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Like all good outback towns, Bashville will be home to some races in 2021. However these races will be a little bit different to the iconic Birdsville Races. They won’t be horse races, they will be Drag races! What we mean by that is that they will be short fun running races through the campsite, (approximately 500m with a steep incline - basic level fitness required!) but to be eligible to enter you will be required to be dressed in a “Pricilla – Queen of the Desert” theme. There will be some special prizes on offer for the winners. We won’t be having male and female categories, as these could be a bit difficult to determine! If "Drag” racing is not your thing, then perhaps you should consider entering “Fashions in the Desert”. Again some great prizes will be on offer for those whose Pricilla themed outfits are exceptional. 

Both the Bashville Drags and Fashions in the Desert are charity events and a fun way for people to support the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) that provide vital services to remote areas such as this. 

 So "drag” out your best Pricilla outfit, and be part of the fun and frivolity.


  • Date and time to be announced.


  • Registration takes place at the Merchandise Marquee from 8.30am on the day of the event
  • Drag race starts at the top of Big Red dune
  • Drag race finishes at the Amarok V6 Stage in the REDARC Plaza
  • Fashions in the Desert is held at the Amarok V6 Stage in the REDARC Plaza directly after the drag race finishes.


  • $25 for online registration (available until Monday 5th July 2021)
  • $30 for on the day entries
  • Your entry fee covers participation in BOTH the Drag Race and Fashions in the Desert (of you can choose to participate in just 1 of these events if you wish)
  • All proceeds go to RFDS.


The RFDS Bashville Drags and Fashions in the Desert is organised and managed by Big Run Events as a fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is the beneficiary of all funds raised, and has provided Big Run Events the authority to raise funds for them.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service has no involvement in, or responsibility for the management and operations of the event.




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

Presenting Partners

Major Sponsors

RedArc Unsealed 4x4 The Birdsville Hotel

Official Vehicle Sponsor

Volkswagen Commercial


RV Daily Regional Express

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

Birdsville Big Red Bash event extensions are funded under the Year of Outback Tourism Events Program during the Year of Outback Tourism 2019.


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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