High demand for limited OBE Pavilion VIP Marquee tickets


Today The Birdsville Race Club has released all tickets to the 142nd edition of the iconic Birdsville Races, including tickets for the OBE Pavilion and a new Royal Flying Doctors Service gala event.

“We had a strong response to the early bird General Admittance tickets going on-sale.  And today in the first hour of OBE Pavilion tickets being on sale we have sold out Saturday in the Pavilion, and Friday tickets are selling fast. It’s such a unique way to experience the races – sitting trackside and enjoying a beautiful menu designed around OBE Organic Beef that would be at home in a fine dining restaurant.  And this year we will also have an RFDS fundraising gala at the track for the first time.  Full details on this will be shared in the coming weeks,” said Gary Brook, Vice President of the Birdsville Race Club.

Known as the Melbourne Cup of the Outback the 2024 Birdsville Races will run on September 6 and 7 with all tickets now available via

“We’re hoping for another big year.  Last year we had ideal conditions for the races, with sunshine and a great race-ready track.  And it seems to have helped drive demand for this year,” added Gary Brook.


Event organisers have promised another exhilarating year of punting, celebration and top-notch racing competition at the ‘Melbourne Cup of the Outback.’

All tickets sold to the event include bus transport to and from the Birdsville Races and Birdsville township as well as membership of the Birdsville Races Roadies.

2023 TAB Birdsville Cup winner the Phillip Stokes trained and Brook family owned Neodium will make the trip up the Birdsville Track to Outback Queensland to defend his title in 2024 – the Brook family have a long history with the races and Birdsville and are hoping for back to back wins.

Neodium’s preparations for the 2024 Birdsville Cup will step up a notch in the coming weeks as he transfers from spelling and pre-training in the Adelaide Hills to the Stokes’ Adelaide stables to start his Birdsville campaign.

“2023 was the first time in 23 years that we’d taken out the Birdsville Cup – to do it back-to-back would be incredible,” said Gary Brook.

Staged in the spectacular Simpson Desert of Outback Queensland, the Birdsville Races have a rich history of dirt track racing, fashions on the field and colourful characters spanning 142 years.

“We have our OBE Pavilion once again providing our equivalent to the Melbourne Cup’s Birdcage across both days of racing, and we’re  also excited to add a new event to the 2024 program with a special Royal Flying Doctors Service Gala event.  The new RFDS Gala will be staged on Thursday 5th September under the stars out at the Birdsville racetrack. It’s been a few years in the making and will add another unique experience to the races this year – full details on all we’re planning are coming soon,” said Ginnie Hope-Johnstone, Event Manager, Birdsville Race Club.

The bucket list Birdsville Races are the most remote thoroughbred horse races in the world, with the dusty Simpson Desert racetrack providing the backdrop for one of the most unique sporting events in the world.

Ranked in the top 10 of Australia’s iconic horse racing tracks, the Birdsville racetrack is the only dirt racetrack to be included amongst the green turf of other renowned thoroughbred racing destinations such as Flemington, Rosehill and Royal Randwick. *

The journey to the Birdsville Races through Outback Queensland is an integral part of the experience for grey nomads, intrepid families and young adventurers alike.

Membership to the Birdsville Races Roadies is included in all racing tickets, including those who purchase early bird tickets this month.

Thousands of racegoers from around Australia actively participate in the Birdsville Races Roadies making memories and friendships to last a lifetime on their pilgrimage to the races.

2024 will see even more rewards, benefits and ways to connect with other travelers included as part of the free Birdsville Races Roadie’s membership.  These benefits will include creating an on-line team profile to connect with other travelers, rally style car door stickers to display your “team name” with pride , access to Roadies merchandise and the ‘Aussie Travel Code’ resources for safe and sustainable travel, a Roadies  member card to redeem discounts and enter free competitions as well as being able to access travel routes from QLD, NSW, VIC and SA designed to showcase the best of Outback Queensland – from artesian hot springs to Australia’s biggest dinosaur, bilby’s, Opal fossicking and more. 

The adventure continues when Roadies arrive in Birdsville, with outback entertainment at the historic Birdsville Hotel, Fred Brophy’s famous travelling boxing troupe, camel pies at the Birdsville Bakery, sunset drinks at Big Red, paddle boarding on the Billabong and a round of golf on the Birdsville Dunes Golf Course where the red sand bunkers are nearly as challenging as the ball stealing crows.

Everyone purchasing Birdsville Races tickets before 30 June, 2024 will automatically be mailed Roadies rally-style car sticker packs.  Alternatively, for those hitting the road beforehand – or purchasing tickets from 1 July car stickers can be collected in Birdsville.

The Birdsville Races generate millions of dollars in tourism spending for Outback Queensland, as well as being a much-needed social event for remote property holders and communities. The event also supports the important outback medical work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The Birdsville Races is a two-day meet with the combined prize money for the 13-race carnival topping more than $300,000 as well as bonuses up for grabs across the two days of racing.  The Birdsville Cup prize money is $50,000.

The total prize pool for the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival, which includes the Birdsville Races as well as the Betoota and Bedourie Races, exceeds $450,000 – making it the richest two weeks of racing in Outback Queensland.

Volunteering opportunities also exist at the 2024 Birdsville Races – giving an insiders perspective on the event.

Volunteers receive complimentary general admission entry tickets and exclusive Birdsville Race Club merchandise. Interest in volunteering can be made during the ticket purchase process or via the website.

What:                  2024 Birdsville Races

Where:               Birdsville, Queensland

When:                 Friday 6th and Saturday 7th September 2024

Cost:                   Prices for two-day GA tickets are $99.90 plus booking fee

OBE Pavilion trackside VIP marquee packages are $310pp + booking for Friday September 6 and $360 pp + Booking fee for Saturday September 7 (tickets for Saturday are already sold out – Friday tickets are still available)

$60 pre-ordered picnic boxes are also available to purchase and will be released in the coming months.

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