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2019 Birdsville Races Air Package from Brisbane

4-Day Birdsville Races Air Package

Birdsville Races – nothing beats being in Birdsville for the first weekend in September! Join us and fly to the races “In Style” on Thursday 5 September and return on Sunday 8 September 2019. A unique and true outback race meeting! The first race meeting was held in September 1882 as an event for hack and stock horses with a few local spectators but and was largely attended by nearly 150 station owners, managers, stockmen and other employees. The carnival now includes a 13-race program and boasts prize money of $200,000. The Birdsville Cup is a much sought after trophy and is famous throughout the world. Situated three kilometres to the south east of the town the track itself is on a clay pan alongside the sand dunes. The track is 2000m in circumference with the longest race, 1600m Birdsville Cup starting in the back straight. All starts are on the course proper with the exception of the 1000m, which starts from a chute. Birdsville is one of four tracks in Queensland that run anti-clockwise! Crowds of over 6000 racegoers celebrate the carnival each year enjoying two days of quality outback racing and three great nights of live entertainment. Other entertainment includes the RFDS Cocktail Party, RFDS Fun Run, Fashions on the Field, Fred Brophy's Boxing Troupe and a variety of food vendors. Great entertainment, class horseracing and premium hospitality makes for a fantastic event in the heart of Australia's outback. Today it is among one of the best events on offer in Outback Queensland, winning many awards over the years. Join us in 2019 and tick this great outback event off your bucket list! Photography from the Birdsville Races courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland/Reichlyn Aguilar, Cathy Finch & Debbie Reid http://birdsvilleraces.com

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2-Day Lake Eyre Tour Package from Brisbane

Lake Eyre 2-Day Scenic Flight

[video width="640" height="360" mp4="http://www.travelwest.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/07-clip-mexy-mexmp4low.mp4"][/video] Join Graham from Brisbane Airport in a high-winged chartered aircraft, two seats either side of single aisle and toilet equipped. He will share his knowledge on the river systems, deserts, & properties along the way. This package includes lunch at the iconic Birdsville Hotel and overnight accommodation in Port Augusta. Flights have not been offered for a few years as there as not been the water in the western river systems & Lake Eyre to show people an amazing spectacle. Below are just a couple of comments from flights we did back then: This is what Leonie said after joining our flight back in 2010 - "In October 2010 we did the Lake Eyre Tour. The experience of seeing the vast channel country in flood and how it all channels out into this area is a story within itself. To capture this it is absolutely amazing & a must do. Not very often we get to experience this & being from the bush ourselves, we loved the very organised trip with great commentary, and amazing views from the air". And another from Lyn:  ‘Our Lake Eyre Tour with Graham and Deb was amazing! We joined the tour in Charleville and were given a very informative trip over the West, emphasising in the history and culture of each identified spot. Enjoyed a Stop at the Iconic Birdsville Hotel, then onto an eye opening and very full Lake Eyre. We were well catered for during the flight and a generally relaxed atmosphere made for an enjoyable trip. By far the best Tour Operators I have travelled with.’ Lyn Capewell, This is a fantastic 2-day package and a great taste of the Outback – you’ll love it! Departing Brisbane on your journey to see Lake Eyre, one of Australia’s true natural wonders with a basin area encompassing three states, covering approximately 1.2 million square kilometres. Can you imagine a great lake, right in Australia's centre, which is around the size of Italy, France and Germany combined! Graham's commentary will have you enthralled about the vastness of not only the lake but of the river systems and properties in outback Australia. The historically dry Lake Eyre transforms into a water life oasis, so join us to witness life returning to Australia's desert. Graham says, "It's not just about the water in Lake Eyre, it's the journey of the water to get there". This amazing flight, offers a unique experience to view this water mass and natural wonder from the air, including the Cooper Creek Channel Country and Lake Yamma Yamma, the largest lake in Queensland. Once you've experienced seeing Lake Eyre, take a look through Jenny Greentree's eyes http://backobourkegallery.com.au Lake Eyre in a day

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