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