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Ooraminna Deckchair Cinema
Date Thu 2nd Aug 2018 to Fri 30th Nov 2018
Visit the Iconic Ooraminna Station Filmset for an evening of delight in your deckchair under the starry sky

This Thursday screening
THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER

Travel out by luxury coach. Dinner included Bookings essential
Darwin Festival
Date Thu 9th Aug 2018 to Sun 26th Aug 2018
There’s no better time to visit the tropical Top End than during Darwin Festival each August, where a fabulous festival wonderland awaits you. Balmy nights under twinkling lights provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable dry season – known elsewhere in Australia simply as ‘winter’.
Darwin Festival combines warm outdoor festivities with a program rich with local, national and international talent. Cabaret, theatre, dance, visual arts, outdoor concerts under the stars and fun family events transform Darwin for 18 dazzling days and nights.
Relax in the balmy festoon-lit surrounds of Festival Park with a tasty dinner and drink from the iconic bamboo food stalls and pop-up bars as you listen to the soundtrack of local heroes on the Bamboo Bandstand. Or prepare to dance the night away to the hottest contemporary bands in the Festival’s iconic open-air big top, The Lighthouse. Glimmering with lights and sounds, The Lighthouse is one of the hottest tickets in town each August.
Darwin Festival celebrates the quintessential spirit and energy of Darwin, with its laidback, friendly lifestyle. Join in the fun of hot August nights and spend a tropical winter at Darwin Festival!
LIMBO
Date Thu 9th Aug 2018 to Sun 26th Aug 2018
The stunning Aurora Spiegeltent returns to this year's Darwin Festival and you’re invited to experience the intoxicating mix of cabaret, circus and acrobatics that is LIMBO.

From the creators of last year’s sell-out smash hit, BLANC de BLANC, and hot on the heels of an international tour, LIMBO is set to sizzle in Darwin, whisking audiences into a sinister netherworld of gut-churning contortion, breath-taking acrobatics, and jaw- dropping stunts.

Don’t miss your chance to see the show so hot Madonna saw it twice!
Run Larapinta Stage Race 2018
Date Fri 17th Aug 2018 to Mon 20th Aug 2018
Run Larapinta is a 4 day, 4 stage trail running race along the most spectacular sections of the iconic Larapinta Trail in Australia's Northern Territory.

Boundless beauty, breathless exuberance, day-old friendships that will last for years and the unspoilt grandeur of a landscape that transcends time… this is an extraordinary run that should be on every bucket list.

Two options to choose from:
The Malbunka: 20-45km stages
The Namatjira: 10-30km stages

WHERE: Larapinta Trail in the MacDonnell Ranges; Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.

WHEN: Friday 17th - Monday 20th August 2018

WHO: Runners and trail runners worldwide are welcome; from the recreational to the elite. You don't need to be fast but you do need to be determined and with long and short course options anyone can complete it.

LOGISTICS: You book your own accommodation and we arrange all the other race logistics for you, so at the end of each day's running you can kick back around the hotel pool and enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the Red Centre.

This is the ideal way to combine your love for running with a visit to one of the most popular and inspiring destinations in Australia, the Red Centre.
Bushcraft Survival Courses and Workshops (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Combined, Customised)
Date Sat 18th Aug 2018 to Mon 20th Aug 2018
Bushcraft Survival Australia (BSA) is an outdoor bushcraft survival school dedicated to teaching genuine and authentic traditional and modern outdoor living skills through carefully designed educational courses.

Our well structured courses and workshops span a range of specialist knowledge and skill sets from the priorities of basic survival, foraging for water and food, fire lighting and shelter construction through to natural navigation and aboriginal cooking methods, always respecting and learning from the insights provided from indigenous wisdom.

We offer courses in Darwin, Sydney and Coffs Harbour and cater to suit all levels of experience from the novice to the experienced outdoorsman, campers, fisherman, hikers, travellers, hunters, 4WD enthusiasts, bushcraft and survival enthusiasts, the young and the old, anyone with a passion for the outdoors and the natural world.

