And they’re off … to Birdsville

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Aus­tralia’s favourite out­back horse race will stir up plenty of red dust when the 135th Birdsville Races kick off in Septem­ber in sup­port of the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice. Billed as the ‘Mel­bourne Cup of the Out­back’, the tiny town of Birdsville trans­forms into a buzzing hive of ac­tiv­ity with film and com­edy nights, live mu­sic, cock­tail par­ties and Fred Bro­phy’s fa­mous trav­el­ling box­ing troupe. For the ex­pected 7,000 race­go­ers and pun­ters, there are also plenty of lo­cal flavours to en­joy; start­ing with the famed Birdsville Bak­ery’s se­lec­tion of cur­ried camel and kan­ga­roo and claret pies. But the Birdsville Races would not be com­plete with­out down­ing a true-blue Aussie beer at the Her­itage-listed Birdsville Ho­tel. birdsviller­aces.com

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