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2018 BIRDSVILLE RACES (QLD)

The re­mote town of Birdsville will come alive with fes­tiv­i­ties once more from Au­gust 31 to Septem­ber 1, for the an­nual Birdsville Races. Each year pun­ters from all over Aus­tralia flock to the iconic out­back town for a jam-packed pro­gram of thor­ough­bred rac­ing, unique out­back en­ter­tain­ment and wacky fes­tiv­i­ties. Tick­ets are on sale now, with two-day rac­ing passes start­ing from $69.90. At days’ end the leg­endary Birdsville Ho­tel comes alive as the go-to drink­ing hole, where the cel­e­bra­tions kick on well into the night. It’s a must-do ad­ven­ture that should be on every tour­ers’ bucket list. Tick it off this year! www. birdsviller­aces.com

LOUTH RACES (NSW)

A great ex­cuse to spend a few days in beau­ti­ful out­back NSW, the Louth Races is hosted by the Louth Turf Club and is cel­e­brat­ing its 60th an­niver­sary in 2018. The races will be held on Satur­day Au­gust 11 (with lead-up events start­ing from Au­gust 8). Louth is lo­cated on the banks of the Darling River, 132km north­west of Co­bar. The Louth Turf Club stages a seven-race pro­gram, and all the usual ameni­ties such as bet­ting, bar, bar­be­cue and af­ter­noon tea will be avail­able at the event. Camp­ing spots with fire­wood, toi­lets and a few show­ers are avail­able at the race­course as well. See www.louthraces.com for more de­tails.

OUT­BACK QLD CAMEL FES­TI­VAL

The Out­back Queens­land Camel Fes­ti­val com­prises three big camel races: Be­dourie (two-day event on the sec­ond week­end in July), Bou­lia (three days on the third week­end in July) and Win­ton (last week­end in July, and a sin­gle­day event). Camel rac­ing has been run in Aus­tralia since the late 19th cen­tury, and the Bou­lia Camel Race is the sec­ond rich­est pro­fes­sional camel race in the coun­try and pro­motes the long­est run­ning camel race in Aus­tralia. These events are great to fol­low, with plenty of ac­com­mo­da­tion and camp­sites avail­able. See www.the­dia­mantina.com.au/ qot­back-qld-camel-fes­ti­val-trail for more info.

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