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GO YOUR OWN WAY…

It’s the journey itself that is the true essence of what being a Roadie is all about! This is where you will create your memories, make lifelong friends, experience the amazing vastness of the great Australian outback – and you do it all at your own pace with other like-minded Roadies.

Your official Roadies Route for each state (QLD, NSW, VIC, and SA) is detailed below with recommended camping at overnight stops, key contacts and recommended activities to enjoy en route with your fellow Roadies.

The towns and dates proposed are suggested only. Roadies can connect with each other, go off road set your own itinerary with likeminded Roadies as this isn’t a guided tour.

Over the coming months we will continue to release Roadies benefits and suggested leisure and hospitality options for Roadies to share together.

…WITH EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO ROADIES RESOURCES

camping & accommodation options

Preferential access to overnight stay.

Hospitality options

For selected Roadie pubs and hopitality outlets en route.

Route & sightseeing options

Route suggestions to ensure you see some of the best bits of the great Ausatralian outback

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Birdsville Races Roadies Journey Map

QLD Route

Brisbane to Birdsville

Queenslanders are notoriously passionate about their state and love nothing better than travelling intrastate supporting their fellow Queenslander, often with a ice cold beer in hand. They also know how to have a great time.

The Roadies route from Brisbane tracks south west, a short 110Km drive to the picturesque town of Moogerah, camping right on Lake Moogerah in the shadows of the mountains. Your batteries will then be fully charged for the epic journey which will take in the historic county town of Goondiwindi on the Macintyre River. Roadies will then travel directly west to the outback town of Cunnamulla on the Warrego River where you will meet up with Roadies converging from NSW and VIC. Your convey will then continue north west towards the heart of the channel country to the character outback town of Windorah where you will enjoy a great evening at the famous annual “International Yabby Races” at the Windorah Hotel. The next day you will make the final part of the trek to Birdsville to experience the magic of the races and the many attractions the town and surroundings have to offer.

City / Town

KM

Camping & Notes
Brisbane – Moogerah

110

Lake Moogerah Caravan Park – sites, no Cabins
Moogerah – Goondiwindi

270

Goondiwindi Holiday Park
Goondiwindi – Cunnamulla

495

Warrego Riverside Tourist Park – Cunnamulla

Meet VIC & NSW route at Cunnamulla overnight

Cunnamulla – Windorah

540

Annual “International” Yabby Races at Windorah Hotel on the Thursday 1st Sep

Windorah Camping

Windorah – Birdsville

379

Birdsville Town Common Campgrounds

Birdsville Caravan Park

Birdsville Hotel

* The towns and dates proposed are suggested only. Roadies can connect with each other, go off road, set your own itinerary with like-minded Roadies as this isn’t a guided tour.

Be sure to check out:

  • Lake Moogerah Camping is situated right on the shores of Lake Moogerah and is surrounded by the Scenic Rim’s spectacular scenery. You’ll enjoy the wide-open spaces, an abundance of wildlife, and everywhere you turn you’ll see mountains.
  • The great Macintyre River at Goondiwindi, which creates a scenic backdrop to the many historic heritage buildings at this friendly and prosperous country town.
  • Sandboarding at Cunnamulla!? No way! That’s right, you will find sand dunes 850kms from the beach in Cunnamulla. The climb to the top of the town’s natural sand dunes may be tough but the thrilling rush sliding down will make you want to go again, again and again.
  • Visit the striking Cunnamulla Fella statue in town before watching the sunset over the Warrego River from your campsite.
  • When in Windorah, you’re also in channel country, where waterways are braided through the arid towns of the west. Spend some time exploring Cooper’s Creek, formed by the meeting of Longreach’s Thomson River and Tambo‘s Barcoo River. The 12km drive to the creek is its own adventure, with over 45 plant species identified and described on interpretive signage. Once on the banks of the creek, feel free to cast a line to hook yellowbelly
  • Step back in time at Windorah Whitula Gate Museum, where an old slab hut built in 1906 stands tall as the museum’s centrepiece. With an 1800’s homestead and station equipment, take a peek into outback life in the pioneering days.
Key Contacts

Lake Moogerah Caravan Park , 07 5540 5600, https://www.moogerahcamping.com.au/

Goondiwindi Holiday Park, 07 4671 2900, https://www.goondiwindiholidaypark.com.au

Warrego Riverside Toursit Park – Cunnamulla, Ph: 07 4655 0097, http://www.warregoriversidetouristpark.com.au

Windorah Hotel Ph: 0429 277 345

NSW Route

Sydney to Birdsville

September – when state rivalries are cast aside and New South Welshmen (and women) venture north over the border in their droves to experience a road trip of a life-time!

