Birdsville Travel Guide
Big news this week if you're in the market for a unique hotel: Australia's most remote lodgings, the Birdsville Hotel, are up for sale. Since 1884 you've been able to find the Birdsville in far western Queensland, on the outskirts of the Simpson Desert--if that doesn't mean much to you, it's sufficient to know it really is in the middle of nowhere. Cell phones don't work there, and the easiest way to get there is to fly: and very conveniently, the airstrip is directly opposite the hotel.
The current owners have braved it out for nearly 30 years and have decided to move on. So what are they offering: well, it's only a 27 room hotel (you can't expect too many customers out that way), but all rooms have air-conditioning and all the basic facilities (no WiFi though).
The locals are more concerned about the three bars--the next beer can be bought over 120 miles away, which is a really long way for a thirsty Australian. It's also nearly 900 miles from the nearest city, Brisbane. The price is, as they say, negotiable. But bear in mind how the first European to visit the Birdsville region described it: "a desperate region having no parallel on Earth".
· Birdsville Hotel Up For Sale [The Australian]