The Australians are known for their Larrikin humor. We are also very generous and would like to raise money for our local municipalities. Raffles, Lamington drives, and charity balls tend to get a bit boring, and community fundraising committees are always looking for new and interesting fundraising ideas. Combine humor, community spirit and the need to create a bit of fun, and you get some of the craziest events that Australia has to offer.
A few events lasted only a short time, such as the local in a rural town sitting on a saddle in front of the local pub for a whole weekend to collect money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service , Many events that started with a joke surprised even the organizers with their popularity.
0 Henley-On-Todd Regatta
Every year in August, the dry bed of the Todd River in Alice Springs is the unusual location for a boat race. Originally it was played in the rowing regattas after the British model, which still take place in large cities, as a funny fun.
Already in 1962 members of the local Rotary club met for a picnic on the dry creek bed and talked about fundraising ideas. One member actually joked when he proposed to do a "boat race" in which "oarsmen" carried their boats across the dry riverbed. The idea, however, aroused the imagination of the locals, and the Henley-on-Todd Regatta became an annual event in the middle of the outback.
At the Madcap event, "rowers" teams walk around in a dry creek bed in their makeshift "boats," much like Fred Flintstone's car in the '60s. The participants have to build their own boat large enough to accommodate a crew of four running down the river bed. Costumes are strongly promoted, which contributes to a generally fun atmosphere of the regatta. 
9 Dunny Races
Few things are typically "Australian" as the old bush lodge or "Dunny" as we call it. Therefore, it is not surprising that this was included in the Australia Day celebrations on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
In January each year, five teams gather for the annual Dunny Race.  Four team members push and pull a Dunny wheeled portable device, while the fifth competitor sits on the "throne" for the daring run of the finish line.
The Dunny Race is just part of a crazy Australia Day festival. Other typical Australian activities on this day are a Weetbix competition, a Tanga competition and a crab race. Like all major Australian festivals, there is plenty of beer.
8 Darwin Beer Can Regatta
In July of each year, the Darwin Lions Club organizes a donation campaign for fundraisers.
Unlike their comrades in Alice Springs, the boats actually go to Mindl Beach. The catch is that the boats have to be made from recycled beer cans. Participants spend several months preparing their ships in the hope that their boats will actually swim. Many do not do it. You also need to consume a lot of beer on behalf of the charity on the route.
Participants take a set course and attempt to sabotage the opposition along the route. From water cannons to flour bombs, almost everything is about capsizing the other boats. A secret object is hidden on the route and the winner is the crew that successfully brings it to land. It is perfectly acceptable to steal the object from other crews.
The Darwin Beer Can Regatta is certainly one of the craziest fundraisers you'll see in Australia.
7 Cockroach Races
There is an Australian saying People would "bet two flies are crawling on the wall." The Story Bridge Hotel in Brisbane will take insects to a new level.
In January of each year, the hotel's Australia Day Cockroach Races have become a major community event. In 1982, two patrons decided to settle a dispute over which suburb had the faster cockroaches by resting with them. Today the Australia Day Cockroach Races have become a major annual fundraiser for a youth organization. 
The road is closed, with "stadiums" that can be built around the "Arena" to watch the races comfortably. The event program includes an "obstacle race" where the cockies have to climb over a hose. Competitors buy and train their cockies before the event and give them witty names under which they compete for the day.
It may not be an event to consider if you are not partially faced with insects.
Wearing your new wife over the threshold was a time-honored tradition. Would not you believe that the Australian city of Singleton has hosted the Australian Wife Carrying Championships since 2005?
The event is being held as a novelty at the annual Singleton Agricultural Show and has been inspired by the World Wife Carrying Championships in Finland every year since 1992.  Participants must run an obstacle course with their wives on the Complete back.
The fastest time pair is declared Australian champion. The winners also have the opportunity to travel to Finland to attend the World Wife Carrying Championships.
5 Tuna Tossing in South Australia
In January of each year, the South Australian city of Port Lincoln celebrates the festival's tuna industry. "Tunarama" offers the usual music, food stalls and fireworks for local festival visitors. However, the most popular event in the festival program is the annual Tuna Toss.
In 1979, some members of the festival committee decided that the festival needed something to enliven it. When they discovered how the local tuna fishermen would throw their catch from the boats to the waiting trucks, they decided to launch their own tuna. Like many other unusual events, Tunarama Tuna Toss is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Burly young men stand on the sand turning a tuna to see how far they can throw it. A 9 to 10 kilogram tuna is thrown using a technique similar to Olympic hammer throwers. The current record is 37.23 meters. 
If you do not want to throw a big fish, the festival still gives you the opportunity to taste the local seafood.
4 Cane Toad Racing
The ugly cane toad was introduced to Queensland in the 1930s to control the cane beetles that influenced local sugarcane crops. The experiment has not only failed, but the poisonous toads have reached pest quota throughout Queensland, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
But this does not stop the Australians from having a bit of fun with them. Many pubs in the north of Queensland now host weekly or even daily toadstalk races with the numbers attached to the back of the toads, which are placed in the middle of an arena. The first toad that jumps out of the arena wins.
In the 1980s, the races started on Magnetic Island in Queensland to raise money for local charities in an entertaining way. It was so much fun that the breeds became as viral as the toads themselves and can be enjoyed in many pubs in Queensland.
3 Birdsville Race
Remote rural communities always had to invent their own fun. So when a group of landowners and ranchers hosted a charity race on the Queensland-Northern Territory border in 1882, they barely knew it would become a major event on the Australian racing calendar.
Today, the population of the small town of Birdsville on the edge of the Simpson Desert explodes from around 140 to thousands. Hundreds of horses and thousands of spectators gather every year in September for the annual race in the Nowhere. Unlike other prestigious events, racers camp in tents under the stars and consume 80,000 cans of beer.
As with most Australian events, the emphasis is on fun. Costumes are the order of the day, with a range of fun activities organized during the week to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. From fun runs and sack races to a "mock race" where toy horses are pulled along the main road, the Birdsville races have become an annual fun festival. 
2 Melbourne Birdman Rally
Man has always dreamed of flying, as the history of Icarus shows in Greek mythology. Every year in March, birdwatchers from Australia meet in Melbourne for the annual Birdman Rally, part of the Moomba Festival.  Competitors spend months designing and building their crazy flying machines before plunging into the Yarra River on behalf of a charity.
Homemade gliders, more serious airplanes and simply funny birdman costumes fight for distance and entertainment. The crazier the better, and there are points for creativity and humor. The goal is to get to the other side of the Yarra River, although the competitors inevitably fall into the water.
The results of the winners depend not only on how far they can fly, but also how much money they earn
1 Narooma Duck Races
Yes, the Australians will bet on almost everything including rubber dad. On the southwestern coast of NSW, the Narooma Rotary Club hosts a yearly "Duck Race" as one of the most important fundraising events in the community.
Every day in Australia, 1,000 numbered bathers are thrown into the mouth of the local bridge to "swim" downstream. The locals take a ticket and crowd their duck from the foothills. The first duck reaching the quay will be declared the winner. In the meantime, local surf club members kayak into the water to rescue stubborn ducks that are leaving the course and then being "disqualified".
The Duck Races have been running for over ten years and are firmly anchored on the local Australia Day calendar. Locals compete for first-class spots in the foreland to watch the races. 
Lesley Connor is a retired Australian newspaper editor who provides travel articles for online publications and her own travel blog.