When is Barunga Festival?
Barunga Festival falls on the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend each year.
The next festival is on 5-7 June, 2020.
Gates open 10am Friday June 5th and close midday Monday June 7th.
Do I need a permit to access Barunga Community?
Permits are not required to attend Barunga for the Festival weekend. You can enter the community from 10am Friday June 5th and must leave by midday Monday June 7th.
What are the behaviour protocols?
You are guests on Jawoyn land, please respect the community and stay within festival areas and camping grounds. Dress conservatively and be sun wise. Ask permission to take an individual’s photograph.
How do I get to Barunga? Will I need a 4WD?
Barunga is situated 80 km southeast of Katherine in the Northern Territory via sealed roads - there is no need for a 4WD.
If driving isn't your thing, Bodhi Bus runs a service from Katherine to Gapuwiyak that stops in Barunga on Saturday mornings.
Make sure you fill up your tank in Katherine before you head onto Central Arnhem Road, as fuel is unavailable for sale in Barunga. Fuel is available 24 hours a day at Beswick Community, 30km west from Barunga on sealed road.
Learn more on our getting here page.
How much do tickets cost?
Adult (18 years and over) $50
Youth (12 -17 years) $15
Child (2-11 years) $5
*Plus booking fees.
Is there a concession price?
No, there is only one type of adult ticket.
Where can I purchase a ticket?
Tickets can be purchased here. Your ticket is valid for the entire 3-day festival and entitles you to camp in the community.
Tickets will also be available (cash only) at the gate as you arrive at Barunga Festival.
Can I buy a ticket for just one day?
No, all tickets to Barunga Festival are valid for the entire weekend.
We encourage people to stay at the event for the whole weekend, and caution against driving at night. If leaving at night please drive slowly and be aware there can be wandering stock including buffalo and donkey on the road.
Where can I stay?
Self-sufficient camping is the only option at Barunga. There are no hotels at Barunga. Hotel, motel and caravan park options outside Barunga are available in Katherine (80 km NW) and Mataranka (83 km SW). There is a small hotel in Beswick (30 km east).
Are there showers and toilets avaiable?
There are four toilet blocks in the community and supplementary port-a-loos are situated near all campsite areas.
There are some shower facilities available plus a refreshing (croc-free) creek by the APRA Acoustic Tent. *Swim at own Risk!
Is the site wheelchair accessible?
There are very limited facilities to cater for disabled guests at this remote location. Internal roads are made of bitumen but there are no gutters or sealed footpaths. One disabled toilet is available.
Can I bring my caravan/campervan?
You are welcome to come in your caravan/campervan, but please note that all campsites are unpowered and generators are not permitted.
Can I have a fire in the campground?
Campfires are permitted, but you must bring your own firewood. Please be respectful of surrounding campsites.
Is there anywhere to swim?
Yes, there is a croc free creek accessible from the food area. Children must be supervised at all times.
What will the weather be like?
Daytime temperature hover around 30°C. At nighttime, the temperature drops to around 13°. Bring warm clothes for the evening.
Is there an ATM on site?
There is an ATM at the local general store. During the Festival, however, it can be unreliable due to increases in mobile phone traffic and limited internet access. We recommend bringing cash.
Can I bring my camera?
Yes! You are more than welcome to take photos throughout the festival for your own personal keepsakes.
However, any use of images for promotional or commercial use without the permission of the Barunga Festival Organising Committee will breach cultural protocols and may be liable to legal action.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are not encouraged at Barunga Festival, however if you do choose to bring them, please do so at your own risk.
Will there be mobile phone service?
Only Telstra signal is available at Barunga.
We suggest you switch off your devices and enjoy yourself at Barunga Festival.
Is food available and can I use EFTPOS?
There is a variety of healthy food available from the food stalls in Heritage Park open early to late. These stalls accept cash and card.
The local general store is open during the day throughout the festival. Eftpos is available at the store.
Is there First Aid avaiable?
Yes, St John’s Ambulance will be in attendance during the day and will be based at the football oval (where most minor injuries occur). Barunga clinic will be open all weekend for more serious health issues. As Barunga is a remote location with no pharmacy, please bring all your medications with you.
Can I volunteer at the festival?
No. The Festival has a ‘no volunteer’ policy. We endeavor to employ local people as needed.
Is there an Info Booth?
The Festival Info Tent is located in Heritage Park (behind the Main Stage). It is open over the festival for up-to-date info on what’s happening, program changes, lost property and children.