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GO YOUR OWN WAY…

It’s the journey itself that is the true essence of what being a Roadie is all about! This is where you will create your memories, make NEW lifelong friends, and experience the amazing vastness of the great Australian outback – and you do it all at your own pace with other like-minded Roadies.

COMING SOON! Your official Roadies Route for each state (QLD, NSW, VIC, and SA) with recommended camping at overnight stops, key contacts and recommended activities to enjoy en route.

Roadies can connect with each other, go off-road set their own itinerary with like-minded Roadies as this isn’t a guided tour.

Over the coming months, we will continue to release Roadies benefits and suggested leisure and hospitality options for Roadies to share together.

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Birdsville Races Roadies Journey Map

QLD Route

Brisbane to Birdsville

Queenslanders are notoriously passionate about their state and love nothing better than travelling intrastate to support their fellow Queenslanders, often with an ice-cold beer in hand. They also know how to have a great time.

The Roadies route from Brisbane tracks southwest, a short 110 km drive to the picturesque town of Moogerah, camping right on Lake Moogerah in the shadows of the mountains. Your batteries will then be fully charged for the epic journey in the historic county town of Goondiwindi on the Macintyre River. Roadies will then travel directly west to the outback town of Cunnamulla on the Warrego River where you will meet up with Roadies converging from NSW and VIC. Your convey will then continue northwest towards the heart of the channel country to the character outback town of Windorah where you will enjoy a great evening at the famous annual “International Yabby Races” at the Windorah Hotel. The next day you will make the final part of the trek to Birdsville to experience the magic of the races and the many attractions the town and surrounds has to offer.

City / Town

KM

Camping & Notes
Brisbane – Moogerah

110

Lake Moogerah Caravan Park – sites, no Cabins
Moogerah – Goondiwindi

270

Goondiwindi Holiday Park
Goondiwindi – Cunnamulla

495

Warrego Riverside Tourist Park – Cunnamulla

Meet VIC & NSW route at Cunnamulla overnight
Cunnamulla – Windorah

540

Annual “International” Yabby Races at Windorah Hotel on the Thursday 1st Sept
Windorah Camping
Windorah – Birdsville

379

Birdsville Town Common Campgrounds
Birdsville Caravan Park
Birdsville Hotel

*The towns and dates proposed are suggested only. Roadies can connect with each other, go off road set your own itinerary with likeminded Roadies as this isn’t a guided tour.

Be sure to check out:

  • Lake Moogerah Camping is situated right on the shores of Lake Moogerah and is surrounded by the Scenic Rim’s spectacular scenery. You’ll enjoy the wide-open spaces, an abundance of wildlife, and everywhere you turn you’ll see mountains.
  • The great Macintyre River at Goondiwindi, which creates a scenic backdrop to the many historic heritage buildings at this friendly and prosperous country town
  • Sandboarding at Cunnamulla!? No way! That’s right, you will find sand dunes 850kms from the beach in Cunnamulla. The climb to the top of the town’s natural sand dunes may be tough but the thrilling rush sliding down will make you want to go again, again and again.
  • Visit the striking Cunnamulla Fella statue in town before watching the sunset over the Warrego River from your campsite
  • When in Windorah, you’re also in channel country, where waterways are braided through the arid towns of the west. Spend some time exploring Cooper’s Creek, formed by the meeting of Longreach’s Thomson River and Tambo‘s Barcoo River. The 12km drive to the creek is its own adventure, with over 45 plant species identified and described on interpretive signage. Once on the banks of the creek, feel free to cast a line to hook yellowbelly.
  • Step back in time at Windorah Whitula Gate Musuem, where an old slab hut built in 1906 stands tall as the museum’s centrepiece. With an 1800’s homestead and station equipment, take a peek into outback life in the pioneering days.
Key Contacts
Lake Moogerah Caravan Park – 07 5540 5600, https://www.moogerahcamping.com.au/

Goondiwindi Holiday Park – 07 4671 2900, https://www.goondiwindiholidaypark.com.au

Warrego Riverside Tourist Park – Cunnamulla, Ph:  07 4655 0097, http://www.warregoriversidetouristpark.com.au

Windorah Hotel Ph – 0429 277 345

Windorah –  https://westernstarhotel.com.au/

NSW Route

Sydney to Birdsville

State rivalries don’t come much stronger than NSW & QLD, but that never stops thousands of NSW adventurers from surging north over the border to experience a road trip of a lifetime.

