Birdsville Track, South Australia. / Stretching 520km (323miles) from Marree in South Australia to Birdsville in Queensland, one of the best known and loneliest roads in Australia. / You need to travel well prepared for all sorts of contingencies!. / As always when travelling in the Outback you should advise someone of details of your trip and a rough time of expected arrival.
or a town with seventy residents (on a good day), Birdsville is remarkably well known – the Birdsville Track, the rodeo, the pub, the infamous races. With its ruggedness, inaccessibility and larrikin charm, this small town on the edge of the Simpson Desert has become a symbol of the great Australian outback. What is it about Birdsville that has made it stand so large in our legends? And what's it like to live there amongst the floods and the heat and the dust storms?