Confession: Despite being Darwin-born and bred we had never been to the Adelaide River Races until this year.
Crazy huh? It is after-all an iconic event on the Top End calendar and everyone raves about it.
So, this year we decided to see what all the fuss was about and also to celebrate a 30th birthday.
We got together a big group, hired a mini bus then paid off a friend to be our sober driver (we’d heard camping gets a little cray cray so we wanted to head back into town for the night).
So, what was the verdict?
It’s quite hard to describe but it is quite literally like nothing you have ever experienced. It is extremely relaxed and laid-back – even more than the Darwin Cup and that’s saying something! But, unlike the Darwin Cup, we had no problem finding seats and tables and there was plenty of shade.
The vibes are very, very casual and the ‘cowboy-look’ seemed to be the dress code of the day. Possibly because actually cowboys attend… apparently.
Hence, for outfit deets.. trusty black ankle boots and a wide brimmed Lack of Color Spencer Boater (rather than a fascinator) were the go.
While the day is a fairly chilled affair after the sun goes down it’s a different story. This is when the band comes on and things get wild. Think: a country and western hoedown, but with Top 40 music and way more fun!
So our verdict is yes- the Adelaide River Races lives up to its reputation as a truly unique event – one you just have to see for yourself.
More info on the Adelaide River Races here.
Crop Top: Dion Lee, from Green with Envy
Skirt: Veronika Maine
Hat: Lack of Color