The countdown to the 135th Birdsville Races is well and truly on, with Australia’s most iconic outback bucket-list experience now just one week away.
Event organisers are preparing for an influx of thousands to the tiny town on the edge of the Simpson Desert, which has a general population of 115 people.
The town usually swells to host between 6,000-7,000 visitors over the bumper race weekend, which this year runs on September 1 & 2, 2017.
The historic event – billed by many as the Melbourne Cup of the Outback’ – comprises a 13-race program and a jam-packed schedule of outback entertainment and activities – from film and comedy nights, to live music, Fashion on the Fields, cocktail parties, gourmet trackside dining and Fred Brophy’s famous travelling boxing troupe.
The race program offers up a combined prize-purse of $200,000, plus a further $12,500 in QTIS (Queensland Thoroughbred Incentive Scheme) bonuses – making it outback Queensland’s richest two-day horse-race meet.
The 2017 Birdsville Races will once again support the Royal Flying Doctor Service, hosting a 6.1 kilometre fun run on Wednesday, August 30, to help fundraise for the vital service in their remote region.
Tickets to the Birdsville Races are still on sale through www.birdsvilleraces.com.
Single-day race tickets can be purchased at the entry gates on September 1 & 2, while Souvenir Medallion 2-Day Racing Passes will be available for sale at the Birdsville Race Club Merchandise and Ticketing Office (located at Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre) from Monday, August 28.
What: Birdsville Races
Where: Birdsville, Queensland
When: Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September 2017
How much: Starting from $62.75
More info: www.birdsvilleraces.com