The Birdsville Car­ni­val

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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

Story and im­ages by Sharon Lee Chapman Fast Track Pho­tog­ra­phy

Race 7, Home turn

Race 4, Cheers Browe with Tracy O'hara

Birdsville Car­ni­val 2015, Race 1, at the start­ing gate they're away!

Birdsville 2015, Race 6, win­ner Iron Me­te­orite with Kody Nestor Two kinds of track­work, Birdsville-style. Quayde Krogh

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