Birdsville or bust

Life & Style Weekend - - TRAVEL -

FROM Aus­tralia’s most re­mote horser­aces to camel pies, four-wheel-drive con­voys, trav­el­ling box­ing troupes and an in­flux of thou­sands to a town that usu­ally is home to 115 peo­ple – out­back Queens­land will play host to the 135th Birdsville Races on Septem­ber 1 and 2.

Or­gan­is­ers prom­ise an­other ex­hil­a­rat­ing year of punt­ing, cel­e­bra­tion and a top-notch racing com­pe­ti­tion.

A two-day racing pass starts at $60 and trackside hospi­tal­ity op­tions fea­tur­ing a gourmet out­back feast are avail­able.

Tak­ing place on the strik­ing red ter­rain of the Simp­son Desert, the his­toric Birdsville Races bring more than 7000 race­go­ers of all ages to the Aussie bush for a two-day, 13-race pro­gram, as well as a jam-packed sched­ule of out­back en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties.

The leg­endary Birdsville Ho­tel will once again act as the res­i­dent wa­ter­ing hole, while Fash­ions on the Field will bring colour, char­ac­ter and cou­ture to race days across six cat­e­gories for men, women, fam­i­lies and nov­elty dress.

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