Birdsville Races 31st Aug – 1st September 2018
The Birdsville races are an iconic outback Queensland event that is on most Aussies bucket list of things they want to do before they die. The Birdsville races are famous as well as being a historic Australian event that started in 1882 and has not only survived the test of time but has flourished.
Events like the Birdsville Races were once a meeting place for locals who would ride horses and travel in carriages for weeks to get to the event that would run for days. It often included a ball and many other horse events but most of all it was a way to come together and socialise at a time when it was truely isolated.
The Simpson Desert Racing Carnival incorporates the Birdsville, Bedourie and Betoota races and as access and roads have improved over the years many adventure travellers now head out in 4WD’s, RV’s, Caravans, buses and planes to take part in all three of the events offered. The races attract a broad range of spectators from locals, families, grey nomads, avid race fans and even International travellers and backpackers.
Also a huge part of Australia’s history is the Birdsville Pub which is the place to wash the dust down and wet your whistle on a hot day. There is also a Birdsville bakery famous for it’s camel pies so make sure you chow down on one whilst in the area. Another not to miss event is always the Fred Brophy Boxing Tent which is the last of the great Australian travelling boxing tents. You are sure to have a great time as you experience some great Aussie characters box their way around the ring.
If you are looking for a great stop over location on your travels Cunnamulla is a great destination to think about. It is located along the magnificent Warrego River and is a clean town with beautiful gardens and lawns. Club Boutique Hotel is a heritage Hotel located in the centre of the CBD and provides excellent accommodation, meals and hospitality like no other.
Directions to Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla Accommodation.
The owner is a fourth generation local and has a wealth of knowledge on Cunnamulla but also on other towns in the region. If you are staying in Cunnamulla for a day or two and have a spare 2.5 hours book to join in the Cunnamulla Town & Industry Tour which gives a sensational insight into the past and present and takes you off the beaten track to see large scale development and industry with Out the Back Australia Tours a must if going to Cunnamulla.
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