European settlers moved into the area in the 1870’s, looking for minerals and grazing land for cattle. Birdsville was established as a centre for stock routes for the cattle country and as a Customs collection point. In the days before federation in 1901, a toll was payable on all stock and supplies entering South Australia from Queensland.
Birdsville and the surrounding district offer a range of attractions including the unique Big Red sand dune, Waddi Treesas well as the old historical cemetery, Blue Poles Art Gallery and Royal Hotel ruins to name a few
The Diamantina Shire Council provide information on all local attractions to visitors. This information can be accessed via their website www.diamantina.qld.gov.au (This will redirect you to page outside birdsvilleraces.com)