Now it is a long way to go for a Race Meeting but this is no ordinary race meeting. Set in the isolated frontier town of Birdsville close to the borders of South Australia and Northern Territory a visit to the Birdsville Races is a 'once in a life time' experience. It is hot...crowded...no where to sit...but you can say you have been there.....ordinary folk were not allowed in the' members stand'....maybe there was a shed or something for members. The grandstand itself was crowdwd....first come first sreved it seemed.
The Races are said to be ranked in the Top 40 World Party events and called "The Melbourne Cup of the Outback" The event has been run for 125 years...the first races being held in 1882.
So keep the first Saturday in September free at least once in your lifetime...though some of the faithful do turn up every year.....you will probably have to camp....but there is a motel and there are cabins somewhere....see the photo of camping tents with Kangaroo Tours.
This link will take you to my Birdsville page where you will also find more tips.
Birdsville Pub is the place for a long cool drink when you are in Birdsville....Established in 1884 it has become an Australian icon.
You just cannot go to Birdsville and not visit the pub right in the heart of town.
But you have to drink out of a can...There are no glasses allowed..I wonder why...And it is the custom to throw all beer cans on the floor and then stamp on them....not sure about that either.
The hotel is said to serve great meals and offer charming air conditioned rooms but it is too packed to see anything at Race time.
PS...seems they do not like money floating around in the pub...you have to buy tickets separately and then you exchange the ticket for a drink....is that a good idea or not?
Well it is a long dusty drive to Birdsville if you want to attend the Birdsville Races in summer.
You can fly of course but there is no train... so an excellent option is to go with Kangaroo Bus Company who will look after you very well indeed.
The trip takes 24 hours with stops along the way. It is a little cramped in the bus so do wear your travel sox and do your exercises. We stopped at Miles for lunch and Charleville for dinner with some catering by the bus company .. And a good job they did too....especially the big breakfast ready for us when we arrived in Birdsville. Our two man tents were up and ready for us as well...we sure did not feel like pitching tents after the long journey.
We camped for 3 nights which gave us some time to visit the iconic local pub and take a trip out to Big Red (see photo) as well.
Hey girls check out the photo of the staff!
The cost of the excursion was $750 in 2013 and everyone agreed it was well worth it. Check out the website to see the inclusions.......
The Birdsville Track runs south from Birdsville to Maree and passes through the Sturt Stony Desert. It is an extremely remote region but is strikingly beautiful in its harshness.
All roads into Birdsville are unsealed.
The track is 517kms, and takes a minimum of two days to conquer.
Once an almost impossible trip, the Birdsville track is now fairly easily accessible by 4WD, you will even see some 2WD vehicles make the journey.
While some will tell you that they did make the trip in a 2WD, we called the Birdsville mechanic to ask his opinion, and were told that it was not recommended. As he said, 'All it takes is one rock to bounce up and hit the undercarriage and you're buggered', and went on to say that what you don't hear about is all the vehicles which received damage. As we own a 2WD, we hired a 4WD in Broken Hill for the trip up the track.
I made the trip with my Father and brother in June. Both my Dad and i had never been to the outback, nor driven a 4WD, but we found the drive fairly easy.
You will find info about driving safely in the outback in many places on VT but this sign will refresh your memory.....so read carefully
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Oh and by the way in Birdsville you cannot buy autogas.....(2013)