The Birdsville Carnival
Crowds of over 7000 plus racegoers celebrate the carnival each year enjoying two days of quality outback racing and three great nights of live entertainment. Other entertainment includes the RFDS Cocktail Party, RFDS Fun Run, Fashions on the Field, Fred Brophy's Boxing Troupe, and Equine Fun Day (Thursday), a variety of food vendors, a giant auction and much more.
We set off on a Tuesday morning at 4am, making the long journey via Mildura, Renmark and finally onto the Birdsville Track. Tyre explosions are a way of life out on the track and we fell victim to the dreaded curse about 150kms out on the Thursday morning. As we drove into the famous town, population 100 on a normal day, we were overwhelmed by a sea of 4WD’S, Caravans, Trailers and Utilities. Nothing really can prepare you and we were left wondering “Where did all these people come from”. The two Day Carnival was one of the best race meetings I have ever attended and challenged me to new levels as a photographer. Climbing up on the starting gates for my first barrier photo and hanging out of a helicopter to capture the last race on Day One were some of my photographic highlights. One of the world’s most iconic race meetings and it didn’t disappoint for a second. I’m already planning next year’s trip. For anyone wanting a life adventure, do yourselves a favour and add Birdsville to your bucket list. FOOTNOTE: Both CNN and Sports Illustrated covered my Birdsville adventure online and you can view the coverage via these links