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Gather the Family for Picnic Day in the Northern Territory

Gather the Family for Picnic Day in the Northern Territory

If a picnic isn’t a good excuse to have a holiday, then we don’t know what is! Every year, on the first day of August, the locals of the Northern Territory gather for Picnic Day, one of the most renowned and anticipated NT public holidays.

If a picnic isn’t a good excuse to have a holiday, then we don’t know what is! Every year, on the first day of August, the locals of the Northern Territory gather for Picnic Day, one of the most renowned and anticipated NT public holidays.

What Is Picnic Day?

Now, it’s not just a walk in the park and sandwich or two. Picnic Day in NT is the equivalent of a bush Olympics followed by the banquet of champions. Anything and everything from truck rallies, tug-of-war, whip cracking, ball games, and children’s races line the streets of Darwin and surrounds. But the main event is the feast!
Friends and family assemble a basket (or five) full of treats, sweets and anything else they fancy on a (hopefully) warm day in the park. While outsiders may think that closing down schools, shops and delivery services is mildly extreme for a Picnic Day, locals understand the true meaning of this public holiday: fellowship.

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Where To Celebrate Picnic Day?

Now, a delicious meal without good company is like spaghetti without the bolognese. Call up your friends and family and pick your location for Picnic Day in NT. If you’re not quite sure where to dine, or you feel like mixing it up this year, we’ll give you a few pointers. Check out the almighty Kakadu National Park just 90 minutes south-east of Darwin. The Gimbat picnic area is perfect for shaking out the rug, digging into a bit of tucker, and perhaps a glass of bubbly or two.

Why We Celebrate Picnic Day

This iconic NT public holiday started in the late 1800s as a way for workers to enjoy a day trip to the Adelaide River; that’s one important picnic! As time went on, other events began to gravitate towards the Picnic Day long weekend, such as the Harts Range races. The Harts Range races started back in 1946 when three brothers and the local police officer raced their horses to settle whose horse was the fastest. The Harts Range Races have now become an integral element of the Picnic Day in NT.
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