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A surprising oasis in South Australia's rugged outback
A surprising oasis in South Australia's rugged outback

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The Innamincka Races is an annual weekend of horse racing and gymkhana competition dating back to the time of settlement in the late 1800s.

It is normally run the weekend before the Birdsville Races in late August. A highlight of the Innamincka social calendar, the races are one of the last true ‘picnic’ horse racing meets where the horses are unregistered race horses.

The Innamincka Races is a traditional bush race meeting with on-course bookmakers, full race program, food and bar facilities, fashions on the field, novelty races for the children and adults, music and entertainment. It’s a family friendly environment with competition for kids from as young as four years of age. In fact, the local children who live on the surrounding cattle stations look forward to the weekend just as much as their parents, as it is a time for them to play with the other kids, go camping, and have some fun riding.
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The Outback Loop | A great way to see the South Australian outback at it’s most interesting is to ‘do’ the Outback Loop.

The Outback Loop takes travellers on a historic and cultural tour across the ever-changing landscape of the South Australian and Queensland outback including homesteads, ruins, historic and significant landmarks, along with the natural phenomenon of the area’s beautiful lakes systems, rivers, creeks, deserts, salt pans, gibber plains, and more.
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Heading north from Innamincka? You won’t want to miss out on a beer at the Birdsville Hotel.

Anyone with an adventurer’s spirit and a desire to explore the rugged beauty of Australia’s unique outback will have the iconic Birdsville Track on their ‘must-do’ list.
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Starlight Cinema | The Innamincka Hotel offers entertainment that is a little out of the ordinary. Although the hotel’s backyard (so to speak) caters for a few outdoor diners, it’s the charm of the Starlight Cinema where families can enjoy a classic Aussie movie under a blanket of stars that delights visitors.

And before the movie kicks off (or anytime in fact), why not play 18 holes on what is surely Australia’s most remote mini golf course. You can also join us for a sing along on karaoke night.
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Cullyamurra Waterhole | One of the most surprising finds in the Innamincka region is just 16 kms up the road from the pub. The Cullyamurra Waterhole is Australia’s largest billabong at 7kms long and a staggering 28 metres deep.

Like most of the Innamincka Regional Reserve, Cullyamurra Waterhole is alive with wildlife and is a birdwatchers paradise. Yellowbelly and catfish are plentiful and if fishing isn’t your thing, the waterhole is famous for some of the most stunning sunsets in the outback.
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Cooper Creek Tours | Along with providing excellent meals, comfy accommodation and icy cold drinks, the Innamincka Hotel also organises private tours to local landmarks and historical points of interest.

Discover the delights of the Cooper Creek from the water, join our experienced guides on a 4WD tour of the majestic Coongie Lakes, or ask our friendly staff to tailor a tour to suit your interests.
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Cooper Creek Cruises | The 1½hr sunset cruise will leave you captivated as you meander along the creek and take in the stunning birdlife, spot the occasional inquisitive animal on the banks, and marvel at the variety of flora along this surprisingly serene waterway.

As the last light fades, and the boat pulls into the bank, campfires pop up along the riverbanks like fireflies and the peace is broken by crackling fires, noisy insects and overly enthusiastic Yellowbelly leaping from the water.
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Cooper Creek Cruises | If you’re looking to treat yourself, the Innamincka Hotel also offers sunset Cooper Creek cruises aboard the ‘Kingfisher’ where guest can relax drinks and canapés while your guide explains some of the more fascinating aspects of the Cooper Creek and the Innamincka Regional Reserve.
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Congee Lakes | Coongie Lakes National Park lies approx 105 kms north west of Innamincka in the Innamincka Regional Reserve. One of South Australia’s most stunning natural attractions, the park is a water reserve and features a diverse mosaic of lakes, channels, waterholes, internal deltas, shallow floodplains, dunefield areas, and swamps.
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Camping on the Cooper Creek | Local corellas and cockatoos will make sure your day starts early, while predators like the grey falcon sit high in the branches of the Coolabah and Northern River Red Gum trees waiting for an unsuspecting meal. Keep an eye out for dingoes, red kangaroos, turtles, water rats and smaller marsupials like the rare Dusky and Fawn Hopping Mice. There are snakes in the area, including the deadly Inland Taipan, but these are rarely seen during the cooler months.

Even though you’re roughing it on the banks of the Cooper, don’t forget the pub offers great meals and it’s a beautifully cool spot to have a few cold drinks on a hot Innamincka day.
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