Birdsville is a lot more than just a pub, a race and the Big Red Dune; number 75 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Mick Matheson, editor of Australian Road Rider.

When it comes to iconic outback towns they don’t get more iconic than Birdsville. But Mick Matheson reckons there’s plenty more to the place than its iconic Big Red Dune, the annual races and ‘that’ pub.

Other reasons to visit include the bakery, famous for its curried camel, and kangaroo and claret pies, the Birdsville Billabong teeming with birds, fish and yabbies, historic buildings such as the Old Birdsville Hospital and the crumbling ruins of the town’s other hotel, the Royal Hotel, which is listed with the National Trust as a reminder of the days when the town had three pubs and a cordial factory.

There’s also a vibrant art scene, he says, “and all those iconic outback towns like Bedourie, Betoota and Boulia are not that far away.”

It might be one of the country’s most remote towns, but Birdsville is actually very accessible, whether you take the mostly sealed road from Brisbane or the slightly dustier option of the Birdsville Track from Marree in South Australia, which is 4WD but relatively easy as faras desert tracks go. (You can also take the really easy way and jump on a plane.)


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