Henley-on-Mersey Australia Day Festival

Ferret racing at Henley-on-Mersey creates great excitement and anticipation amongst the audience but is also steeped in tradition. The practice was that a ferret would be placed down a rabbit hole and with due fervour seek out the rabbit, which trys to escape through another outlet only to be caught by a net over same. Many properties in the district were originally purchased thanks to the efforts of ferreting and the resulting rabbit pelt income. At Henley-on-Mersey this is imitated with ferrets placed in one end of a pipe with the first ferret to fully emerge from the pipe at the other end being declared the winner.

The conduct of the highly successful Bell's Parade Duathlon will also be held. Further information is available online from Cradle Coast Triathlon.

Other activities include Ferret Racing, Archery Competition, Whip Cracking Demonstration, Egg Throwing Competition, Dragons Abreast Display, Sheaf Tossing Competition, Henley State Series Duathlon, Betta Boat Land Race, Latrobe Federal Band, Ferret Chocolate Wheel, Great Aussie Cherry Spit Competition, Wood Chopping, Model Boats, Nearest the Pin Golf Competition, Iron Trial Strongman Exhibition, Historic Machinery, Veteran Cars, Helicopter rides, Gumboot Throwing Competition, Inflatables, Novelty Challenges, 501st Copperhead Squad, Sand Art, Slipstream Circus Workshops, Model Boats, Sherwood Hall Pioneering Display, Face Painting, Hurdy Gurdy rides, Zorb Balls and Slider and Wildlife Display.

Food and refreshments are available throughout the grounds.

Admission is $5 for adults with $1.00 children. Under 5's and ferrets FREE! Image for Henley-on-Mersey Australia Day Festival

Key Details


26 January


From 9AM


Bells Parade
Bells Parade


Mrs Kae Campbell

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Paid Event

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