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Birdsville, between the sands of the Simpson Desert and the gibber plains of Sturt’s Stony Desert is the starting point of the famous Birdsville Track, which stretches to the south with the Simpson Desert to the west.

Birdsville began life as ‘Diamantina Crossing’ in 1881 and was given its present name in 1885. It is said that one Robert Frew, a local identity, gave the name as a compliment to the birdlife of the area. Another theory on the town’s name is that locals wanted to name it Burtsville after a popular settler named J. Burt. Burt declined the offer and the name Birdsville was used as a compromise. The Diamantina River, to the east of the town, was named in 1866 by explorer William Landsborough.

The town’s original function was as a ‘tariff wall’ between Queensland and South Australia. Tolls which had provided the town’s income, ceased in 1901 with the formation of the Federation and the town declined.

The town is now a starting point for many people travelling into South Australia along the Birdsville Track which was first developed in the 1880s as one of Australia’s first major cattle routes. Stories of stockmen who passed through Birdsville on this famous track are part of town legend.

Birdsville is best known for its famous pub and the annual race meeting when the population grows from 120 to 6,000 in two days.

Activites and Experiences at Birdsville

  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Flora
  • Sports Viewing Birdsville Races on the first weekend of September every year.
  • Accommodation
  • Airport MacAir Regional Airlines.
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities Commonwealth Bank facilities at the post office.
  • Chemist Birdsville Clinic has some supplies.
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Hospital Primary Health Care Clinic.
  • Public Bar
  • Mechanical Services
  • Medical Facilities Birdsville clinic, serviced by the Royal Flying Doctors Service.
  • National Park Simpson Desert National Park.
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities Wirrarri Centre indoor and outdoor sports.
  • Supermarket Mini-mart.
  • Swimming Pool Birdsville State School.
  • Tennis Court Wirrarri Centre.
  • Visitor Centres Wirrarri Centre, Billabong Road.
  • Adventure
  • Aussie Lifestyle
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Rural/Country
  • Fishing Jardine Waterhole on the Diamantina River, one kilometre from town. Yellowbelly and yabbies.
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Historic/Heritage
  • National Park Simpson Desert National Park.
  • Off road Take the challenge of Big Red in the Simpson Desert.
  • Outback
  • Pub Stay
  • Remote
  • Soft Adventure
  • Wildflower
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • 18-35’s
  • Backpacking/Unstructured
  • Budget
  • Business/Trade/Corporate
  • Disabled
  • Empty Nesters
  • Family
  • Gay and Lesbian
  • Group
  • Meetings Incentive Conventions
  • Self-Drive
  • Senior
  • Single
  • Outback Queensland Tourism

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