The Birdsville Races. The name evokes images of red dirt and larger-than-life characters.
The first unofficial Birdsville Races were held in 1882. In 1978, Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser made the pilgrimage and brought the carnival to the nation’s attention. Now with over 6000 visitors each year, the race continues as a major event for the local community and raises funds for club facilities and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Rather than a long, three day drive from Melbourne, join Kirkhope Aviation on an air tour to the iconic races in relaxed style in our Beechcraft King Air* with a small group of no more than nine fellow travellers, a window for each passenger, staying in Broken Hill and Innamincka, and hobnobbing at the races in the marquee, with food, drink and between-races entertainment.
Frock up for the event of the year!
What a wonderful four days! Island tours, small boat excursions, snorkeling, swimming, hiking, fishing excursion, eating, drinking, science talks and just plain chilling out. We did it all. The accommodation at Arajilla was superb, the staff were fantastic and the food was brilliant.
Itinerary: Birdsville Races
Day 1: Melbourne to Broken Hill (L,D)
Depart Moorabbin Airport at 9.00am. Fly across Victoria and NSW to the frontier town of Broken Hill. On the ground, head out to Silverton, once a silver mining town, now better-known for being the backdrop to the Mad Max movies.
Returning to Broken Hill, visit the Pro Hart gallery to see some unique artworks and wildly-painted Rolls Royces. Marvel at Ando’s Big Picture, a painting that’s 100 metres long and 12 metres at its highest point, and the Line of Lode Miner’s Memorial, a striking building to remember more than 800 miners who have lost their lives on the job.
Before dinner, pop into the Palace Hotel, made famous by Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, to savour a refreshing ale and toast your arrival in the outback!
Overnight: Royal Exchange Hotel
A huge thank you for a truly marvellous three days. So well looked after by Tony, nothing was too much trouble, accommodation and meals first class. Amazing views of our beautiful country and a further insight into the lives of the people who live in remote places.
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