Birdsville Races

Submitted: Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 11:57
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Thinking of going there this year, but time is not going to be on my side.

From Melbourne, how long would it take to get there, and what would be the quickest way there and back.. yes lots to see around and about, but as I say its gonna basically be a dash there party, then dash home..

Wife works contract and cant get too much time off work.. :( Could leave her at home I suppose!! Dont take a sandwich to a picnic!
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Reply By: Truckster - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 12:39

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 12:39
PS. I have looked at
http://www.exploroz.com/Feature/BirdsvilleRaces/default.asp
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Follow Up By: Member - Steven - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 21:18

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 21:18
truckster what date are the races this year we are heading that way mid august and its not that i dont like crowds but i like peace to thanks steve
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 22:13

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 22:13
Friday 5th September & Saturday 6th September 2003
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Reply By: ThePublican - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 13:34

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 13:34
Truckster, quickest is to fly in and camp under a wing, Best is to be in Birdsville 2/3 days prior to the races if driving up,so you get to see the pub ect in all its glory,[ on tap beer, curios, table and chairs ,meals;are all non existant from the wednesday of race week ], if staying at the c/van park be prepared for Looooooooooog queues unless you like your shower ect at 3am.
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 14:36

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 14:36
$1000ea to fly up! Dont have that cabbage! Thats the car fridge, or locker, or ...... :P

thanks anyway for the information.
3am shower, buy a car shower then!
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Reply By: Grinner - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 15:46

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 15:46
Last year I went to Birdsville (not the races) , route was Melbourne - Broken Hill - Tibabourra - Inamincka - Birdsville (4 days) route home was Birdsville - Blinman - Port Augusta - Melbourne. If you were willing to spend long days in the car (12 hours) I think you could get to Birdsville via Pt Augusta in 2 days. The road is all bitumen to Lyndhusrt, then good dirt for most of the way to Birdsville.

Grinner
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 22:08

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 22:08
Thats the way Via Pt Augusta is what I was thinking...

I drove trucks for 8+ yrs, 12hour days are nothing! 18 were regular at the last company i worked for.... Thats why I got out of the game...
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Reply By: rojac - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 00:12

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 00:12
If your interested in side shows and fairey floss, the n go for it, it has become so commercialised its not funny, it was better in the late 80's early 90's.

Cheers

Rob
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 17:18

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 17:18
Like the easter show in bleep ney I suppose.....?

That was good in teh 70/80s.. Now its just Commercial....
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Reply By: Mike - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 12:32

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 12:32
Must agree, I haven't been to the races, but having been to that beautiful part of the world a few times, I couldn't think of anything worse than a fantastic spot being spoiled by 5000 drunks. Birdsville is a great place, best enjoyed amongst as few people as possible. Oh BTW, the beautiful Ruth at the caravan park, has time to have a coffee and a chat with you then also.
Happy trails, Mike.
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