Home' LOTL : Dec 11 Contents Alice Springs is a thriving outback town
located on the banks of the usually dry
Todd River, four kilometres south of
its original site at the Alice Springs Telegraph
Station. e Station was an important repeater
station along the Overland Telegraph, which
was completed in 1872 and linked Australia's
southern colonies to the rest of the world. Home
to the Arrernte Aboriginal people, Alice Springs is
a fascinating destination with a wealth of historic,
cultural, adventurous and natural attractions in
and around the town.
is Australian outback town is well known
for having the highest proportion of lesbians per
capita than any other destination in Australia, but
it is also gaining recognition for its fabulous and
colourful festivals and events.
Henley on Todd Regatta
Naughty gals (nautical) and guys love this
iconic outback boat race. e Henley on Todd
Regatta is a boat race held in a cloud of dust, not
water. is unique Northern Territory event,
takes place in the dry, sandy bed of the Todd
River, which becomes the race track for a crew
of Flintstone-style boats, propelled towards the
nish line by the sheer will and might of their
creators. Head to Alice Springs in August and
watch from the sidelines, or create your own cra
and join the contest. Whichever you choose,
you'll have fun.
When: August 18, 2012
The Alice Springs Beanie Festival
ere are hats and then there are hats - these
beanies stretch the de nitions like never before.
e Alice Springs Beanie Festival is an annual
event that celebrates this great Australian icon --
the beanie. Come and have some wild and woolly
fun in June and nd the perfect beanie from
more than 4,000 beanies displayed at the Araluen
Cultural Precinct in Alice Springs.
e festival features a full weekend of music,
the famous tea shop, the Beanie Olympics and
a fantastic program of textile workshops and
cra s. Indigenous artists from local communities
demonstrate their ancient spinning techniques
and basket making. ere are textiles on display
and for sale to suit any budget.
When: June 22-25, 2012
Alice Springs Camel Cup
Not to be mistaken for the Melbourne Cup,
the Alice Camel Cup is a cheeky race meeting
with true outback style. Forget the llies, this
day is dedicated to the original ships of the desert
-- camels! Renowned for being strong willed,
cantankerous and not entirely graceful, it is
always a good show when camels take to the race
At the Alice Springs Camel Cup, held every
July in Alice Springs, it is nothing to see a camel
sit down mid-race or veer o the track completely
if the mood strikes it. is might not do much for
the ner ves of their handlers but makes for a great
day's entertainment for spectators.
When: July 14, 2012
Alice Desert Festival
e Alice Desert Festival is Central Australia's
premier arts and cultural festival, celebrating the
desert and the diversity of the people that live
e Alice Desert Festival shares the stories,
songs and the unique lifestyle of Central
Australia's arid region. Featuring a vibrant
program borne out of the desert landscape, the
10 day festival celebrates the dynamic exchange
between cultures in the heart of Australia.
Artists, dancers and musicians from some of the
most remote communities in Central Australia
perform beside a selection of Australia's hottest
Indigenous musicians drive 100's of red dusty
kilometres to perform in the Bush Bands Bash.
Wild bush foods are har vested and cooked into
succulent dishes. Choirs sing amidst ancient
desert landscapes of gorges and gaps.
Around 50,000 people converge on Alice
for this Festival to create an atmosphere not
found anywhere else in Australia where strong
traditional cultures and a vibrant contemporary
arts community work together in presenting an
amazing 10 days.
Finke Desert Race
For the girl with grunt, the Finke Desert
Race is a great time to visit Alice and experience
Australia's premier o -road racing event, the
Finke Desert Race. e multi-terrain, two-day
race attracts bikes, cars and buggies from around
the world and takes competitors through desert
country from Alice Springs to the small Aputula
(Finke) Community. A ectionately known
as e Finke, it is regarded as one of the most
di cult o -road races in one of the most remote
places in the world. e race is run along sections
of the Old Ghan Railway ser vice track which
snakes through typical outback terrain of red dirt,
sand, spinifex, mulga and desert oaks.
e Finke attracts an average of 12,000 people
who camp beside the racetrack, sleeping under
the stars in tents and swags.
When: June 9-11, 2012
Alice is not in the middle of nowhere, but the
middle of everywhere. For more information on
festivals or events in Alice visit travelnt.com/G&L
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There's culture aplenty in the Alice - with festivals galore
on offer each year.
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