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RON AND VIV MOON’S LATEST NEWS AND INFO FROM AUSTRALIA’S TREKS AND TRACKS.

BRAMWELL CUP BUSH CARNIVAL AND RACES (QLD)

Bramwell Station, Cape York, is welcoming neighbours and visitors from July 1-3 for some old-style horse races.

There’ll be great events for younger carnival-goers, with music and entertainment for all. The carnival will aid the RFDS and promises to be plenty of fun. Visit: www. bramwellstationcapeyork.com. au/bush-carnival.

MARREE PICNIC RACES & GYMKHANA (SA)

Over the June long weekend (June 11-12), the Marree Picnic Races, Gymkhana & Motorkhana will be held at Marree racecourse.

The event kicks off with a traditional outback picnic race, which is always a lot of fun, followed by heaps more.

For more: www.facebook.com/ MarreePicnicRaces.

HENRY LAWSON FESTIVAL (NSW)

Henry Lawson, one of Australia’s most famous poets, was born on Grenfell’s goldfields in 1867. To commemorate his birth and his contribution to the arts, Grenfell will host the annual Henry Lawson Festival from June 9-13. Entries are received nationally for verse, short stories, painting and photography, and performers travel vast distances to participate in the festival year after year. There’s some great bush poetry and plenty more to enjoy. Check out: www. henrylawsonfestival.com.au.

STEAM RALLY ECHUCA (VIC)

This major community event, organised annually by Echuca Moama Rotary, is held over the June long weekend (June 11-12). It showcases more than 700 exhibits of working old oil and steam engines and machinery, vintage cars and working horses. For more details, visit: www. echucasteamrally.com.au.

FINKE DESERT RACE (NT)

Australia’s greatest desert race is on again. Held each year during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the Tatts Finke Desert Race is an off-road, multi-terrain, two-day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads through desert country from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) community.

It one of the most difficult offroad courses in one of the most remote places in the world, and it’s the most fun you can have with a helmet on! Visit: www.finkedesertrace.com.au. has the reputation of being e offd ote

BIG RED BASH (QLD)

Australia’s magnificent outback desert sand dune, ‘Big Red’ near Birdsville on the edge of the Simpson Desert, will play host to some of Australia’s most recognised music legends including Jimmy Barnes and Paul Kelly.

The three-day music event will run this year July 4-6.

For more details, go to: www.bigredbash.com.au.

AUSTRALIAN KELPIE MUSTER (VIC)

A huge crowd is expected to descend on Casterton, Victoria, on June 11-12 to celebrate the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Australian Kelpie Muster. On the Saturday there will be the Kelpie Festival, which hosts a range of events including the Kelpie Triathlon – consisting of the Kelpie High Jump (you won’t believe how high they jump), the Kelpie Dash and the Kelpie events are the Kelpie Street Parade, Kelpie Pinball and the novelty events, just to name a few. There are street stalls and local produce and merchandise available. On the Sunday there will be the Working Dog Auction, which demonstrates the unique ability of the Kelpie and attracts buyers and vendors from all over Australia. Visit: www.kelpies-casterton.org.

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THE ESSENCE OF ARDI (WA)

The Essence of Ardi showcases the culture of the Dampier Peninsula, north-east of Broome. Sample the best of the coast and country at this amazing event hosted by the friendly Lombadina Community. There will be locally made art, jewellery and traditional artefacts from all over the Dampier Peninsula, while local culinary identities will be preparing traditional foods from the area. There’ll be plenty of live music throughout the day, with a closing performance by the Peninsula’s own Bardi Dance Troupe. Ardi will take place on May 30. For more info, go to: www.lombadina.com.