Grow2GO – The Ultimate Outback Experience13 September 2019
The Birdsville Cup is the most remote horse race in the world. The tiny town of Birdsville with a population of 115 comes alive and expands to a population of around 7,000 people all keen to see what all the fuss is about.
On Wednesday September 4th, 83 Natbuild members, customers, suppliers and staff met in Adelaide to begin their unique adventure to The Birdsville Cup.
It all began with a night of comfort in a 5 star hotel the Playford Adelaide, being welcomed with an essentials kit that would contain everything each person would need for the next 3 days in Birdsville, powerbank, torch, aluminium cup for coffee and cold drinks, a country style shirt and other items to help make the next 3 days in Birdsville as comfortable as possible. The welcome dinner was held at the Kentish hotel and included a live band, a fitting station for each person to be fitted with an RM Williams belt and entertainment from Bryan Martin OAM, former race caller, most well known for calling his own horse Fields of Omagh to win a Cox plate.
The next morning was travel day. The group was split into smaller private planes for the journey to Birdsville. The group was welcomed with a typical Birdsville day, 36 degrees and very windy for the walk to their home for the next 3 nights, Rent-a-tent tent city. The campsite featured a large marquee exclusively for the use of the group with delicious home cooked catering from The Outback Food Shack. Not long after the last group arrived in a Birdsville, everyone was whisked away to Big Red, one of the largest sand dunes on the edge of the Simpson Dessert. Whilst there, the group enjoyed some cold beverages, nibbles, a magnificent outback sunset and free entertainment provided by four wheel drives attempting to get over Big Red, and failing.
Friday was “novelty fashions on the field” day and the group were encouraged to dress up in teams with the incentive of a helicopter transfers as a prize for the winner. Dress ups included full traditional German attire, the Things inspired by Dr Seuss, super heroes, flamingo suits, Hawaiian shirts and gold sequin jackets with black accessories including top hats. 3 team entered into the Birdsville Races Fashions on the field competition with the Gold Jackets taking out the top prize and winning the helicopter transfers.
The night ended with the sound of Fred Brophy beating his famous drum to rally up contenders from the crowd to compete against his boxing troupe. The night was thoroughly entertaining and included a guest appearance from Danny Green.
Saturday was the big day, the Unique Birdsville Cup. The group experienced the cup from the comfort of the OBE corporate hospitality marquee and enjoyed deliciously fresh food from the buffet whilst having a punt.
Back at the campsite a camp fire was set up next to our marquee to finish off the uniquely outback experience before heading off to the Birdsville Hotel to “stomp some cans”.
The entire group went back to their respective homes with many, many stories to share and memories to last a lifetime.