BIRDSVILLE - HOME OF THE BIRDSVILLE RACES! BIRDSVILLE - HOME OF THE BIRDSVILLE RACES!

Deep in the far west and heart of wild and isolated country, the amazing frontier town of Birdsville sits at the end of the famous Birdsville Track.  Situated on the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert, Birdsville is surrounded by the vast gibber plains of Sturt's Stony Desert to the south and rich Channel Country to the north.

With a colourful past, Birdsville started as a rest stop and watering hole for cattle drovers moving their stock.  Today, it’s a thriving modern community where visitors to outback Queensland can enjoy a cold drink at the iconic Birdsville Hotel, back a winner at the world-renowned Birdsville Races as part of the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival, or enjoy the amazing music of international artists at the Big Red Bash music festival.

Watch the sun set over Big Red, the tallest sand dune in the Simpson Desert, or catch fresh fish for dinner at Jardine's water hole, the options to experience amazing outback adventures are endless.  History buffs and tourists alike will enjoy exploring the Australian Inland Mission Hospital Museum, or spending an unforgettable day with family and friends at the Birdsville Billabong, where birdlife, fish, yabbies, and marsupials abound.

The town of Birdsville is home to several local artists offering their interpretations of the unique land, lifestyle, and people of the Diamantina Shire.

All travelers are welcome in Birdsville with many services available to make your stay memorable.  An RV Friendly town, Birdsville is home to a modern sporting complex, gallery, bakery, airport, motel, hotel, caravan park, cabin accommodation, coffee shop, restaurant, general store, post office, medical clinic, fuel, and car repair services.  Pet-friendly accommodation options are available, as well as facilities for your RV or caravan. 

Check out some of the facilities Birdsville has to offer.  Birdsville and Outback Queensland

Now is the time to tick Birdsville and the Diamantina Shire off your bucket list, and whether you’re a grey nomad, backpacker, 4WD enthusiast, or looking for a family holiday, you won’t be disappointed!

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See what the world-famous Birdsville Races is all about!

The world-famous Birdsville Races are the ‘Melbourne Cup of the Outback'. The event has delighted race-goers for more than 125 years and is listed as one of the ‘100 things to do in Australia before you die'.

The first race meeting was held in 1882. Today, the 12-race program has a prize pool of more than $110,000. Approximately 8000 people descend on Birdsville for a week long program of events.

The Birdsville Races happen on the first Saturday in September. The spectacular event is sandwiched between the Betoota Races, which kick off the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival in the last weekend of August, and the Bedourie Races and Ute & Travellers' Muster on the following Saturday.