Make the long weekend a week long cultural immersion and Top End exploration!
This much loved Territory event sees people from all over the country descend upon the small Indigenous community south of Katherine where they camp and take part in a program of workshops, dancing ceremonies, didgeridoo making, basket weaving and enjoy plenty of great music and sport from the region. Barunga Festival is an exciting time for the community as they reunite with family members and countrymen from all over the Top End, and welcome tourists from far and near to experience contemporary community life for the weekend.
Join in activities at the Festival after exploring Kakadu, Nitmiluk & Litchfield National Parks in depth as you immerse yourself in Indigenous culture, spectacular & refreshing waterfalls and view an array of wildlife & mesmerising scenery.
Day 1 (Friday) – Darwin to Litchfield (LD) – Camping Florence Falls
Depart Darwin @ 7.30am and make our way to Litchfield National Park. Set up camp and spend the afternoon exploring, relaxing and swimming in some fantastic easily accessible waterfalls.
Day 2 (Saturday) – Litchfield to Barunga (BLD) – Camping
Making our way through Pine Creek towards Katherine, we call in at Edith Falls for a walk and swim before a shopping stop in Katherine and arrive at Barunga (45 min south of Katherine.) mid-afternoon to set up camp in the community camp-ground. Get involved in some of the activities and relax in the evening listening to the Indigenous bands at the Skinnyfish stage or other featured artists down at the riverside APRA tent.
Day 3 (Sunday) Barunga Festival (BLD)– Camping Barunga
A whole day to partake in all the different activities available. These include: Damper Cooking, Yidaki (didgeridoo) Making and Demonstration, Weaving Workshops, Bush Tucker, Spear Throwing Competition, Kriol Language Classes & Women’s Story Telling. Spend the evening listening to some fabulous music at either the Skinnyfish stage or the APRA riverside tent.
Day 4 (Monday) – Kakadu to Katherine (BLD) Camping Gunlom
This morning we travel to Kakadu via Nitmiluk Gorge, cruise the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge before traveling to Kakadu. Explore Gunlom and swim in the infamous Infinity pool.
Day 5 (Tuesday ) –Kakadu (BLD)
We head northwards through the Park to our next favourite waterfall – Maguk(Barramundi Gorge). Nestled amongst the sandstone escarpment at the end of a paper-bark lined rock pools above and the plunge pool below the falls provide a refreshing swim option.
Day 6 (Wednesday) – Kakadu to Darwin (BL)
Join the Guluyambi Cultural cruise to learn about Lore from local Bininj. View ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and take in the spectacular scenery as we climb atop the rocky outcrop for majestic views of the Arnhemland sandstone plateau, Arriving back in Darwin late afternoon.
Confirmed Artists for 2021 Barunga Festival
- Artists will be announced early 2021
- All meals as indicated.
- All Camping Equipment
- Festival Entry Fee
- Kakadu National Park Fees
- Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise.
- Guluyambi Cultural Cruise.
- Sleeping bag hire $20
Barunga is a DRY community – No alcohol is to be carried into Festival. Police will be inspecting vehicles on entry.
For more information about the Festival, visit Barunga Festival website