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Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta
18, August 2018 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm ACST
This iconic Australian ‘mad-cap’ sporting event is held every year on the 3rd Saturday in August in the heart of Australia.
Early in 1962 members of the Rotary Club of Alice Springs met for a picnic at 16 Mile Creek where, over a few beers, they discussed ways to raise money for charity. The late Reg Smith came up with the idea of holding a waterless ‘Regatta’ on the dry bed of the Todd River.
“Okay, what about the boats – do we tow them or push them?”
“Neither,” said Reg. “We cut the bottoms out and carry them!”
The first Henley on Todd Regatta was held in December 1962. The Henley-On-Todd, has been officially declared an iconic event by the NT Government and continues to be a world-famous tourist attraction.