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Birdsville

Possibly outback Queensland's most renowned and remote town, the name Birdsville prompts thoughts of pioneering history and outback adventure in the 'back of beyond'. Once a toll point for stock crossing the Queensland and South Australian border, Birdsville had a pre-federation population of over 300. With federation came the town's decline into a town supporting pastoralists on surrounding cattle stations until tourism increased and the lure of the treacherous Simpson Desert and legendary Birdsville Track began to attract four-wheel-drivers in droves.

These days, Birdsville is a thriving community of 115 people with a pub, bakery, caravan park, two service stations and general stores and an excellent display of artwork and artifacts in the Wirrarri Visitor Centre. Come September, an influx of up to 8000 people descends upon the tiny town for the annual Birdsville Races, which many call 'the Melbourne Cup of the outback'.

'Big Red', the 40 metre high sand dune on the edge of the Simpson Desert, the world's largest area of parallel sand dunes, is the best spot to watch the sun set, while the old Diamantina Crossing is the pick of fishing spots in the mighty Diamantina River. One of Burke and Wills' camp sites is marked with a blazed tree and the largest patch in the world of rare Waddi Trees, or Acacia Peuce, stand boldly on a gibber flat 12 kilometres to the north of the town; one of only three such patches in the world.

Birdsville
Birdsville, Diamantina Area
Queensland
Australia

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Cooper Cabins

Windorah, Barcoo Area
From AU$90.00 - 140.00
Eight hours' drive from Roma is a small town called Windorah - where the mighty Cooper flows, the yellowbelly are great and the sandhills are huge. Windorah is a great place for overnight stopovers, with the famous Birdsville Pub a comfortable drive the next day. Cooper Cabins offer you fully self-contained cabins with a barbecue area, which is a great place for you to watch the magnificent sunsets before the stars come out - something city folk don't get to see a lot of. The licensed dining room is open seven days offering food and drinks to make your stay comfortable. Go and see the great outback.

Birdsville Hotel - The Outback Loop

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$165.00 - 170.00
The Birdsville Hotel is as remote as a place gets, standing since 1884 on the edge of the last untamed frontier, the Simpson Desert. The pubs name is forged into Australian folklore and everyday travellers make their pilgrimage to one of Australia's most treasured icons. Whether you have driven for days or your aircraft has just landed on the airstrip next to the pub, you'll get the same warm outback welcome. Relax and soak up the true blue atmosphere, or sit up at the bar to hear a few yarns from old drovers, ringers and friendly locals. In the first week of September the population swells from 100 to over 5,000 for the Birdsville Races. This legendary race has been run on a sandy track since 1882 and now boasts professionally trained racehorses and prize money of over AUD100,000.00. For years, yarns have been spun at the Birdsville Pub, lubricated with icy cold beers, and here maps have been scratched into the red desert soil to guide travellers to special spots. This is truly an authentic place where the spirit of Australian mateship is definitely alive and kicking.

Windorah Caravan Park

Windorah, Barcoo Area
From AU$10.00 - 30.00
The Windorah Caravan Park has 32 powered sites and plenty of camping area. There are also two ablution blocks equipped with hot water, washing machines and clothes line. The Caravan Park also has a closed in eating area, fire area and a barbecue. The Park is set in bush surroundings, it is a short walk to town services including - restaurant, bar, corner shop, public phones, Post Office, Service Station and Information Centre. There is also a dump site available for your convenience. The Caravan Park is open all hours.
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