Birdsville is affectionately known as the town in the middle of nowhere. Yet, each year, this one-pub town perched on the edge of the Simpson Desert, in central west Queensland, swells from a population of around 120 to 10,000 for the race that stops the Outback. Well, 13 races, in fact, with a total prize purse of $200,000. Fly or drive to Birdsville to experience this iconic Australian racing tradition that raises funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Pull up a swag, crack open a tent or simply sleep under the stars.
Welcome to the Melbourne Cup of the Outback; a bucket-list horse racing event like no other, perched on the edge of the Simpson Desert.