Infographic: Birdsville Races

Birdsville Races Infographic

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?