Departing the beautiful harbour city, Roadies will journey North West towards the centre of NSW and the picturesque town of Nyngan on the Bogan River. Day 2 Roadies venture north towards the historic outback town of Bourke where you will cross paths with fellow Roadies from Victoria. Roadies will then travel directly north, crossing the border en route to the outback town of Thargomindah on the Bulloo River. Your convey will then continue northwest towards the heart of the channel country, travelling through Quilpie where you will converge with Roadies from QLD en route to the character outback town of Windorah. If arriving in Windorah on 30th August you can enjoy the evening at the famous annual “International Yabby Races” at the Windorah Hotel. The next day you will make the final part of the trek to Birdsville to experience the magic of the races and the many attractions the town and surrounds have to offer.

City / Town

KM

Camping & Notes
Sydney – Nyngan

560

Nyngan Riverside Tourist Park
Nyngan – Thargomindah

640

Cross paths with VIC route converging at Bourke

Explorers Caravan Park – Thargomindah
Thargomindah Hotel

Thargomindah – Windorah

440

Cross paths with QLD Roadies converging at Quilpie en route to Windorah

Annual International Yabby Races at Windorah Hotel on 30th August

Windorah Hotel – rooms & camping

Windorah – Birdsville

379

Birdsville Caravan Park

* The towns and dates proposed are suggested only. Roadies can connect with each other, go off road, set your own itinerary with like-minded Roadies as this isn’t a guided tour.

Be sure to check out:

  • Take time to explore the Nyngan Museum at the old Railway Station, containing a history of the area stretching back to 1836. Features railway displays, history of the huge 1990 floods, station life and other interesting items.
  • Discover the incredible history of the region at the Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre and take a cruise on the mighty Darling River.
  • Passing through Cunnamulla, try Sandboarding! You will find sand dunes 850 km from the beach in Cunnamulla. The climb to the top of the town’s natural sand dunes may be tough but the thrilling rush of sliding down will make you want to go again, again and again.
  • Visit the striking Cunnamulla Fella statue in town.
  • Cobb & Co Crossing. On the eastern entrance to Thargomindah, visitors can see the old stone Cobb & Co river crossing. The stone crossing was used up until late 1929 when the current bridge was built.
  • Quilpie is home to “The Jewel of the Outback”, the boulder opal. When travelling through, be sure to see the opal in all its glory at St. Finbarr’s Church with the spectacular opal altar, font & lectern or try your luck at the free opal fossicking area 2km west of town.
  • In Quilpie, don’t miss the literal ‘End of the Line’, Bulloo River Walk.
  • When in Windorah, you’re also in channel country, where waterways are braided through the arid towns of the west. Spend the day exploring Cooper’s Creek, formed by the meeting of Longreach’s Thomson River and Tambo‘s Barcoo River. The 12km drive to the creek is its own adventure, with over 45 plant species identified and described on interpretive signage. Once on the banks of the creek, feel free to cast a line to hook Yellowbelly.
  • Step back in time at Windorah White Gate Museum, where an old slab hut built in 1906 stands tall as the museum’s centrepiece. With an 1800s homestead and station equipment, take a peek into outback life in the pioneering days.
Key Contacts
Nyngan Riverside Tourist Park, http://www.nynganriverside.com.au/tourist-park, Ph: 02 6832 1729

Warrego Riverside Tourist Park – Cunnamulla, Ph:  07 4655 0097, http://www.warregoriversidetouristpark.com.au

Thargomindah Hotel https://www.explorebulloo.com.au/accommodation/hotels-and-motels/bulloo-river-hotel-motel

Explorers Caravan Park  – Thargomindah https://www.explorebulloo.com.au/accommodation/caravan-parks/explorers-caravan-park

Channel Country Tourist Park – Quilpie https://channelcountrytouristpark.com.au/

Windorah Hotel  https://westernstarhotel.com.au/

VIC Route

Melbourne to Birdsville

Victoria’s own spring racing carnival is something special, but nothing matches this journey and original outback racing in the nation’s heart which attracts thousands of Victorians in search of sun, fun and an epic experience. 

