Dar­win de­buts huge new camp­ing show


HEAVEN for four-wheel-driv­ers, campers and car­a­van­ers will be the Dar­win Show­grounds this week­end, for the first Dar­win 4WD, Car­a­van and Out­back Camp­ing Expo.

Held over a mas­sive two days, the expo will show off the big­gest and best in the world of the out­doors.

Di­rec­tor Alan Roger said Dar­win has never seen any­thing like it.

‘‘We’re re­ally try­ing to fo­cus on the Top End life­style, and that means spend­ing a lot of time out­doors,’’ he said.

Mr Roger said any­one with any sort of re­mote in­ter­est in the out­doors should head down.

‘‘We’re re­ally aim­ing this event at fam­i­lies.

‘‘So there is go­ing to be some big blow-up toys for the kids, live demon­stra­tions on re­cov­ery and that sort of thing for the par­ents — it’s go­ing to be huge.’’

Mr Roger said he hoped to ‘‘fill a niche mar­ket that hasn’t been looked af­ter much in the re­cent past’’.

He said or­gan­is­ers were also im­pressed with the large num­ber of in­ter­state com­pa­nies and sup­pli­ers that have jumped on board.

‘‘We’ve had a huge up­take of com­pa­nies from not just around Dar­win and the rest of the NT, but from all around the coun­try,’’ he said.

‘‘Peo­ple will be see­ing all the lat­est and great­est in tech­nol­ogy, in gad­gets, in ev­ery­thing to tyres.’’

Mr Roger said all the weird and won­der­ful all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles would be out too.

‘‘We’ve got six-wheel ATVs, bug­gies, cook­ware, stor­age, GPS sys­tems, sat­phones, EPIRBs, and then a huge range of camp trail­ers that pop away to next to noth­ing. ‘‘It’s huge.’’ There will be a mas­sive demon­stra­tion track, where com­pa­nies from across the coun­try will be putting their mod­i­fied ve­hi­cles to the test.

Ex­perts will also be us­ing the track to bog them­selves, and to de­lib­er­ately put them­selves in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions, to show pun­ters how best to get out of them.

‘‘Ev­ery as­pect of the com­mu­nity has their place in this expo.

‘‘We have re­cruited the help of the scouts and a lo­cal school, so ev­ery­one will ben­e­fit.’’

The event will wrap up on both days by the sul­try sounds of Aus­tralian Blues Awards fi­nal­ists, the Flamin’ Crows.

The Flamin’ Crows in­cor­po­rate bits and pieces from the acous­tic, slide and elec­tric blues spec­trum and will show­case a great reper­toire of driv­ing orig­i­nal blues mu­sic and toe-tap­ping adapted classics.

The trio land on stage at 5pm on Satur­day and 4pm on Sun­day. The show will fea­ture ma­te­rial from their de­but orig­i­nal al­bum Pie in the Sky.



The Flamin’ Crows will bring their bluesy rock sound to en­ter­tain

Me­chanic Al­lan Gray will take 4WD ques­tions

All the top camp­ing and out­doors gear will be on show

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