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Hughenden Festival of Outback Skies is a 3-day festival embracing the essence of the outback, showcasing live music, art, workshops and events against the backdrop of our impressive big skies.

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03 – 05 May 2024



Bareback Bronc Ride


Steer Wrestling

Barrel Race

Bull ride

Live Music
with Duncan Toombs, Amber Lawrence, Hotter Then a Hoochie Coochie



Yoga by the Lake

Art workshops

Dance workshops

BBQ competition

Art Trail

Dinner under the Stars

Champagne Breakfast at Mt Walker

Meteor Shower

Drumming circles

Live music
with Hayley Jenson, Johnny Cash Tribute Show



Yoga by the Lake

Champagne Breakfast at Mt Walker

Art Workshops

Dance workshops

Drumming Circle

BBQ demonstrations

Raft Race

Twilight Markets

Lantern Parade

Opera in the Outback

Live music
by Hayley Jenson, Dan Thompson, Opera Queensland


Festival Site Map

The festival site is spread across three precincts all within 500m of each other. The site is also walking distance from the Hughenden CBD.

The Hughenden Showgrounds will host the Dinner Under the Stars and the Bull Ride events, with live music, art workshops, cooking demos and more.

The Art Sculpture Trail at the historic Coolabah Tree will showcase sculptural pieces entered into our Art Sculptural Competition.

At the Hughenden Recreational Lake you can enjoy star gazing, water sports and food markets. The closing lantern parade is alongside the lake before they are released across the water.

Outback skies are like no other. Colours as diverse as a paint palette, each day presents a new tapestry in the sky to be admired.


The Festival of Outback Skies is held in Hughenden, located half-way between Townsville and Mount Isa on the Flinders Highway, North West Queensland.

Wide-open spaces and memorable experiences await in the outback town of “Hughie” and you’ll find plenty of things to down in the region during your visit.


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