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 that they wish to offer to another competitor to help split the cost of petrol, we will be keeping a car pooling register. You can contact us with details of when and where you will depart from, and how many seats you wish to fill, or if you are looking for a lift to the event, we will need to know where you live.
We will keep this information in our register, and put people in touch with one another to work out suitable car pooling arrangements to help everyone get to the event in the most effective way.
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 for charter buses from Adelaide to take people to and from Big Red Run and Little Red Run.
The cost will be $395 return from either Adelaide or Brisbane.
Ex Adelaide - $395 return (includes 1 nights’ accommodation).
- Bus departs Adelaide 7.30am Sunday 29th June 2014.
- 1 night accommodation in Maree Sunday night
- Arrive in Birdsville late afternoon on Monday 30th June 2014.
- 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 Tuesday 8th July at 8am and travel express to Adelaide stopping for dinner on the way and arriving at approx 9am on Wednesday 9th July.
- To secure your place on one of these charter buses, please pay a $100 deposit, and the balance of $295 is then payable by 15 April.
3. By Plane
If time is of the essence, you might like to consider flying to Birdsville.
We have space available on a group booking on the Skytrans flight which leaves Brisbane on Monday 30th June getting into Birdsville mid-afternoon that day. The cost is $1,100 return, and places are very limited, so we suggest you book early.
The return flight to Brisbane leaves at 11.45am on Tuesday 8th July, and gets back to Brisbane at 5.30pm.
The cost is $1,100 return, and places are very limited, so we suggest you book early.
To secure your spot on the plane, a $500 deposit is required, with the balance due on 15 April. See link below to pay your deposit.
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.
Skytrans offers flights in and out of Birdsville a couple of times per week. These flights are heavily subsidised by the government (unfortunately the private charter flights do not receive the same subsidies). For more information and to book visit www.skytrans.com.au
As we have a group booking on the Skytrans flight that aligns with the Big Red Run, it is unlikely that space will be available on this flight if you try to book direct with Skytrans.
You should book a seat with us on the Group booking we have on this flight as explained above.
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.