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The Finke Desert Race is Australia’s greatest off road race. It’s a 440klm round trip through the red centre, following the former ‘Ghan Railway Line’. The first stage starts at Alice Springs and finishes at Aputula Aboriginal Community some 220klm’s away. Competitors come from around the world as the ‘Finke’ is one of the worlds most gruelling desert races, it’s machine against the elements.
At this years ‘Finke’ there is an expected crowd of over 12,000 people, stretching the whole track. Most spectators opting to camp out under the stars. If your close by to the Aputula Aboriginal Camp, the weekend is celebrated with a local AFL carnival and at the end of ones day the spectators walk up the track to watch the bikes and buggies battle it out for the fastest time to the check point.
The Finke started in 1976 by local motorbike riders as a ‘there and back challenge’, it has grown into a huge event where competitors train and prepare their machines for 12 months. Today, there is around 550 bikes and 60 buggies competing.
It’s more about the fun of the weekend and completing the race, then taking honours. The Finke is open to anybody who can muster up the courage and a machine that can take the punishment of the Aussie Outback.
It’s held every year on Queens Birthday Weekend.
Want more info? Finke Desert Race.