Our small friendly team of experienced, well trained and passionate bushcraft teachers and survival instructors will ensure a rewarding and friendly learning environment with an emphasis on teaching rather than just instruction, providing the opportunity for real skill and knowledge acquisition and personal development.
The Australian Ballet Regional Tour presents Coppelia
Date Thu 23rd Aug 2018 to Fri 24th Aug 2018
Ballet’s most charming comedy, live on stage: The Australian Ballet’s Regional Tour presents Coppelia.

Swanilda and Franz are in love … until a beautiful stranger, the daughter of the magician Dr Coppelius, appears in town. But she is not what she seems, and Swanilda must rescue Franz from the magician’s sinister workshop – with the help of some fancy footwork!

This sparkling tale of magic and mischief, with its irresistible melodies and ‘living dolls’, is amusing fun for the whole family. Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s stories, Coppelia features exquisite costumes by master designer Kristian Fredrikson.

Laughter and love, lively dancing and vivid colour – treat the family to Coppelia.
The Redback MTB Stage Race
Date Thu 23rd Aug 2018 to Sun 26th Aug 2018
Alice Springs is surrounded by kilometre after kilometre of hand built single track made for mountain bikes by mountain bikers, and this award winning event allows you race the trails with an awesome four day event designed for everyone.

The single track around Alice Springs really has to be ridden to be believed and if you have not been to Alice Springs before you'll be blown away by the quantity and quality of riding, along with the jaw dropping Red Centre landscape.

We’ve designed a race that allows you to ride as much single track as possible whilst keeping the race logistics super simple – stay in the one location all week, no car or support crew needed and we’ll even pick you up at the airport !

So lock it into your diary, grab your mates and join us for the MTB stage race with the easiest race logistics (and the best riding!).

WHAT:
4 day, 6 stage mountain bike stage race
Race all 6 stages OR pick and choose the stages you want to do!

GROUPS
Personalised group name event branded T-Shirt, for groups of 5 or more '6-stage riders'.
AKABURRAKAJINAMA: BUSH DYED ANINDILYAKWA HOMEWARES
Date Fri 24th Aug 2018 to Fri 5th Oct 2018
Akaburrakajinama (meaning ‘Lights On’ in the Anindilyakwa language spoken in the Groote Eylandt archipelago) is a striking showcase of the innovation and diversity of practice of Anindilyakwa artists. An exhibition which brings the natural palette and subtle aesthetic already so popular across their much-loved bush dyed jewellery and quintessential scarf ranges, to intriguing and unique statement homewares that will surprise and delight.

The master craftswomen of Anindilyakwa Arts bring their bush dying and weaving knowledge to a new range of gorgeous homewares. Stunning lampshades, bed linen, giant ghost net laundry baskets, upholstered home decor and accessories bring the botanical DNA and spirit of Groote Eylandt direct to the home.

"We are sharing our world. When you sit in that bush dye chair or sleep in the blanket, even if you have never been to our island, you can feel something. The spirit from the old people. You can learn about our culture." Vera Lalara, Anindilyakwa artist.

EXHIBITION
Akaburrakajinama runs from Friday 24 August until Friday 5 October.

OPENING
5:30pm – 7:30pm Friday 24 August

PROGRAMS
Bush dying demonstration
4:30pm – 5:30pm Friday 24 August

GALLERY HOURS
Weekdays: 9am - 4pm
Weekends: 9am - 3pm
Brumby Week 2018
Date Mon 27th Aug 2018 to Fri 31st Aug 2018
This week long event will feature brumby watching safaris through the outback with world expert in the horse's foot, Emeritus Professor Chris Pollitt and renowned Australian brumby researcher Dr Brian Hampson, educational lectures from experts, and the film premiere of The Desert Brumby II. International speakers on feral and wild horses and environmental management include: Dr Steve Petersen, American Mustang researcher from Utah, USA; Dr Elissa Cameron, New Zealand Kaimanawa horse behavioural specialist and local Brumby specialist, Dr Dave Berman.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in an indigenous immersion, hosted by Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience, and learn about bush tucker and medicine, traditional weapons, dot painting and language storytelling in the George Gill Ranges. Guided hikes will take you to the Watarrka National Park to see the magnificent Kings Canyon and learn about the native flora and fauna.

