How to secure free tickets to the Birdsville Races

Are the Birdsville Races on your bucket list?

You can register to go behind the scenes at one of Australia’s most iconic events by volunteering to help and secure yourself free tickets for the entire weekend.

Renowned as the Melbourne Cup of the outback, the 2021 Birdsville Races will be staged on 3-4 September, with demand expected to be high following the cancellation of the event in 2020 due to COVID. 

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With numbers being restricted this year, to allow for social distancing and other COVID safe measures, volunteering could be the best way to secure your spot.

Tickets for the Birdsville Races will go on sale on 26 May and are expected to sell out fast, but registrations for volunteers are now live at

“All indications are that interest is very strong this year and demand to secure a ticket is bigger than ever before, so volunteering is a great way to guarantee you can be part of all the action,” said Gary Brook, Birdsville Race Club vice-president.

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The races, not just a dusty good time in the heart of the outback, present an opportunity to give back to the community via volunteering, with the event raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.

Volunteers can nominate to complete their shift with friends and family, and in line with a particular skill set or area of interest.

Depending on the team, volunteer time commitments start from as little as nine hours.

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Roles are available in hospitality, information, as marshals and gate staff, media liaison assistant, ticketing, mini-bus drivers, set-up and pack-down and volunteer coordinator’s assistant.

In return, volunteers receive an exclusive souvenir volunteer polo shirt, a stubby holder, cap and a souvenir medallion that gives complementary entry to both race days and access all of the fun of Birdsville’s iconic desert race track.

Before and after shifts, volunteers can participate in an array of one-of-a-kind experiences as Birdsville transforms into a buzzing hive of activity with film, live music, cocktail parties and a chance to experience the famous Birdsville Hotel and Fred Brophy’s legendary travelling boxing troupe.

“Volunteering is the best way to really be immersed in the magic of the Birdsville Races. You’re behind the scenes on one of Australia’s best-known outback events,” added Mr Brook.

“We know that previous volunteers have developed friendships and memories to last a lifetime, and have been part of a truly unique experience.”

Have you been to the Birdsville Races? Would you recommend it to others? Have you ever volunteered at an event to secure free tickets? What events have you volunteered for?

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Written by Ben