For those touring the Top End and Gulf this season, Seven Emu Station, located 85km south-east of Borroloola in the Gulf Country, is a great way to spend a few days camping, driving, fishing and enjoying the cliff-side campsites that overlook the Robinson River. The working cattle station covers 4300km² and includes part of the Australian Wilderness Conservancy’s Pungalina-Seven Emu Sanctuary. Check out www.sevenemustation.com.au for more information.
The remote town of Birdsville will come alive with festivities once more from August 31 to September 1, for the annual Birdsville Races. Each year punters from all over Australia flock to the iconic outback town for a jam-packed program of thoroughbred racing, unique outback entertainment and wacky festivities. Tickets are on sale now, with two-day racing passes starting from $69.90. At days’ end the legendary Birdsville Hotel comes alive as the go-to drinking hole, where the celebrations kick on well into the night. It’s a must-do adventure that should be on every tourers’ bucket list. Tick it off this year! www.birdsvilleraces.com
A great excuse to spend a few days in beautiful outback NSW, the Louth Races is hosted by the Louth Turf Club and is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018. The races will be held on Saturday August 11 (with lead-up events starting from August 8). Louth is located on the banks of the Darling River, 132km northwest of Cobar. The Louth Turf Club stages a seven-race program, and all the usual amenities such as betting, bar, barbecue and afternoon tea will be available at the event. Camping spots with firewood, toilets and a few showers are available at the racecourse as well. See www.louthraces.com for more details.
The Outback Queensland Camel Festival comprises three big camel races: Bedourie (two-day event on the second weekend in July), Boulia (three days on the third weekend in July) and Winton (last weekend in July, and a singleday event). Camel racing has been run in Australia since the late 19th century, and the Boulia Camel Race is the second richest professional camel race in the country and promotes the longest running camel race in Australia. These events are great to follow, with plenty of accommodation and campsites available. See www.thediamantina.com.au/ qotback-qld-camel-festival-trail for more info.
The crazy and fun Darwin Lions’ Beer Can Regatta will be held on July 22 and promises to be plenty of fun for the whole family. The event kicks of at 10:00am and will run until 5:00pm. Held at Mindil Beach, Darwin, there are beach-based events for all ages – sandcastle building, running events and thong throwing – and some fun water activities as well. There is a bar facility on-site, so no BYO grog. The popular Mindil Beach Sunset Market food and craft stalls will be trading all day. Head to www.beercanregatta.org.au for more info and to see photos of some of the best boats over the years.
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