History of the Birdsville Races
Outback mailman Tom Kruse was a film star before his Hollywood namesake Tom Cruise was born. The 1954 Australian film classic The Back of Beyond introduced Tom Kruse and his 1936 Leyland Badger mail truck to a generation of Australians. Most never forgot the extraordinary images of the man and his battered trucks doing battle each fortnight with the sand and isolation along the Birdsville Track - outback Australia's toughest mail run.
Enjoy an introductory screening of Last Mail from Birdsville - The Story of Tom Kruse tracing the recovery of the badly deteroriated Badger from the desert near Birdsville in 1986, its painstaking restoration and the final mail re-enactment down the Birdsville Track in 1999.
This double feature will screen during race week.
History of the Birdsville Races
Tuesday 30 August 2016
Come along to the Birdsville Community Hall and get an insight into the makings of the Birdsville Races as we share with you the stories of past races, what it takes to put on the current event and some of our visions for the future.
Birdsville Races RFDS Fun Run
Wednesday 31 August 2016
Throw your support behind the Royal Flying Doctor Service by participating in the inaugural RFDS Birdsville Races Fun Run. Whether your in it to win a stake in the $2000 in cash prizes or simply interested in a leisurely stroll, this event caters for all. Click here for more information.
Birdsville Races Cocktail Party
Thursday 1 September 2015
The Birdsville Race Club presents the fourth annual RFDS Birdsville Races Cocktail Party. Sure to be the most glamorous event of race week, the Cocktail Party provides a fantastic opportunity to dress up and experience outback hospitality in style. Entertainment o be provided by Melbourne musical duo - Penelope & Josh. Numbers are strictly limited so get in quick.
Paul Costa Show
Friday 2 September 2016 @ Birdsville Community HallOne of Australian Country Music’s premium vocalist and live performers, Paul’s had an amazing response since the release of his 4th album Wheels & Steel opening at #2 on the ARIA charts and scoring #1 radio hits with the first two singles Tractors & Bikes and Big End Of Town. For more information on Paul visit: www.paulcosta.com.au Entry is $10 for medallion holders and $20 for all others. Ticket on sale Monday 29 August 2016 in Birdsville or at the door (unless sold out earlier).
The Andrew Wishart Show
Saturday 3 September 2016 @ Birdsville Community HallAndrew Wishart shot to fame at age 40 in 2011 on Australia X-Factor with a stirring debut live performance. He went on to make the final finishing runner up to 16 year old Reece Mastern. We are delighted to have Andrew in Birdsville.View Andrew's X-factor debut at the link below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8z3-zM9KgMEntry is $10 for medallion holders and $20 for all others. Ticket on sale Monday 29 August 2016 in Birdsville or at the door (unless sold out earlier).
BROPHYS BOXING TROUPE From Thursday 1 September 2016
Fred Brophy is the last boxing tent showman in the world and he's become a legend at events around the outback. Fred is a fourth generation showman; his dad was a side-show operator and his mum - a trapeze artist.
The Boxing Troupe has become as much an iconic part of the races as the races is an iconic event in itself.
Brophy is truly one of Australia's greatest entertainers and his nightly shows opposite the Hotel are a must for all visitors.