The Roadies route departs Melbourne with the epic journey north crossing the NSW border, destination Hillston on the picturesque Lachlan River. Roadies will then venture further north towards the historic outback town of Bourke where you will cross paths with NSW Roadies, en route from Sydney.

Your journey will then travel directly north, crossing the QLD border en route to the outback town of Thargomindah on the Bulloo River. Your convey will then swing northwest towards the heart of the channel country, travelling through Quilpie where you will converge with Roadies from QLD en route to the character outback town of Windorah. If arriving in Windorah on 30th August you can enjoy the evening at the famous annual “International Yabby Races” at the Windorah Hotel. The next day you will make the final part of the trek to Birdsville to experience the magic of the races and the many attractions the town and surrounds have to offer.

City / Town

KM

Camping & Notes
Melbourne – Hillston

570

Hillston on the Lachlan River
Hillston Caravan Park
Hillston – Thargomindah

810

Cross paths with NSW route from Bourke on this route.
Thargomindah – Windorah

540

Cross paths with QLD Roadies converging at Quilpie en route to Windorah

Annual International Yabby Races at Windorah Hotel on 30th August

Windorah Hotel – rooms & camping

Windorah – Birdsville

379

Roadies campground provided at Birdsville

* The towns and dates proposed are suggested only. Roadies can connect with each other, go off-road, and set their own itinerary with like-minded Roadies as this isn’t a guided tour.

Be sure to check out:

  • Hillston’s Museum and heritage walk, then take in the magnificent Willandra National Park.
  • Discover the incredible history of the region at the Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre and take a cruise on the mighty Darling River.
  • Passing through Cunnamulla, try Sandboarding! You will find sand dunes 850 km from the beach in Cunnamulla. The climb to the top of the town’s natural sand dunes may be tough but the thrilling rush of sliding down will make you want to go again, again and again.
  • Visit the striking Cunnamulla Fella statue in town.
  • Cobb & Co Crossing. On the eastern entrance to Thargomindah, visitors can see the old stone Cobb & Co river crossing. The stone crossing was used up until late 1929 when the current bridge was built.
  • Quilpie is home to “The Jewel of the Outback”, the boulder opal. When travelling through, be sure to see the opal in all its glory at St. Finbarr’s Church with the spectacular opal altar, font & lectern or try your luck at the free opal fossicking area 2km west of town.
  • In Quilpie, don’t miss the literal ‘End of the Line’, Bulloo River Walk.
  • When in Windorah, you’re also in channel country, where waterways are braided through the arid towns of the west. Spend the day exploring Cooper’s Creek, formed by the meeting of Longreach’s Thomson River and Tambo‘s Barcoo River. The 12km drive to the creek is its own adventure, with over 45 plant species identified and described on interpretive signage. Once on the banks of the creek, feel free to cast a line to hook Yellowbelly.
  • Step back in time at Windorah White Gate Museum, where an old slab hut built in 1906 stands tall as the museum’s centrepiece. With an 1800s homestead and station equipment, take a peek into outback life in the pioneering days.
Key Contacts
Hillston Caravan Park, Ph (02) 6967 257

Warrego Riverside Tourist Park – Cunnamulla, Ph: 07 4655 0097, http://www.warregoriversidetouristpark.com.au

Thargomindah Hotel https://www.explorebulloo.com.au/accommodation/hotels-and-motels/bulloo-river-hotel-motel

Explorers Caravan Park – Thargomindah https://www.explorebulloo.com.au/accommodation/caravan-parks/explorers-caravan-park

Channel Country Tourist Park – Quilpie https://channelcountrytouristpark.com.au/

Windorah Hotel  https://westernstarhotel.com.au/

SA Route

Adelaide to Birdsville

The Birdsville and Strzelecki Tracks are rugged, legendary and aspirational treks for South Aussies and all Australians! Fortunately, hardened adventurers from SA are made of tough stuff! Living in the driest state on the driest continent, South Aussies are fond of the challenge and adventure of northern outback travel.