The event is expected to attract everyone from horse lovers to adventurers, road-trippers to international guests and academics; photographers will be in paradise. Participants will also be able to turn Brumby Week into an extended adventure, with Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park, the West MacDonnell National Park and Finke Gorge National Park an easy trip just down the road.
Desert Festival
Date Fri 31st Aug 2018 to Sat 13th Oct 2018
Presented by Red Hot Arts Central Australia, the Festival shares the stories, songs and the unique lifestyle of the Red Centre’s arid region. Featuring a vibrant program born out of the desert landscape, it celebrates the dynamic exchange between cultures in the heart of Australia.
Red CentreNATS
Date Fri 31st Aug 2018 to Sun 2nd Sep 2018
Red CentreNATS 04 will take place on the Father's Day weekend, 31st August until 2nd September 2018.

All tickets are now on sale at www.redcentrenats.com.au

All the action will be back for the ultimate festival of wheels, including burnouts, drag racing, show n shine, motorkhana, grass driving and the very popular street parade.

Red CentreNATS is a family-friendly auto festival with activities for all ages. Children 13 and under will get in free to all ticketed events.

The Red CentreNats is proudly presented by the Northern Territory Government in association with the SUMMERNATS.

For more information please visit our website or Facebook page.
Government House Open Day
Date Sat 1st Sep 2018
The Administrator of the Northern Territory invites you to enjoy the beauty and charm of Government House and its tropical gardens during its annual Open Day.

Explore Government House, learn about its history and the role of the Administrator, view historical photographs and information displays, stroll through the 1.3 hectare tropical gardens, and chat to staff and our team of horticulturists.

Live music, Devonshire tea and sausage sizzle available. Limited wheelchair access to the garden.

Government House was first completed on its site overlooking Darwin Harbour in 1871, and has endured cyclones, earthquakes, enemy bomb raids and frequent infestations of white ants. With the stunning tropical gardens as a fitting backdrop, the gracious rooms and tiled terrace of Government House are used by the Administrator to host official functions.
Mahbilil Festival - Jabiru
Date Sat 1st Sep 2018
Mahbilil is the annual festival celebrating Kakadu culture, both traditional and contemporary. Running from midday to midnight, on Saturday, Sept 1st, Mahbilil is a family friendly event crammed with activities, workshops for kids, displays, Indigenous art exhibitions & demonstrations of weaving, painting and other crafts. The Festival includes art from across Arnhem Land, and performances from local traditional dance groups, including the Jabiru Bininj Gunborrk dancers.


Bushfood features prominently with large earth ovens cooking Buffalo, Barramundi and the speciality of the region, Magpie Goose. Join in the fun with competitions that include spear throwing and magpie goose cooking. With lots of activities and entertainment aimed at young kids, youth and the older folks, there really is something for everyone.
At sunset the festival will transform with an evening program of projections, light-shows, music and dance till late. The music is diverse and hosts bands from Top End and across Australia.

Tactile Arts on the Wharf Twilight Markets
Date Sat 1st Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Tactile Arts on the Wharf is an exciting new series of Twilight Market events showcasing the work of some of Darwin’s finest local artists and crafts people.

Each Saturday evening in September the iconic Stokes Hill Wharf will play host to 15 stalls of unique art and craft; each night will bring a new mix of stallholders, featuring more than 40 artists over the four nights with an incredible array of quality handcrafted items.

All items for sale are handmade by local artists and crafters, including textiles, ceramics, jewellery, glass, clothing, homewares, paintings, prints, handmade toys, garden sculpture, macramé, handmade soaps and more!

There's something for everyone, so come and enjoy the market vibes while taking in panoramic ocean views and a delicious dinner from any one of the Stokes Hill Wharf eateries.



Tactile Arts on the Wharf, Twilight Markets is proudly presented by Tactile Arts and the Darwin Waterfront.

Quirky Creatures Art Workshop with Linda MacAulay
Date Sat 1st Sep 2018 to Sun 2nd Sep 2018
A fabulous 2 day Art workshop with Linda MacAulay, artist in residence at Ooraminna Station Homestead

Working in Acrylics and using tonal layering, participants will learn how to create their own unique animal or bird character portrait.

