Birdsville Races

CW Staff — 12 September 2018
Birdsville Races Promises Biggest Event in History

This year’s Birdsville Races (31 August to 1 September) is expected to attract record numbers to the tiny Queensland town.
The event includes a jam-packed program of thoroughbred racing, unique outback entertainment and wild and wacky festivities. Billed the ‘Melbourne Cup of the Outback’, the Birdsville Races see the town on the edge of the Simpson Desert swell from a general population of 115 people to more than 6000 visitors for a two-day, 13-race program.
Each year, horses and trainers make the long-haul trek to Birdsville, 10,000km collectively, from places as far away as Darwin, Tamworth and the Sunshine Coast. Upon arrival, they set up camp under gum trees alongside the Diamantina River.
“2018 marks the 136th year since racing began in Birdsville, and this year’s event will once again present one of the best and most unique outback experiences this great country has to offer,” says Birdsville Race Club vice president Gary Brook.
“The Birdsville Races are extremely remote in location – and that’s part of what makes them so special. Nothing beats the sight of the horses racing around the bend and kicking up the striking red desert dust each year.”



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