Departing the beautiful harbour city, Roadies will journey North West to Coonamble situated on the picturesque Castlereagh River. Day 2 Roadies will venture further North West crossing the border en route to the outback town of Cunnamulla on the Warrego River where you will also meet up with Roadies converging from Brisbane/ QLD & Victoria. Your convey will then continue towards the heart of the channel country to the character outback town of Windorah where you can enjoy the evening at the famous annual “International Yabby Races” at the Windorah Hotel. The next day you will make the final part of the trek to Birdsville to experience the magic of the races and the many attractions the town and surroundings have to offer.

City / Town

KM

Camping & Notes
Sydney – Coonamble

530

Coonamble Riverside Holiday Park
Coonamble – Cunnamulla

546

Cross paths with VIC route from Bourke on this day, meet overnight at Cunnamulla

Warrego Riverside Tourist Park – Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla – Windorah

540

Annual “International” Yabby Races at Windorah Hotel on Thursday 1st Sept

Windorah Caravan Park

Windorah – Birdsville

379

Roadies campground provided at Birdsville

* The towns and dates proposed are suggested only. Roadies can connect with each other, go off road, set your own itinerary with like-minded Roadies as this isn’t a guided tour.

Be sure to check out:

  • Coonamble is surrounded by the Macquarie Marshes, the Warrumbungle National Park, and the Pilliga State Forest there are limitless opportunities for exploring the region’s natural wonders!.
  • Sandboarding at Cunnamulla!? No way! You will find sand dunes 850kms from the beach in Cunnamulla. The climb to the top of the town’s natural sand dunes may be tough but the thrilling rush sliding down will make you want to go again, again and again.
  • Visit the striking Cunnamulla Fella statue in town before watching the sunset over the Warrego River from your campsite.
  • When in Windorah, you’re also in channel country, where waterways are braided through the arid towns of the west. Spend the day exploring Cooper’s Creek, formed by the meeting of Longreach’s Thomson River and Tambo‘s Barcoo River.The 12km drive to the creek is its own adventure, with over 45 plant species identified and described on interpretive signage. Once on the banks of the creek, feel free to cast a line to hook yellowbelly.
  • Step back in time at Windorah Whitula Gate Musuem, where an old slab hut built in 1906 stands tall as the museum’s centrepiece. With an 1800’s homestead and station equipment, take a peek into outback life in the pioneering days.
Key Contacts

Coonamble Riverside Holiday Park, Ph: 02 6822 1926 https://www.coonambleholidaypark.com.au/

Warrego Riverside Tourist Park – Cunnamulla, Ph:  07 4655 0097, http://www.warregoriversidetouristpark.com.au

Windorah Caravan Park, Ph: 07 4656 3063

VIC Route

Melbourne to Birdsville

Victoria’s winter is unforgiving, and the Vics love chasing the sun after the long cold season! Their own spring carnival is something special, but nothing matches this journey and original outback racing in the nation’s heart where the dust never settles!

The Roadies route departs Melbourne with an epic journey north crossing the NSW border, destination Hillston on the picturesque Lachlan River. Roadies will then venture north via the historic outback town of Bourke before crossing the QLD border en route to the outback town of Cunnamulla on the Warrego River where you will also meet up with Roadies converging from Brisbane/QLD and NSW for the evening. The convoy will then continue north west towards the heart of the channel country to the character outback town of Windorah where you can enjoy the evening at the famous annual “International Yabby Races” at the Windorah Hotel. The next day you will make the final part of the trek to Birdsville to experience the magic of the races and the many attractions the town and surroundings have to offer.

City / Town

KM

Camping & Notes
Melbourne – Hillston

570

Hillston on the Lachlan River
Hillston – Cunnamulla

670

Cross paths with NSW route on this day, meet overnight at Cunnamulla
Warrego Riverside Tourist Park
Cunnamulla – Windorah

540

Annual International Yabby Races at Windorah Hotel
On Thursday 1st September
Windorah – Birdsville

379

Roadies campground provided at Birdsville

* The towns and dates proposed are suggested only. Roadies can connect with each other, go off road, set your own itinerary with like-minded Roadies as this isn’t a guided tour.

