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.

Where To Stay


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

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

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

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 2127581387178531619_223853423 🐎 Another Birdsville Races done and dusted (literally) 🐎 Did you make it to the event this year? 🏁 #OutbackQueensland photo by @thebirdsvilleraces
Instagram post 1999127827311731960_223853423 One of #Queensland’s most remote towns is also its most renowned. #Birdsville is just as hot on travel bucket lists as its bitumen is in summer 🔥🌡️ Perched on the eastern edge of the 🏜️ Simpson Desert, Birdsville is the place to get your #OutbackQueensland 4WD adventure into gear. Photo by @backroadsandbarstools #thisisqueensland
Instagram post 1986941527574638717_223853423 Welcome to Birdsville...our new island paradise 🌴
Waterview blocks only $12,000 😂 If you're heading to Birdsville or the far western corner of Queensland this year, expect it to be much greener than normal! 🌿
#OutbackQueensland photo by @birdsvillebakery
Instagram post 1860863275244231067_223853423 The outback isn't just all reds, oranges and blues, we've got plenty of killer sunrise hues too 😍 You'll find this view at the Diamantina River in Birdsville. #OutbackQueensland photo by @julesingall
Instagram post 1855784927530915304_223853423 You know it's time for a cold beer at the Birdsville Hotel when you've crossed the Simpson Desert's 1100 sand dunes 🍻🎉 #OutbackQueensland photo by @leoshowell