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Old 09-07-2017, 03:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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From the 'Only in Australia' File #001

Heaps of stories from the Land Down Under.

Probably not worth a thread for each Tale so let's string a few of them together here and when it's time to call stumps, start the next one.
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Darwin Beer Can Regatta in full swing, Battle of Mindil looming

Engineers of the beer can variety have come out of the backyard and onto the sand for Darwin's annual Beer Can Regatta, now in its 43rd year.

Perth, Canada and Raymond Terrace have all had a crack at replicating the quirky race on their shores but the Top End event,
although changed from an overnight "piss-up" to a tame, family-friendly event, is still going strong.

This year's boats range from a shambolic overnight job using gaffer tape and a blow-up pool to HMAS Bush Turkey — a design
inspired by a Viking-age dragon ship and made entirely out of cans of Western Australia's budget beer, Emu Export.
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David48 I was there me think 1977.
A friend won the Perth beer can regatta & won a trip to Darwin.
We came second behind the Darwin Navy.
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I'm watching an Aussie series on farm life called " Keeping up with the Jones's"
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Australian plane passenger checks in can of beer

A man has successfully checked in a can of beer as his only luggage on a domestic flight in Australia.



The man, identified in media as Dean Stinson, said he and a friend had come up with the idea as a joke.

The can arrived, tagged and unopened, as the first item on the baggage carousel at Perth Airport after a four-hour journey from Melbourne.

The airline, Qantas, said it did not encourage other travellers to follow suit.

"This guy's done it and he's won the internet for the day, so we're happy to move on," a spokesman said in a statement to the BBC.

The strange things people put in luggage

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Image caption The can arrived before other luggage, Mr Stinson said

Mr Stinson told AFP news agency he was pleased the can had arrived safely on Saturday.

"And it was in perfect condition," he added.

The airline does not charge an additional fee for checked baggage.

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From Beer Cans to Camel Races

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Boulia Camel Races sees thousands of tourists hump it to outback town



Thousands of tourists have humped to outback Queensland to take in the 21st annual Boulia Camel Races.


Dubbed the Melbourne Cup of camel racing, the event offered everything from camel races and camel tagging to mower races,
fireworks, and live music.


"Our tourism season revolves around the Boulia Camel Races, which is great," she said.
"We see our small population swell to a population of hopefully over 3,000 — they come from everywhere and make it their bucket list item to see it."
Murray Blake from Bunbury in Western Australia said he had come to the region with his wife as part of their second trip around the country.




^ A rider falls off a camel Camel owner, trainer and jockey Glenda Sutton said training camels could be a challenge.



^ A camel kicking during the camel tagging competition. (I have no idea what that is about)



^ Anyone for a Camel Burger?



^ Local motel owner John Hammond took out the lawn mower races on Friday night.



^ Charlie (the Camel) did not race, but still conned his handler for a caffeine hit to get him through the weekend.
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Separate Article ... Meet the cameleers behind the 'Melbourne cup' of camel racing
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HELLO SAILOR - Thousands with Thousands decend upon Brisbane

USS Ronald Reagan arrives into Brisbane port, thousands of US sailors to holiday.



Thousands of American sailors have flooded into Brisbane for a well-earned shore break after the arrival of the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan.

The $4 billion flagship of the US Navy arrived on Sunday several hours late into the waters near the Grain Wharf at the Port of Brisbane,
after delays due to tug availability.

But that did not dampened the spirits of the 4,500 sailors onboard who are now holidaying after taking part in the military exercise Talisman Sabre.



The $4 billion warship is in Brisbane for at least four days.
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