June is definitely one jam-packed month of entertainment for the NT; featuring sporting events, music, arts, cultural celebrations and much, much more. All the more reason to grab a few mates and head to the NT. There’s plenty on offer, and to help you out, we’ve listed some of this month’s most notable highlights below.
1. NT City2Surf
On the 4th of June, Darwin will host its annual NT City2Surf marathon. There are three options for entrants to choose from, including the 12km, 4km and kids division.
For those of you looking for tips to get you over the line, ConocoPhillips have training plans for you right here.
Follow the link for more details on the event.
2. Top End Rumble
If you’re a fan of pre 1965 hot rods, the 2017 Top End Rumble will be right up your alley. From the 13th to the 23rd of June some of Australia’s best pre ‘65 hot rods will be on display in Darwin, after making their 300km ceremonial journey from Katherine.
Registration for the event is open until the 30th of April and you can find more information by following this link.
3. Finke Desert Race
The Finke Desert Race provides rip snorting, fuel burning, car and bike destroying fun in the sun and is without a doubt the most famous outback car and dirt bike racing event in the NT, if not Australia!
If you’re not so keen on racing yourself, why not camp out around the track and cheer on those that do.
The Finke Desert Race is a super tough event and only the toughest machines will make it to the end. For this reason each participant needs as much support as they can get. So get ya mates, bring ya tents and get ya vocals on!
Follow the website for more details
4. Brunette Races
Image Courtesy of A.B.C. Races
The Barkly tablelands and A.B.C Amateur Race Club play host to the annual Brunette Races, a four day event filled with horse racing, outback rodeos and the “Battle of the Barkly”, an iron man/woman type event consisting of super challenging station hand duties, especially for those of you from the big smoke.
Follow the link for more information.
5. Bynoe Harbour Camp Out Fishing and Crabbing Competition
If you want to chill out bit and get away from the racing engines and horses, the Bynoe Harbour fishing and crabbing competition is no doubt an ideal option.
Held over the Queen’s birthday weekend, this event is one for all the family offering prizes for the heaviest catches including barramundi, snapper, cod, salmon, jewfish and mud crabs.
6. Adelaide River Races
If you can’t make it to the Melbourne Cup this year, head on down to Adelaide River and soak up all that the sport of kings has to offer.
There will be live entertainment to enjoy after the races, so you can dance off all that bubbly you’re going to drink throughout the day. It wouldn’t be a race without it, now would it?
Follow the link for more details.
7. NRL Parramatta Eels v. Nth Queensland Cowboys
The NRL season round 14 clash between Parramatta and North Queensland will be held this year on the 10th of June at Darwin’s TIO stadium.
Get down and support your team, or make fun of two teams you really don’t like, as they battle it out in hard-hitting football action.
Which one will climb the ladder and which one will fall?
Culture & Community Festivals
1. Barunga Festival
The Barunga festival held 70km south east of the town of Katherine is a celebration of Australia’s rich and important Indigenous culture, bringing together a number of remote communities from the area.
There will be music, art and sporting events on display at the festival to keep you both intrigued and entertained.
The festival commences on the 9th of June and concludes on the 11th. Camping options are available, which will allow you to mingle and spin yarn or two with the other visitors and the festival staff at end of each day.
Follow the link for information and details.
2. Darwin Italian Festival
You might be interested to know that the NT also has a large Italian community brining the best from their culture for all to experience.
There will be amazing Italian food, entertainment, food, singers, food, dancers, food, games, food and a chance to learn a little more about Italian culture.
And don’t forget about the great Italian food!
Follow the link for more details.
3. Greek Glenti
If the fine Italian cuisine wasn’t enough to fill you, the lamb and feta at Darwin’s Greek Glenti festival is sure to top you off.
Another great cultural festival filled with wine, song, dance, art and history. Held over two days from the 10th to the 11th of June, this event is free to enter and will have everybody screaming Yassooooooooooo!