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Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta

Save up those tinnies to build the ultimate sailing vessel and take out the top title.
By Marissa Ciampi
August 23, 2019
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Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta

Save up those tinnies to build the ultimate sailing vessel and take out the top title.
By Marissa Ciampi
August 23, 2019
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Darwin is home to its own out-there festival — the annual Lions Beer Can Regatta, during which teams of four build boats out of empty beer cans and race them to the finish line. The event was first established back in 1974 and continues to run each year at Mindil Beach. While the day is just meant to be a bit of fun, winners can grab up to $500 worth of cash prizes.

Apart from cans, plastic bottles and milk cartons are also allowed in your makeshift boat construction. If you're not into sailing, you can get involved with the many beach games happening throughout the day, too — including tug-of-war, sandcastle building, thong throwing and kayak competitions. Plus, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets will be trading, meaning plenty of food and craft stalls.

Throwing your boat in the water will cost $50 (registration here) or you can spectate for a gold coin donation.

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