The Birdsville Races
Birdsville's busiest week of the year occurs in September. Visitors converge on our tiny outback town from all parts of Australia and the world on the first Saturday in September for the Annual Birdsville Racing Carnival over two days (Friday and Saturday).
The first race meeting was held in 1882 as an event for hack and stock horses with a few local spectators. The carnival now includes a 13-race program and and boasts prize money of $200,000. The Birdsville Cup is a much sought after trophy and is famous throughout the world.
Situated three kilometres to the South East of the town the track itself is on a claypan alongside the sand dunes. The track is 2000m in circumference with the longest race, 1600m Birdsville Cup starting in the back straight. All starts are on the course proper with the exception of the 1000m, which starts from a chute. Birdsville is one of four tracks in Queensland that run anti-clockwise
Crowds of over 6000 racegoers celebrate the carnival each year enjoying two days of quality outback racing and three great nights of live entertainment. Other entertainment includes the RFDS Cocktail Party, RFDS Fun Run, Fashions on the Field, Fred Brophy's Boxing Troupe, Equine Fun Day (Thursday), 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.