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Australian Traveller - - Getaways Birdsville -

Get­ting there

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).

Stay­ing there

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.

Eat­ing there

Try a kan­ga­roo and claret or cur­ried camel pie at BIRDSVILLE BAK­ERY (Bil­l­abong Boule­vard; birdsville­bak­ery.com).

Play­ing there

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.

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