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Birdsville Bash & Outback Loop Adventure

July 1 - July 15

$3750

Another awesome adventure in our “Escape The Virus” road trip adventures

Incorporating three iconic outback tracks – Birdsville, Strzelecki, and Oodnadatta

Our signature event is the Birdsville Bash, the world’s most remote major music festival. Situated at the Big Red Dune, 35km west of Birdsville, QLD on the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert. This is one of the biggest and best Aussie rock concerts that happens every year at Big Red, on the outskirts of Birdsville under the open skies of the Simpson Desert. Bring the family (even the dog), pitch a tent and take in the atmosphere of this three-night concert featuring the cream of Australian Rock, and plenty of daytime activities, events, and entertainment.

The Outback Loop® is a vast region in the far north east of South Australia and south-west Queensland, where travellers can experience the astonishing and contrasting beauty of Australia’s desert zone. Stretching from Parachilna in the south to Birdsville in the north, and Mt Dare in the west to Innamincka in the east, the area includes a diverse range of environments including sandy and stony deserts, floodplains, mountain ranges, and wetlands.

Incorporating three iconic outback tracks, Birdsville, Strzelecki, and Oodnadatta, The Outback Loop invites travellers to explore this unique region, including the towns, characters, history, stories, and the extraordinary attractions that combine to create a part of Australia few others have experienced. Following the traditional Aboriginal trading route, there are several springs fed by water from the Great Artesian Basin. A highlight is Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park near Coward Springs, also known as “The Bubbler”.

Includes:

  • 2 x tickets to the Big Red Bash
  • Breakfast and dinner x 14 days
  • Luxury accommodation at Arakoola Observatory
  • Travel the Outback loop and Three Corners
  • The ultimate pub crawl and coldest beers on the planet
  • Unique travel routes called “Overlanding”

Key information

Tour Dates: Friday 01 July 2022 – Friday 15th July 2022

Big Bash Dates: 6th – 7th – 8th July 2022

Two Adults: $3990 per vehicle

Family: $4450 per vehicle (2 adults + 2 kids 12-17yr)

Additional persons: $1499 (inc tickets to Big Red Bash)

Additional pricing options:

  1. Tour without Big Red Bash Tickets = $2990.00
  2. 7 day event with Big Red Bash tickets = $2,590.00

2022 performers

  • Jimmy Barnes
  • Missy Higgins
  • Casey Chambers
  • Jon Stevens
  • Kate Cebrano
  • Richard Clapton
  • Ted Perkins
  • Adalita Rolling Stones Review
  • Dragon
  • The Radiators
  • Misex
  • Bjorn Again
  • and many more

Enjoy the music, dancing, drag races, Big Red sand hill and much more. There are optional camel rides and helicopter rides for those who are interested. As the entertainment is happening throughout the day it is not possible to make meals at a time that suits everyone. However, Breakfast will be provided in the mornings. There is a large variety of food vendors at the Bash providing food, drinks and coffee. Please note there is no alcohol available at the Bash, please bring your own, we will have eskies and ice to keep it cold. No glass allowed in the concert area.

The Outback Loop

The Australian mainland is made up of five states and two territories. There are five notable points, all found in the centre of the country, where these states and territories meet. These so called border corners represent some of the more hardcore Australian sightseeing challenges – the right equipment and attitude are often required to reach them. But the payoff, as far as bucket list bragging rights are concerned, is huge.

Cameron Corner is our destination. Perhaps the best known and most popular corner, Cameron Corner is the meeting point of South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales. Found on the edge of Sturt National Park, this rockstar even has its own on-site corner store, famous for its eclectic collection of visitors’ hats.

Your First experiences on The Outback Loop will blow you away, there is something about the desert stars, the Milky Way-lit night skies, Simpson dunes and desert wildflowers that will entice you back to the Loop.

