8-10 June, 2018 • A celebration & showcase of remote Australian Indigenous community life through music, sport & culture.



Sport has always been an important part of remote community life and it forms the backbone of the Barunga Festival program.


the backbone of Barunga festival and community life

Over 45 teams from across the NT and from as far as the East Kimberley, Queensland and Central Australia come to participate in Australian Rules football, basketball and softball competitions.

The football program now extends to young women and gives young players an opportunity to shine in front of large audiences. Basketball is keenly contested with men’s and women’s teams. Softball is also very popular at Barunga and is often a family affair with mothers, daughters and grandmothers all playing on the same team.


Sporting competitions

  • Men's Aussie Rules Football (AFL)
  • Women's Aussie Rules Football
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Women's Softball

Compete in the 2020 Barunga Festival Sports CarnivaL


Prizes for winning teams

First Place: $500

Second Place: $250

Key things to remember:

  • There is no registration fee for teams to play

  • Registrations are due by end of April.

  • Players will still need to buy tickets to the festival