Sept 1 & 2

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the dates of the races?

2017 - Friday 1 & Saturday 2 September

2018 - Friday 31 August & Saturday 1 September

Where is Birdsville?

Birdsville is a town situated on the edge of the Simpson Desert in the far South West of Queensland.

How do I get there?

For tour operators see our Tours Information section.
For air and self drive see our Travel Information section.

What accommodation is available or where can we camp?

Tented accommodation is available in Birdsville during race week via Rent-a-Tent.  Visitors electing not to book tented accommodation must expect that they will have to camp. The Birdsville Caravan Park is available during race week and information on availability can be found at www.birdsvillecaravanpark.com.au. Visitors can also choose to camp along the banks of the Diamantina River. Portable toilets are provided at selected locations by the Diamantina Shire Council.

Where can I obtain fuel/vehicle repairs in Birdsville?

There are two service stations in Birdsville offering both fuel and vehicle repairs.
Birdsville Fuel Service
Birdsville Roadhouse RACQ breakdown service is available through the Birdsville Roadhouse
Please note that NO AUTOGAS is available in Birdsville.

Where can I get food/groceries/souvenirs?

Selected groceries are available at the Birdsville Roadhouse and Birdsville Fuel Service outlets.
Other food and souvenir stalls are located throughout the town.

Where can I have a shower?

The Caravan Park offers shower and washing facilities for a small charge. Other shower facilities are provided by the local council and are located in the town. These are also available for a small charge. Due to the size of the crowd you can expect some delays in waiting for a shower.

Can I get money out in Birdsville?

The Commonwealth Bank has an agency at the Post Office with card access and the agency is opened over the races.

An ATM is available at the Birdsville Hotel and EFTPOS is also available at various outlets.

How far is the racecourse from town?

The racecourse is approximately 3km south of Birdsville. A shuttle service operates to and from the racecourse in the morning and throughout the day. This service has pickup locations in front of the Caravan Park and at selected locations enroute to the race course. Part proceeds from this service are donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

How can I purchase a souvenir medallion?

Souvenir medallions can be purchased in advance and in Birdsville during the week prior to Races at the Official Birdsville Races Office located at the Wirrarri Information Centre. Medallions and other race week tickets can be purchased prior.

Are there on course TAB facilities?

There are up to 14 on course bookmakers accepting bets on all major race meetings across Australia including Birdsville, however no TOTE facilities are available. Sky Channel is televised on course and RadioTAB is available on 101.3 FM

Road Traffic Restrictions

Traffic police will be out in force and strict penalties will apply. A zero tolerance policy will be enforced to all traffic infringements.

Police will be conducting Random Breath Tests both in Birdsville and along incoming roads in the days prior and following the races.

Campsites along the Diamantina are within walking distance of the town and we urge visitors to use the shuttle bus service to and from the town.

Will my mobile phone work?

Telstra and Optus provide mobile coverage within Birdsville however data capacity is limited during race week.

What medical and pharmacy services are there in Birdsville?

Birdsville Clinic is not a licensed pharmacy and as such prescriptions cannot be filled. All travellers are encouraged to bring with them any required medication. Emergency and basic medical services are provided within the town through the Birdsville Clinic and the Royal Flying Doctor Service is on hand in Birdsville during race week to assist in times of emergency.

Who to contact in case of a medical emergency?

Emergency treatment can be arranged by:

  • presenting to the Birdsville Clinic – there is an emergency button at the front door.
  • calling the Birdsville Clinic directly on 07 46563245
  • or calling 000.

Where can I obtain further information about what to do and see in Birdsville and the surrounding area?

Contact the Wirrarri Information Centre on

07 4656 3300
or info@diamantina.qld.gov.au

Can I take my car into the race course?

Car passes are provided to BRC members, sponsors, officials, workers and vendors. No other vehicles are permitted within the race course.

Are pets allowed into the race course?

No dogs or other pets are allowed into the race course.