outback Paint and Sip Winton

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$55 - 60
28 – 29 August 2020
Paint, platters and plenty of pinot! Paint and Sip is fun group painting sessions that provides the opportunity to gather your friends and wine while you design, regardless of your artistic ability or skill.

Channel Country Music Muster

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
From AU$30.00 - 50.00
17 – 18 July 2021
Channel Country Music Muster. Give the Bush a Hand! The Music Muster is held over two days. Featuring Top Line Australian Artists: Tom Maxwell, Laura Downing, Ged and Trudy Hintz, Rob Breese, Trevor Tolton, Rob Walters, The Master of Turbulence, Bush Poet, Murray Hartin.

Sunday Session Blues on the Grass

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$10.00 - 10.00
Weekly from 6 June 2021
Sunday Sessions Blues on the Grass features artists Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters to Stevie Ray Vaughn combined with earthy folk/blues originals. Live music on the grass in the beer garden from 12pm to 5pm every Sunday in June and July 2021!

November 4x4 Come and Try Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
8 November 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.

Remembrance Day Service

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
11 November 2020
Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
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