Avoiding Birdsville's race crowd

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 16:12
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A question to folks who have attended the Birdsville Races. We are planning to be in that area in the second half of August but want to dodge the race crowds. How soon before the cup do the numbers start to build up and how long does it take the mob to leave. The question assumes fine weather.
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Kevin
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Reply By: Brisbane Hinterland 4WD - Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 16:39

Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 16:39
Hi Kevin, We were there 2 weeks before the races last year and already people were there setting up camp on the outskirts of town but not alot of people in the town at that time.
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Reply By: Scooter13 - Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 19:27

Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 19:27
We were ther last year about the weekend after the races - spinifex rolling down the street - however some of the surrounding camping areas (Innaminka) can get chockers either side of the Birdsville weekend. Particularily after.

Would avoid going there in the week before and a few days after if you want to dodge the crowds.
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Reply By: p_marns - Monday, Jul 02, 2012 at 11:25

Monday, Jul 02, 2012 at 11:25
Birdsville itself is busy about 2 weeks before, and 2 days after the races, but all the camps in the surrounding areas, such as windorah, boulia, and every direction are busy a little longer than this. Personally i dont know why you want to avoid it, its the best week ever.
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Follow Up By: Member - Justin O (QLD) - Monday, Jul 02, 2012 at 17:29

Monday, Jul 02, 2012 at 17:29
Depends on what sort of outback experience you want. I'm with Kevin on this one!
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 03:22

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 03:22
drive in the Monday after and it is back to normal, well still a few but a few THOUSAND less than 2 days prior .....
What we did was drive in on the last day of it all, nobody at all on the roads, we stayed overnight at Bedourie from memory and left really early, before the sun was up, and we started hitting the outbound traffic just as the sun was comming up, we timed it well as we were only about 30k out, over the day almost all left and we just drove around, that arvo we found a good camp site and set up, stayed for 3 days i think and headed out, best part is everybody is LEAVING over the next few weeks so you hardly pass anyone coming to you ..... makes for good driving..
Cheers
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