Watch Out For...
Field of Light Uluru
Until March 31, 2017 - Ayers Rock Resort, NT
Against the iconic backdrop of Uluru, Bruce Munro’s breathtaking installation of 50,000 solar-powered lights – as featured in OUTBACK (issue 107) – is on display until the end of March.
April 22–25, 2017 - Ayers Rock Resort, NT
Celebrate many aspects of Indigenous culture with this eclectic festival that includes an AFL competition, Indigenous music and bands, traditional bush foods, a short film festival and an Indigenous fashion parade.
Wide Open Space Festival
April 28–30, 2017 - Ross River Resort, NT
Wide Open Space promises to feed your mind, tickle your artistic fancy and get your booty shaking. The festival explores the mental, emotional, social, cultural and environmental landscapes of the desert.
Noonamah Tavern Rodeo
May 6, 2017 - Noonamah, NT
Forty kilometres down the Stuart Highway from Darwin is Noonamah, which holds rodeos every month or so in the dry season. The next one is on May 6.
(08) 8988 1054
May 13, 2017 - Old Andado Station, NT
To raise funds for the Old Andado Charitable Trust, camp the night and enjoy the country/folk entertainment, roaring fire, cash bar facilities and lots of dancing, singing and yarn-spinning. Adults $55, children $20.
Meegan Sullivan 0411 667 110
Never Never Festival
May 19–21, 2017 - Mataranka, NT
Rodeo, campdraft, cricket, fete, campfire cooking, poetry, whipcracking and music. How much more Aussie can it get?
June 22–25, 2017 - Brunette Downs, NT
Includes the Battle of the Barkly Ironman Challenge, campdrafting, gymkhana, a rodeo and two days of amateur horseracing, all put on by a community group more than 100 years old.
(08) 8972 1770
July 1 - February 18, 2017/2018, Darwin, NT
This exhibition at the excellent Museum and Art Gallery, NT, will include the largest and most important collection of early Papunya paintings in the world, and provide insight into the genesis of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement.
(08) 8999 8264
Royal Darwin Show
July 27–29, 2017 - Darwin, NT
Animals, utes, crafts, cooking, spear-throwing and horticulture all combine in the annual Royal Darwin Show.
Darwin Showgrounds and Exhibition Centre (08) 8984 3091
Harts Range Bush Sports Weekend
August 4–7, 2017 - Alice Springs, NT
Held in the majestic East MacDonnell Ranges, this 70-year-old tradition includes a black-tie ball, running races and novelty events, stock-horse races, a rodeo and gymkhana. Camping on site. BYO only.
Secretary Jo Fogarty (08) 8956 6303