Towns in Australia

Exploring Australia, town by town

Birdsville QLD


Postcode: 4482

Birdsville is a small town located in Western Queensland, Australia. The town is located 1590 kilometres west of the state capital, Brisbane, and 720 kilometres south of the city of Mount Isa. Birdsville is situated on the edge of the Simpson Desert, and the climate is very arid.

Birdsville is located in the Diamantina Shire, which has a population of 326 persons (Census 2001). The Birdsville Track extends 514 kilometres from Marree in South Australia through the Strzelecki Desert before ending at Birdsville.

Also home to a 150 kW Geothermal Power Station. Water is extracted from the Great Artesian Basin (at 98 °C) before being vaporised into steam, producing energy for the town.

Birdsville was once a thriving little town, making money on the exportation of cattle from Queensland to South Australia. Although the town has since slowed down, many tourists pass through the town.

One of the most famous and popular places within the town is the Birdsville Hotel. It is a remarkable building, dating back to 1884. Birdsville also has an interesting museum called the Birdsville Working Museum, which displays various farming and agricultural equipment.