Northern Territory Picnic Day - August
Mon, Aug 7, 2023

Northern Territory Picnic Day

Northern Territory Picnic Day is an Australian holiday popular with outdoor enthusiasts. It is celebrated not only in the northern territory, where there are not many inhabitants, but throughout Australia. Although the idea of ​​the holiday is simple, it has a rich history.


Northern Territory Picnic Day has been celebrated since the late 19th century, although its exact origin date is unknown. It gained popularity gradually. It all started with the tradition of railroad workers to gather for union picnics on the river bank. For some time, the tradition died out, but in the 1930s it resumed, and a decade later it spread to a wider segment of the population. Since 1946, it has been customary to organize horse races on this day.

Interesting facts

  • In 1936, almost the entire population of the town of Darwin went to the August picnic – this event was recorded by many news sources of that time.
  • The Northern Territory is famous for its magnificent expanses and picturesque landscapes.
  • Rodeo traditions are strong in Australia: Northern Territory Picnic Day is a great excuse to visit these events.

How to take part

Go on a picnic with friends or family. If no one wants to keep you company, enjoy outdoor food in splendid isolation. Barbecue or cook traditional Australian cuisine.

Join the Railway Heritage Picnic to enjoy great company and make new friends. As in the old days, a lot of people gather on the banks of the Adelaide River – picturesque scenery is guaranteed.

When is Northern Territory Picnic Day celebrated in 2023?

Northern Territory Picnic Day is observed on the first Monday of August.


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Monday August 7 2023
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