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BIG RED BASH 2023 – Yeeh Ha!
GENUINELY AFFORDABLE – Pay first payment of $1500 on booking and final payment of $2000 by 29 May 2023.
Experience a 10-day personalised tour to the BIG RED BASH – the world’s most remote music festival. Birdsville’s iconic Big Red Bash kicks off under the open skies of Australia’s Simpson Desert in the first few days of July. Thousands of people from all over Australia get together for a rock concert off the beaten track.
Sing and dance to Aussie Music legends Icehouse, John Williamson, Hoodoo Gurus, Human Nature, Pete Murray, The Angels, The Waifs, Kate Ceberano , Troy Cassar-Daley, Ross Wilson, Dragon and Chocolate Starfish ++
Ever wanted to go but had no way to get there? Your hosts on this tour solve all the problems for you. Tickets to the Big Red Bash sold out months ago – and wow, we have tickets, sleeping accommodation, all the gourmet food you can eat on a guided, fun filled tour, there and back. The OUTBACK PUBS BIG RED BASH TOUR offers lots of extras and features iconic pubs along the way. Jump on board quickly to lock in your tickets.
See the itinerary below for the inclusions. You will see Australia’s largest dinosaur, do some exclusive shopping, go swimming in hot artesian waters, experience a degustation, see the secrets of the World War II Air Force base, view some of the most spectacular scenery along the way and we will top it off with sunset drinks at special locations.
Rock’n’Roll music will play along the way as the tour travels through the Maranoa Country, into the Barcoo and the Diamantina featuring the Channel Country. There’s been exceptional rain recently, so we look forward to wildflowers along the way. The population of the Barcoo Shire is 360 and the Diamantina Shire is 266. Diamantina Shire (Birdsville) host two iconic events each year and Karrabee specialize in tours to both events, the other one being the Birdsville Races. This will be our ninth tour to Birdsville.
Book now for this tour across Outback Queensland & visit numerous iconic Outback Pubs along the way. Enjoy the exclusive company of personal tour in an air-conditioned coach with all essentials on board. Go sightseeing to see Australia’s real Outback and its people.
At the Bash – join the BASHVILLE DRAGS – Like all good outback towns, Bashville will be home to some races in 2023. However these races will be a little bit different to the iconic Birdsville Races. They won’t be horse races, they will be Drag races! What we mean by that is that they will be short fun running races through the campsite, (approximately 500m with a steep incline – basic level fitness required!) but to be eligible to enter you will be required to be dressed in a “Priscilla – Queen of the Desert” theme.
There will be some special prizes on offer for the winners. There are prizes for Drag Queens and Drag Kings so we encourage everybody to get involved! Only the most exceptional outfits will be chosen by the panel of volunteer judges to be shown on stage. So “drag” out your best Pricilla outfit, and be part of the fun and frivolity.
This truly is a tour of a lifetime – so book early
Cooroy Railway Station 6am
Aussie World East Side Car Park 6.30am
Caboolture King Street 7am
Toowoomba West BP Truck Stop 9.30am
Dalby – park at corner of Warrego Highway and Jimbour Rd 10.30am
The tour departs Amamoor at 6am traveling through the South Burnett to Chinchilla where we turn onto the Warrego Way. Lunch is at Dulacca Pub and is the first of many memorable outback pub experiences. We travel through Roma and will stop at Muckadilla Pub briefly. Rebuilt after a fire in 2019, the Mucka Pub is one of the newest pubs in the Outback. We travel on through the Maranoa Country to the Sadleir’s Waterhole for the evening meal. Accommodation is at Pick A Box in Morven.
A coffee and quick shopping experience at Gidgee Smith Bags starts the day. Breakfast is at the World War II Secret Base at Charleville. We will do a quick tour of Charleville, view the Coronis Hotel before heading west to the Fox Trap Hotel at Cooladdi. Lunch will be in Quilpie with a stop at the Imperial Hotel for last minute supplies. This is your last chance to purchase alcohol or obtain cash out. As we enter the Barcoo there will be an opportunity to photograph the Solar Dishes which have supplied power to the Windorah for the last twenty years. Accommodation is at the Windorah Hilton. This is a town full of surprises including the Western Star Hotel.
The tour continues on the Warrego Way further into the Channel Country with some magnificent scenery from Deon’s Lookout. At Betoota Pub we don the baggie hats and play cricket after lunch. Betoota was previously a ghost town but now has a population of 2. Excitement builds as we enter the Diamantina River Basin. There’s lots to see along the way as we travel past the Birdsville Race track, over the Diamantina River into Birdsville township for a beer at the Birdsville Pub. After checking out all to see in Birdsville we will drive another 35km drive to Big Red where we can take in the Sunset and get comfortable in tented accommodation.
Birdsville’s iconic Big Red Bash kicks off under the open skies of Australia’s Simpson Desert. You will meet thousands of people from around Australia, and the world. The concert is definitely off the beaten track – but that’s what makes it so special!
Dance to the sounds of the entertainment for the 2023 Bash with Icehouse, John Williamson, Hoodoo Gurus, Human Nature, Pete Murray, The Angels, The Waifs, Kate Ceberano and many more.
Like all good outback towns, Bashville will be home to some races in 2023. However, these races will be a little bit different to the iconic Birdsville Races. They won’t be horse races, they will be Drag races! And to enter you will be required to be dressed in a “Priscilla – Queen of the Desert” theme.
Submit your name to be part of the world record attempt for the Nut Bush. Sit back and watch the sunset over the Simpson Dessert.
There are daily opportunities to travel to Birdsville for showers and to have a camel pie or a beer at the Birdsville Pub. The tour includes all breakfasts and three evening meals. Lunches and one evening meal can be purchased from the from the food vans at Bashville giving you an opportunity to support those suppliers and experience the different food options.
The touring party depart Big Red as early as possible and join the procession of vehicles eastward bound. A beer at the Betoota Pub will be an essential part of the return trip and everyone will savour the moment they have a hot shower back at our accommodation, ‘The Windorah Hilton’. Most will do the 300metre walk to the Western Star Hotel that night for a refreshing ale.
After departing the Barcoo, the tour visits the very popular Eromanga Natural History Museum to see Australia’s largest dinosaur, followed by a drinks stop at the Royal Hotel. This hotel was once the furthest Cobb and Co Hotel from the sea. The Noccundra Hotel is next and an experience you will remember. Travelling east we travel through Eulo to Cunnamulla which is situated on the banks of Warrego and we stay at the Warrego Hotel.
Bring your togs because breakfast on this day will be served at Charlotte Plains, a working cattle station and you can bath in the natural Hot Artesian waters. The property celebrates 100 years of being in the hands of the Russell family this year. A true outback pioneer, Robyn Russell will be our host. After a relaxing morning we travel along the Adventure Way to St George for a mini degustation and wine experience at Riversands Winery. Accommodation and dining is at the Australian Hotel on the banks of the Balonne.
The last day is a leisurely drive through the Western Downs to Dalby for lunch at the Russell Hotel and then back through the South Burnett to the Mary Valley and Amamoor.