Discover Birdsville Pub in the Untamed Frontier
The Birdsville Pub is as remote as a place gets, standing since 1884 on the edge of the last untamed frontier, the Simpson Desert.
The pubs name is forged into Australian folklore and everyday travellers make their pilgrimage to one of Australia's most treasured icons.
Whether you have driven for days or your plane's just landed on the airstrip next to the pub, you'll get the same warm outback welcome. Relax and soak up the true blue atmosphere, or sit up at the bar to hear a few yarns from old drovers, ringers and friendly locals.
In the first week of September the population swells from 100 to over 5000 for the Birdsville Races. This legendary race has been run on a sandy track since 1882 and now boasts professionally trained racehorses and prize money of over AUD100,000.00.
For years, yarns have been spun at the Birdsville Pub, lubricated with icy cold beers, and here maps have been scratched into the red desert soil to guide travellers to special spots.
Where is Birdsville?
This is truly an authentic place where the spirit of Australian mateship is definitely alive and kicking. Birdsville is a small town located in the Channel Country of western Queensland, Australia. It is 1590 kilometres west of the state capital, Brisbane, and 720 kilometres south of the city of Mount Isa. Birdsville is on the edge of the Simpson Desert, and the climate is very arid. At the 2006 census, Birdsville had a population of 115.
A bit about Birdsvilles History
Proclaimed a town in 1887, Birdsville was located at the border of South Australia and Queensland to collect tolls from the droves of cattle being moved interstate. Birdsville was formerly known as Diamantina Crossing. Later the name Birdsville was adopted believing to be on account of the prolific bird life in the district.
Many of Australia's pioneering European explorers travelled through the Birdsville district well before the town was gazetted. Monuments to acknowledge the feats of Captain Charles Sturt, Burke & Wills, Madigan and others are located throughout the town.
Birdsville had a population of over 300 at the turn of the twentieth century. It had 3 hotels, a cordial factory, blacksmith store, market gardens, police and customs facilities but but after Federation in 1901, the tolls were abolished and the town fell into decline to about 50 throughout the 1950s. Livestock trade kept the region alive and in recent times tourism has joined cattle as the major industry in the area.