The Birdsville Races are an iconic event taking place at the Birdsville Track only once a year. Also known as the Melbourne Cup of the Outback.
Join us on our incredible Birdsville Tour to the biggest Australian Outback Carnival and a great journey of getting there and back again. Pass through amazing and iconic Outback Towns without travelling on endless dirt roads and spending hours on a bus.
Fly over amazing Outback Towns and Country including Lake Eyre, the Cooper Creek, Strzelecki Reserve, the Old Ghan Railway Line, the Davenport Ranges, Big Red and Channel Country.
Overnight at the Prairie Hotel, Marree Hotel, William Creek Hotel, Blinman Hotel and Innamincka Hotel – all iconic places with a fascinating history and stories from the past and recent times.
Enjoy a tour of the historic Blinman Mine and finish our iconic tour with a tasty lunch and wine tasting in Clare Valley. Embark on our Birdsville Tour with Bird’s Eye Views of Spectacular Outback Country!
Birdsville Tour Highlights & Inclusions
- Pickup from Adelaide City Hotel
- 5x Breakfast, 5x Lunches, 5x Dinners
- Drinking Water, Snacks and Fruit during Bus Travel Days
- 1x Night Prairie Hotel
- 1x Night Marree Hotel
- 1x Night Innamincka Hotel
- 2x Nights Birdsville Tent City (stretcher beds, pillow, duna, chair, lantern provided)
- 1x Night William Creek Hotel
- 1x Night Blinman Hotel
- Flight from Marree to Innamincka
- Flight from Innamincka to Birdsville
- Flight from Birdsville to William Creek including Lake Eyre
- Flight from William Creek to Marree
- Quorn Sightseeing
- Hawker Panorama Gallery
- Kanyaka Ruins
- Lyndhurst Ochre Quarry
- Home of Talc Alf
- Farina Ghost Town & Cemetery
- Marree Sightseeing
- Cooper Creek Cruise with Nibbles & Drink *weather & water permitting
- Souvenir Birdsville Medallion for daily entry to the Race Track
- Fred Brophy’s Boxing Tent
- Tour to Big Red Sand Dune (Simpson Desert)
- Shuttle Bus Token to the Race Track
- Blinman Mine Tour
- Clare Valley Lunch & Wine Tasting
- Fully Guided Activities
- Return to Adelaide by 5pm
- Drop Off Adelaide City Hotel or Adelaide Airport
Birdsville Tour with a Birds Eye View departs from Adelaide, Travel to the Prairie Hotel and Marree Day 1 and 2
Depart your Adelaide accommodation by 7.30am and let us take you on a tour filled with wonder and delights of Iconic Outback Towns and the excitement of the iconic Birdsville Races. Our journey takes us to Lochiel and Snowtown for a morning tea break. We then travel further onto Quorn and enjoy some free time to explore the historic town before lunch. We continue to Hawker and visit the Wilpena Panorama Gallery where you can view Wilpena superbly portrayed by local artist Jeff Morgan. The iconic Prairie Hotel is our final destination for tonight and a great start to such an exciting Outback Holiday. Check out the fossil collection, talk to the friendly locals and have a look at their innovative menu with a “Flinders Feral Food” twist. We finish the day with a delicious and unique Prairie Hotel meal. (Day 1 Lunch, Dinner, Prairie Hotel overnight)
After a full breakfast we drive to Lyndhurst and discover the lives and history along the Oodnadatta Track. Learn more about Talc Alf and his talc carvings, visit an Ochre Quarry and explore the ruins and cemetery of Farina. Marree is only a short distance away and we arrive early afternoon. Plenty of time to wander the town square for photographs. Discover the stories of the Great Northern Express, visit the Afghan Mosque and perhaps the Lake Eyre Yacht club. Hear about old Tom Kruse the outback posty and make sure you check out the museums room in the Marree Hotel. We all join back for dinner and a briefing about the next days ahead. (Day 2 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Marree Hotel overnight)
Flight to Innamincka and Cooper Creek Cruise in the afternoon Day 3
This morning we fly to the small settlement of Innamincka in the north-east of South Australia. From your comfortable seat you can witness the endless Strzelecki Track which was named after Sir Pawel Edmund Strzelecki and shows us the way into the township of Innamincka. Explore the township at your own leisure after lunch. We join back together for a Cooper Creek Cruise with champagne and nibbles which is a terrific way to see this country. (Day 3 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Innamincka Hotel overnight)
Arrival into Birdsville, Enjoy the Birdsville Cup, Musical Entertainment and Big Red, the Edge of the Simpson Desert Day 4 to 5
