You can find Australia’s most iconic musicians in the desert as thousands flock to camp under the stars to hear them. This year’s bill includes John Farnham, Hoodo Gurus, The Black Sorrows, Cate Ceberano, Busby Marou and Jon Stevens, with the remote location being a drawcard for all.
The location has traditionally been a meeting spot on the edge of the Simpson Desert for people to congregate and the festival brings that spirit to its proceedings, it’s even a dog friendly event!
Becoming “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” has never been easier, with Bashville Drag Races competition to raise funds for the Royal Flyer Doctor Services, open to both men and women in the spirit of fun.
There are also scenic flights over the festival in a four seat Robinson R44, and will take 3 passengers at a time from sunrise to sunset every day, providing a unique perspective of the desert and of the entire festival.
There is plenty of food on offer with coffee, pizza, burgers and curries as well as some interesting menu items such as smoked meat rolls and camel pies.
‘Birdsville’s Big Red Bash brings people together for the world’s most remote concert.’
The Festivals is in Birdsville, a small remote outback town of just around 140 people. The area marks the start or finish of the tourist “Birdsville Track”, beside the Diamantina River, the town sits between the sands of the Simpson Desert and the gibbers of Sturts Stony Desert. Its situated in South-West Queensland, 12 kms from the South Australian border in the heart of Australia’s red centre.
Well when headed to a remote part of Australia, please note, it is not a leisurely drive from any major city! However, there are many ways to get there.
You can drive a hire car or hire a 4WD, it could be up to a 2 day travel from Sydney or Brisbane.
If driving there isn’t your thing, then you can hop on the Bus Tour for the bash named “Big Red Bash Rock’n Roll Road Trip,” hosted by Kangaroo Buslines. The tour includes tent camping and hot showers.
You can fly in and out to Birdsville Airstrip via REX Regional Express Airlines.
There is a designated camping zone called “Bashville,” which is located on the cattle station “Adria Downs” where the festival is held. Group and individual camping and hot showers are available, which is handy as it can get pretty dusty.
There are is also caravan park accomodation close by as well as Hotel/Motel options.
As it is a keen tourist destination there are quite a few things to do in desert.
Visit the Birdsville Outback Pub to enjoy a quintessential aussie beer, the best food around and get an eyeful of the amazing pub memorabilia showcased.
Swim in the Birdsville Billabong, which is ideal for birdwatching and fishing for yabbys (aussie cray) or just for a nice cool dip. Added bonus is you can tell your friends you swam in a Billabong!
The Wirrarri Visitor Centre tells the history of early settlement in Australia and the culture of aboriginal tribes in the Simpson Desert area. It provides information and local guides for special walking trips to cultural landmarks.
The dates for the 5th annual Big Red Bash are July 10-12 2018.
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