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Henley-on-Todd Regatta August 18

On the last Sunday in August, Alice Springs holds a sailing and rowing regatta on a dry river bed.

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.

The Henley-on-Todd is a uniquely silly spectacle amongst world sporting events. The multi-event program attracts local and international participants, many who end up on world TV news in bottomless bathtubs or being dragged across the sand on a boogie board. Join the imaginary water action or just enjoy the hilarity from the shade of a gum tree.  Once you embrace it, this outback madness is a lot of fun.