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Festivals & Events

Northern Territory Festivals and Events

January – June

The Big Day Out
Throughout Australia

This is probably Australia's biggest music festival, with local and international groups from all over the world. Some of there past performers have been Carl Cox, Radiohead, Prodigy, and the Chemical Brothers. The Big Day Out is held in January and February every year in the east and west coasts of Australia.


Australia Day
Throughout Australia
January 26th 

Australia Day is on January 26th and it is celebrated around Australia. There are big parties everywhere, but Perth has a great fireworks show.

The history is that in 1787 British Captain Arthur Philip set sail for Australia with 11 boats of convicts to set up a convict colony in Australia. In these 11 ships there were 759 convicts, of whom 191 were woman and 13 children convicts. It finally landed at Botany Bay on January 18th 1787, but not happy with this as the place for the new settlement, sailed north. On January 26th 1787 they sailed into the Sydney Cove and set up a settlement at what is now known as the Rocks District in Sydney.


Alice Springs Cup
Darwin, Northern Territory



Finke Desert Race
Alice Springs, Northern Territory

This is a desert race that goes for over 200km from Alice Springs to Finke.






July – December

Camel Cup
Alice Springs, Northern Territory



Beer Can Regatta
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

This is probably one of the most interesting festivals in Australia. There is a regatta of boats that are made solely from beer cans. Some of the boats are more seaworthy then others, but sinking does happen quite frequently. The fun starts by emptying the cans of beer first.




Alice Springs Rodeo
Alice Springs, Northern Territory





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