Be sure to check out:

  • Hillston’s Museum and heritage walk, then take in the magnificent Willandra National Park
  • Discover the incredible history of the region at the Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre and take a cruise on the mighty Darling River.
  • Sandboarding at Cunnamulla!? No way! You will find sand dunes 850kms from the beach in Cunnamulla. The climb to the top of the town’s natural sand dunes may be tough but the thrilling rush sliding down will make you want to go again, again and again.
  • Visit the striking Cunnamulla Fella statue in town before watching the sunset over the Warrego River from your campsite.
  • When in Windorah, you’re also in channel country, where waterways are braided through the arid towns of the west. Spend the day exploring Cooper’s Creek, formed by the meeting of Longreach’s Thomson River and Tambo‘s Barcoo River. The 12km drive to the creek is its own adventure, with over 45 plant species identified and described on interpretive signage. Once on the banks of the creek, feel free to cast a line to hook yellowbelly.
  • Step back in time at Windorah Whitula Gate Museum, where an old slab hut built in 1906 stands tall as the museum’s With an 1800’s homestead and station equipment, take a peek into outback life in the pioneering days.
Key Contacts

Hillston Caravan Park, Ph (02) 6967 257

Warrego Riverside Toursit Park – Cunnamulla, Ph:  07 4655 0097, http://www.warregoriversidetouristpark.com.au

Windorah Caravan Park, Ph: 07 4656 3063

SA Route

Adelaide to Birdsville

Living in the driest state in the driest continent, South Aussies are fond of the challenge and adventure of northern outback travel. The Birdsville and Strzelecki Tracks are legendary aspirational treks for South Aussies and all Australians!

Roadies depart Adelaide starting the journey north to the edge of the Barossa, overnighting at the Murray Recreation & Caravan Park at Eden Valley where you will charge the batteries for the epic Journey to Birdsville!

The next morning Roadies will head directly north up HWY 1 to Parachilna in the shadows of the spectacular Flinders Ranges, en route to Parachilna. After exploring the southern flinders and filling up on the “Feral Mixed Grill’ at the famous Parachilna Prairie Hotel, Roadies will continue their journey north past the Northern Flinders and famous mining towns of Copley & Leigh Creek, then commencing the journey up the epic 475Km Stzelecki Track before arriving at another famous outback pub, the Innamincka Hotel on the mighty Cooper Creek. After refreshing yourself with a hearty pub meal and visiting the Buke & Wells Dig Tree, Roadies will continue their journey north past the famous Cordillo Downs Station and majestic Wool Shed before reaching the Birdsville Developmental Rd and taking a left turn for the final part of the journey into Birdsville to experience the magic of the races and the many attractions the town and surrounds have to offer.

City / Town

KM

Camping & Notes
Adelaide – Eden Valley

85

Murray Recreation & Caravan Park – Eden Valley
Eden Valley – Parachilna

450

Parachilna Hotel & Campgrounds
Parachilna – Innamincka

595

Innamincka Hotel & Campgrounds
Innamincka – Birdsville

450

Birdsville Town Common Campgrounds

* The towns and dates proposed are suggested only. Roadies can connect with each other, go off road set, your own itinerary with like-minded Roadies as this isn’t a guided tour.

Be sure to check out:

  • Explore the magnificent southern Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound, Brachina Gorge, The Heysen Trail, St Mary’s Peak, historic Blinman mining town.
  • Try the famous “FMG – Feral Mixed Grill” at Parachilna’s Prairie Hotel, listed as one of the top 100 gourmet experiences in Australia.
  • The 475Km epic Stzelecki Track passing through the Stzelecki Desert.
  • Innamincka Hotel – the Oasis in the Outback! While there explore the Cooper Creek, Coongie Lakes & Cullyamurra Waterhole.
  • The Heritage listed Buke & Wells Dig Tree near Innamincka is truly an historic experience. In 1898 John Dick carved Burke’s face into another tree (the Face Tree) about 30 metres downstream of the Dig Tree. The site is as Burke and Wills and companions would have viewed it nearly 140 years ago.
  • Cordillo Station Woolshed – Built in 1863 At 60 metres long, 13 metres wide it’s the biggest of its kind in the and once housed 120 stands to shear up to 85,000 sheep.
  • Take the 4WD Challenge over “Big Red” near Birdsville.
Key Contacts

Murray Recreation & Caravan Park, Ph: 08 8568 1934, https://www.murraycaravanpark.com.au/ 

Prairie Hotel, PH: 1800 331 473, http://www.prairiehotel.com.au

Innamincka Hotel, (08) 8675 9901, https://innaminckahotel.com.au/

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