See you at the Big Red Bash!
Wow what a roller coaster, after months of dreaming of the Big Red Bash and monitoring border closure announcements like a hawk we are finally off to the Big Red Bash!
For those living under a rock, the Big Red Bash is the world’s most remote festival event being situated on the edge of the Simpson Desert. This beautiful location is particularly close to our hearts having first mapped the area nearly 25 years ago.
Spanning three nights from 6-8 July 2021, this year's event will be headed by Aussie icon Paul Kelly and be supported by Ian Moss, John Williamson, Kate Cebrano, Shannon Noll and a host of other Australian acts. However, beyond the music there are also a host of other activities to keep you entertained during the event. This includes; the inaugural Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) Bashville Drags, a foot race with a difference, doggie desert fashions, outback air guitar, dunny door painting and camel riding through the breath-taking scenery. There really is something for the whole family.
Part of the fun is the journey itself. Birdsville is around 1,900 km from Sydney (allow 2.5 days drive), 1,600 km from Brisbane (allow 2 days drive) and 1,200 km from Adelaide (allow 1.5 days drive). While the event is accessible by 2WD, most people choose to attend the event with a 4wd. To keep you entertained on the ultimate road trip, the crew at Big Red Bash will be kindly releasing a range of official BRB spotify playlists (check out https://www.bigredbash.com.au/travel-tunes-spotify-playlists)
Good news is you can bring your own alcohol and food to the event but there is a range of food vendors and other stalls at the event (including your very own Hema Maps). However, note that EFTPOS/Credit Card facilities are very limited so it's an idea to stock up on cash.
The event was sold out but due to border restrictions it does look like some resale tickets are now available for those who are interested in a late call-up. Tickets can be accessed at this link
For this year’s event the Hema Map Patrol will have three vehicles on the road (two out of our Brisbane office and one out of the Melbourne office). We have a stand at the show and then will be continuing on for the next four weeks undertaking some field work in Central Australia.
We are thrilled that our Map Patrol will be trialling some exciting new products from our corporate partners which will be essential kit on our Central Australian expedition as follows:
- Patriot X1 - the no.1 premium Australian built camper on the market
- Yokohama Geolandar X-AT G016 - specials available now from Bob Jane T-Mart:
- MaxTrax - the number one brand for getting you out of the sand. On this trip we are taking:
- MAXTRAX MKII Signature Orange
- MAXTRAX Indeflate
We have heard that there has been a lot of rain in and around Birdsville over the last week or so impacting access to the area. We will be relying on advice from the fantastic team at the Birdsville Hotel and their site has some great links to current weather and road conditions in and around Birdsville.
Have a fantastic and safe trip for those lucky enough to attend this year’s event and for those not able to get there hopefully you are able to see a true ‘bucket list’ event in years to come.