Birdsville is a small town and locality in the Shire of Diamantina, Queensland, Australia. At the 2006 census, it had a population of 115.
The town is located on land traditionally owned by the Wangkanguru People, in the Channel Country of Central West Queensland, Australia. It is 1,590 kilometres (990 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane, and 720 kilometres (450 mi) south of the city of Mount Isa. Birdsville is on the edge of the Simpson Desert, approximately 174 km east of Poeppel Corner and the climate is very arid.
Birdsville is well-known for its dust storms, the scorching heat in summer, and its loneliness. But the tiny town is also a paradise for bird & nature lovers and those who like unique Outback scenery.
The town is also famous for its iconic horse races and the world's most remote music festival. Read on to find out more...
The Birdsville Hotel
Everyone wants to say they’ve had a beer at The Birdsville Hotel.
It’s a destination in itself, a place where yarns have been spun for more than a century by characters as colourful as the surrounding desert landscape.
Whether you’ve driven for days or your plane has landed on the airstrip next to the pub, the Hotel provides weary travellers with good old fashioned service, great food, comfortable accommodation and cold drinks.
It is the ideal place to partake of liquid refreshments when you're attending the town's iconic horse races or the Big Red Bash...
The Birdsville Races
The Birdsville Races are horse races held each year in September. Funds are raised in aid of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. The population is swelled from about 100 to around 7,000 people for the two-day event. The first races were run in the town in 1882.
Dubbed as the Melbourne Cup of the Outback, crowds of 6,000 to 7,000 racegoers converge on the town each year to enjoy two day of quality outback racing and entertainment. The second race meet in the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival, the 13 race program features horses from all over Australia competing for the coveted Birdsville Cup.
Other entertainment includes the Fashions on the Field, Fred Brophy's Boxing Troupe, Equine Fun Day at the Hotel, Fun Run, Cocktail Party, a variety of food vendors, a giant auction and much more.
Attracting visitors from all over the world, the towns annual races is an event you will be talking about for years to come.
The Big Red Bash
The Big Red Bash at Birdsville is the world’s most remote music festival and is now in it's sixth year. It is usually held in October, runs for three days and attracts visitors from all over Australia.
This is a bucket-list event with some of the biggest names in Australian music to perform in the desert at the iconic Big Red sand hill.
The Big Red Bash was voted Australia’s Favourite Event at the 2016 Australian Event Awards.
Quick Facts About Birdsville
- Population: 115 (2006 census)
- Location: Approx. 1200 km north of Adelaide, 1600 km west of Brisbane
- State: Queensland
- Post Code: 4482
- Elevation: 47m
- Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST), No Daylight Saving
- Climate & Best time to visit:
The area has a hot climate with average maximum temperature over 30°C from October to April. The highest temperature was 49.5°C. Winter has warm days and cool nights.
Rain is unpredictable, the amount varies from year to year, but heavy rains usually happen in summer. Dust storms can occur in periods of strong wind, especially in spring.
April to October is the best time to visit.
- Facilities include:
Hotel, Cabins, Caravan Park,
Petrol Station, Supermarket, Bakery
Health Service, Police Station, Airport
- Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre offers advice, library & internet services