Media Release: Flying Doctor makes ‘flying’ visit to Innamincka concert

A medically-equipped Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) aircraft and its crew is set to touch down at Innamincka later this month for the Ami Williamson concert on Thursday 28 August.

Subject to availability on the day, the $6 million ‘flying intensive care unit’ will be on display on the Innamincka airstrip for the general public during the afternoon of the twilight concert and RFDS fundraiser.

“Visitors will be able to step inside a medically-equipped Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, sit in the pilot’s seat, lie on a stretcher, and feel what it’s like to be a patient at 30,000 feet,” says Charlie Paterson, General Manager Marketing & PR of RFDS Central Operations.

“Every day the RFDS conducts around 100 aeromedical evacuations across Australia – on average, 15 of these flights here in South Australia,” Paterson says.

“The RFDS relies on the support of the community, at all levels, to help deliver its services and to purchase and medically-equip its replacement aircraft – at a cost of $6 million each,” Mr Paterson said.

“We sincerely thank the Innamincka Hotel and its sponsors for joining forces to put on this true outback fundraiser, and we encourage everyone attending to ‘dig deep’ in support of the initiative to help keep the Flying Doctor flying,” Mr Paterson said.


Charlie Paterson

General Manager, Marketing & PR

0422 233 134

Stop Press!! The “Minimincka” Course has been revamped!

Stop Press – The “Minimincka” course has been revamped with new obstacles and new challenges from the “Bridge over the Cooper”, new and better “Loop the Loop”, the new “Anthill” and the new “Daytona” ramp. Always a favourite is the last hole where golfers need to putt through the doors of the Innamincka Hotel before heading for the 19th. The changed course will, of course, result in a new course record holder. Will it be you?

We’ve been busy since our last posting!

Not to be daunted by one of the hottest summers on record our team on the Loop have had a busy few months.

If you are on this page then you will see we have launched a brand new website developed by Karen Brook Studios (KBS). Please take a moment to browse around, we would love to know what you think.  We are delighted with the finished product and the ability to better engage with our visitors and connect through social media. With a dedicated gallery and events section on the website, we hope that you will find lots of interesting things to see and do when you next travel The Outback Loop. We also invite you to join us as a Friend of The Outback Loop by signing up to receive our regular news, updates and promotions direct to your inbox. We are also in the process of building an online souvenir shop which will be launched in the next couple of weeks allowing you to ‘shop’ for the perfect gift. There will be shirts, caps, stubby coolers and bar mats for sale online.

If you are passing by Innamincka perhaps you’ll be keen to have a hit on the Minimincka golf course – or go cruising with Tony on the Cooper.  Or perhaps just sit back at the pub and share a yarn with Irish Andy who is back with us for another season.  Head chef Rob is cooking up a storm, rumour has it that he will be making his own sausages this year  – whatever the case Rob loves to cook and aims to please.  Managers, Jill and Greg Ross, have celebrated their first year in the outback and will look forward to meeting you and sharing your story.

Birdsville has an addition to the skyline – the bulk storage Jet Fuel tank is in place so whilst this may only interest pilots it is worthy of mention as the form work and placement of the tank happened during the extreme heat during January and February.

Manager, Kate McDonald powers on after winning “Young Achiever” at the 2012 Outback Queensland Awards and is assisted in her role by Kim and Gus Daffy and Duty Manager, Steve Kinny.

Award winning Chef Miranda heads off to have her baby and we welcome Chef Tim to our Birdsville team.

You’ll see some familiar faces in the Birdsville line up – Joan, Ray and Noela are back along with Tony and Jeanette – and some new faces as we tap into the back packer work force.  It seems that many Aussies need little encouragement to live and work in the Outback!

– watch this space!

We’ll be updating this page more regularly in the future!

The Outback Loop is a proud sponsor of Jenna Brook’s “The Long Walk Home”


The Long Walk Home is a 430km+ walk across the Simpson Desert by born and bred local Birdsville girl, Jenna Brook. Jenna hopes to bring her local community community together through the event and also raise awareness and funds for the life saving service the Royal Flying Doctor Service provides to communities in rural, regional and remote Australia.

In keeping with the spirit of the walk, Jenna would like to see as many people get involved as possible. She wants to make it something that everyone can be apart of. Jenna has a create website “The Long Walk Home”  where she shares entertaining updates of journey as she prepares for the walk of a lifetime.
There will be a fundraising cocktail party event in Adelaide in late March and details will follow as soon as they are finalised.
The Birdsville Hotel is running Friday night raffles in support of Jenna’s fundraising efforts. We encourage you to share this post and her website with family and friends and get behind Jenna! You can also donate directly to Jenna’s efforts by visiting her website “The Long Walk Home”.

Birdsville Hotel donates $9000

The Birdsville Hotel has proudly passed over a donation of $9000 to the local Birdsville Clinic. The money was raised over the Birdsville Races period this year.

