Top five events in Northern Australia in 2013

From feral sporting events to Aboriginal heritage celebrations, Australia’s Outback Northern Territory has tons of fantastic events this year. Here are our picks.

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets – Darwin

April 25 – October 31, 2013

Mindil Beach is the place to head when the sun sets on Darwin. The famous beachside markets are known for their fantastic atmosphere. There are more than 260 booths selling a variety of arts and crafts including indigenous art, sculpture, didgeridoos and clothing. There are some tasty food stalls too. The markets are open every Thursday and Sunday evening between April and October.

Barunga Cultural and Sports Festival – Barunga

June 7-10, 2013

This is one of Australia’s longest-running showcases of Aboriginal culture. Held in the remote Aboriginal community of Barunga over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the festival comprises sport, music, traditional dance, didgeridoo workshops, bush tucker and spear throwing demonstrations.

Lions Lasseters Camel Cup – Alice Springs

July 13, 2013

Brave riders saddle up camels in this slapstick race. Expect to see the unpredictable steeds veer off track, sit down mid race and occasionally reach the finish line! Fun fact: The event was created in 1970 as an unusual way to settle a bet between friends.

Darwin Festival – Darwin

August 11-29, 2013

For more than two weeks the Northern Territory’s capital city is overcome by an annual celebration of local, national and international performers from the realms of theater, music, film, dance and comedy. Scheduled in August, the 18-night extravaganza typically enjoys fantastic weather.

ASSA ABLOY Henley-On-Todd Regatta – Alice Springs

August 17, 2013

The Outback’s answer to Henley-on-Thames, this is arguably the Northern Territory’s most iconic event. Bottomless handmade boats ‘race’ down the dried up bed of the Todd River, Flintstone-style.

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