What is Barunga like during festival time?

Barunga is a small community of 350 people. The 2015 Festival attracted over 4,000 people who stayed with family or camped in the campgrounds. Facilities are very limited and visitors must be self-sufficient.

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 9th and must leave by midday Monday June 12th.

What is the behaviour protocol?

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.

When is Barunga Festival?

Barunga Festival falls on the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend each year.

This year’s dates are 9-11 June, 2017.

Gates open 10am Friday June 9th and close midday Monday June 12th.



How do I get to Barunga Festival? How far is it? Will I need a 4-wheel drive?

Barunga is situated 80 km south east of Katherine in the NT.

The road is sealed all the way to Barunga, so you do not need a 4-wheel drive vehicle.

From the Stuart Highway turnoff, 50 km south of Katherine, the Central Arnhem road is single lane. PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY and be aware there can be wandering stock including buffalo and donkey on the road. We caution against driving at night due to livestock and other hazards.



How much do tickets cost?

Adult (18 years and over) $50
Youth (12 -17 years) $15
Child (2-11) $5

You can purchase tickets to Barunga 2017 here.

Where can I purchase a ticket?

Tickets are on sale now from Moshtix and will also be available at the gate. Please note that EFTPOS is not available for ticket sales at the gate.

Can I use EFTPOS to buy my ticket?

There are no EFTPOS facilities at the gate, so make sure you have cash on you if you wish to buy your tickets as you enter the festival.

Moshtix accept credit card and PayPal, please be aware that there is a booking fee for tickets purchased online.

What time does the gate open?

Gates open 10am Friday June 9th and close midday Monday June 12th.

Can I buy a ticket for just one day or night?

No, all tickets to Barunga Festival are valid for the entire weekend.

We encourage people to stay at the event for the whole weekend. If leaving at night PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY and be aware there can be wandering stock including buffalo and donkey on the road. We caution against driving at night due to livestock and other hazards.

Are there concession tickets?

No, there is only one adult ticket type.


Festival Time

What will the weather be like?

It depends what you are used to! Daytime temperature will hover around 30 degrees Celsius; at nighttime, the temperature drops to around 13 degrees. Bring a jumper.

Is there an ATM on site?

There is an ATM at the local Outback Store. During the Festival, however, it can be unreliable due to increases in mobile phone traffic and limited internet access. Bring plenty of 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.

Is there mobile phone coverage?

Only the Telstra signal is available at Barunga. We urge you to enable message bank and switch off your devices, or switch to airplane mode while enjoying yourself at the Barunga Festival. There are no charging stations at Barunga. Any phones found plugged into power points in the food or stalls area will be unplugged. There is limited electricity available at the site and we do not wish to have a power outage.

Is food available and can I use Eftpos?

The local Outback Store will be open during the day for the entire weekend. Eftpos is available at the store.

Barunga Festival’s Healthy Food Policy extends to the five mobile food businesses located in Culture Park. These will be open from early until late. Cash only

Is there local wildlife to be aware of?

There are buffalo and donkey in the general area. Please do not approach these animals at any time.


Is first aid available?

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 Information Booth?

The Information Merchandise booth is your ‘go to’ place for any information or issues. Located in the food area, staff will be able to advise you.

What are the dates of the 2017 festival?

Barunga Festival falls on the Queens Birthday long weekend every year. This year’s festival falls on 9-11 June, 2017.

Gates open 10am Friday June 9th and close midday Monday June 12th.


Camping and acommodation

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) and there is a small hotel in Beswick (30 km east).

What should I bring?

  • Camping gear – you need to be self-sufficient. Tents, bedding, chairs, food, water, eskies;
  • 20 L water containers full of water! – You will need plenty of water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. There are virtually no common taps;
  • Water bottle;
  • Torches and lighting for the evening;
  • Sun protection – broad brimmed hat, sun screen, umbrella;
  • Kids
  • Cash – anticipate your needs for the weekend
  • Medication and first aid
  • Food (if self-catering) – you can stock up in Katherine on the way.

Can I bring my caravan/campervan?

Yes, but there are no powered sites. Generators are not allowed.

Can I have a fire in the campground?

Yes, but you must bring your own firewood.

What should I leave at home?

  • Alcohol and drugs. Barunga Festival is proudly an alcohol, drug and smoke free event (there are designated smoking areas). Police will be checking cars on the way in;
  • Walky talkies and two way radios. Festival staff use radios for communication and do not want any interference;
  • Generators;
  • Pets (other than guide dogs);
  • Weapons, fireworks and anything else flammable, dangerous or dubious.

Is there anywhere to swim?

Yes, there is a croc free creek accessible from the food area. Children must be supervised at all times.

Is the site accessible for those in a wheelchair?

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.

Are there showers and toilets available?

Port-a-loos are brought in for the weekend. There are four existing toilet blocks in the community. There are no showers available. You can refresh in the croc-free creek near the APRA tent.