Alice Springs, NT
The outback makes you bonkers. How else can you explain the Henley-on-Todd – an annual sailing and rowing regatta held on a dry river bed in Alice Springs?
With pirate ships firing flour bombs, people paddling canoes with sand shovels and bathtubs on legs, you do wonder if there’s more heat and dust than sense in this iconic outback town.
Once a year, the sandy bed of the Todd River turns into a race track for a crazy crew of Flintstone-style boats. You’ll see vikings shooting water cannons from their battle ships and life-savers hauling distressed swimmers from the sand. There are bottomless yachts and white water kayaks, five-person boogie boards and sand skis. Even those wary of water can join the fun - by anchoring boats or shoveling sand into a 44 gallon drum.