Straight away, just looking up you could reach up and touch those stars. You could see shooting stars that were so close. And it wasn’t just one, and then an hour later you might see another, there were masses of them. There were satellites, there were planes in the distance, it was astonishing! ” Andrew Kennedy (Cameraman, editor, film producer, and director)

“Whatever your perception of stars may be, prepare to have it blown totally out of the water.”

For your first time, though, it will be a once in a lifetime journey, full of stories, memories, and a couple of photographs for the personal collection.

The ever-changing beauty of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre

Located right in the middle of The Outback Loop is Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre — Australia’s biggest lake and the world’s thirteenth largest when full to the brim.The usually dry lake system is a stunning spectacle at the best of times, but recent flood waters have meant the lake and the surrounding desert areas have undergone a dramatic transformation.

Water from tropical cyclone Trevor combined with the wet season rains in outback Queensland is flowing through a network of rivers, creeks and streams that currently has the lake more than a third full with levels expected to reach a peak next month — the highest since 1974. It is one of those once-in-a-lifetime events that everyone should see.

The whole outback area just comes alive. The floodplain that has already received water is bursting with life and has sparked a rare, vibrant greening of the desert attracting thousands of birds including Australian pelicans, gulls, sandpipers, terns, and more to an area that’s usually among the driest, most inhospitable places on earth.

Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre has been identified by BirdLife International as an ‘Important Bird Area’ because it acts as a significant breeding ground for many bird populations. Incredibly, small fish and crustaceans are usually found in Lake Eyre too and provide an important food source for the migratory birds.

Swimming in the Outback

The Outback Loop is a fairly harsh place with not many opportunities to don the bathers and dip a toe…after all, it is a desert region. However, there are pockets where natural springs provide relief to dusty, weary travellers. One such place exists in Witjira National Park, on the western edge of the Simpson Desert.

Dalhousie Springs is 180 kilometres north east of Oodnadatta and about 430 kilometres west of Birdsville. This tree-lined spring is a real desert oasis except the waters are made for soaking away tired muscles rather than cooling off after a long, hot day driving across the desert. Nonetheless, the waters are welcome as is evident by the large crowds that flock to camp, relax and unwind there in the winter months. The springs are sacred to the Lower Southern Arrernte and Wangkangurru Aboriginal people. In Arrernte, the name of the springs is Irrwanyere.

Whether you’re coming from, or entering the Simpson, Dalhousie Springs is on your way. Just about every desert traveller stops and camp overnight. Just remember, you’ll need a 4WD to get there and a SA Desert Parks Pass to camp or visit. Swimming isn’t the only thing of interest at Dalhousie Springs. There are also some excellent walking trails worth exploring. Points of interest can be found at Abminga, Eringa, Purnie Bore, Perdirka, and if time permits, Charlotte Waters just over the NT border.

The stars come out to shine in Arkaroola

Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is perhaps best known for its location in the spectacularly rugged northern Flinders Ranges and a ridgetop tour that leaves visitors with goosebumps from its breathtaking views. But not many people realise that Arkaroola also provides visitors with an opportunity to take an incredible tour of a different kind…one with views that are literally out of this world. And that’s because Arkaroola is home to one of Australia’s largest privately-owned astronomical observatory complexes that promises the type of intergalactic experience normally reserved for professional astronomers and scientists.

Guests will be fascinated to discover the heavens filled with galaxies, solar systems, suns, planets, nebulas, and billions of stars light years away…from the inside of the impressive Dodwell, Sir Mark Oliphant, and Reginald Sprigg Observatories, all of which house specialist astronomical telescopes. The Reginald Sprigg Observatory, in particular, provides visitors with access to three Star Chairs, each of which is fitted with powerful 20×80 astronomical binoculars.

Find out more about the Outback Loop

Download The Outback Loop PDF to find out more about the Outback Loop, and what to expect.

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Organiser

Total Driver
Phone:
1300 887 352
Email:
info@totaldriver.com.au
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Venue

Birdsville Big Red Bash
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