Kate McDonald, Manager of the Birdsville Hotel says “we are delighted to have been able to assist the local clinic in their fundraising efforts for vital health equipment”.

Partners who make the Outback great – Annabel Tully

The Outback Loop is proud to support the work of local artist Annabel Tully.

Annabel paints the Channel Country where she lives and works and invites fellow artists and travellers to join her at Bunginderry Artist Camp.

She’s hard working and enjoys friends, family and good times. She’s all about making a place for people to gather amidst a harsh climate. Resilience and success amidst adversity; and that’s also what The Outback Loop is about.

And the winner is – The Outback Loop!

The Outback Loop – Birdsville and Innamincka Hotels is proud of our award winning team of chefs 2011.  Together they scooped the 2011 Awards with Birdsville Hotel winning the Outback Queensland Tourism Awards for the second year in a row for Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services. The Innamincka Hotel achieved Silver medal for Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services at the recent South Australian Tourism award ceremony in Adelaide.

At the Birdsville Hotel Miranda and her chefs offer a range of contemporary menu choices that utilise local or regional ingredients wherever possible. Some of our guests prefer a more traditional pub meal, so steaks with salad, roasts with vegetables, and fish with chips have a regular place on our menu, joining our lunchtime offerings of steak sandwiches and organic beef burgers. Our restaurant and catering services help to add that extra layer to a tourism experience because Miranda guides her team with some very simple and practical philosophies:

• our guests are a diverse lot and we cater for that; a big T-Bone with Chips and Egg isn’t on our menu, but if that’s what someone wants, then that’s what we’ll give them

• aim for pub food with flair; use outback inspired spices and herbs to enhance flavour

• food should not only taste good, it should look good; never underestimate the use of colour

• superior ingredients don’t need a lot of preparation; use fresh and organic wherever possible

• don’t buy when you can make or bake.


At Innamincka Hotel we celebrate the fact that even though we are in one of the most remote settlements in Australia, surrounded by gibber plains, we are able to offer not only an authentic outback front bar experience, but also a dining experience that exceeds expectations.

Some of the products used to create Innamincka Hotel’s brilliant menu are…

quality meat – MSA only from Holco and OBE eye fillet.  Nothing beats it.

Coorong Angus Beef

seafood from Angelakis

Kangaroo Island free range eggs

smallgoods from Barossa Fine Foods

condiments and chutneys from Vicki Matchett and Andrew Fielke

the freshest fruit and vegetables from various suppliers at the Adelaide Markets.


Managers – Michelle and Leon, Head Chef – Brent, Chefs –  Tom and Rhys and the team 2011 at Innamincka showed how passion for fine food and great times can shine on the tourism stage!


Watch this space for Taste Inna 2012! The Outamincka Char and Grill will be the place to be!


  • The Birdsville Hotel’s eBay auction (a motel room during the Races!) raised $5,000 for the RFDS and a further $5,000 was given to the RFDS following the Equine Fun Day Festivities


  • The Birdsville Hotel is currently raising money to purchase a Pool Table for the Birdsville youngsters


  • The Innamincka Hotel is sponsoring the Noccundra Campdraft/Rodeo and the Cooper Cup Cricket Match October 2011


  • The Innamincka Hotel raised $1000 for children’s Charity Variety SA by donating part proceeds from “Drinks on the Common”, selling ice-cream and purchasing two bikes at the Variety Charity Auction

Environmental Policy

Karen Brook – Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Outback Loop® – Birdsville and Innamincka Hotels, believe that we have a responsibility to care for and protect the environment in which we operate.  We will strive to minimise the impact of our tourism operations by committing to wise and sustainable environmental policies such as reducing, reusing and recycling across all of our business activities.  We will do this by:

  • Adopting the highest environmental standards in all areas of operation and continually seeking to improve environmental performance
  • Assessing our business activities regularly and identifying areas that we can minimise impacts
  • Reducing our waste
  • Reducing water consumption
  • Reducing energy
  • Purchasing sustainable products
  • Educating and engaging our staff in environmental practice and making them a part of our solution
  • Reducing environmental risks and safety hazards for employees
  • Continually assessing the environmental impact of The Outback Loop® operation


In addition to this we will commit to engage with Trees for Life to reduce our carbon footprint by the funding of the planting of trees.   We understand that one of the simplest ways to reduce carbon in the atmosphere is to plant trees.

We will do this by:

  • Promoting Trees For Life at major events such as the Birdsville Races and Taste Innamincka
  • Donating a percentage of sales profit to Trees For Life to assist with revegetation projects
  • Encouraging major suppliers to assist/donate or match our donation
  • Displaying Trees For Life promotional material in our Hotels
  • Supporting Trees For Life in their fundraising efforts


We will encourage our business partners and members of the wider community to join us in our endeavours.


The Outback Loop®

Jo Fort February 2011