At the end of the famous Birdsville Track is the frontier town of Birdsville. Deep in the heart of wild and isolated country, Birdsville is situated between the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert, the vast gibber plains of Sturt's Stony Desert to the south and rich Channel Country to the north.
Once a notorious place through which cattle drovers moved their stock, Birdsville is now a thriving modern community where you can enjoy a cold drink at the iconic Birdsville Hotel or back a winner at the world-renowned Birdsville Races.
Watch the sun set over Big Red, the tallest sand dune in the Simpson Desert, catch a fresh fish for dinner at Jardine's water hole, explore the Australian Inland Mission Hospital Museum, or spend 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 a number of local artists working in different mediums, offering their intepretations of our unique land, lifestyle and people of the Diamantina Shire.
Birdsville is also home to a sporting complex, gallery, bakery, air services, motel, hotel, caravan park and cabin accommodation, coffee shop and restaurant, general store, post office, medical clinic, fuel, auto services and a
police station. If you've always wanted to, now is the time to tick Birdsville off your bucket list!
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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.