The iconic Birdsville Races, known as the ‘Melbourne Cup of Outback Racing’ is one not to be missed. Taking place on the first weekend of September each year, it is the perfect excuse for a road trip through the heart of Australia. Director of VC Events Co Australia Ginnie Hope-Johnstone and her crew took a trip flying into Adelaide and driving up the Birdsville Track. After an overnight stopover in Parachilna where the ‘Feral Feast’ of Emu, Kangaroo, Camel and Goat is a must do at the famous Prairie Hotel, they continued on through Mungerannie and finally Birdsville.
Upon crossing the QLD border to Birdsville, you will find thousands of friendly race-goers camping along the road between the race track and town centre, with the population swelling to around 9,000. You’ll find the famous Birdsville Hotel, Birdsville Airport spotted with hundreds of pilots camped under their planes, the Birdsville Bakery famous for their camel pies and the not to be missed Fred Brophy’s Boxing Troupe – the last in the world, all in close proximity to each other around the town.
The week is filled with fun activities for punters in conjunction with the Birdsville Race Club, including a fun run, comedy night, cocktail party, race days on both Friday and Saturday, Fashions on the Field, Trackside Marquees and plenty of live entertainment, all helping to raise much needed funding for The Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The perfect recovery from the races is to venture 20 minutes out of town to visit the impressive sand dune known as ‘Big Red’, where you can either walk or 4WD up the dunes themselves.
An event not to be missed; Birdsville Races 6th & 7th September 2019 – where the dust never settles.