Spectator Information

  • COVID INFO

    COVID 19 INFORMATION

    Interstate Travellers

    Everyone travelling to the NT is required to complete an online NT Border Entry Form.

  • Camping Form

    2021 APUTULA COMMUNITY (FINKE) SPECTATOR REGISTRATION

    Camping on the Aputula Aboriginal Land Trust at the Finke Community, in the ‘Race Camp’ to the north of the community, is discouraged for ALL Spectators.

    Camping is reserved for Competitors, Crew, Officials and Volunteers.

    Should you choose to camp you MUST register your details, complete the COVID declaration and pay the $20 camping fee per adult.

  • General Information

    Spectator information is available here as a PDF download. The document may be updated from time to time.

     
  • All Weekend Passes

    All pre purchased spectator passes will be available for collection from the Finke Pop Up Shop

    POP UP STALL Location: Alice Plaza Shopping Centre

    • Sunday 6th June: 11am to 2pm
    • Monday 7th June to Wednesday 9th June: 10am to 5pm
    • Thursday 10th June: 12pm to 9pm

  • Finke Street Party & Night Markets

    The 'Finke Street Party & Night Markets' will be held on Thursday 10th June in the heart of Alice Springs on Todd Street.

     
  • Scrutineering

    Scrutineering is held at the Start/Finish Line from 4.00pm to 9.00pm. This is where all competitor’s (bikes, quads and buggy’s) must have their machine and clothing checked and passed for racing. While scrutineering is going on, all bikes and cars are on display, food and drink stalls are in operation, official merchandise is also on sale. It’s a great place to get up close and personal with the riders/drivers and their amazing machinery. Additionally you can get a bite to eat, relax, catch up with mates, and get a great feel for the weekend to come.

  • Camping Along The Track

    Please Note: NO Camping is allowed at the Finke Desert Race Start/Finish line. Saturday is commonly when most campers will head down the track to set up camp for the weekend. All campers are asked to make a gold coin donation to the Finke Desert Race Inc for the pleasure of staying out under the stars. Camping is allowed anywhere throughout the whole 220km course, at your own risk. There are many things to bear in mind:

    Camping Fees

    If you are camping along the Finke track, the majority of the land is private property. If you intend to camp between the start line and Ewaninga rail siding, you may incur a fee. The landholder has the right to do this. If you are unhappy with this, please direct your enquiry to the landholder who will be clearly identified. The Finke Desert Race Club conducts the race on other people’s property and has no control over camping fees. We ask that all campers respect the land they are camping on and bring back any rubbish.

    Campfires

    Campfires - these need to be monitored carefully and fully extinguished when finished with. Please take your own firewood.

    Consideration for others

    Nobody wants to stop you from having a fun filled weekend but be aware of your surroundings. There may be others camping nearby that may not enjoy your particular brand of Death Metal music, use of foul language or anti-social behaviour. Please be considerate to other campers and keep noise to a minimum.

    Dogs

    In the interest of safety, dogs are not permitted at the event or down the track whilst camping.

    Medical Assistence

    If, during your time camping as a spectator you require any medical assistance St John Ambulance are situated at each of the checkpoints along the track from Saturday afternoon until the last bike has passed through on Monday afternoon. Please see Track map for checkpoint locations at Deep Well, Rodinga, Bundooma, Mt Squires and Finke Checkpoint. We also have access to one Paramedic based jet ranger helicopter based at Bundooma checkpoint and two smaller helicopters following the event. These are obviously intended for competitor use, but would be used in the case of an emergency for any patient.

    Landowners

    The land you are camping on during the event is privately owned cattle station property. We are extremely grateful to the station owners, and need to respect the fact that they have allowed us to use their property. Remember to bring your own firewood, take extreme care with all fires and please take your litter home with you. Keep the impact low on their land by sticking to the designated tracks, don’t make your own tracks into the bush, there are hidden dangers you may not be aware of. Keeping our event successful means we need to support the cattleman’s land care programmes and care for our environment.

    Police Presence

    Throughout the whole weekend we have a strong Police presence along the track. They assist us in ensuring our spectators are being safe & responsible, respecting landowners and competitors. Police will conduct random breath testing, watch for speeding (leave racing to the pro’s) and the driving/riding of unregistered vehicles along the road.
  • Car Parking

    Designated parking areas are available for your convenience. Please heed the directions of the car park attendants. Vehicles are permitted to enter and park on condition that Finke Desert Race Inc, the Northern Territory Government and sponsors are not under any liability whether in contract or in tort and wether for negligence or as an occupier or on any other basis or for any cause of action, for loss of, or damage to, the vehicle or its contents, no matter how or where such may be caused.
  • Dogs

    In the interest of safety, dogs are not permitted at the event or down the track whilst camping.
  • Maps & Road Closures

    Maps of the track and diagrams of the venues are available as a 2021 Maps TBA. These may be updated from time. A map of the track for use in Google Earth and other navigation devices is available as a KML download. These may be updated from time.


  • Race Results

    Scoreboards will display start, checkpoint and finish times at the Alice Springs Start/Finish Line next to the competitor relations office. Results for Race Day 1 and start times for Race Day 2 will be available at Finke Checkpoint and on the website. Some copies of the results from Day 1 will be available at the catering tent at Finke. The results will also be constantly updated on the event’s official website.

  • Safety First

    You will need to extremely aware of safety both for yourselves and our competitors. If you are camping with young children, please watch them at all times and stand well back from the track during racing. Don’t wander on the track, it may look clear but you can’t be sure of what is coming at you at race speeds. Standing on the outside of corners can be dangerous, so avoid this at all times – car and bikes are travelling at very high speeds in dusty conditions! Our competitors are focused on their race and are not looking for you, your kids or your dog – leave your dog at home! It is their track from 6am – 6pm, give them the respect they deserve! Avoid driving up and down the access road (next to the racetrack) during racing as the dust and traffic can be very distracting and dangerous for our competitors.
  • Visitor Information

    For more information you can visit the Central Australian Tourism Visitor Centre on the corner of Todd Mall and Gregory Terrace while here in Alice or you can browse several web sites for popular and great ‘off the beaten track’ sight-seeing. For example:

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