The Birdsville Track is one of the most iconic dirt roads in Australia. Barren and isolated, drivers need plenty of water and fuel as they make their way from Maree all the way to Birdsvillle. It’s an icon amongst Australian Outback tracks. It’s one of the Australia’s best 4WD tracks.
The track is arguably the most iconic dirt road in the country, and the best known and loneliest road in Australia. The 517 km track links Marree, a small town in northern South Australia and Birdsville in south western Queensland.
This notable outback road in Australia was opened up in the 1860s. It’s surrounded by Australian deserts and is a full-scale dirt road running through some of Australia's driest country. A stony track covered with large pebbles (gibbers), few dune crossings which don't cause problems. It is essential to drive to conditions. 4WD are more convenient than a 2WD managing the rough ride.
Due its unique location and and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. Check weather forecasts before leaving home. Dry, desert-like conditions await those who drive the track. The area is extremely barren, dry and isolated, and anyone wishing to travel the track must carry fresh water, supplies, fuel, and spare parts for their vehicle with them in case of emergencies.
Portions of the road may be temporarily closed due to road work or inclement weather. Heavy or prolonged rain can cause local flash floods that cover the road with water or wash out. After rain, even a single rainfall, conditions of the road can be challenging. It is still an absolute requirement that your vehicle be in tip top condition and that you make ample provision of fuel, water and supplies. The desert can be a very in-hospitable place when you are in trouble. The track is reasonably well maintained and generally fairly smooth. However like any outback track, its condition can change, especially after rain. Large stretches of the track can still be destroyed by flash flooding and drifting sand.