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Outback Road Conditions

Getting to Birdsville is all part of the journey! It's wise to keep up to date with outback road conditions in the lead up to the Big Red Bash. Plan your route, and have a few alternate routes up your sleeve in case your preferred route doesn't work out. Outback roads can often be closed after local rain, however they will usually re-open reasonable quickly as well. Evaluate all options, and work out extra travel times, and if you can, leave a few days spare in case you need to make detours.

Use this summary site to check relevant councils on your route. This site is maintained by our good friend Dave Phoenix, Burke and Wills historian, who joined us on the Burke and Wills Trek in 2014:

Safe Driving Guidelines

Our driving guidelines have been developed in association with Police, road safety authorities, local council and outback experts:

1. Plan your driving to be off the roads by sunset - it's not worth pressing on due to the risk of hitting roos or black cows wandering onto the road.
2. Take scheduled breaks every couple of hours - enjoy the local towns and hospitality to break your journey.
3. Don't overtake in dusty conditions - you can't see what's ahead. If you come up behind a slower vehicle hang back out of the dust, be patient or stop and take an early break and have a roadside cuppa.
4. If you come across a truck going the other way that's raising dust, slow down, get off the road, stop and wait till he's gone past.
5. Outback roads can be poorly cambered with a loose surface - even the straight sections have caused experienced drivers to come unstuck. Drive slower than normal - enjoy the outback scenery.

  • For some great info on towing in the outback head here for some more reading.
  • For more info on the tyre pressures our crew use, you can find more info here.
  • Read more info about prepping your vehicle for your outback trip here.
  • Driving a truck, big rig or towing to the Bash? Read some great tips for getting your vehicle ready here.

We look forward to seeing you all arrive safely at the Bash.

A first hand look at outback roads and the dangers of dust


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

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Major Sponsors

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Official Vehicle Sponsor

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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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