Follow Linda's step by step tuition to pant an "emu with attitude" or create an animal caricature using your own reference material.
Desert Mob
Date Thu 6th Sep 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
Desert Mob is unlike anything else and is one of the most anticipated and important Aboriginal art and cultural events in the nation.

Bringing together Desart member art centres from across the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia, Desert Mob is a unique annual gathering of artists, artworks and audiences, in the heart of the region, Alice Springs.

Desert Mob continues to be a bold and exhilarating statement of Aboriginal art and its dynamism. After 25 years it remains the most immediate interface between Aboriginal art making in remote desert communities and the wider world.

The Desert Mob opening, including Exhibition, Symposium and MarketPlace, is an opportunity to view new developments in Aboriginal art, to meet the artists, listen to their stories and share their culture in the heart of their country.

Spanning three galleries and hundreds of new works selected for inclusion by the artists and art centres, Desert Mob is both a testament to tradition and a testing ground for experimentation and innovation in contemporary Aboriginal art from the desert.

The exhibition presents paintings, sculpture, weaving, wood carving, ceramics, prints, photography and works on paper by established and emerging artists.
Paint a Galaxy Art Workshop with Linda MacAulay
Date Thu 6th Sep 2018
Paint a Galaxy Art Workshop with Linda MacAulay

Learn to paint a galaxy of stars in watercolour with Australian Artist Linda MacAulay using the unique Daniel Smith Iridescent Watercolours.

Explore the joys of painting wet on wet and allowing the medium itself to create fabulous effects

With all materials supplied this evening workshop is suitable for the complete novice painter or even those more experienced painters who would love to give this a go. Try these pigments for yourself in like minded company.

With Step by step guidance provided you will produce two of your own night sky watercolours to take home.
Desert Song Festival
Date Fri 7th Sep 2018 to Sun 16th Sep 2018
The Desert Song Festival comes roaring back in 2018, with its most exciting and ambitious program yet!

“What a Wonderful World!– celebrating global heritage” is an audacious theme! With bold, artistic innovation the rich, musical traditions of Africa, India, the Americas and Central Australia will combine to showcase our global musical heritage. Singers, musicians and audiences will be united in this sixth annual celebration of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia.

Over 10 glorious days a myriad of concerts, workshops and masterclasses will present choirs, musicians, small vocal ensembles and solo performers, in a celebration of; the singer, the song, the instrument, the land and its people.

Ancient landscapes and iconic heritage venues in town, provide the staging. Through music and song, audiences can connect with the custodians of this land and will feel the ‘connection to country’ as two major events, in the Tjoritja/ West MacDonnell Ranges, bookend the festival.

Marking the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, the festival will honour this champion of justice and his contribution to our world and humanity. His story is deeply connected with the festival and its local choirs, ‘Asante Sana’ and the ‘Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir’.
Desert Mob Symposium
Date Fri 7th Sep 2018
The Desert Mob Symposium is a day of presentations by artists, art centres and special guests. Through images, film, animation and performance, artists reveal and share their stories, ideas, projects and creative processes with the audience. The Symposium provides a rich context for Desert Mob, reinforcing and celebrating the pivotal role of country, living culture and community in the lives of artists.
Play Me!
Date Fri 7th Sep 2018 to Sat 15th Sep 2018
‘Play Me!’ Desert Song Festival 2018 invites you to excite ‘ebony and Ivory’ and enliven the CBD with harmony and melody….. public street art- the piano.

The Desert Song Festival 2018 is an annual showcase of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia.

With the 2018 theme of ‘“What a Wonderful World!– Celebrating Global Heritage”, the festival unites singers, musicians and audiences from Alice Springs and visitors to the region , over 10 incredible days (September 7-16). Artists from this vibrant multi-cultural community, in the heart of Australia, have come together to present a diverse program of events, that reveal incredible musical talent.

Play Me! will have a grand piano set up in the heart of Todd Street Mall during the festival. It's a wonderful community event, which invites participation- come and tap out a tune and fill the streets of Alice Springs with music!
The Parade of Performers & Aperture- Desert Song Festival Opening Night
Date Fri 7th Sep 2018
The Parade of Performers will have choirs, singers and musicians ignite Todd Mall with sound, colour and harmony in a creative movement towards Flynn Lawns for 'Aperture'- the 2018 Desert Song Festival's opening night event.

