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First Timer's Guide to the Bash

This year thousands of people will make the unforgettable journey from all over Australia (and the world!) to the Big Red Bash. For some, it will be your first time in the Australian desert, driving on outback roads and camping on the red dirt.

It’s incredibly exciting - you’ll never forget your first night camped under the milky way. But we understand that there’s also a lot to think about when you’re preparing for a journey like this.

Our website is chock-a-block with useful information to help you plan and prepare for the Bash, but we know it can be a little daunting. That’s why we’ve brought together some of the most important information for first timers to help get your head around what to bring, what to keep in mind and what expect on the way and at the Bash.


Outback Travel

Weather
The Bash is on the edge of the Simpson desert, but we’ll be there in winter so it might not be as hot as you think. You’ll still want a hat and light clothes for during the day, but it can get pretty chilly at night, so you might want to think about packing for cold conditions as well.

Click here for more information about weather conditions.

Outback Driving
Driving on Australia’s outback roads is an unforgettable experience, and driving to the Bash you’ll be part of a great nationwide journey to Birdsville. The roads that lead to Birdsville are spectacular, with big skies and wide open vistas, but driving on single-lane bitumen and loose surfaces for the first time can be a bit bewildering.

We’ve put together some guidelines on outback driving etiquette and safety to help you navigate some of these situations. Click here for more information.

We’ve also created some travel guides so you can make sure your route takes in some of the must-see attractions along the way. Click here to see the trip planner and travel guides.

One of the most important things to remember on the road is to take your time and plan for delays. Road closures and Bash-related traffic are common, so come prepared for a bit of an adventure. Always bring enough water, food and medical supplies to see you through an unexpected detour or delay.

  

Big Red Bash Essentials

Where do I stay in Birdsville?

Birdsville is a beautiful desert town about 35km from Bashville. Before and after the Bash the population swells from about 100 to several thousand!

The only accommodation available in Birdsville during this time is camping, so make sure your camping setup is durable enough to keep you comfortable for more than just a few days.

Click here for more information about accommodation in Birdsville.

What should I bring?
Bashville is a pop-up town on the edge of the desert, and the most remote music festival in the world. We’ll provide most of the essentials like toilets, greywater disposal, a well-resourced medical facility, food vendors and limited firewood and ice, but that’s about it.

To help you come prepared to be self-sufficient in the outdoors we’ve put together a recommended gear list, along with some hints and tips from seasoned Bashers to help you remember the essentials.

Check out the gear guide here.

For more information about what to expect in Bashville, click here.

Health and Medication

Medical services in Birdsville are limited, so make sure any medical conditions are under control before you leave. There are no pharmacies in Birdsville, so you need to bring all your medications with you.

We have a well-resourced medical facility at Bashville, staffed by doctors, paramedics and nurses from Queensland Health, but it is not a pharmacy. The closest hospital to Bashville is 685km away in Mt Isa, and the closest pharmacy is 625km away in Quilpie.

Coming to the Bash Checklist and App
The Coming to the Bash checklist covers all the essential info you need to help things run smoothly while you’re at the Bash: things to do before you leave home, things to remember in Birdsville and lots more.

Click the image to download the Coming to the Bash Checklist.

 

Make sure you also download the Big Red Bash App, available on Apple and Android. It will be available a couple of months before the Bash and will be updated regularly with important information and alerts. More than just information about concert times and activities, it also has an interactive GPS map to help you find your way around Bashville.

Big Red Bash Info Guide

In June you can download this year’s comprehensive Info Guide as a PDF. You can also pick up a printed copy when you collect your wristband at Ticketing in Birdsville.

Take a look at last year’s guide by clicking here.

Still have questions?

No worries!

You might find the answers on our Frequently Asked Questions page. To see the FAQs, click here.

Or in these documents, which you received when you booked:

We also recommend joining the Travelling to the Big Red Bash group on Facebook. You’ll find a lively and connected community and heaps of tips from seasoned Bashers. Click here to visit the page.

And of course you can contact us by clicking here.

SPONSORS

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

Presenting Partners

 

Major Sponsors

RedArc Unsealed 4x4 The Birdsville Hotel
MDC Cooper

 

Official Vehicle Sponsor

Volkswagen Commercial

 

Sponsors

RV Daily 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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