Australian Toby Price has won the Dakar twice (and this year, he did it with a broken wrist) – that pretty much tells you all you need to know about Aussie rally maniacs.
If you’d like to see the madness up close, here are the three biggest Australian rallies to check out if you’re headed down under.
Condo 750, Second weekend of April
Condo 750 is a two-day off-road navigation rally, attracting Aussie Dakar stars, Australian Safari winners, and rookies alike. This is a great rally for spectators as the bivouac does not move, so you can see your favorite crews and their rigs up close each day of the race.
Tatts Finke Desert Race, June 7-10
Tatts Finke Desert Race, originating in Alice Springs and terminating in a small town of Aputula, is a two-day desert rally over varying terrain with tough, grueling stages in a remote region of Australia. The organizers promise that Finke is “the most fun you can have with a helmet on”, so if you love desert racing, this short race might be perfect for you!
Sunraysia Rally, September 11-14
One of the largest cross-country rallies in Australia, Sunraysia promises over 1,200 kilometers of grueling terrain in five stages. They have classes for motorcycles, quads, sidecars and auto categories. And the best part? There’s also a class specifically for adventure riders, so if you want to ride sandy terrain with typical Australian bush tracks, the Sunraysia is for you (you will need to get a license to race, however, but organizers offer to arrange one for you locally, simply contact them beforehand). Since most of the stages are held on private properties, chasing the rally isn’t an option, but there are different offers for media.