By road, you can reach Birdsville via Windorah (386 kilometres), Marree (519 kilometres) or Bedourie (187 kilometres); 4WD recommended. Rex flies into Birdsville twice weekly from Brisbane (rex.com.au).
BIRDSVILLE HOTEL (Adelaide Street; birdsvillehotel.com.au) has 27 motel units.You’ve got Buckley’s chance of getting one at race time, but there’s plenty of camping.
Try a kangaroo and claret or curried camel pie at BIRDSVILLE BAKERY (Billabong Boulevard; birdsvillebakery.com).
THE BIRDSVILLE CUP (birdsvilleraces.com) is the first Saturday in September. BIRDSVILLE TRACK (birdsvilletrack.com.au) is best driven late April to early October, to avoid extreme heat and the wet season.