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Transport Options

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 Bash.

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), 1,200 km from Adelaide (allow 1.5 days drive), and 2,100km from Melbourne (allow 3 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!

To plan your car journey, see our Big Red Bash travel guides.

4WD 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. Travel Packages

For those who don't fancy the long drive themselves, there will be a range of travel packages available.

To check out the Big Red Bash Rock n' Roll Road trip click here or for third party tour operators and tag along tours click here.



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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