The Barunga Festival, one of the Northern Territory’s longest-running and much-loved festivals, will once again gear up to celebrate the best of remote Indigenous Australia, on June 8-10.
However, this year marks a special milestone, as it’s the 30th year since then-Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, was presented with the Barunga Statement which called for a treaty.
The three-day event showcases the indigenous community’s excellence in music, sports, dance, bush tucker, arts and other traditional activities.
A total of 4000 people are expected to descend on Barunga to participate in the festivities, and all are welcomed by the traditional owners.
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Barunga is located 70km south-east of Katherine, accessed via the sealed bitumen of Central Arnhem Road. It’s an easy 2WD-access drive to reach the remote community, but surrounding attractions may entice some low-range action.
There’s no fuel at Barunga, so it’s advised to fill up in Katherine; however, fuel is available around the clock at Beswick Community, located about 30km west of Barunga via a sealed road.
To see who’s performing, where to camp and how to get there, head to www.barungafestival.com.au. While you’re there, why not grab some tickets.
GENERAL ADMISSION PRICES
Youth (12-17): $18.35
Child (2-11): $8.13