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What do I do with my eticket?

Entry to the Big Red Bash is through wristband, which you will need to wear for the duration of the event.

All wristbands must be collected at the Ticket office located outside the Birdsville Visitors Centre. There will be no wristband collection available at the Big Red Bash venue itself.

All purchasers will receive an email ticket with a bar code from Oztix who are handling ticketing for the event. There is no physical ticket mailed out. You will need to have your bar code tickets scanned in order to collect your event wristband.

Wristband Collection Times:
Birdsville Visitors Centre
Saturday 7th to Thursday 12th July

Can I buy merchandise? 

Merchandise will be available at a marquee outside the Birdsville Visitor Information Centre at the same times and location as wristband collection from Saturday 7th to Monday 9th July. Merchandise opening hours are 8.30am to 5pm.

The merchandise store will then be open at the venue at Big Red on Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th July from 10am.

We will be doing our best to stock plenty of merchandise, but in past years much of it has sold out quickly, so its best to get in early and purchase what you want to ensure you get the size and style of item you are after.

Once we have finalised the various items of merchandise that will be available, including designs and pricing, this will published on the Big Red Bash website so you can review and plan for your purchases beforehand.

Will there be a shuttle bus from Birdsville to Big Red?

Yes, there will be shuttle services run by Desert Edge Tours. These will be run on demand. The cost is $10 each way. Cash on boarding.

Can I bring a chair?

Standard height chairs are permitted in the main audience area. Low beach-style only for the roped off area in front, closer to the stage although this area becomes the dancing area and is standing room only as the night progresses.

What are prohibited items in the concert area? 

The Birdsville Big Red Bash has a NO GLASS policy. This includes beer and wine bottles, wine glasses, glass jars, and anything else made of glass.

  • Metal cutlery (including cheese knives)
  • Umbrellas. If it is raining you should bring good quality rain jackets.
  • Tables, sunshades or tents or anything else that will obstruct people's view of the stage (this applies to the concert area, not the camp area)
  • Aerosols
  • Security checks at entry will confiscate any prohibited items, or you will be asked to leave them in your car. Organisers are unable to take any responsibility for confiscated items

What are prohibited items in the camping area?

  • The Birdsville Big Red Bash has a NO GLASS policy. This includes beer and wine bottles, wine glasses, glass jars, and anything else made of glass. If you have any glass in your camping set up please leave it in your van or trailers, as we do not want any broken glass in the camp areas. Please do not dispose of any glass in your campfires.

Will there be food available at the Bash?

Yes, there will be food vendors for the duration of the Big Red Bash. For more info visit our Food page. 

What can I bring to  the Birdsville Big Red Bash?
  • Picnic rugs and low beach style chairs. Deck or camping chairs are allowed, and will need to be seated towards the back of the concert area to allow lower seating in front.
  • Plastic water bottles
  • Food - bring a picnic basket. But please - do not set up a BBQ in the concert area! 
  • The Big Red Bash is in the desert at the bottom of a large sand dune, which has some sloped and uneven areas, so please wear sensible footwear
  • Bring sunscreen and a hat! Please note: there are no sheltered areas - come prepared for rain or shine.

What ticket types are available?

There is only one class of ticket available, General admission. There is no allocated seating so it is first in best dressed.

The front area will be allocated with people who want to sit on their rugs , or low style beach chairs. If you want to sit on a normal height chair, there will be a designated area behind those seated on the ground.

This will ensure everyone gets the best view possible.

Can I bring my camera or sound and video recording equipment?

Generally small cameras and smart phones are permitted. Professional cameras, videos and sound recording equipment are not permitted. Staff on the day will make the final decision. Generally, avoid bringing cameras with powerful zoom lenses or detachable lenses in carry cases.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

Yes, The Big Red Bash is a BYO event, however it is a concert, not a booze up, so please drink responsibly! People who are found to be intoxicated and causing a nuisance to others will be removed from the venue.

Please be advised that for those driving back to Birdsville after the concert, Queensland police will be conducting breath testing as patrons leave … and there is only one road out!

Driving to the Bash?

We want to make sure everyone’s trip to and from the Bash is safe and enjoyable, so a bit closer to the concert date we will be providing you with a range of information on safe outback driving, which is important to read and understand. This will also include tips about driving on dirt roads, including suggested tyre pressures for various types of vehicles.

For many people their trip to the Bash will be their first outback road trip, and there are a number of important things to be aware of and prepared for when travelling in the outback.

We will be working with Queensland Police on this initiative as part of their “Stay on Track Outback” safe outback driving program.

The Big Red Bash venue is at the iconic Big Red Dune, which is 35km west of Birdsville via dirt road. Please take it easy on this road, as there will be significant traffic travelling to and from the Big Red Bash and it is likely to be dusty.

The concert and camping areas are on the eastern side of the Big Red Dune and are accessible by 2wd.

Your tickets and wristbands will be checked once you get to the end of the dirt road from Birdsville, just near Little Red. Once checked you will then be permitted to travel north on a well graded dirt road along the base of Big Red for approximately 2.4km before reaching the concert and camping area at Big Red.

