02 September 2022

Birdsville Races 2022

The annual Birdsville Races is an event that captures the unique and vibrant culture of Outback Australia. Fly with us on our private aircraft from Sydney to Birdsville, on a scenic flight across the country for an experience like no other.

Tour Highlights

The Birdsville Races

Join the locals at the Birdsville Hotel for a drink and then immerse yourself in the full Outback experience of the Birdsville Races.

Considered to be a bucket list item, the historic Birdsville Races displays the unique Outback culture of Australia. Experience the thrill of the Birdsville Cup race , the fashions on the field and the quintessential Outback Queensland atmosphere.


One of the most remote towns in Australia, this town in South Australia has a vibrant natural beauty and many great tales to tell. The towns name comes from the Yandruwandhana words 'Yini' and 'Mingka' meaning your watering hole.

The town sits on the Cooper Creek lined with river gum trees, with masses of native birds. The Callyamurra Waterhole, another famous landmark also surrounded by beautiful river gums, is home to ancient carvings and rich in history. Innamincka was also a pit stop for the legendary Burke and Wills on their journey through the Outback.

Visit the Mudgee Wine Region

Stop by Mudgee on our way back to Sydney for a gourmet 5 course meal with matching wines.

Mudgee is one of the most beautiful towns in NSW, with its unique architecture, natural beauty and culinary delights. The area is home to over 60 wineries and 35 cellar doors with the history of the wine region dating back to 1845 when the first vines were planted. Enjoy an indulgent afternoon with a paddock to plate experience at the acclaimed Zin House at Lowe wines. (Image source: Zin House)

Map and Itinerary

Starting point Sydney


Sydney to Bourke

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Bourke to Tibooburra

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Tibooburra to Birdsville

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Birdsville to Innamincka

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Innamincka to Mudgee

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Mudgee to Sydney

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Starting point Sydney

day 1

Sydney to Tibooburra via Bourke

We look forward to welcoming you at Bankstown Airport as we depart on this fun filled weekend adventure to the Outback on The Birdsville Races Tour. We board our private aircraft flying west to Bourke where we visit theBack ‘O Bourke exhibition centre
to discover the town’s indigenous history and learn about legendary Australians,
including Nancy Bird Walton, Charles Sturt, Major Mitchell and Fred Hollows. Enjoy an Outback pub lunch at the Port of Bourke Hotel.

Out next destination is the remote town of Tibooburra in Corner Country, surrounded by an arid landscape and remarkable granite rocky outcrops. You cannot miss the extraordinary Clifton Pugh mural in the bar of the popular watering hole of The Family Hotel. We are now 1,187km from Sydney.


Accommodation: The Granites Motel, Tibooburra

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day 2

Tibooburra to Birdsville & Innamincka

Take in infinite skies as we fly over The Strzelecki Desert to the historic town of Birdsville. Enjoy drinks on the verandah of the iconic pub before we head to the track. Revel in the excitement and fanfare on the dramatic desert landscape. Don’t miss your opportunity to pose on stage at Fashions on the Field

After an exciting day at the races we depart Birdsville on a sunset flight to Innamincka, a surprising oasis in South Australia’s rugged Outback. This small town is located along the Cooper Creek and is a gateway to the Strzelecki and Sturt Stony desert.

Accommodation: Innamincka Hotel

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day 3

Innamincka to Mudgee and Sydney

Our private plane takes us to the stunning wine region of Mudgee. Enjoy a new experience at the acclaimed Pipeclay Pumphouse at the Robert Stein Vineyard and Winery.
This paddock to plate experience uses locally sourced and home grown fresh produce, paired with Robert Stein’s famous wine selection.

After an action packed weekend, relax in the comfort of your private aircraft on the sunset flight home to Sydney.

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Price and Availability

Sep 2022
Trip Starts

2 Sep 2022

Trip Ends

4 Sep 2022

Price Per Person from

$5,350 pp

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Tour Inclusions


Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner included in tour cost.

For this tour, the meal highlights are:

– Traditional pub lunch at Port Of Bourke Hotel.

– Welcome Dinner at The Family Hotel in Tibooburra.

– Fantastic day and atmosphere at the Birdsville Races

– Dinner at the Innamincka Hotel

–  Paddock to plate experience at the acclaimed Zin House at Lowe wines.


The included excursions on this tour are:

– Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre

– Fly across the Strzelecki Desert at an altitude providing the best views, and fastest way of seeing the thousands of sand dunes.

– Birdsville Races Transport and race tickets

– Fly over the Mudgee Wine Region

– Sunset flight over the Blue Mountains to Sydney


Transportation: Our Cessna 208B Grand Caravan fits up to 14 passengers and allows for comfort and viewing vantage points for all of our guests. We are able to land at remote and private airfields which means that you are closer to the Outback action. Most of the places we visit are in very close proximity to the airport and ground transport from the airport to accommodation and excursion locations is included. Several destinations allow us to taxi virtually right to the Hotel. We try to make the most of your time whilst on tour by flying direct to our destinations and minimising ground transport time where possible, so you can enjoy the views and the serenity that the Outback offers.


Accommodation: Guests are accommodated in twin share rooms.

A limited number of single rooms are also available. All rooms have a private ensuite, unless stated otherwise.

Accommodation is the best available where we are staying.

Guests are responsible for drinks at each destination.

Throughout this Outback By Air Tour, guests will be accompanied by two experienced pilots.