Roadies depart Adelaide starting the journey north to the edge of the Barossa, overnighting at the Murray Recreation & Caravan Park at Eden Valley where you will charge the batteries for the epic Journey to Birdsville! The next morning Roadies will head directly north up HWY 1 to Parachilna in the shadows of the spectacular Flinders Ranges, en route to Parachilna. After exploring the southern Flinders and filling up on the “Feral Mixed Grill’ at the famous Parachilna Prairie Hotel, Roadies will continue their journey north past the Northern Flinders and famous mining towns of Copley & Leigh Creek, then commencing the journey up the epic 475Km Strzelecki Track before arriving at another famous outback pub, the Innamincka Hotel on the mighty Cooper Creek. Refresh yourself with a hearty pub meal and then visit the Burke and Wills Dig Tree, just over the border into Queensland, before heading north to Betoota, and then finally making that 160km trek directly west into Birdsville.

City / Town

KM

Camping & Notes
Adelaide – Eden Valley

85

Murray Recreation & Caravan Park – Eden Valley
Eden Valley – Parachilna

450

Parachilna Hotel & Campgrounds
Parachilna – Innamincka

595

Innamincka Hotel & Campgrounds
Innamincka – Birdsville

505

Birdsville Town Common Campgrounds

* The towns and dates proposed are suggested only. Roadies can connect with each other, go off road set, your own itinerary with like-minded Roadies as this isn’t a guided tour.

Be sure to check out:

  • Explore the magnificent southern Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound, Brachina Gorge, The Heysen Trail, St Mary’s Peak, historic Blinman mining town.
  • Try the famous “FMG – Feral Mixed Grill” at Parachilna’s Prairie Hotel, listed as one of the top 100 gourmet experiences in Australia.
  • The 475Km epic Stzelecki Track passing through the Stzelecki Desert.
  • Innamincka Hotel – the Oasis in the Outback! While there explore the Cooper Creek, Coongie Lakes & Cullyamurra Waterhole.
  • Innamincka Bush Sprint Races, Horse & Motorbike Gymkhana takes place on Sat 26th & Sunday 27th August.
  • Betoota Race Club Races also take place on Saturday 26th August
  • The Heritage listed Buke & Wells Dig Tree near Innamincka is truly an historic experience. In 1898 John Dick carved Burke’s face into another tree (the Face Tree) about 30 metres downstream of the Dig Tree. The site is as Burke and Wills and companions would have viewed it nearly 140 years ago.
  • Take the 4WD Challenge over “Big Red” near Birdsville.
Key Contacts

Murray Recreation & Caravan Park, Ph: 08 8568 1934, https://www.murraycaravanpark.com.au/ 

Prairie Hotel, PH: 1800 331 473, http://www.prairiehotel.com.au

Innamincka Hotel, (08) 8675 9901, https://innaminckahotel.com.au/

The Birdsville Races Roadies are excited to announce a new ‘Destination Partnership’ with Aussie Travel Code (ATC).

The Aussie Travel Code promotes safe, sustainable and respectful travel in Australia’s unique remote and regional locations. These ideals are synonymous with the Birdsville Races Roadies!

Whilst ATC continues to build its online resources by working with regional communities to provide helpful advice for travellers, the Roadies are grateful for ATC expert insider tips which will help Roadies to enjoy the regions and have a positive impact on the people, culture and the natural environment.

We encourage all Roadies to take a moment to familiarise themselves with the following valuable ATC resources:

ATC Top 10 Travel TipsHow to Prepare your Vehicle for an Outback Road Trip

For more information on the Aussie Travel Code visit www.aussietravelcode.com.au and keep an eye out for some ATC giveaways at the Roadies Marquee at the Races!

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