Birdsville races camping

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 10:15
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Hi all

Anybody have suggestions on the best places to free camp at the Birdsville races.

Regards Peter
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Reply By: Member - mechpete - Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 11:08

Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 11:08
A long way out of town an anywhere you can find a spot
Mechpete
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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 17:08

Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 17:08
The further out the better. Try Maree. :)
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 11:12

Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 11:12
Traditionally all along the Diamantina River just a couple of km SE of town.
There are areas for the races crews / horse yards etc, and areas for general camping.
It's an interesting drive through there seeing the infrastucture, and one of the Burke & Wills blaze trees down near the old crossing end.
This is all on the west side of the Birsville Tk, and from the looks of it the nicer side, but east of the road there is also camping.
Get in early & leave late (2 - 3 days either side of races dates), to avoid lots of traffic on all access roads, or via the desert.
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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 13:03

Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 13:03
Get in early is good advice. I was in Birdsville two years ago a fortnight before the races and people were already setting up in the better spots out of town.

Cheers



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Follow Up By: Bravo Man - Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 14:19

Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 14:19
Thats what I like, great detailed info.We will have a look when we get there.
Thanks for that PK

Peter
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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 17:14

Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 17:14
Watch the weather if you need to be somewhere after. Also carry plenty of fuel. Always a bottleneck anywhere around once the races are over. Let last year serve as a lesson. Once they opened one road there was a lineup 5 km long at Bedourie and Boulia
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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 20:44

Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 20:44
Came through a couple of days ago. The 'free camp' areas near town filling up...

Cheers Baz, The Landy
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Reply By: cookie1 - Monday, Aug 28, 2017 at 12:05

Monday, Aug 28, 2017 at 12:05
I have always camped on the left heading into town before the bridge, there is a little section that I used to cross over the creek and camp in relative peace the other side. Bit of a walk into town but an even longer stagger back from the pub :)
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Reply By: Nutta - Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 at 21:21

Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 at 21:21
And plenty of breathalysers in both directions!
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Reply By: Iza B - Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 at 07:05

Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 at 07:05
Between the race course and the river and close enough to the road to walk to the bus that runs between town and the course. Alternatively, as close to the causeway as possible and put up with the crowding by remaining well hydrated.

Iza
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