September was a huge month in the Diamantina Shire! And if this year’s Simpson Desert Racing Carnival was anything to go by, you should already be organising time off work and planning your trip for next September!
The carnival takes place in three iconic outback locations. This year, the keynote event, the legendary Birdsville Races, attracted over 7000 punters to the usually sleepy outback town. The event has been held on the first Saturday of September almost every year since 1882.
The family-orientated Betoota Races were held the previous week, during the last weekend of August. This event is affectionately known as ‘the outback’s friendliest races’. The ghost town of Betoota comes alive during the races, as 100s of travelers arrive by 4WD, bus and plane for the event.
The final event of the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival is the Bedourie Races and Rodeo, which were held mid-September this year, along with the Bedourie Ute and Travellers’ Muster. The crowds came on horseback, 4WD and ute to drop a wager or two during this epic weekend.
The Simpson Desert Racing Carnival is a phenomenal entry-point to really get involved in this fascinating part of the country. You’d be a mug if you missed next year’s carnival!