Birdsville Races Facts
- Birdsville is closer to Adelaide than Brisbane (1,578km vs 1,192km).
- The Birdsville population is usually around 100 but swells during the Birdsville Races to around 6,000. The record race crowd clocked in at 8,500 people!
- 80,000 cans of beer are sold at the Races. That's the equivalent volume of 600 filled baths.
- 12,000 pies are sold from Birdsville Bakery. That's enough pastry to fill 4 football fields. You HAVE to try the curry camel pie while you're in town.
- Over 140 horses and 15 toy horses attend the races. The toy horses are races in front of the Birdsville Hotel on the Friday of the Races weekend.
- 150km of toilet paper is used over the weekend. If you lined up all of that toilet paper, it would cover the journey from Brisbane to Noosa!
- Big Red is a 40m sand dune in the Simpson Desert (Munga-Thirri National Park). The Simpson Desert contains the longest parallel sand dunes in the world.
- It would take 200 hours to run from Brisbane to Birdsville, 20 hours to drive and 5 hours 45 minutes to fly.
- Birdsville is the only track in Queensland that runs anti-clockwise.
- And if you are still trying to figure out why people love the Birdsville Races, watch this.
Now that you're hooked, why not head along to the next Birdsville Races?