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Camels racing at the Camel Cup in Alice Springs

5 quirky Northern Territory events you didn’t know existed


Territorians love a good festival! Here’s our pick of some of the Northern Territory’s quirkier events.

1. 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.


2. 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.


3. 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 Market.


4. 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.


5. Darwin International Laksa Festival

November | Darwin

Darwin locals love to sit down to a bowl of laksa for breakfast and now there’s an entire festival dedicated to the mouthwatering dish. Follow the Laksa Trail around the tropical city and experience the cultural variety of Laksas found in the Top End.


Looking for more Northern Territory events? Explore the full list of what’s on covering the Top End and Red Centre.

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