Birdsville is located in the heart of Australia, on the edge of the famous Simpson desert. It is not a leisurely 2-3 hours drive from the capital city, but that's the beauty… It is in the middle of bloody nowhere!
We know that you may find getting to Birdsville a little bit daunting if you have never been before, but there are a number of travel options available to those coming to Big Red Run.
It’s a long way to go, but the road trip (if this is how you choose to travel) is all part of the adventure!
Let’s just run through your main transport options below.
1. By Car
Drive your own
Birdsville is around 1,900 km from Sydney (allow 2.5 days drive) , 1,600 km from Brisbane (allow 2 days drive) and 1,200 km from Adelaide (allow 1.5 days drive). It is accessible by 2WD, however if you want to venture into the desert itself at some stage you will require a 4WD vehicle. Most people coming to Birdsville usually do so in a 4wd.
So, you can make a bee line to Birdsville or alternatively you can take your time and do some outback touring and sightseeing on the way!
If any competitors or supporters are intending to drive to the event, and have a spare seat or two they may wish to offer to offer this to another competitor to help split the cost of petrol. Event organisers will establish a dedicated Facebook group for participants to connect prior to the event, and this is a great way to arrange car pooling.
4 WD Hire
If you don't have your own 4WD, you might consider hiring one. This is a fun way to explore the desert and take you further than a regular 2WD.
2. By Bus
For those who don't fancy the long drive themselves, this is an option for you to consider.
We are arranging a charter bus from Adelaide to take people to and from Big Red Run and Little Red Run.
Return bus transport is $495, there is limited capacity and you can secure your seat with a $200 non-refundable deposit. The balance will be due 6 weeks prior to departure.
Ex Adelaide (includes 1 night accommodation).
- Bus departs Adelaide Bus Terminal, Franklin Street, Adelaide 7.30am Wednesday 24th June 2015.
- 1 night accommodation in Marree Wednesday night
- Arrive in Birdsville late afternoon on Thursday 25th June 2015.
- As it is a 2 day trip to Birdsville from Adelaide there will be a few sightseeing stops along the way.
- The bus will depart Birdsville Friday 3rd July at 7.30am and travel overnight express to Adelaide stopping for dinner on the way and arriving at approx 9am on Saturday 4th July. If booking flights out of Adelaide, we recommend doing so for the afternoon, to allow for any unexpected delays.
3. By Plane
If time is of the essence, you might like to consider flying to Birdsville.
Big Red Run Flights from Brisbane - Birdsville
Rex Airlines currently flies from Brisbane to Birdsville twice a week. There are a limited number of seats reserved on the flights to get you to and from Birdsville for Big Red Run. We suggest booking early to avoid disappointment.
Brisbane to Birdsville flights cost $1100 per person return, and you can secure your seat with a $200 non-refundable deposit. The balance will be due 6 weeks prior to departure. The flight itinerary is as follows:
- Depart Brisbane Domestic Airport 9.15am Thursday 25th June 2015
- Arrive Birdsville 3.20pm Thursday 25th June 2015
- You'll have Thursday afternoon to explore Birdsville, before pre race registration, gear check and breifings on Friday 26th June.
- Depart Birdsville 11.05am Friday 3rd July 2015
- Arrive Brisbane Domestic Airport 5.10pm Friday 3rd July 2015
Baggage allowance is strictly 15kg per person. Excess baggage is carried subject to weight and space availability at a charge. If booking connecting flights, please ensure you allow adequate time to transfer. Missed flights are not refundable.
Private Charter Flights
You may choose to get together with a group of friends and arrange your own private charter flight to Birdsville. This is a great way to get a Birdseye view of the amazing Simpson Desert and outback. The closest and therefore cheapest place to fly from is Alice Springs.
Contact Chartair if you are interested and they can provide you with a quote. www.chartair.com.au
There are also many other charter flight operators that you may wish to contact about charter flights.
Fly Your Own Plane
If you or one of your supporters happen to have your own plane, you can fly in to Birdsville and you park your plane at the airport during the event and fly home afterwards. Did you know that each year at Birdsville Race time the Birdsville airport has the most number of private planes on the tarmac in the Southern Hemisphere!
So all in all, there are plenty of options for you to get to Birdsville, so don’t let the distance put you off. At least 8,000 people make the trip every year to the Birdsville Races!
The Big Red Run is not just a race, it’s an outback adventure, and getting there is part of the adventure.
So keep in touch and don’t forget we are here to help you with any advice about the best transport options for getting to and from Birdsville for the Big Red Run and Little Red Run.