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Byron Bay to Birdsville Series
Version No. 1.01
Date last revised: January 10, 2020

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Established by Michael Crapp in August 2019, this ride encapsulated two classic Australian destinations, Byron Bay and Birdsville.   Bryon Bay is a coastal town that is the most Easterly point in the country, famous for its unique ambience, lighthouse and world renowned surfing beaches. Birdsville is one of Outback Australia’s most recognised towns. Deep in the heart of wild and isolated country, Birdsville is situated between the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert, the vast gibber plains of Sturt’s Stony Desert to the south and rich Channel Country to the north.

The route chosen is not the shortest or quickest, it includes a scenic winding section through the Great Dividing Range via Woodenbong and Killarney to Goondiwindi. The next section to St George and Cunnamulla through to Windorah is possibly some of the worst night riding in the country being infested with Kangaroos. From Cunnamulla to Windorah majority of road is single lane with vehicles required to drop onto the dirt to pass. The last section  has 280km dirt to reach Birdsville. Fuel hours are limited, therefore it requires riding and planning around this.

Read the rules for the iconic SaddleSore 1000 on the Ironbutt Association site.  The rules for this ride are similar and you will get valuable background information.

Time Limit
Byron Bay to Birdsville Challenge
24 hours
One-way ride starting from either location
Byron Bay to Birdsville Insanity
48 hours
round trip ride starting from either location

Documentation:  See here.



DBR - Dated Business Receipt

A DBR is a machine generated receipt with the date, time and LOCATION on it.  Check it - do not assume it is correct.  A receipt with an incorrect time/date/location is worthless.  Check and re-check.


•    You must have previously been awarded a certificate for completion of a SS1600K prior to attempting the Byron Bay to Birdsville Challenge and have completed a BB2500K or equivalent for the Byron Bay to Birdsville and Back INSANITY
•    The route used is to be as depicted on the map below and must include a DBR (both outbound and inbound as appropriate to the ride) from the following cities/Towns:
     Byron Bay, Warwick, Cunnamulla, Birdsville.
•    The Byron Bay to Birdsville Challenge must be completed in less than 24 hours and the Byron Bay to Birdsville and Back INSANITY must be completed in less than 48 Hours less.
•    These rides may be started or finished at either end.
•    THERE IS NO EXCEPTION for road closures on this ride. Before starting, you should make sure that the road to Birdsville is open for the outbound and inbound journey.

Remember it is YOUR responsibility to prove you did the ride!

SpotWalla use is mandatory:

You must use a tracking device to record your entire actual ride route, and you must upload the track points to SpotWalla (Trips). You must provide the SpotWalla trip link for the ride’s track points when applying for your ride certification.  It is your responsibility to ensure your satellite tracking device functions correctly and the tracking data is uploaded to SpotWalla for the entire trip.  Check the device and SpotWalla settings before, during and after the ride. Be sure you comply with the SpotWalla Protocols listed here.