Held in Balranald, the 5 Rivers Outback Festival celebrates all thatís wonderful about living in a rural community thatís surrounded by five iconic river systems - the Murrumbidgee, Murray, Lachlan, Edward and Wakool. Running from October 11-13, the festival will feature a 4WD Muster, markets, cooking demos, jumping castles and great musicians including Aussie band Thirsty Merc. For info and bookings see: www. 5riversoutbackfestival.


Thereís no better place than Eden, NSW, to have a close encounter with whales. To celebrate this, the Sapphire Coast town will hold its annual whale festival from October 1-3. In addition to shore- and charter-based whale-watching opportunities, the festival includes an art exhibition, kite flying and kite-making workshops, live shows, a street parade, markets, food stalls, seafood, local produce, cooking demos, an oyster shucking competition, kidsí activities and entertainment, and much more. See the Eden Whale Festival Facebook page for updated info, comp details and gallery, or see


The National Perentie Meet will be held in Thurgoona, Albury, on October 3-4 and hosted by Australian Frontline Machinery. There will be a large number of Perentie Land Rovers for sale including roadworthy vehicles, new and second-hand parts, and unique military-style additions for Land Rovers, in addition to a range of non-roadworthy vehicles. Registration for the Perentie day and auction costs $25 and includes access to join the Land Rover convoy, participate in the Perentie Swap Meet and attend various functions. More info at www. australianfrontlinemachinery.


Hardcore off-road fans will want to get to the Willowglen Challenge, held over the October long weekend near Tarago, NSW. Hosted by the Toyota Land Cruiser Club of Australia, the event sees teams compete in a number of stages from Friday to Saturday, with the stages designed to suit both competitors and spectators and ensure maximum enjoyment, speedy recovery of vehicles and continuous running of events. The stages include Carnage Canyon, The Waterfall, Up the Creek, All Shook Up and Tyred ín Twisted. See www.tlcc. willowglen-event-information. htm for more details.


Keen to try out your 4x4 but unsure where to go? Try the CT 4x4 Club Fun Day at Millchester Motor Sport Recreation Facility. It allows novice and experienced drivers to test their vehicles on various terrain types, like soft sand and rocky outcrops, all while having experienced Four Wheel Drive Queensland members on-hand. Just 9km from Charters Towers, Millchester Motor Sport and Recreation Facility has everything from winch walls to mud pits, and CT 4x4 Club is family friendly catering for all 4x4 enthusiasts. See october-4x4-fun-day for more information.


If you want to see the latest and greatest 4x4 and adventure products, get along to the Australian 4WD and Adventure Show Adelaide. This three-day event from October 25-27, held at the Adelaide Showground, will showcase products from Australiaís leading 4WD accessory manufacturers and distributors. Thereíll be special guests, an adventure stage, new vehicles, ARB 4x4 recovery demos, Isuzu Team D-Max rides, and much more. See for more information.


Running from November 1-5, the festival offers loads of entertainment with activities put on by local community groups and businesses: village fairs, food and wine events, arts and exhibitions, the Grand Parade, fireworks, a fun run, and the Torch Light Parade. The festival culminates with the Mansfield Cup race day. See for more information.