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27 June to 2 July 2018 


Transport, Food & Accomodation

Big Red Run takes place in the desert near the remote town of Birdsville, where you won’t have access to normal facilities. So please read the information below to make sure you’re fully prepared.



We have a transport page, outlining the various different ways to get to Birdsville.

In short, if you are planning to drive, you should allow the following minimum timeframes:

  • Brisbane - 2 days each way
  • Adelaide - 2 days each way
  • Sydney - 3 days each way
  • Melbourne - 3 days each way



We stay in Birdsville before and after the event, and we camp out in the desert away from normal facilities during the event.

If you are bringing your own caravan, camper trailer, tent or swag, you'll set up in the caravan park once you arrive in Birdsville and stay there until we move into the desert on Day 1 (24th June). From then on, we’ll move camp every 2 days, until we arrive back in Birdsville on the 29th June, where you can again set up in the caravan park.

Many volunteers bring their own vehicle (all camps are high-clearance 2wd accessible) and transport their gear around in that, however if you’re not bringing your own vehicle, we’ll transport your bag on the event truck.

If you’re not bringing your own accommodation, we can provide you with a space in a shared four person event tent. You’ll need to bring your own sleeping mat and sleeping bag if you’re using this option and we can transport your bag on the event truck. You’ll be able to use space in an event tent from 24th - 28th June. On the 23rd and 29th we’ll provide an accommodation option for you as well, and this will either be sleeping in the Birdsville Sports hall, or in an event tent in the caravan park. You’ll need to organise your own accommodation outside of these times.



This year volunteers have two options when it comes to food:

  1. You can pay to be catered for during the event on the 24th to the 29th June inclusive. The cost will be $195 for 3 meals a day for the first 5 days, plus breakfast and lunch on Day 6. All volunteers will be included in our pre event dinner on the 23rd July post event dinner on Day 6 (29th July).
  2. You can bring all your own food for the week. Volunteers will be included in the pre and post event dinners, but you need to supply all other food. While in the desert, for the duration of the event, volunteers will not readily have access to any shops or facilities, so you’ll need to bring everything with you, including your own cooking gear. If you’ve got your own vehicle you can bring cooking gear, car fridge, etc and if you don’t have your own vehicle you’ll need to bring non-perishable foods like freeze-dried or dehydrated meals and you could also bring a lightweight hiking stove or similar. Event organisers will supply drinking water, and hot water for preparing food and drinks.


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