Whether it is the Birdsville Races, the boxing, the big red sand hills of the Simpson Desert or the atmosphere that draws us to Birdsville, this iconic town has truly made a mark in Australian history. We depart Innamincka by 9am and fly north. The excitement grows as we near Birdsville, located on the banks of the Diamantina River. Arrive mid-morning and settle in for a legendary event you will never forget. Once we have checked in at Tent City, we will head west out of town to the outskirts of Big Red, the first of many sand dunes when crossing the desert land between Birdsville and Alice Springs. “Big Red” stands a massive 36.5m above sea level and is part of the Simpson Desert, the largest sand dune desert in the world. Climb up to the top for some magnificent desert views. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. Explore the local sights of Birdsville including the famous Birdsville Hotel, the historic hospital, the Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre, browse the market stalls or enjoy the festivities in the main street. The races will also start in the afternoon, put on your best flip-flops and shorts and head to the Birdsville Track, one of four tracks in Queensland that run anti-clockwise. Tonight we head over to the iconic Fred Brophy’s Boxing Tent and watch all-comers taking on a troupe of boxers which have been travelling Australia for over four generations. This has become a highlight not to be missed. (Day 4 Breakfast, Birdsville Tent City overnight)
Today is the day, the 2021 Birdsville Cup. The XXXX Gold Birdsville Cup, which is said to be the Melbourne Cup of the Outback and the event everyone has been waiting for. Get ready for an exciting day of first class Horse racing, premium hospitality and great entertainment. Jump on the shuttle bus and head out to the racetrack and join in the action! It is a big day at the Races with several races on the program. If you need a break from racing, wander around the market stalls where you will find arts and crafts, clothes, leather goods and souvenirs. But don’t forget to back up your favourite horse and cheer as loud as you can at the 1 mile Birdsville Cup. After the last race, catch the shuttle bus back into town and freshen up for the Monster Auction of collectables, memorabilia, vouchers and so much more. All money raised is donated to the Royal flying Doctor Service. No need to go to bed yet, there is plenty of entertainment around the area including bands, buskers and fundraising events making this an unbelievably fantastic Outback Festival for up to 7000 people. And why not join the unforgettable atmosphere of the Birdsville Pub as the night rolls on. (Day 5 Birdsville Tent City overnight)
Birdsville Tour continues to William Creek, Blinman and Clare Valley Day 6 to 8
Have a well-earned sleep in after a possibly long night or go for a walk down to the Diamantina River, if you have not had a chance prior. The Birdsville Races are done and it’s time to count your winnings or plan your budget. For lunch why not tantalise your tastebuds at the Birdsville Bakery. Try a Curry Camel Pie, Lamb Shank Pie or the traditional Beef Pie, all are homemade and deliciously good. We board our plane after lunch and fly to William Creek. On-route enjoy the views of Lake Eyre the largest salt lake of the Southern Hemisphere. No matter if Lake Eyre’s status is wet or dry, a birds eye view of the area is an incredible experience. We arrive at William Creek in time to explore the remote area or why not take an optional one-hour flight over the Painted Desert with a special remote landing. Relax and unwind in your en-suited cabin or join the locals for an ice cold beer before dinner. (Day 6 Dinner, William Creek overnight)
Back on the plane this morning for a final flight to Marree. After a few days flying above the largest sandy desert in the world, it is time to say goodbye to some truly remote and amazing country. Our bus is waiting for us and the journey takes us south to Blinman. Blinman is the highest town in South Australia sitting at 614m above sea level and the town is home to an old Copper Mine. We join an underground experience into the heart of the mine and learn about the miners and their families. Then you have time to explore the town at your own leisure before joining back together for a dinner and overnight stay at the Blinman Hotel. (Day 7 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Blinman Hotel overnight)
Our last day of a truly iconic tour has arrived and we travel back to Adelaide via Clare Valley. Clare is home to beautiful old wines and warm hospitality, there is no better way to finish our tour than with a wine tasting and a fabulous lunch. Packed with amazing memories we drive to Adelaide and arrive around 5 pm. (Day 8 Breakfast, Lunch)
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Birdsville Tour – the Birdsville Birdsview Experience
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