Finke Desert Race – Scenic Flight


Booking a scenic flight with Northern Territory Air Services for the Finke Desert Race make this air adventure a central piece of your visit and a once in a lifetime experience.

The Finke Desert Race, or Tatts Finke Desert Race, an off-road, multi-terrain two-day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quad bikes through desert country from Alice Springs to the small and remote community of Aputula (called Finke until the 1980s) in Australia’s Northern Territory. The race is held each year on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June. “Finke”, as it is commonly known, is one of the biggest annual sporting events in the Northern Territory.

The race started in 1976 as a “there and back” challenge for a group of local motorbike riders to race from Alice Springs to the Finke River and return. After the success of this initial ride, the Finke Desert Race has been held annually on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend ever since. The race is run along sections of what was the Old Ghan railway service track adjacent to the railway line along a winding corrugated track, which snakes through typical outback terrain of red dirt, sand, spinifex, mulga and desert oaks. Even though the railway was realigned and rebuilt in the early 1980s, with the old tracks being pulled up, the race continues along its original course.

General Information

Spectator information is available here as a PDF download. The document may be updated from time to time.

2021 Spectator Information

Northern Territory Air Services will provide you with the means to engage in a chartered aircraft scenic flight. Our scenic flight allowing you to visit popular race locations from the air.

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