Rainbow Rambler Edmund writes…”The Darwin Beer Can Regatta is a yearly event with boats made out of beer cans racing on Mindil Beach. Trust the larrikin Territorians to come up with some weird and wonderful regattas. “
Far in the north of Australia lies the wild, little town of Darwin. At first glance, you may not see it as a gay tourist stop but unlike the rest of the sparsely populated Outback, this charming refuge in the middle of the Top End comes full of surprises.
The first rule about Darwin is “Leave your suit at home.” There is nothing cosmopolitan about this place because Darwin has a character and appeal all its own.
The most stylized and pleasantly surprising venue in town is the local gay club called “Throb”. With a small, local gay community, Darwin takes its pride seriously and the exquisite and extravagant shows will make you feel as if your seated in any world-class gay venue.
However, for a taste of Darwin that is truly unique, you have to make your way there during the delightful spectacle called “Beer Can Regatta” that will take place July 15th.
Located on Darwin’s stunning Mindil Beach, this regatta – featuring vessels made almost entirely of empty beer cans – is revered across the vast Outback. Known for their creative and cheeky endeavours, these locals come together in a parade of Darwin debauchery, all in the name of fun!
While the city itself is small, it definitely keeps an open mind. Being the gateway to some of Australia’s most stunning national parks, like Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield, it should hardly be skipped on a gay tour of Oz!
Pack a bag or two and head to the Northern Territory and laid-back Darwin; there’s a good time adventure just waiting for you – during the regatta or anytime of year.