Birdsville is well-known for its dust storms, the scorching heat in summer, and its loneliness. But the tiny town is also a paradise for bird & nature lovers and those who like unique Outback scenery.
The town is also famous for its horse races. The race week is held around the first weekend in September. The Birdsville races attract thousands of visitors, and everything goes a bit crazy in town. If you're around at this time of the year, don't miss the race weekend. It is an exciting Australian Outback event.
You think you finally arrive at a populated area once you've managed the Birdsville Track? Far from it!
Whichever route you took to get here, you've come a long way. And it sure takes some driving to return to civilisation. Believe me, you're still in the middle of nowhere. But hey, this is Outback Australia! You'll love it. Relax and enjoy true country hospitality in an historic town.
Birdsville is situated at the edge of the Simpson desert and is surrounded by sandy plains. That's were the dust storms come from. The region doesn't receive much rain, but when it rains, it pours, and the town can be cut off for a couple of days.
However, the Diamantina River provides the town with a lovely permanent waterhole. The billabong, right behind the caravan park, truly is a paradise for bird-watching. Australia's bird life is so rich and colourful. Unfortunately, the billabong is a heaven for the mozzies, as well.
The rich birdlife gave the little settlement that was once known as Diamantina Crossing its final name.
Like many rural settlements, this bush town had its ups and downs. Today it serves as a "major" centre in the huge Diamantina Shire. Well, it is easy to get the "major" status out here when in fact the entire shire has only two towns of any size.
The famous races at the first September weekend draw thousands of visitors into the remote town.
The star show introduces visitors to the amazing Outback night sky. Available on demand. For bookings ask at the Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre.
This map gives you an idea about town's isolation. Zoom in and out, and move around to get a glimpse of the stunning dunes west of the town.