Aperture will be a rousing community celebration in the heart of the Alice Springs CBD, introducing some of the festival’s signature acts- the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, Asante Sana, visiting musicians from Africa, India and North America. Experience a captivating preview of the kaleidoscope of talent awaiting festival goers over the next ten days.

The Desert Song Festival is an annual showcase of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia. With the 2018 theme of “What a Wonderful World!– Celebrating Global Heritage”, the festival will unite singers, musicians and audiences from Alice Springs and visitors to the region.

Come and launch the 2018 Desert Song Festival with a rousing celebration! APERTURE is a free CBD event, staged on the lawns of the John Flynn Memorial Church.

The Parade of Performers will commence at 5:30pm, with Aperture following from 6pm to 7:30pm.
'Desert Song Central' The Festival Club
Date Fri 7th Sep 2018 to Sat 15th Sep 2018
‘Desert Song Central’ The Festival Club at The Watertank Cafe offers a great line-up of musicians and aspiring stars across four great Desert Song Festival nights. Come and absorb the eclectic festival vibe at The Watertank Café, offerring delicious healthy meals, good coffee and a perfect atmosphere for gathering after ‘main stage’ events. BYO.

The 2018 Desert Song Festival is an annual showcase of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia; “What a Wonderful World!– Celebrating Global Heritage”.

The festival unites singers, musicians and audiences, from Alice Springs and visitors to the region, over 10 incredible days. Artists from this vibrant, multi-cultural community, in the heart of Australia, have come together to present a diverse program of events, that reveal incredible musical talent.

Using staged, iconic heritage venues across town and the majestic, ancient landscapes of Central Australia as a backdrop, the festival gives visitors an unforgettable experience.

SEPTEMBER 7 @ 7:45pm to 10pm- Artists: Ruth Apelt

SEPTEMBER 8 @ 8pm to 10pm- Artists: Fiddlesticks * Ross Muir * BB Sabina

SEPTEMBER 14 @ 7:30pm to 10pm- Artists: Katie Harder and the Artful Dodgers

SEPTEMBER 15 8:30pm to 10pm- Artist: Festival Headliners * The Last Hurrah!
Mayali Mulil Festival
Date Fri 7th Sep 2018 to Sun 9th Sep 2018
The Mayali Mulil Festival is held at Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp, a local Aboriginal Family owned business, described as a Kakadu On Country Gathering we are set to offer a real cultural experience with nature with traditional song & dance, bush tucker experience, 2 concerts, workshops, free activities, camping and accommodation.

Friday and Saturday will see two concerts produced by Shellie Morris.
Djakapurra Munyarryun
Shellie Morris
Jimmy Cooper Band
Dhapanbal Yunupingu
Martin Gayakamangu
Ramo All Stars
Djolpa McKenzie
Tiwi Sistagirl Dancers

Festival-goers can self drive AWD access (4WD and 2WD high-clearance recommended), drive along the Kakadu Highway turning off at Jim Jim Billabong Road.

With the access dirt road to the festival beginning at Murdudjurl Community, visitors are reminded to be respectful as they pass through Aboriginal community.

See our FAQs and ticketing page for more info and to book! www.mayalimulil.com
Desert Mob MarketPlace
Date Sat 8th Sep 2018
Desert Mob MarketPlace is presented in association with the annual Desert Mob Exhibition, which is held in Alice Springs in September every year and a great chance to view and buy Central Australian artwork.

Desert Mob draws together Aboriginal art centres in Central Australia to display a wide variety of art and crafts, with artists and art centre managers on hand to sell, inform and inspire.

Desert Mob MarketPlace is held at the Araluen Art Centre foyer, grounds and Witchetty's Artspace, and showcases paintings, ceramics, prints and textile works. This popular event is operated in association with Desart and attracts well over 1,000 visitors, so get there early.

The Desert Mob MarketPlace is open from 10am to 2pm and the Exhibition will be open from 10am to 4pm.
Desert Voice at White Gums
Date Sat 8th Sep 2018
The signature choral concert of the Desert Song Festival, ‘Desert Voice’ finds a new home in 2018.

