Sept 1 & 2

About Birdsville

Birdsville is a small outback town situated on the banks of the Diamantina River between the sands of the Simpson Desert and the gibbers of Sturts Stony Desert. The area is steeped in history, from aboriginal meeting places to European settlement in the late 1870s and beyond.

The Birdsville population currently stands at approximately 120. The town provides modern facilities for all travellers along with many thriving businesses. Comfortable accommodation and general supplies are available in the town. Facilities include:

  • Hotel/Motel
  • Caravan Park/Coffee shop
  • Bakery
  • Two service stations & General Store
  • Post Office
  • Art gallery
  • Guided Tours
  • Police, Medical Clinic and Emergency Services
  • Tourist Information/Library/Internet Facilities
  • Airport with a sealed 1700m runway and unsealed cross-strip

'Road trains' supply the town with fresh produce and general supplies from both Adelaide (South) and Quilpie (East) on a fortnightly basis.

For an up to date weather forecast for Birdsville race week check out Weatherzone.

Passenger air services are provided by Regional Express (Rex) who operate from Brisbane to Birdsville then Mt Isa and back the following day twice a week carrying both passengers and mail.

In addition, Chinta operate the world's longest mail run from Port Augusta to Birdsville on a Wednesday, overnighting in Birdsville Wednesday night and Birdsville back to Pt Augusta on Thursdays, stopping at isolated outback stations along the way. This service is not open to passengers.

Birdsville is located in the Temperate Zone with a generally arid climate. Rainfall average totals 160mm each year occurring mostly in summer with September being the driest month of the year. Daytime temperatures in the region reach an extreme mid 40C in the summer (November - February) down to typical desert nights of 4C in the winter. Milder daytime temperatures reach (15-35C) during the winter months.

Summer rains produce an abundance of native grasses whilst winter rainfall results in a variety of lush herbage and attractive displays of wildflowers particularly in the Simpson Desert to the west of Birdsville.

Approximately every three to five years Birdsville will experience a flood in the Dimantina River. The flood, as a result of extensive rains in the river catchment further to the North, results in the Diamantina bursting its banks and the river stretching out to many kilometres in width and at times flooding all access roads into Birdsville. It is not uncommon during a flood period for Birdsville to be inaccessible by road for up to three weeks.