Since 1882 local residents, horses, riders, families and friends have gathered in Birdsville for a two day race meeting.
Even now the spirit of this annual gathering has not changed except that the meeting has now evolved and grown into an internationally recognised major outback event.
Every year, with the generous financial support from our sponsors and visitors to the race meeting, the local race club committee, it's members and a dedicated group of volunteers work towards and plan for a successful and profitable meeting.
What accommodation is available or where can we camp?
Tented accommodation is available in Birdsville during race week via Rent-a-Tent. Visitors electing not to book tented accommodation must expect that they will have to camp. The Birdsville Caravan Park is available during race week and information on availability can be found at http://www.birdsvillecaravanpark.com.au/. Visitors can also choose to camp along the banks of the Diamantina River. Portable toilets are provided at selected locations by the Diamantina Shire Council.
Where can I obtain fuel/vehicle repairs in Birdsville?
There are two service stations in Birdsville offering both fuel and vehicle repairs.
Birdsville Fuel Service
Birdsville Roadhouse RACQ breakdown service is available through the Birdsville Roadhouse
Please note that NO AUTOGAS is available in Birdsville.
Where can I get food/groceries/souvenirs?
Selected groceries are available at the Birdsville Roadhouse and Birdsville Fuel Service outlets.
Other food and souvenir stalls are located throughout the town.
Where can I have a shower?
The Caravan Park offers shower and washing facilities for a small charge. Other shower facilities are provided by the local council and are located in the town nect to the Wirrarri Information Centre. These are also available for a small charge. Due to the size of the crowd you can expect some delays in waiting for a shower.
How far is the racecourse from town?
The racecourse is approximately 3km south of Birdsville. A shuttle service operates to and from the racecourse in the morning and throughout the day. This service has pickup locations in front of the Caravan Park and at selected locations enroute to the race course. Part proceeds from this service are donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
How can I purchase a souvenir medallion?
Souvenir medallions can be purchased in advance and in Birdsville during the week prior to Races at the Official Birdsville Races Office located at the Wirrarri Information Centre. Medallions and other race week tickets can be purchased prior.
Are there on course TAB facilities?
There are up to 14 on course bookmakers accepting bets on all major race meetings across Australia including Birdsville, however no TOTE facilities are available. Sky Channel is televised on course and RadioTAB is available on 101.3 FM
Will my mobile phone work?
Telstra and Optus provide mobile coverage within Birdsville however data capacity is limited during race week.
Can I take my car into the race course?
Car passes are provided to BRC members, sponsors, officials, workers and vendors. No other vehicles are permitted within the race course.
Are dogs allowed into the race course?
No dogs or other pets are allowed into the race course.
The Birdsville Race Club can be contacted via email on firstname.lastname@example.org