During February and March, Adelaide is bombarded with a frenzy of festivals, and Adelaidians, hit-up the packed schedule of events, parties and gigs like someone with only weeks to live.
However as much as everyone loves Mad March, sometimes it can become a little exhausting, as the city is immersed in a thick fog of flashing lights, V8 fumes and endless glasses of bubbly.
This weekend provides a rare opportunity to escape the city, while not missing any of the Festival excitement.
The Desert Fringe arrives in Port Augusta during February 26 and 27 – bringing comedy art and music to the “crossroads of Australia” – where the desert, sea and Flinders ranges meet.
Beginning at 6pm on Friday night, the party kicks off with a free for community barbeque.
Until late on Saturday night three venues – Gladstone Square, the Barracks and the Institute Theatre – will overflow with a packed schedule of entertainment.
Comedy band the Axis of Awesome’s Infinity Rock Explosion will headline Friday night, while Saturday night it is Fiona Scott Norman’s turn to take the stage with her smash hit show The Needle and the Damage Done.
Sunday afternoon offers a chance to see the sites of the region, with the surrounding historic Quorn township, Wilpena Pound and local wineries perfect for a relaxed day trip.
There is also plenty to see and do in Port Augusta. The town boasts an award winning tourism centre, boat tours of the Spencer Gulf and the acclaimed Australian Arid Lands Botanical Park.
For those that appreciate a shiny V8, the weekend also coincides with the annual NDMA Port Augusta motor-show. There’s still spaces left for the show and shine if you want wish to show off your road-tripping ride.
Tickets for the headline Desert Fringe events can be purchased at www.adelaidefringe.com.au.