The Birdsville Races carnival is held at the beginning of September every year, a must experience of the quintessential Australian bush racing carnival.
This is an opportunity not to miss, particularly if you are visiting Australia on holidays. The Birdsville Races is on of Australia’s iconic Outback events. You will travel though some of Outback Queensland’s iconic towns to Birdsville if going by road, or join the hundreds who fly out for the event. You will find a tour if you Google it.
Breast the bar at the iconic Birdsville Hotel, have an ice cold beer with the locals and partake of the local entertainment. Country music, Camel Races, Cocktail Parties, Brophy’s Boxing Troupe and many Outback entertainment wonders.
The Birdsville Races
Are horse races held each year in September in the Queensland, Australia, town of Birdsville. Funds are raised in aid of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. The population is swelled from about 100 to around 7,000 people for the two-day event.
As Birdsville is very remote; many travellers come by air and hundreds of aircraft fill the town’s airstrip. The town of Quilpie celebrates the event by welcoming travellers who are heading westwards to Birdsville by road.
The first races were run in the town in 1882. The club that convened the meeting was originally called the Birdsville Amateur Turf Club. It later changed to the Diamantina Amateur Race Club as it also convened the Betoota race meeting. In 1990 it separated from Betoota and became the Birdsville Race Club Incorporated.
The 2007 races were affected by a national outbreak of horse flu. The 2009 event attracted a crowd estimated at around 7,000, requiring 20 extra police to be temporarily posted to the small town. The 2010 races were cancelled for only the third time in the events history, and the first time due to flooding; this did not prevent visitors partying, and betting on ‘phantom’ races.