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Australia's most iconic outback pub
Australia's most iconic outback pub

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Lauren over at AWOL has mapped out an epic road trip itinerary from Brisbane to Birdsville.

"It’s difficult to quantify the beauty of the Australian outback in words, and even harder to imagine it by simply looking at a screen.

There’s an endless bounty of stunning natural scenery and wildlife throughout the country, and outback Queensland offers up an enormous stretch of endless horizons, tiny towns, vintage pubs, and diverse wildlife.

#Brisbane to #Birdsville is just one of many amazing outback road trips one can take throughout #Queensland.

With each small town populated by just a few hundred people, and the endless, rolling landscapes of red hills, sand dunes and arid plans, it’s an unforgettable experience in every sense."

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A great weekend of horse and motorbike events, the Birdsville Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana is a family event where skilled bushmen and women demonstrate their craft.

Held in the Bronco Branding Yards in Birdsville, riders can either put their horsemanship skills to the test on Saturday with barrel, flag and herding races, or simply kick back ringside and enjoy the dusty action. Real horsepower is replaced by mechanical horsepower on the Sunday with dirt bikes and quads repeating Saturday’s events on wheels.

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Watch professional bushmen and women demonstrate their traditional bush skills and experience the fast moving action as teams tough it out to be the quickest to brand cattle using the traditional method of branding in the bush: without a calf cradle and out in the open.

It happens in May every year and it’s all part of recognising country traditions and keeping these skills alive. The weekend also features a campdraft competition and a much anticipated sunset rodeo. Live music and dancing adds to the atmosphere while crowds cheer on their favourite bushmen who share in the $17,000 prize money.

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Every year since 1882, the Melbourne Cup of the desert comes to Birdsville bringing together racegoers from all over Australia to experience bush racing at its best.

A ‘must do’ on the outback social calendar, the Birdsville Races on the first weekend of September sees population numbers swell from 110 to more than 7,000 as punters enjoy a full 13 race program with more than $200,000 prize money on offer.

But the Birdsville Races isn’t just about the horses. Enthusiastic visitors contribute to a vibrant carnival atmosphere and would-be fashionistas, colourfully dressed to the nines in what is aptly described as Melbourne Cup cast offs, stand out in a sea of check shirts, moleskin trousers and Akubras.

While racing diehards do battle with the bookies, others will check out or even participate in events such as the boisterous race Calcutta, whip cracking demonstrations and the ever popular Fred Brophy’s famous boxing troupe challenge held in a tent directly opposite the pub.

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Now in its fifth year, the Big Red Bash, the world’s most remote music festival, rocks Birdsville over three days in July. A must for outback travel enthusiasts and music lovers alike, the Big Red Bash features some of Australia’s biggest names in music. The 2017 line up includes the likes of Missy Higgins, Lee Kernaghan, plus James Reyne and Mark Seymour.

The Bash takes place on the edge of the Simpson Desert about 35kms east of Birdsville. Situated close to the towering 30+ metre high Big Red Dune, it offers music lovers a spectacular backdrop to enjoy some of Australia’s best loved musicians while visually feasting on breathtaking views of the vast desert expanse and remote starry night skies.

So much more than just a music festival, the Big Red Bash allows thousands of festival goers the rare chance to experience the real outback. And, of course, the bucket-list chance for a beer and a chat with friendly locals in the iconic Birdsville pub.

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Spotlessly clean with modern fittings and fixtures, modern bathroom amenities and quality furnishings, we have a range of units catering for singles, couples and families.

There are a total of 27 motel units plus a guest laundry.

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The Outback Loop takes travellers on a historic and cultural tour across the ever-changing landscape of the South Australian and Queensland outback.

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Heading south from Birdsville? Don’t forget to visit our sister pub, the Innamincka Hotel. You'll find it situated at the gateway to the vast Innamincka Regional Reserve, on the edge of the Cooper Creek.

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Birdsville is considered the gateway to the Simpson desert, now known as Munga-Thirri National Park.

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The Birdsville billabong is located on the edge of the town and is a drawcard for locals and tourists alike for swimming, kayaking, fishing and walking.
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