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One Week to Go Until the Birdsville Races

August 25, 2017 Whats On No Comments Email Email

The countdown to the 135th Birdsville Races is well and truly on, with Australia’s most iconic outback bucket-list experience now just one week away.

Event organisers are preparing for an influx of thousands to the tiny town on the edge of the Simpson Desert, which has a general population of 115 people.

The town usually swells to host between 6,000-7,000 visitors over the bumper race weekend, which this year runs on September 1 & 2, 2017.

The historic event – billed by many as the Melbourne Cup of the Outback’ – comprises a 13-race program and a jam-packed schedule of outback entertainment and activities – from film and comedy nights, to live music,  Fashion on the Fields, cocktail parties, gourmet trackside dining and Fred Brophy’s famous travelling boxing troupe.

The race program offers up a combined prize-purse of $200,000, plus a further $12,500 in QTIS (Queensland Thoroughbred Incentive Scheme) bonuses – making it outback Queensland’s richest two-day horse-race meet.

The 2017 Birdsville Races will once again support the Royal Flying Doctor Service, hosting a 6.1 kilometre fun run on Wednesday, August 30, to help fundraise for the vital service in their remote region.

Tickets to the Birdsville Races are still on sale through

Single-day race tickets can be purchased at the entry gates on September 1 & 2, while Souvenir Medallion 2-Day Racing Passes will be available for sale at the Birdsville Race Club Merchandise and Ticketing Office (located at Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre) from Monday, August 28.

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