Amidst the shadow of the Yeperenye Range at Honeymoon Gap, bringing the voices of the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir ‘home’ to Arrentte country in the Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park.

The program will also feature the voices of Asante Sana, The Zimbabwe Ladies Choir, Taiwanese Indigenous vocalist Sang Mei-Chuan and other visiting choirs and musicians. It's a night of moving music not to be missed!

"What a Wonderful World!– Celebrating Global Heritage”.

The 2018 Desert Song Festival will unite singers, musicians and audiences in this sixth annual celebration of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance, in Central Australia. Over 10 glorious days (September 7- 16) a myriad of concerts, workshops and masterclasses will present choirs, musicians, small vocal ensembles and solo performers, in a celebration of; the singer, the song, the instrument, the land and its people.

The Festival gives visitors and locals an unforgettable experience where audiences have an opportunity to connect with the original inhabitants of this land through music and song.

Book online or, at the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre- corner of Todd Street Mall & Parsons Street.

Soiree at Whitegums
Date Sat 8th Sep 2018
Enjoy a Picnic Day at beautiful White Gums – the rural retreat for Desert Song Festival 2018.

Share in a day of activities including walks, guided cultural journeys, traditional Central Australian cooking by the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, an Aboriginal Art market, and a ‘wellness’ workshop comprising Yoga accompanied by some excellent music and food stalls.

With the 2018 festival theme of ‘What a Wonderful World!– celebrating global heritage' singers, musicians and audiences will unite with a diverse program of events over 10 glorious days (September 7- 16), revealing incredible musical talent.

With bold, artistic innovation, the rich musical traditions of Africa, India, the Americas and Central Australia will combine to showcase our global musical heritage.

Through music and song, audiences will feel the 'connection to country' the custodians of this land have, as two major events, in the Tjoritja/ West MacDonnell Ranges, bookend the festival.
The Song Keepers
Date Sun 9th Sep 2018
A Desert Song Festival 2018 premiere of the extraordinary documentary- ‘The Song Keepers’.

This moving record of the story of the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir and their historic tour of Germany in 2015. After record-breaking seasons at the Melbourne and Darwin International Film Festivals, and popular screenings across Australia, 'The Song Keepers' comes home to Central Australia and to the Desert Song Festival.

The exclusive screening will be followed by a brief performance and Q&A opportunity with the producers and cast!

With bold, artistic innovation, the rich, musical traditions of Africa, India, the Americas and Central Australia will combine to showcase "What a Wonderful World!– celebrating global heritage". Singers, musicians and audiences will be united in this sixth annual celebration of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia.

Over 10 glorious days the Desert Song Festival 2018, brings a myriad of concerts, workshops and masterclasses presenting choirs, musicians, small vocal ensembles and solo performers, in a celebration of; the singer, the song, the instrument, the land and its people.
PENTATONIC
Date Sun 9th Sep 2018
PENTATONIC is a promenade concert across 5 heritage sites in Alice Springs; the Stuart Town Gaol, the Old Law Courts, Flynn Memorial Uniting Church, the Hartley St School room and the Residency. It brings a two-and-a-half-hour feast of masterworks to the diverse program of events that is- the 2018 Desert Song Festival. You'll devour; guitar, cello and vocal virtuosity, Fiddlesticks presenting “Heritage Fiddlers” and much more…

“What a Wonderful World!– Celebrating Global Heritage”

Singers, musicians and audiences will be united in this sixth annual celebration of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia. Over 10 glorious days (September 7-16) a myriad of concerts, workshops and masterclasses will present choirs, musicians, small vocal ensembles and solo performers, in a celebration of; the singer, the song, the instrument, the land and its people.

Ancient landscapes and iconic heritage venues in town, provide the staging. Through music and song, audiences will feel the ‘connection to country’ that the custodians of this land have as two major events, in the Tjoritja/ West MacDonnell Ranges, bookend the festival.

