4cast NEWS AND EVENTS FROM THE BUSH
Capture the magic of the great Australian Outback at one of the friendliest and most unique country race meets in all of Australia.
Louth is situated on the banks of the Darling River, 100km south-west of Bourke and 132km north-west of Cobar, and racing in the village dates back to 1880. This year, the big day will be held on August 12. Camping facilities are available at Louth Racecourse and, of course, you have the pub nearby. For more information, go to: www.louthraces.com
Run Larapinta is a four-day, four-stage running event which see runners hit the dirt of the iconic Larapinta Trail and take in some of the spectacular scenery of the MacDonell Ranges in the Northern Territory. This year, the event will run from August 11-14. Each stage will start and finish at different locations every day and showcase the many aspects of Alice Springs and the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Course highlights include the Old Telegraph Station, Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Glen Helen, Ormiston Gorge, Mount Sonder and, of course, the endless awe of the outback. For more info, go to: www.rapidascent.com.au/ runlarapinta
The Derby Rodeo is the best rodeo in the Kimberley.
This exciting bush event will ensure there are plenty of bumps and falls, as local station workers compete in the rodeo and gymkhana.
Held at the Rodeo Grounds in Derby, WA, from August 11-14, visitors will be treated to an entertaining rodeo and then yeeha the night away at the bar which is open until late on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, head to the Derby Tourism website’s events page: www. derbytourism.com.au/toursand- activities/events
The first race meeting of the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival is the Betoota Races (Saturday, August 26). The family-friendly country race kicks off with Friday night live music and a six-event race meeting on the Saturday.
A keep the children amused from 1pm to 8pm. Meals, refreshments and camping are available. For more information, visit: www.betootaraces.com children’s entertainer will ep m eshments WILLIAM CREEK BRONCO BRANDING (SA) The National Bronco Branding Championships and campdraft will be held in William Creek on August 26. Competitors from Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia will be competing, and there’s bound to be plenty of action and excitement. Camping is available nearby, or at the William Creek Hotel if you’d rather a made bed and a cold beer or two. To find out more, please visit: www. broncobrandingsa.com.au
If you needed a good excuse to visit Tasmania in winter, this is it. The Tasmanian Whisky Week 2017 takes place over the week of August 4-13. The events are held in Tasmanian distilleries, bars, barns, stables, restaurants and hotels. Behind-the-scenes tours will be available at Whisky-Week-goers will get to meet distillers and whet their taste buds with some unreleased whiskies and delicious dining. You’ll find more information at: www.taswhiskyweek.com various distilleries, where
Set on 14 hectares of natural bushland beside the beautiful Goolang Creek, the Nymboida Camping and Canoeing venue is a top spot for a celebration and will be the location for this year’s camp oven festival, which will run from Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 20. The Camp Oven Festival is a feast for the senses and is a celebration of the wonderful Aussie outdoor lifestyle and good old-fashioned family fun.
Enjoy great music, camp oven demonstrations and competitions, bush poetry, the Saturday Night Bush Dance, markets, dog trials and plenty of activities for the kids.
Camping and cabin accommodation is available, while open campfires are permitted. For more information, go to: www. clarencevalley campovenfestival.com