Polling officials in the outback Queensland town of Birdsville have reported hundreds of people casting early votes ahead of Saturday's election.
Thousands of people are expected in the tiny town in the state's far south-west later this week for the two-day Birdsville Race meeting.
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) says it has planned for 10,000 voters, so it has sent 45,000 ballot papers to cover all the states.
AEC spokeswoman Vicki Kapernick says the first day of voting at the polling station was busy.
"The crowd was all of good humour and very patient and there was certainly nobody that was wanting to be annoyed with the wait so that sounds good," she said.
She says officials opened the polling station yesterday and they have already taken almost 300 votes.
"We are estimating or working on an estimate of 10,200 visitors that might want to vote," she said.
"We need to make sure that we have enough ballot papers irrespective of where the people might come from across Australia, so we have sent in excess of 45,000 ballot papers out to Birdsville and a polling team of nine officials."