Internationally renowned, there is no event like the famous and historic Birdsville Races. An iconic event since 1882, the Birdsville Races brings local residents of the outback together with visitors from across Australia and around the world. It's a time and place where horses, riders, families, and friends gather in Birdsville for two days of racing and outback excitement!
The Birdsville Races are also part of the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival that incorporates events in Birdsville, Bedourie, and Betoota. Come and enjoy a taste of the far west on your outback Queensland adventure. The Birdsville races welcomes fly-in visitors, grey nomads, caravaners, 4WD travellers and backpackers alike. Whether you're on a working holiday around Australia, a family adventure or enjoying your retirement, the Birdsville Races and Simpson Desert Racing Carnival has something special to offer.
The annual Birdsville Races is run by the local Birdsville Race Club together with its committee and legion of volunteers, and with the generous financial support from sponsors and visitors.
Check out more information about the Birdsville Races on this page or follow the link to the Race Homepage.
What accommodation is available or where can we camp?
Tented accommodation is available in Birdsville during the race week through Rent-a-Tent. Visitors who don't book tented accommodation in advance will need to arrange general camp site bookings.
The Birdsville Caravan Park also offers a range of accommodation options including fully serviced units, cabins, caravan and camping sites. Bookings in advance are essential. Further details are available 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 fuel and vehicle repairs.
Birdsville Fuel Service is located in Adelaide Street, Birdsville and offers fuel, vehicle and tyre repair services.
The Birdsville Roadhouse is located in Frew Street, Birdsville and offers fuel, vehicle and tyre repair services in addition to groceries and a range of souvenir products. It is also the local agent for RACQ breakdown service.
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 during the Birdsville Races.
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 next to the Wirrarri Information Centre (for a small charge). Due to the size of the crowd during the racing carnival you can expect delays in waiting for a shower.
How far is the racecourse from town?
The Birdsville Race Club and racecourse is approximately 3km south of Birdsville. A shuttle service operates to and from the racecourse throughout the day during the racing carnival. The shuttle service has pickup locations in front of the Caravan Park and at selected locations en route 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 of the Birdsville Races are available for purchase in the week prior to the races at the Official Birdsville Races Office located at the Wirrarri Information Centre. They are also available during the racing carnival. Medallions and other race week tickets can be purchased prior in advance on during the races.
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 the course, and Radio TAB 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 Birdsville Race Club members, sponsors, officials, workers and vendors. No other vehicles are permitted on the race course. We encourage visitors to use the shuttle service operating during the Birdsville Races.
Are dogs allowed on the race course?
No dogs or other pets are allowed on the race course.
Contact for further information.
The Birdsville Race Club can be contacted via email on firstname.lastname@example.org