Last updated Monday 9th July 2018.
Please see below for all the latest information from the Birdsville Hotel for patrons who’ll be travelling to the 2018 Big Red Bash.
You’ll find the most up to date communications on the Birdsville Hotel Facebook page, and we recommend you message us there or contact us via email if you have any questions not answered on this page.[toc]
Meal Service During the 2018 Big Red Bash
Daily menus will be posted to our Facebook page.
Breakfast | Not Available Mon 9th-Mon 16th July
From Monday 9th to Monday 16th July, breakfast will be catered for in-house guests only. Normal service will resume from Tuesday 17th July.
Lunch | Available Daily, 11:30pm – 2:30pm
We are not taking bookings for lunch. All your pub favourites will available during this time! To ensure you secure a table, and a meal, please plan to arrive early. We provide meals on a first-in, first served basis throughout the Big Red Bash.
Dinner | Available Daily | Two Sittings
Sitting #1 between 5:30pm – 7:30pm | Sitting #2 between 8:00pm – 9:30pm
We are not taking bookings for dinner. Due the large number of crowds that come through the Hotel during this time, we have made some changes to our dinner service.
We have capped the dinner numbers to 400 each night to ensure the best quality meals in a reasonable amount of time.
Two Dinner Sittings are available. The first one is 5:30pm – 7:30pm. The second is 8:00pm – 9:30pm.
On the day you would like to join us for dinner, you will need to purchase a meal ticket from the Hotel Reception or Hotel Bar. Meal tickets will not be sold in advance. Each session is capped to 200 meals.
Adult Ticket: $30.50 | Children Ticket: $15.00 (13 Years Old and Younger)
See all the menus available during the event: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BirdsvilleHotel/events
And of course, our bar will be open!
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I pay at the Hotel?
We have two ATMs at the Hotel and very reliable EFTPOS facilities. We appreciate if visitors try to use PayPass when possible. In peak periods, this helps us keep service nice and fast so you can get back to the fun.
During Races week we only accept drink tickets. Drink tickets start Wednesday 10am and are valid until close of business Monday 9th. They can be used at the Hotel, track and hall.
Tickets are non-refundable, but can be cashed in for takeaway on Sunday 8th & Monday 9th September.
Where do I find event information for the Big Red Bash?
What are the current road conditions?
For the absolute latest road conditions visit www.thediamantina.com.au/road-conditions.
Are there sufficient quantities of aviation fuel available?
Yes. The Birdsville Hotel does operate the aviation refuel facility and we have ample stock of both Jet A1 and Avgas.
Will you be selling Hotel souvenirs?
Yes we sure are! A range of souvenirs is available for purchase in the Hotel reception.
Can we bring our children into the Hotel?
Yes. Minors under the age of 18 are permitted in the hotel, provided they’re supervised by a responsible guardian at all times and leave the property by 10:00pm.
Can I buy cigarettes?
Yes we do have a small variety of cigarettes and tobacco pouches on offer over the bar.
Do you sell espresso coffee?
Absolutely! Coffee is available to purchase in the Lizard Bar from 7:00am.
Can I buy ice at the hotel?
Yes we will be selling ice but we have only a limited supply. The fuel stations will also be stocking ice.
Can I bring my dog, cat or canary to the Hotel?
We love our pets as much as you do, but they’re not permitted within the grounds of the Birdsville Hotel.
Is there any accommodation available at the Hotel during the Big Red Bash?
We are fully booked during the entire week of Big Red Bash. If you’re planning an extended stay either side of the event, please contact us to check availability.
What are your trading hours?
Reception is open from 7:00am. Our bars are open from 10:00am until latest close of 12:00am. We may close earlier, if required, at management discretion.
Can we buy takeaway alcohol?
Yes, we are licensed to sell takeaways from 9:00am until midnight.
Can we reserve a table for lunch or dinner?
Due to the huge numbers of visitors that come into town during the event, lunch will be served on a “first-in, first-served” basis. All your pub lunch favourites will be available daily, 11:30am – 2:30pm. Thanks for your understanding!
Dinner meals will be available during two sessions during the event and served in the beer garden. To ensure the best meals in a reasonable amount of time, we have capped the meal numbers to 500 per night – 250 per dinner meal sessions. Meal tickets can be purchased from the Lizard Bar at the Hotel on the day you would like to dine with us.
First meal session: 5:00pm – 7:00pm | Second meal session: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Adult Ticket: $25.00 | Children Ticket: $15.00 (13 Years Old and Younger)
See the night dinner themes: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BirdsvilleHotel/events/
Where can I get breakfast if I’m not staying at the hotel?
During this busy time, we offer breakfast to our in house guests only. Breakfast is available each day at the Birdsville Bakery . Be sure to also check out the mobile food vendors that come into town for the Big Red Bash!
Will you be doing meals during the Big Red Bash period?
Please see information at the top of this page for the latest meal service information.
See all our menu options: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BirdsvilleHotel/events/
Does the Hotel have entertainment in the lead up to the Bash?
Yes, we have Jeremy Turner playing live at the Birdsville Hotel in the lead up to the event.
See all our upcoming events: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BirdsvilleHotel/events/
Live Entertainment at the Hotel
We’ll be hosting several events around the 2018 Big Red Bash.
Brooke Supple & Isaac Collins Kennedy
Live at The Birdsville Hotel: Friday, 6 July + Saturday, 7 July + Sunday, 8 July from 8pm til’ late
Australian born musician Brooke Supple has been hailed as a true entertainer performing over 250+ shows per year across Europe, America, the Maldives and Australasia. Having written, recorded and co-producing commercially released number one tracks and self-penned Ep’s, she has also been a vocalist and guitarist for international acts such as Sinead O’Connor, The Corrs, Ellie Goulding and David Gray plus supports for Australian artists Jimmy Barnes and Killing Heidi. Brooke’s performances on television, radio and prestigious international venues/festivals include The Oprah Winfrey Show, BBC’s Later with Jools Holland, The Royal Opera House Sydney, Glastonbury Festival, Royal Ascot UK, Wimbledon Championships, Terry Wogan on Radio 2 UK, The Late Late Show Ireland, Australia’s Channel Nine’s TODAY Show and the International Indy Grand Prix on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Isaac Collins Kennedy
Isaac Collins Kennedy is a guitarist/singer/songwriter and music teacher from Brisbane. He has a Bachelor of Creative Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education. Isaac appreciates a wide variety of musical genres including country, rock, pop, blues and contemporary. He has a passion for music and has had extensive experience in the industry. Isaac is comfortable on any stage and is a professional session and touring musician. In 2008, he won QLD Champion of Champions Overall Winner and then went on to graduate from the Academy of Country Music Tamworth in 2010. These days, he enjoys working on original music and gigs on a regular basis playing locally in Brisbane, travelling interstate, and cruising international waters.