Beanies, beer cans and black metal. Territorians love a good festival! Here’s our pick of some of the Northern Territory’s quirkier events.
Alice Springs Beanie Festival June
Alice Springs Beanies, berets, and toques – they’re all here at the Alice Springs Beanie Festival. Yep, it’s a whole festival dedicated to knitted headwear in the middle of the Australian desert. From the flamboyant to the fashion forward, you’re bound to find a one-of-a-kind piece to keep you warm this winter.
Uluru Camel Cup May
Uluru All class and no grass – Uluru Camel Cup is like the Melbourne Cup, with some extra humps thrown in. Enjoy all the racing action and fashion you’d expect from a trackside event, against a stunning desert backdrop in the Red Centre.
Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta July
Darwin The Beer Can Regatta is the event that combines recycling and building boats in a spectacular way. Build a ‘tinny’ from tin-cans and set sail on an epic maiden voyage from Darwin’s Mindil Beach. When you’re ready to dock, grab a feed next door at the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets.
Henley-On-Todd Regatta August
Alice Springs No water? No problem! Hosted in a dry riverbed, the Henley-on-Todd Regatta is as close as you’ll get to a seaside escapade in the desert. Join a team and man a bottomless ship with your legs, in Flintstones style.
Blacken Open Air April
Alice Springs Black is the new black at Blacken, a two day heavy metal music festival in the centre of Australia. Spend your Easter weekend camping out and thrashing out to some of the best acts in the Aussie metal scene.
Participating in some of the listed events may require some prep-work (such as building a boat for the Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta).