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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.