One of Australia's most famous iconic outback settlements, these
days Birdsville is little more than a hotel in the Channel Country of
western Queensland. No trip to Birdsville is complete without
marvelling at “Big Red”, the huge red sandhill that marks
the eastern boundary of the Simpson Desert.
Location: 1590 kilometres west of the state capital, Brisbane, 720
kilometres south of Mount Isa. Birdsville is situated on the edge of
the Simpson Desert.
Points of Interest: Birdsville Track; Birdsville Hotel; Diamantina River; Birdsville Geothermal Power Station.
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Proclaimed a town in 1887, Birdsville was located at the border of
South Australia and Queensland to collect tolls from the droves of
cattle being moved interstate. Birdsville supported a population of
over 300 at the turn of the century. However following Federation in
1901 the customs depot was closed and the population slowly dwindled to
approximately 50 throughout the 1950's. Livestock trade has kept the
region alive and in recent times tourism has joined cattle as the major
industry in the area.
Origin of name: Birdsville was formerly known as Diamantina Crossing.
Later the name Birdsville was adopted believing to be on account of the
prolific bird life in the district.