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Explore Queensland and the best new outback events for 2021

Posted on 11 February 2021
Explore Queensland and the best new outback events for 2021

We all know about the amazing coastlines, reefs and rainforests but with events starting to open up for the first time in a long time, there's never been a better excuse to explore Queensland and some of the most iconic and signature outback events that are back in business for 2021.

From remote music festivals to outback golf tournaments and rodeos, there's something for everyone who's keen to get back on the road and explore this great state and time it with an event along the way.

Outback Queensland Tourism Association Manager, Melanie Gravis-James said the outback events back for 2021 bring a tremendous amount of interest and first-time visitors to outback regions. "For some of these towns it's the biggest event of the year so they'll be really keen to see (visitors) come back this year."

6 top outback road trip events to see in 2021

1. Roma's Easter in the Country (1-5 April)

Recognised as one of Queensland's premier Easter events, the festival offers a range of activities for the thrill-seeker and the cultural or culinary buff. This year, Roma will showcase some of the best country music featuring a concert extravaganza with Lee Kernaghan and The Wolfe Brothers.

2. Winton's Wayout Festival (6-11 April) - 6 hours from Townsville or 2 hours from Longreach

The iconic festival will bring more than 100 Australian artists and musicians together for six days and nights of entertainment across seven venues in one of the world's most unique outback locations.

3. Paluma Push Mountain Bike Race (17 July)

The course starts 1.5 km north of Townsville and tales riders through the world-famous rainforest past Paluma Dam to open cattle country before finishing in the historic Hidden Valley. An after-party will celebrate the 20th anniversary of this event with live music, food and camping.

4. Outback Queensland Masters (19-25 July)

This is Australia's biggest outback golfing tournament held in Biloela, Charleville, Quilpie, Blackall, Hughenden and Longreach locations. Golfers can connect with Queensland's outback spirit of adventure, play six of the world's unique courses, be entertained by outback tales, and have a chance to win on the Million Dollar Hole-In-One Challenge in Longreach.

5. Cloncurry Merry Muster Festival (6 8 August)

The Curry Merry Muster Festival is an annual event and an affordable family-friendly event for all ages. The weekend includes three days of extreme rodeo action and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

6. Outback Festival (21-25 Sept)

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. The festival's hilarious signature event, the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby, will top off five days of quirky events, warm outback hospitality and nightly live entertainment which lures visitors from all over Australia and overseas.


It's a great time to start planning a family holiday where you can have a road trip and explore some of Queensland's best outback towns and go to a local event while you're there.

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