Simpson Desert Racing Carnival Trail

Multiple Locations

Set against the backdrop of the famed Simpson Desert, the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival gives the local community, punters, tourists, jockeys, owners and trainers alike the opportunity to come from near and far and celebrate country racing at its best. This 15 Day itinerary follows the thrills and spills of three Outback Racing events, the Betoota Races (last weekend in August), Birdsville Races (first weekend in September) and the Bedourie Races and Rodeo (second weekend in September).

Journey Details

Duration
N/A
Distance
354 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Off Road Driving

Other Information

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Full itinerary

Bedourie

Arrive in Bedourie early. Check in to the Bedourie Outback Visitors Centre and then check out the town's sites. Wander around the historic Mud Hut, marvel at the street art sculpture, have a beer at the Bedourie Royal Hotel, or test your putting skills at the Bedourie Outback Golf Course. Next day revitalise your spirits with an early morning dip in the hot Artesian Spa then spend your day relaxing in preparation for a wild night of Outback action at the Bedourie Rodeo. The Bedourie Races and Rodeo are held on the second weekend in September.

Rev up your engines early for the Bedourie Ute and Travellers Muster, which attracts competitors from all around the country keen to pay homage to the good 'ol Aussie ute. But lets not exclude the RV's and motorhomes, there's even a prize for the entry furthest from home. It's then down to the racecourse for the start of the Bedourie Races. Experience the first race break through the barriers with top betting facilities, food and refreshments and plenty of entrainment on hand. Don't forget to wear pink and help 'Dress the Desert Pink' to raise money for Breast Cancer research.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Caravan, Four Wheel Drive
Suggested Stops
Bedourie
Betoota

Kick off your racing trifecta with the Betoota Races held on the last Saturday in August. Renowned as the race that brings a ghost town back to life, this country race meet prides itself on being family friendly. So grab your swag and join the fun of a six-race program with fashions on the field, food and refreshments. Come sundown there's live entertainment and auction, then you can camp under the stars at the racetrack - there's even hot showers! Betoota was a thriving town at the turn of the century as a post for collecting state taxes for goods travelling between states. Up until 1997 it had a population of one - the hotel owner. He closed the doors of the hotel in 1997 and it has been closed ever since. Betoota is located halfway between Windorah and Birdsville.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Caravan, Four Wheel Drive
Route Type One Way
Suggested Stops
Betoota
Betoota to Birdsville

En-route to Birdsville, enjoy the impressive Dreamtime Serpent sculpture west of Betoota, and magnificent views at Deon's Lookout. In Birdsville try a famous Birdsville Bakery Curried Camel Pie, and visit the Wirrarri Visitor Centre for all the latest racing information, race tickets and official souvenirs, or browse the artworks.

Three days of jam-packed fun includes the buskers at the market stalls, screening of the 'Back of Beyond' at the Shire Hall, the Birdsville Hotel's Equine Fun Day or the world famous Fred Brophy's Boxing Troupe.

The Birdsville Races are on the first weekend in September. Start Saturday morning with Race Calcuttas, wine and spirit tastings at the Birdsville Hotel. At the racetrack, enjoy the quality Outback racing, Fashions on the Field and trackside marquee packages. When dust finally settles, return to the Birdsville Hotel to ponder your winnings (or losses) over a beer or two.

A late morning races 'recovery' breakfast is held on Sunday at the Birdsville Hotel. Then relax and enjoy a picnic lunch at the Old Diamantina Crossing with time later to explore the region - hire a canoe and go fishing by the Jardine Waterhole or take the Four Wheel Drive and try conquering Big Red.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Caravan, Four Wheel Drive
Distance 167 kms
Route Type One Way
Suggested Stops
Betoota to Birdsville
Birdsville to Bedourie

Meander along the Bilby Way from Birdsville to Bedourie which winds its way past some of the region's most extraordinary sites. Stop overnight at Carcoory Ruins, a National Trust landmark once owned by Sidney Kidman. Or pitch your tent at Cuttaburra Crossing and get up close to the amazing array of birdlife that inhabits this permanent waterhole and renowned wetland on Eyre Creek.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Caravan, Four Wheel Drive
Distance 191 kms
Route Type One Way
Suggested Stops
Birdsville to Bedourie

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City Farmers Markets

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 24 February 2018
Held in the heart of Gladstone's Central Business District at Library Square, Gladstone residents and visitors can purchase delightful fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts and much more at the City Farmers Markets.

Gladstone Weekly Parkrun

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 24 February 2018
Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed five kilometre run or walk, which takes place every Saturday at 7am sharp in the Lions Park, Kin Kora Gladstone. Participating is easy, however you must register before the event on the Parkrun website to get your time.

Beach Arts Music - BAM Markets

Tannum Sands, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 3 March 2018
Beach Arts Music is a free community event held on the first Saturday of every month except January and February from 2.00pm to 7.00pm at Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands. Featuring food stalls, live entertainment, arts and creation stalls and lots more making this event an awesome family friendly outing.

PCYC Markets Gladstone

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 11 March 2018
The PCYC Markets Gladstone are held every second Sunday of each month at the Gladstone PCYC from 8am to 12pm. With a variety of stalls including clothings, soy candles, fruit and vegetables, furniture and much more, there is always something for everyone at the PCYC Markets!

Rotary Kmart Markets Gladstone

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 18 March 2018
The Rotary Kmart Markets are held on the third Sunday of every month. Come and enjoy the family friendly all-weather free markets held in the Kmart car park at Stockland Gladstone from 7:00am - 12:00pm.

Gladstone Harbour Festival

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
28 March – 1 April 2018
The fifty-sixth Annual Gladstone Harbour Festival will be held at the picturesque GPC Marina Parklands. 2018's program will be jam-packed with fabulous free main stage entertainment, novelty events, free kids activities, fireworks, marina markets, rides for the kids and much more!

Boyne Tannum HookUp

Boyne Island, Gladstone Area
From AU$40 - 85
4 – 6 May 2018
The Boyne Tannum HookUp is Australia's top family fishing competition which is held annual with the aim of bringing together friends and family from all parts of Australia. With a prize pool worth over AUD300,000, the event attracts around 4,000 registered fishing competitors and 30,000 visitors to Bray Park, Boyne Island where fishing weigh-ins and family entertainment is provided over the three days of competition.

Variety Bash

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
22 – 31 August 2018
Start your cars, rev your engines and get ready for 10 action-packed days through spectacular outback Queensland as the 2018 Variety Bash treks from Gladstone to Townsville! You'll enjoy scenic outback drives, fun stops, fun nights and camaraderie with a unique group of the wackiest and most passionate road trippers you’ll ever meet!

Under The Trees

Boyne Island, Gladstone Area
6 October 2018
Under The Trees 2018 Festival is set to again bring great live music, street theatre, circus acts and a unique atmosphere, when held on Saturday 6th October. Located “under the trees” off Jacaranda Drive, Boyne Island this laid back music and arts festival amazed attendees at the inaugural event in 2017.
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