About Birdsville

Population: 115


At the end of the Birdsville Track is the frontier town of Birdsville, one of Outback Australia’s most recognised towns.

Deep in the heart of wild and isolated country, Birdsville is situated between the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert, the vast gibber plains of Sturt’s Stony Desert to the south and rich Channel Country to the north.

Once a notorious place through which cattle drovers moved their stock, Birdsville is now a thriving community where you can enjoy a cold drink at the iconic Birdsville Hotel, try your taste buds on a curried camel pie, back a winner at the world-renowned Birdsville Races or dance the day away at the Birdsville Big Red bash.

Watch the sunset over Big Red, the tallest sand dune in the Simpson Desert or spend an unforgettable day with family and friends at the Birdsville billabong, where birdlife, fish, yabbies and marsupials abound.

If you’ve always wanted to visit this iconic destination, now is the time to tick Birdsville off your bucket list.

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Waddi Trees

One of Australia’s rarest plants, the Waddi Tree (Acacia puece), has a spiky, needle-like leaf and thick bark. The Waddi Tree piqued early explorer William John Wills’ interest, with some samples of the seeds found buried in his diary after his death. The extreme hardness of Waddi wood

Munga-Thirri National Park (Simpson Desert)

Munga-Thirri National Park, also known as the Simpson Desert, spans 1,012,000 hectares in the arid outback, making it Queensland’s largest protected area. Parallel wind-blown sand dunes dominate the striking landscape. Some dunes extend 200 kilometres and reach 90 metres high. Saltpans and gibber-ironstone flats occupy interdunal areas. More

Deon’s Lookout

Have your camera ready when you arrive at Deon’s Lookout. You will love the spectacular and long-ranging views. With a rest area, public toilets and picnic table, this is a great place to break your journey. It is located east of Betoota and is well sign posted at

Burke and Wills Tree

On August 20, 1860, Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills set out from Melbourne to chart a course to the Gulf of Carpentaria, which was the first south-north crossing of Australia. The team of 13 men and 20 camels carried over 20 tonnes of provisions. Though successful

Carcory Homestead Ruins

The Carcory Homestead was built in 1877 of local limestone by Hector and Norman Wilson. Listed by the National Trust, this attraction is an example of the rich history of the Diamantina Shire. After years of drought and the loss of 4,000 bullocks, Carcory was abandoned by Sir

Big Red

Standing at 40 metres in height, and situated just 35 kilometre from Birdsville; the famous Big Red Sand Dune provides a challenge for any four wheel drive enthusiast. The first of 1,140 parallel dunes in the Simpson Desert, the spectacular sunsets from the top of Big Red are

Birdsville Billabong

The billabong, located on the edge of town, is a beautiful place to view the outback sunset and you can also enjoy walking, kayaking, swimming or fishing. Across the water is Pelican Point, a small peninsula with a great view of the billabong and its birdlife. Pelican Point

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Meanwhile in Birdsville | #outbackqueensland

Instagram post 17918129339357471 Are you on your way?

The @thebirdsvilleraces first of two epic events this year, is just days away. 

The roads into Birdsville from all directions are open. However they encourage everyone travelling by car to Birdsville check local road reports via Diamantina Shire Council for latest information.

If you happen to be travelling through Quilpie, stop by for their Kangaranga Do Street Party (07 April). Held on Brolga Street in front of the Imperial Hotel. 

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Instagram post 17926915241003198 The Warrego Way starts at the Sunshine State's capital, Brisbane, and finishes in the iconic and remote Birdsville. 

Along the way, you can see ancient trees from the dinosaur age, endangered mammals, unwind in the soothing waters from the artesian basin, delight in yarns told over country bars, or just relax and enjoy the brilliant sunsets and starry nights.

Duration: 5-7 days
Route: Brisbane - Chinchilla - Roma - Charleville - Windorah - Birdsville

More information can be found via

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Instagram post 17897308124384688 There’s no mistaking the red sand of Outback Queensland.

The Windorah Red Sandhills are located 12km to the west of town on the Birdsville Road. 

Make sure you come prepared with your favourite sunset drinks and nibbles so you can really soak up the serenity of the perfect sunset location. 

Please be sure to remove any rubbish and leave this spot exactly how you find it.

Amazing photo by @mariellatusino 

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Instagram post 17858595833606032 What an epic journey across 1 900km for the 2021 @outbackqueenslandmasters million dollar hole-in-one challenge. 

Lots of fun from the greens of Biloela through to Charleville, the red 'greens' in Quilpie to the 'sand' greens of Blackall, Hughenden and Longreach.

Next year sees the tour go to Roma, Tambo, Barcaldine, Winton and Mount Isa all with $10 000 hole in ones.  Finishing up in Birdsville with a massive $1 Million hole in one! 

Save the dates 18 June to 24 July. For schedule, tickets and visitor information please go to

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