Australian Pacific Touring is the Perfect Partner for this Summer’s Best Outback Festivals

Camel racing, steer wrestling and bottomless boats – Australia’s Outback hosts some of the world’s weirdest festivals and thanks to Australian Pacific Touring’s wide range of Outback tours, whatever floats your (bottomless) boat, there’s bound to be a combination to suit you.

Please see below for APT’s suggestions of the best Outback festivals this summer and tours that complement them:

The Imparja Camel Cup, Alice Springs – 14th July 2007
At this Outback festival, visitors can watch camels and their riders compete for the much-coveted Camel Cup. Other entertainment includes belly dancers, rickshaw races, camel polo and the Miss Camel Cup competition. After the festival, try camel riding for yourself on APT’s Camel Farm, Uluru & Kata Tjuta tour. On this Regional Mini Stay, guests can also explore the red rock landscape of the Outback, and watch the sun rise and set over Uluru (Ayres Rock). The 2-day tour, departing daily from Alice Springs, costs from £240. For more information on the Imparja Camel Cup (adults AU$10, children aged 12-16 AU$5, under 12s go for free), visit www.travelnt.com.

Darwin Beer Can Regatta – 29th July 2007
This free event at Mindil Beach, Darwin, features boats made from beer cans, music, quirky contests, and the famous foot-powered bottomless boat race. Then swap beer-can boats for the real thing on APT’s Kakadu & Katherine Camping Safari. This Small Group Adventure includes a crocodile-spotting river cruise and canoeing at Katherine Gorge. The tour also takes in Kakadu National Park, Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr, and Edith Falls. The three-day tour costs from £285 and departs daily between July and October from Darwin. For more information on Darwin Beer Can Regatta, visit www.travelnt.com.

Alice Springs Rodeo -18th August 2007
Get a glimpse into Australia’s cowboy culture at this lively event, complete with bareback bull riding, steer wrestling, and barrel racing. After the event, experience the cowboy lifestyle for yourself on APT’s Kings Canyon & Uluru Experience. On this Regional Mini Stay, guests will spend their first night at Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge – a luxury tented camp exclusive to APT and located on a working cattle and camel station. After a guided walk through Kings Canyon, guests will eat a campfire dinner of bush foods under the stars. The APT tour also includes a visit to Olga Gorge and a night at Uluru. The 3-day tour departs daily from Alice Springs and costs from £460. For more information on Alice Springs Rodeo (adults AU$20, children aged 5-13 AU$15, under 5s go for free), visit www.travelnt.com.

Prices are per person based on two sharing and include accommodation, some meals, most activities and National Park fees. Prices are valid until March 2008.

For more information on APT’s range of tours, visit www.aptouring.co.uk or call the brochure hotline on 020 88797444.

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