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BIRDSVILLE RACES (QLD)

One of Aus­tralia’s most fa­mous out­back ex­pe­ri­ences, the Birdsville Races, is on again from Au­gust 31 to Septem­ber 1. This is the 136th edi­tion of the event and you can bet there’ll be plenty of fun to be had. Be­tween watch­ing the horses, in­dulging in food and al­co­hol, and then (if you’re game) check­ing out Fred Bro­phy’s box­ing troupe, there is some­thing for all. A two-day rac­ing pass starts from $69.90. Head to www. birdsviller­aces.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

DAR­WIN FES­TI­VAL (NT)

The Top End cap­i­tal of Dar­win will hold its an­nual Fes­ti­val over 18 days, kick­ing off on Au­gust 9 and fin­ish­ing on Au­gust 26. The Fes­ti­val is chokkas with events and at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing out­door con­certs with lo­cal and over­seas en­ter­tain­ers, theatre, dance, live com­edy, mu­sic, film, work­shops and plenty more. Free per­for­mances will take place at Fes­ti­val Park and var­i­ous venues through­out Dar­win. Be­ing able to pick and choose what events you go and see – and then spend­ing any down­time ex­plor­ing Dar­win and sur­rounds – makes for a great ex­pe­ri­ence. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: dar­win­fes­ti­val.org.au.

OUT­BACK CHAL­LENGE (NSW)

Based out of Bro­ken Hill and run­ning from Septem­ber 26-29, the Out­back Chal­lenge is the ideal event for those keen to watch some of this coun­try’s most skilled off-road driv­ers and nav­i­ga­tors. Nav­i­gat­ing via GPS and chas­ing hun­dreds of vir­tual way­points along each stage, teams also have to be self-suf­fi­cient (car­ry­ing their own food, spares and all other gear) with the event guar­an­teed to test the tough­est rigs. The last stage – the 150 km Mad Max–is a bru­tal but spec­tac­u­lar way to fin­ish the com­pe­ti­tion. A combo of driv­ing, nav­i­ga­tion, en­durance and strat­egy, this is a must-see. V is itwww. out back chal­lenge. com.au for more info.

A TASTE OF EYRE PENIN­SULA (SA)

A Taste of Eyre Penin­sula is held be­tween Au­gust 14 and 16 and takes place in Cleve on South Aus­tralia’s Eyre Penin­sula. The event show­cases an eclec­tic va­ri­ety of lo­cal food and wine, plus there’s live mu­sic and spec­tac­u­lar views of one of South Aus­tralia’s most beau­ti­ful re­gions for vis­i­tors to check out. Guests can try and buy a de­li­cious se­lec­tion of seafood, meats, small goods, wine, baked items, olives, olive oil, honey, condiments, fruit, nuts and much more. For more in­for­ma­tion, check out: ex­ploreeyrepenin­sula.com. au/in­dus­try/a-taste-of-eyrepenin­sula.

KAKADU SE­CRETS (NT)

Kakadu Na­tional Park is a bloody big place, but it can still get crowded at some of the more eas­ily-ac­cessed camp­grounds – es­pe­cially this time of year. For those look­ing for a quin­tes­sen­tial bush camp­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, how­ever, there are still some out-of-the­way sites you can pitch a tent at. Jar­rang­barnmi (Koolpin Gorge) and Bilk­bilkmi (Grave­side Gorge) are both pris­tine and make for great overnight stays, but you need a per­mit to ac­cess th­ese ar­eas for camp­ing. It’s not too hard, but be aware th­ese ar­eas can be closed for cul­tural pur­poses at cer­tain times of year. Go to www.en­vi­ron­ment.gov.au/ node/33435 for more info.

WINDORAH IN­TER­NA­TIONAL YABBY RACES (QLD)

Do your­self a favour and catch this fun event in the town of Windorah, in west­ern Queens­land. The Yabby Races will be held on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 18. As well as the fast­paced ac­tion of the races, in­clud­ing the Bar­coo Bolt, Kyabra Kan­ter and the big one, the Cooper Cup, there’s a ton of en­ter­tain­ment. The event is also a fundraiser for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tors Ser­vice. See www. out back queens­land. com.au/event/win­do­rahin­ter­na­tional-yabby-races.

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