19 August 2017 - 19 August 2017

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Believe your eyes as a boat race begins on the dry bed of the Todd River.

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Talk about quirky?? - It's A boat race with a unique difference - on the dry sands of the Todd River.

The Henley-On-Todd Regatta is the most iconic event in the Australian outback, mainly because of its totally unique nature. Its a boat race - without any sign of water! Its a day of fun where teams and individuals race 'boats', in the dry bed of the Todd River in outback Alice Springs. Have fun and enjoy the hilarity as you watch seemingly sane people race in bottomless 'eights', 'Oxford tubs', 'rowing 8's' and 'yachts' through the deep coarse sand.

The event has its origins when Reg Smith, an Alice Springs local, and his work colleagues proposed holding a regatta based on the famous Henley-on-Thames. The idea was taken up by the Rotary Clubs of Alice Springs and the fact that the town was 1,500 kilometers from the nearest large body of water was never seen as a problem. So the Henley-On-Todd was born.

The event is the major annual fundraiser for the three local Rotary clubs in Alice Springs.

Event date:
19 August 2017 - 19 August 2017
Opening times:
Parade starts at 10.30am, with races starting at 11.45am.
Event type:
  • Festivals and Celebrations
  • Sporting Events
Entry cost:
Adult tickets $20
Family tickets $35
Family is 2A + 2C
Child tickets $5
Child is 12 - 16 years old
Child tickets $0
Child under 12 is free, accompanied by an adult