One of many grey nomads’ Big Lap bucket list events – the Birdsville Races – has taken place for the first time since 2019 … and the punters absolutely loved it.
The return of iconic events like this is a real sign that the Outback travelling lifestyle is returning to something like normal, as we learn to live with Covid.
An estimated 3,000 visitors flocked to the town for the races and, although significantly lower than in previous years, there was huge relief it happened at all.
Publican Ben Fullagar said that the town welcomed the influx of tourism after two years of restricted interstate travel.
“Last year, we only had two states that could access Birdsville, so it’s really rewarding after those difficult times to see everyone rolling into town,” he said. “This is a homegrown event run by people within Birdsville. It’s an iconic thing that’s part of the DNA of the town.”
“It’s certainly not our biggest crowd, but after 950 days between races, it’s a good turnout,” he said.
This year will be the first time in the event’s 140-year history, that the races will be held twice in one year — in April and September.
“The races are worth millions of dollars and really give Birdsville the exposure that will bring people back to Outback Queensland in the future,” Mr Brook said. “It is so great to be supported so well by the thousands who travelled to join us at this special edition of the Birdsville Races.”