Betoota was a thriving town at the turn of the century as a post for collecting state taxes for goods travelling between states. Up until 1997 it had a population of one - the hotel owner. He closed the doors of the hotel in 1997 and it has been closed ever since.
For those travelling to Betoota, Windorah is the last fuel stop between Windorah and Birdsville. Betoota is halfway in between.
Accommodation is camping only. There are waterholes in close proximity, which make for great camping. On race weekend there is ample camping at the track with hot and cold showers and septic toilets available for use by patrons.
Race weekend, caterers start operating with tea being served Friday night and meals being available right through to Breakfast on Sunday morning of race weekend.
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Betoota is part of the Simpson Desert Racing carnival along with Birdsville and Bedourie and is held the last weekend in August.
The present Club commenced in 1979 with the first race meeting held since 1962. It originally raced a week after Bedourie but in 2010 the race date was moved to the week before Birdsville.