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

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

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 17948435504088920 'Kirrenderri, Heart of the Channel Country' presents a visually striking and narrative rich exhibition chronicling extraordinary stories from one of the most remote locations at the very heart of Australia. 

Channel Country is renowned as an intersection for Aboriginal trade networks that connect the continent. Revelations of the age and scale of sites in this landscape are evocative and lead to a reimagining of the deep history of this country.

The exhibition will tour to the following Outback Queensland venues- 
* Outback Regional Gallery at @waltzingmatildacentre, 50 Elderslie Street, Winton July 2 – August 7
* Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery, 62 Valentine Plains Road, Biloela Feb-March 2023
* Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre, 29 Burt Street, Birdsville June-September 2023

Followed by Townsville, Toowoomba and Coffs Harbour in 2024.

Photograph courtesy Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation.
An Aboriginal stone arrangement located in the country of the Mithaka Aboriginal people in the desert channels region of far Southwestern Queensland. A stone lined curvilinear pathway leads into two closed circles. The main structure is surrounded by several circular ‘c’ shaped structures. Stone arrangements in Mithaka country are associated with ceremonies which according to author Alice Duncan-Kemp who was a trusted informant of the Mithaka people during the early 1900s were often places where Aboriginal people asked for ‘the need for the spirits influence and help’. The main structure is approximately 20 metres long. This site was located by Traditional Owner Josh Gorringe of the Mithaka people together with retired surveyor Ian Andrews in early 2020. The image was taken by a quadcopter drone.

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Instagram post 17956779226920872 Celebrating 140 years on the 2nd & 3rd of September. Australia's most famous outback races! 

Do you have your tickets yet to the @birdsvilleraces at the Birdsville Race Club Inc?

Racegoers celebrate the carnival each year enjoying two days of quality outback racing and three great nights of live entertainment. Other entertainment includes the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia Cocktail Party, RFDS Fun Run, Fashions on the Field, Fred Brophy's Boxing Troupe, a variety of food vendors, a giant auction, and much more.

Great entertainment, class horseracing and premium hospitality makes for a fantastic week in the heart of Australia’s outback.

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Instagram post 17946671143930366 The next three days will see Birdsville play host to some of Australia’s most recognised music legends at the @bigredbash 

With a line up of 
@richardclaptonofficial and so many more we know you’ll all have an amazing time.

We wish all the team involved all the best and enjoy it too. 

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Instagram post 18217064341183030 Halfway to the Big Red Bash? Halfway to the border? Halfway to Christmas?

The festival was born after travellers got skittish on their way to the Birdsville @bigredbash  and found their answer in throwing a party – Halfway There Shindig.

What started as a few beers in the pub with a couple of guests cheering the fact they’ve made it halfway to the Birdsville Big Red Bash has now turned into an event drawing crowds from all over Queensland.

Headlining the epic musical event is @thepredatorsau, iconic Brisbane band made up of the original line up of Powderfinger!

Listen to country classics from @robbiemortimer and the boys as well as Charleville's own CSHS Band.

Set for Saturday 2 July the Halfway There Shindig is a triple act of music, food, dancing, fun for the whole family.

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