Barunga is a perfect NT road-trip destination, located 70kms south-east of Katherine on Central Arnhem Road. The road is sealed, so there's no need for 4WDs but be mindful that Central Arnhem Road is a single lane, so please drive slowly.
There may be wandering stock such as buffalo and donkey. We caution against driving at night due to livestock and other hazards.
Fuel is unavailable for sale in Barunga - make sure you fill up your tank in Katherine before you head onto Central Arnhem Road.
Festival gates open at 10am on Friday the 8th and close on Monday the 12th of June.
shuttle with Bohdi Bus
Bodhi Bus runs a service from Katherine to Gapuwiyak that stops in Barunga on Saturday mornings. Check their website for availability and bookings.
The striking blue Mataranka Thermal Pools are an iconic Territory destination. The warm, crystalline waters of the natural pool is said to have the power to soothe aches and pains after a long day on the road. The water is spring fed, bubbling up at a fairly constant temperature of 34°C. The surrounding paperbark and palm forest filters the sun and leaves soft, dappled light playing on the water's surface.
Delve 15 metres underground to explore the stalactites and stalagmites of limestone caves formed millions of years ago and still growing today. The Cutta Cutta Caves system is home to a variety of native wildlife, including the rare Ghost Bat, and is rich in Indigenous culture and modern European history. Tours are conducted regularly and range from $11-$25.
Leliyn/Edith Falls is located on the western side of Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), 42 kilometres north of Katherine along the Stuart Highway.
Swim in the paperbark and pandanus fringed natural pool at the base of the falls, or follow the Leliyn trail (2.6km, 1 hour) through grevillea and spinifex and past scenic lookouts, stopping half way along for a refreshing swim in the Upper Pool.