I’ve only seen a small part of whats on offer in this great country of ours. And in my job at Club 4X4 I’ve had the chance to travel a fair bit. I’ve been out to Birdsville and the Simpson Desert for the Big Red Bash, around the country for the 4X4 shows, crossed the Nullabor, toured through Outback NSW, and much more. And I’ve loved every minute of it.
For me, every experience has been special. Whether I’m the only one there and I can enjoy the serenity and peace; whether I meet fellow travellers and share that magic social interaction around the Campfire; whether I’ve been on the edge of the desert with 9000 people at the Big red Bash. All of these adventures have have been filled with fun and excitement, sometimes apprehension and challenges too! But they are all I enjoy revisiting, even if it is just in my daydreams.
For that reason, this week I thought I’d share 5 great events that are well worth considering as part of a travel experience. I’ll preface this by saying that these are not necessarily a pilgrimage you’ll want to make every year, but they are each a sight and experience to behold, and in my experience, the journey there and back was every bit as good as the event itself.
Big Red Bash – 6-8 July 2021, Birdsville QLD. www.bigredbash.com.au
I’ve personally been to this in 2019, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. In fact, the journey to the Bash was just as good as the event itself. You can check out my articles on my experience here – The Economic impact of events like The Big Red Bash and 6 Things I took away from The Big Red Bash
Despite the fact that there are 9,000 people together, the layout is amazing, atmosphere is awesome (bring a mask/face covering for the dust though!) facilities world class, and the location just as amazing. And, you can bring your fur babies too.
Mundi Mundi Bash – 19-21 Aug 2021, Broken Hill NSW. www.mundimundibash.com.au
This is the new sister event to the Big Red Bash, but now on the Mundi Mundi Plains just outside Broken Hill. A very cool line-up, and a similar experience to The Big Red Bash, but more accessible (2WD’s can easily get to this event). Why not head here, then visit the Menindee lakes, White Cliffs, Tobbouburra, or even Cameron Corner?
Ord Valley Muster – May 21-29 2021, Kunnunurra, WA https://ordvalleymuster.com.au/
This is an epic 9 day event in Kunnanurra, WA which is at the North Eastern edge of the Kimberly region. There are all sorts of things happening, from a charity mountain bike event, to cruises along the Ord River, Art, High Teas, Bush poetry, Comedy, Aboriginal Art experiences, Music, and much more. It is really an event that is in an amazing location and has something for everyone, no matter what floats your boat.
Finke Desert Race – June 11-14, 2021, Alice Springs, NT https://finkedesertrace.com.au/
An event for the racing and motoring enthusiast. Over 4 days, with the race itself running over two, it is the ultimate in remote, off-roading, with amazing off-road vehicles and bikes. With a reputation for being one of the most remote, and difficult off-road events, it is definitely something that is an experience to behold. In fact, one of our loyal customers Paul O’Brien wrote a story on their experience at Finke, which you can read here – Finke desert race 2019, trip report.
Gympie Muster – 26-29 August 2021, Amamoor State Forest, QLD https://www.muster.com.au/
This is another amazing event, held in the forests of the Amamoor State Forest. It is a music event, and more, with a dedicated Kids program, dancing, workshops, food and markets, daily events and more. With a line-up that covers a huge range of genres and household names, it’s a great time away where you can camp, enjoy the outdoors, and great music with the whole family.
I can’t say I’ve been to this one yet, but I’m keen to check it out and I’m sure the whole family would love it.
I hope you’ve found this interesting when considering your travel plans for the next little while. This is really only the tip the iceberg though – I’d love to hear about your favourite remote events/experiences because I’m sure there are plenty of hidden gems out there. Comment below with details of things you’ve really loved (and the dates they run) so we can give people food for thought for their next awesome adventure off the blacktop.