Camel races, desert races, long lunches and Poddy Dodgers – a festival for everybody

1-O002Now that my little rant yesterday is over, it’s time to get back to the business at hand. Planning my next trip away.

I can’t believe how fast the time is going. In three weeks we’ll be off again, and I still have so much to do. Not for the trip – that’s the easy bit – but in working out how I’m going to make money while I’m out there.

I still have a couple of pitches to write for magazines, and I’m desperately trying to finish the book of my last journey. Obviously these things aren’t going to come to fruition before I go, but I’ll be away for 7-8 weeks, so who knows what will happen.

On this trip we’re looking for some real outback experiences, so I’ve been going over the festivals that are on while we’re away.

Stormtroopers---Gartelmann'sWe’re starting out at the Lovedale Long Lunch in the Hunter Valley on 18-19 May. Not really an outback festival, but it is a lot of fun. After that we’re heading north.

Travelling via Inverell to visit a friend, we’ll go to southern Queensland and take in a sunset mudbath in Eulo. The Blackall Festival at the end of May is just a slight detour on the way out to corner country.

We definitely want to be at Finke and Alice for Australia’s Greatest Desert Race on 8 June.

Coming back to Queensland after that, we should make the Poddy Dodgers Festival in Croydon on 21-23 June, That’s just a short trip from the gulf towns of Burketown (Barra Capital of Australia), Normanton (where I got my own private Hakka in the purple pub while watching a Bledisloe Cup match last time I was there), and Karumba (too early for a morning glory) where we’ll be soaking up the warmth and going fishing.

Karumba-KerryD-fishing-boatI’d also like to take in a camel race, but the first one is in Bedourie, Qld on 13 July, which might be a bit late unless we stretch the trip out a week or two. What a good idea!!!

So I think that means our itinerary is set – well, drafted. We’re heading north rather than around Lake Eyre. At least for now – who knows what will happen when we get to Cameron Corner!



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  1. Look forward to hearing – and seeing – all about this eclectic collection!! Happy travels!!

  2. Experience Outback Queensland, Australia have sent me a message on facebook:

    “Hi Kathleen,
    Yes it’s a busy month! Mark 8 July – 13 July in your calendar for the Big Red Run – John Williamson will also play the first ever concert on top of big red during the event.”

    Naturally, that’s been added in to the itinerary. See you at Birdsville!

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