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BACK by popular demand, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is offering the chance to win a money-can’t-buy outback experience as part of the sold-out Birdsville Big Red Bash.
Along with VIP tickets to the festival, the two lucky winners of the competition will be flown from their closest city to Birdsville where, once their boot-scooting good times are done for the day, they’ll be able to retreat to their own barefoot-luxe accommodation.
Elevating the experience to soaring heights, the prize also includes a scenic flight aboard one of the Flying Doctor’s Beechcraft King Air planes.
It is only the second time that an RFDS flight experience has been made to the public, outside of medical retrieval use – the first being this same competition last year.
From Tuesday 4 July to Thursday 6 July, The Big Red Bash will host more than 10,000 festival-goers under the skies of Simpson Desert in a town affectionately named ‘Bashville.’
It is officially the most remote festival in the world.
RFDS Senior Base Pilot Nick Tully said it was a real thrill to be able to give back to the community who support the Flying Doctor across the year.
“We’ve been flying in Queensland for 95 years thanks in large part to the generous support of individuals who donate kindly, and the critical funds that are raised at events such as Big Red Bash,” Tully said.
“As an RFDS pilot, I know how important it is to support the health and wellbeing of people in some of Queensland’s most remote locations. This prize is like nothing offered anywhere and it truly is the chance of a lifetime.”
“I’ve been involved as an RFDS pilot supporting the Big Red Bash for years and I can tell you from my own experience, everyone involved has an amazing time.
“However, most importantly, it’s rewarding to know that all the money raised goes towards providing essential support to
people living in the bush.”
With an incredible lineup of Australian legends including Icehouse, John Williamson, Hoodoo Gurus and Pete Murray, among many others, the Big Red Bash will provide an unforgettable, electric experience.
Big Red Bash Operations Manager Steve Donovan said the competition was a natural extension of a host of fun and unique events that the festival has become famous for.
“The outback is a truly unique and special place and the home of some pretty spectacular people who rely on the RFDS,” Donovan said.
“Every year we dance, donate and drag it up as a means of raising money for the RFDS, and our partnership together has become as iconic as the festival itself.”
“This epic competition – and the chance to take a scenic flight on an RFDS outside of medical care – is a brilliant way to put further spotlight on the organisation and the role they play in providing pivotal health services to regional, rural and remote Queensland,” he said.
To enter the competition, head to the Royal Flying Doctor Service competition page and share what you love about camping in the great outdoors.