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.
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.