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Tatts Finke Desert Race

Friday 8- Monday 11 June


The Tatts Finke Desert Race is Australia's FASTEST and GREATEST Desert Race! The iconic event is an off-road, multi terrain two day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads through desert country from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) community. The race is held each year on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June.

The race is the main feature in the off road racing calendar and the King of the Desert Trophy is arguably the most sought after prize, although...just getting there and back is a victory. The premier racing event attracts entrants from all over Australia and the world, including world-class Australian off-road and enduro motorcycle racer, Toby Price, who has won the race five times.

This unique outback event is said to be one of the most difficult off-road races in the world through remote terrain boasting fine red dirt, sand and spinifex. For 3 days, 650 bikes & quads and 150 buggies & trophy trucks compete annually, at this one of a kind race. 

2018 Program

Scrutineering: Fri 8 Jun 5-9pm @ Start/Finish Line
Prologue: Sat 9 Jun @ Start/Finish Line- Cars 8am & Bikes 12:30pm
Day 1 (Alice to Finke): Sun 10 Jun @ Start/Finish Line- Cars 7:15am & Bikes 11:30am
Day 2 (Finke to Alice): Mon 11 Jun @ Finke- Cars 7:15am & Bikes 11.45am
Presentation: Mon 11 Jun @ Convention Centre- Doors open 6pm, presentation starts 8-12pm

Event Days and Times

Friday 8- Monday 11 June, Start times vary across the weekend's activities


All campers are asked to make a gold coin donation to the Finke Desert Race Inc.
Camping fees may apply, as much of the land is on private property. The fees are to the discretion of the landowner.



Phone: 08 8952 8886


Categories: Major Events

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