Birdsville is at the northern end of the Birdsville track and close to the Simpson Desert National Park. Birdsville dates from 1882 and famous for its annual race meeting, which occurs in September. The other route from Marree is north-west along the course of the old railway line to Oodnadatta and Alice Springs. This is the Oodnadatta Track.
The Birdsville Track is 513 kilometres long. The main route used to lie through Goyder Lagoon, with a wet weather track to the east for use when the main route was flooded. In 1974, however, the Lagoon filled to such a level that the main track remained impassable for most of the following three years and it was decided to make the eastern route the main track and use the short-cut through Goyder Lagoon as an occasional track. Along the track you will see the famous Dog Fence, 5,300 kilometres long, built to keep the dingoes out of the sheep grazing area.
Simpson Desert National Park
A huge outback National park and popular with 4WD tours. A desert region but vegetation is able to grow and kangaroos and dingoes do survive the harsh conditions. 80 km west of Birdsville.
Bringing some of the local history alive. Wad die Drive