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Escape to Nanua

Friday, 14th October, 2011

The forecast is for blue skies and stiff competition at the 66th annual Nanua Picnic Races this weekend.

Despite being cancelled last year due to the rain, the races on Kimberley Station, south of Broken Hill, are back and there’s a full dance card of events planned from tonight onwards.

It’s the only race event still held on a private property, but with a total of 31 events, including whip cracking, barrel racing, yabby races and tug of war - not to mention the horse racing - there’s bound to be plenty of outback fun on offer.

Committee treasurer, Suzanne Withers, said the beauty of Nanua was the family atmosphere and the chance to get away for the weekend.

“It attracts quite a lot of people from South Australia, and this year we’ve had inquiries from as far away as Waikerie.

“We generally attract a crowd of 400 to 450 people.”

And with just three cancellations in the race’s 66-year history, she said organisers were pleased that the forecast was set for the high 20s. 

Punters are invited to dress up in their tropical best and attend tonight’s Hawaiian night at the race bar at 7:30pm. The gymkhana and races begin at 9:30am tomorrow.

Nanua racetrack can be found 140 kilometres south of Broken Hill. Follow the signs past the Netley turnoff, and travel 70 kilometres off the bitumen to Kimberley Station. Organisers say the road is in good condition, but travel with caution.



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