AUSSIES are know to do some bizarre things, so much so that we have events that rival the most wacky and weird all around the planet. Surely that’s good enough reason to jump in an Australian car rental and hit the road for some crazy fun. We choose five to ponder.
1. Australia Day Dunny Race
We Aussies love a bit of toilet humour, so why not hold an event based on the humble Aussie dunny on Australia Day! This fun-filled occasion sees the road out front of the Sunshine Coast’s Ettamogah Pub turn into a thunderbox drag strip as contestants attempt to drag their dunny the fastest in a bid to claim the title of Dunny Race Champion of the World.
2. Parkes Elvis Festival
There is no shortage of these kind of events that pay homage to the King, but the one in Parkes come January every year is hard to top. From street parades to edible Elvis art and even a Miss Priscilla dinner, this event is definitely one to pack your blue suede shoes for and enjoy some talented tribute acts from January 7-11 2015.
3. Henley-On-Todd Regatta
One of the Northern Territory’s weirdest but most wonderful, essentially it’s all about a boat race, where teams of rowers run down a dry, sandy riverbed carrying a pretend boat. Ironically, the event is about 1500km away from any major body of water!
This fishy event celebrates the mighty tuna fish and Port Lincoln in South Australia hosts the Tuna Toss World Championships. It’s another one that is held on the Australia Day long weekend and is a hat tip to the tuna fishing industry, the mainstay of the town’s economy. The event held on January 23-26 2015 and also features fireworks, food and wine, and music.
5. Camel Cup (pictured)
With a reputation reaching “far beyond Northern Territory’s soil”, the Lasseters Camel Cup is a quirky event held on the second Saturday every July at its own arena at Blatherskite Park, a section of the Central Australian Show Society grounds. The family and fundraiser event is well known for its unpredictable and very entertaining camels as well as the crazy riders