Celebrate Australia's proud heritage and pioneering spirit as well as our unique quirkiness at Henley on the Mersey.
Try your hand at archery, whip cracking, sheaf tossing, egg throwing, scarecrow competition and the hurdy gurdy.
If you've always wanted to see the town and activities at Henley-on-Mersey from the air, helicopter rides are available.
A major feature of our program are the annual ferret races; this involves the ferrets being placed in one end of a long pipe that traverses up and down and around hay bales, with the first ferret to fully emerge from the pipe at the other end being the winner.
There are quite some anxious moments when the ferret starts to emerge, the crowd roars with delight and the ferret promptly retreats back into the pipe. There are also the delightful ferret fashion parade and ferret ‘chocolate wheel’ in which visitors and participants can win great prizes.
A major feature of this year’s program is the Bell’s Parade Triathlon conducted by the Triathletes Tasmania as part of their state program and of course the Axeman's Carnival which has been run since 1913 will be held throughout the day.
On the water activities include, Aqua Roller races, Betta Milk Raft Boat Race, Wooden Boat and Dragons Abreast sail pasts and, remote control yachts and speedboats.
There will also be plenty of food and wine featuring the best of Tasmanian produce as well as traditional festival snakes like fairy floss, burgers, hot roast rolls and saveloys . Perhaps you can pick a bargain from the many stallholders selling their