For anyone driving, and staying in Birdsville and not camping at Big Red there will be a designated day parking area not far from the Big Red Dune concert area. Parking officials will guide you to the appropriate area.

If you are camping on site you can arrive at the Big Red Bash campsite from 8am on Tuesday 10th July to move into and set up your camp. Entry on Sunday 8th and Monday 9th July is available to vehicles with early entry camping passes.

For those camping at Big Red, you are able to park your vehicle at your camping spot, with the camping area located on the dry lakebed adjacent to Big Red.

Can I bring the kids?

Kids 11 years and under can enter free of charge.

There are family tickets for sale, and your entry with children will be based on the family ticket you have purchased.

For parents considering bringing a baby to the Big Red Bash this is your prerogative, however not recommended, for both the child's wellbeing and safety, and your enjoyment of the show.

Please note: there is no shade or protection from sun or rain.

Is First Aid available?

Yes. Please ask Security, Event staff or First Aid officers for help. There will be a first aid service in attendance. Please consider others as well as your own safety. If someone is in need of medical attention please let Security, Event staff or First Aid know so they can help.

Are passouts available?

You can come and go from the concert area as you please, provided you are wearing your wristband. There is no vehicle movements within the campsite throughout the Big Red Bash which includes leaving and returning to the campsite in vehicles.

Can I bring an Esky?

Yes, but of a reasonable size.


What if it rains?

If it does rain the show will go ahead unless conditions are deemed to be dangerous. If the forecast is for even the possibility of rain bring good quality raincoats and suitable footwear. The decision to cancel a show will be made on show day. In the event of inclement weather patrons should check this website BEFORE departing for the show for messages regarding traffic, parking or wet weather arrangements.

Please note that if there is inclement weather such as significant rain during the Bash, which makes the advertised location unsuitable for staging the event, the organisers reserve the right to re locate the event to another location in the Birdsville vicinity. In the unlikely event of this occurring you will be advised of the new venue details when you arrive at Birdsville to pick up your wristbands.

Can I smoke?

As per Queensland tobacco laws smoking is not permitted within 10 metres of the concert area boundary fence, the plaza food court or toilets - this include electronic cigarettes. If you smoke at your campsite please dispose of your buts in your own rubbish, do not drop them on the ground.

Where is Lost Property?

If you find or lose something - please go to the info marquee. After the event, any lost property will be left at the Birdsville Visitors Information Centre or at the Birdsville Police Station.

Will the program times or artists be likely to change?

Occasionally changes occur that are out of our control. Scheduled performance times and artist line-ups are subject to change. No refund will be offered in these circumstances.

Will vehicle access to Big Red be restricted during the concert period?

Big Red will be closed to vehicle traffic from Sunday 8th to Friday 13th July.

Little Red, which is about 2.4km to the south of Big Red, will remain open and will be the only route into and out of the desert for the duration of the Big Red Bash. (And it’s still a fair challenge to get up and over!)

During the above times you will not be able to access the Big Red Bash campsite or concert area by driving over Big Red from the west. If coming out of the desert you will need to make your way to Little Red and cross it from the west and then go through the checkpoint at the junction of the eastern road to Little Red, before proceeding to the Big Red Bash campsite. (please remember you will still haver to collect your wristband in Birdsville).

Ticketing FAQs

Will tickets be available to buy in Birdsville?  

This will depend on whether the ticket limits are sold out before the event. In 2016 tickets sold out approximately 3 months before the event and there were no tickets available for purchasein Birdsville.

Make sure you pre purchase your tickets as soon as you decide to attend to avoid disappointment of missing out.

Please note in the unlikely case that tickets are available in Birdsville, a 10% surcharge applies to all tickets purchased in Birdsville. To avoid the surcharge, be sure to pre purchase your tickets.

Are EFTPOS facilities available?

Yes we will have EFTPOS facilities available in Birdsville and out at Big Red. Due to the remote nature of Big Red and the need for satellite communications to support it the EFTPOS is not 100% reliable so cannot be guaranteed. The food vendors will not have EFTPOS available.

Can lost event wristbands be replaced?

No. We will be issuing heavy duty wristbands that will last for the duration of the Big Red Bash. Once the event wristband is collected, we are unable to reissue any wristbands. Please treat your event wristband as cash, as it cannot be replaced or re issued.


Thanks to all of our sponsors who help us bring you this amazing event.

Presenting Partners

Major Sponsors

RedArc Track Trailer Australian Off Road Unsealed 4x4 The Birdsville Hotel

Official Vehicle Sponsor

Volkswagen Commercial


RV Daily Veolia Regional Express Telstra

Government and Council Supporters

Big Run Events, the organiser of the Big Red Bash is enormously grateful for the various forms of assistance provided to the event by Tourism and Events Queensland, the Outback Queensland Tourism Association, and Diamantina Shire Council.

Outback Queensland Tourism

Big Red Bash is a unique high profile outback event, which draws significant media coverage. If you are interested in Big Red Bash sponsorship opportunities, please contact us, and our sponsorship manager will respond to you.

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