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27TH AN­NUAL SPEED WEEK, LAKE GAIRDNER (SA)

The Dry Lake Rac­ers Aus­tralia (DLRA) con­ducts its an­nual Speed Week at Lake Gairdner in South Aus­tralia. It’s a straight­line speed event on ‘the big white dyno’, and it’s as fast as you can go in the re­mote Aus­tralian out­back. There is no set­ting like it any­where in the world; it is a truly unique event in a spectacular lo­ca­tion. There is an amaz­ing range of cars, mo­tor­cy­cles and trucks dat­ing from the turn of the cen­tury to the modern day. Spec­ta­tors are wel­come, but you need to be pretty much self-suf­fi­cient. This year the event runs from Fe­bru­ary 27 to March 3. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. dlra.org.au/2017.htm

TEXAS LONGHORNS, LEAHTON PARK (QLD)

This sta­tion stay of­fers some­thing dif­fer­ent. Leahton Park, just out of Char­ters Tow­ers in North Queens­land, of­fers ac­com­mo­da­tion and wagon tours of their unique prop­erty. This not only fea­tures water buf­falo, Amer­i­can bi­son and African Wa­tusi cat­tle, but also the big­gest herd of Texas longhorn cat­tle in Aus­tralia. One of the steers, JR, has been cer­ti­fied with the long­est horns in the world. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.leah­ton­park.com.au

BUSH RAC­ING, HINNOMUNJIE CUP (VIC)

On Satur­day, March 11, soak up the sun on the lush lawns or throw a rug un­der the shade of an old gum tree to en­joy some great bush rac­ing at Hinnomunjie, north of the Vic High Coun­try town of Omeo. Bring your own pic­nic or pre-pur­chase one from the lo­cal race club. Kids will be kept amused with plenty of free on-course en­ter­tain­ment, while live mu­sic, DJS, mar­quees and fash­ions on the field will be in full swing. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. hin­no­munjier­aces.com.au

WOODEN BOAT FES­TI­VAL, HO­BART (TAS)

If you are down in Tassie, don’t miss one of the best fes­ti­vals on the cal­en­dar. The Wooden Boat Fes­ti­val will be held in Ho­bart from Fe­bru­ary 10-13. There will be lots of fun and en­ter­tain­ment to keep ev­ery­one amused, while the boats, from ca­noes to clip­per ships, are the main at­trac­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. aus­tralian wooden boat fes­ti­val.com.au

NIGHT RODEO, HAY (NSW)

It might be a bit warm out west in sum­mer, but there’ll still be lots of fun and ac­tion at the Hay Night Rodeo on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 18, from 6.00pm. High­lights in­clude the open bull ride, sad­dle bronc rides, the ladies bar­rel race and clowns. There’s $10K up for grabs for the com­peti­tors, while a bar is on site for the spec­ta­tors. Camp­ing is avail­able nearby. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.hay.nsw.gov.au

MARREE MAN, FINNIS SPRINGS PLATEAU (SA)

The orig­i­nal gi­ant etch­ing, or ge­o­glyph, of an Abo­rig­i­nal man with a throw­ing stick was dis­cov­ered in 1998, but its ori­gins re­main shrouded in mys­tery. The orig­i­nal fig­ure, some 4.2km long, was prob­a­bly cre­ated by a grader or dozer cut­ting the 28km out­line on a flat sec­tion of plateau coun­try near Lake Eyre. Af­ter years of ne­go­ti­a­tion with the tra­di­tional own­ers, Marree Ho­tel own­ers, Phil and Maz Turner, and Trevor Wright of Wright Air, based in Wil­liam Creek, are proud to say the re­ju­ve­nated ‘Marree Man’ can now be seen once again from the air. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. mar­ree­ho­tel.com.au.

EVANDALE VIL­LAGE FAIR (TAS)

The Evandale Vil­lage Fair is be­ing held on Fe­bru­ary 18. There will be plenty of at­trac­tions and en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing work­ing steam trac­tors, farm ma­chin­ery, old-time horse­drawn ve­hi­cles, fab­u­lously re­stored vintage cars and the fa­mous, ever-pop­u­lar and en­ter­tain­ing Penny Farthing bike races, with com­peti­tors com­ing from all over Aus­tralia to test their skill. For in­for­ma­tion, visit www. evan­dalevil­lage­fair.com

Lake Gairdner. Bring a hat and plenty of sun­screen.

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