Book online or, in person at the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre, on the corner of Todd Street Mall & Parsons Street.
Sacred Song
Date Sun 9th Sep 2018
Sacred Song is a free community concert that celebrates sacred music from a diversity of traditions: Samoa, Africa, Pitjantjatjara, Western Arrentte, Maori, Buddhist Kirtan, Christian Traditions and many others. Sit on the lawns and experience the moving sacred music from local communities as the sun sets on another beautiful Central Australian spring day.

Singers, musicians and audiences will be united in this sixth annual celebration of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia. The 2018 Desert Song Festival brings a myriad of concerts, workshops and masterclasses that present choirs, musicians, small vocal ensembles and solo performers, in a celebration of; the singer, the song, the instrument, the land and its people.

Artists from this vibrant, multi-cultural community, in the heart of Australia, come together to present a diverse program of events, that reveal incredible musical talent. Using staged, iconic heritage venues in town and the majestic, ancient landscapes of Central Australia as a backdrop, the 2018 Desert Song Festival will give visitors and locals an unforgettable experience.

“What a Wonderful World!– Celebrating Global Heritage”
En Plein Air Art Workshop with Linda MacAulay
Date Sun 9th Sep 2018
En Plein Air is just a fancy way of saying painting on location.

Nothing connects you to the landscape more than painting from life although it can be daunting to know where and how to start.

With Linda's guidance you can paint the stunning scenery before you at beautiful Ooraminna and learn how to :

* Find the edges of the scene

* Mix the right colours

* Determine the focal point

* Discover depth and tone

* Create the illusion of distance
Choral Masterclass
Date Mon 10th Sep 2018
Discover your hidden chorister! Join Morris Stuart, the Festival Director of Desert Song Festival and Asante Sana in their weekly rehearsal. Experience a choral work-out and become a choir in one evening.

The Desert Song Festival is an annual showcase of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia; "What a Wonderful World!– Celebrating Global Heritage".

The 2018 festival unites singers, musicians and audiences, from Alice Springs and visitors to the region, over 10 glorious days. Artists from this vibrant, multi-cultural community, in the heart of Australia, have come together to present a diverse program of events, that reveal incredible musical talent.

Using staged, iconic heritage venues across town and the majestic, ancient landscapes of Central Australia as a backdrop, the festival gives visitors and locals an unforgettable experience.
Young Fiddlesticks
Date Mon 10th Sep 2018
For one night only, the 2018 Desert Song Festival is proud to present- 'Young Fiddlesticks'.

This is a specially created Desert Song Festival workshop ensemble under the guidance of ‘Q’ . Tutored by Mark and Karen Jackson, this ensemble of young string players makes their first appearance at the Desert Song Festival.

Held in a boutique concert in the wonderful acoustic space at the Hartley Street Schoolroom.

The 2018 Desert Song Festival will unite singers, musicians and audiences in this sixth annual celebration of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance, in Central Australia.

Over 10 glorious days (September 7- 16) a myriad of concerts, workshops and masterclasses will present choirs, musicians, small vocal ensembles and solo performers, in a celebration of; the singer, the song, the instrument, the land and its people.

Book online or, in person at the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre, on the corner of Todd Street Mall & Parsons Street.
Midday in the Mall- FREE Community Yoga & Performance by QVLN
Date Mon 10th Sep 2018
New to Desert Song Festival and a first for the CBD, 'Midday in the Mall' brings a unique combination of movement and music, designed to bring mindfulness and physicality together into the present moment.

For one day only (Monday 11 September), participants can expect a well-rounded community yoga class that will challenge your core, focus your breath, and sooth your senses with vibrational frequency healing.

The program incorporates a gentle contemporary Vinyasa meditation flow, guided by international instructor Sunshine Zerda together with live looping electric violin improvisations by international performing artist QVLN.

Midday in the Mall will have a changing program available for community enjoyment everyday in Todd Street Mall, from Monday 10 September to Friday 14 September, between 12pm to 2pm- The best lunch breaks you'll have all year!
The Festival Recital
Date Tue 11th Sep 2018
The Festival Recital is one of the premier events of the sixth annual Desert Song Festival, which showcases the extraordinary cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia. “What a Wonderful World!– Celebrating Global Heritage”.

The International Musical Showcase featuring our visiting artists from Taiwan, India, Africa and North, America (via Sydney): Basidi and Khakilfa Koné, Shubhendra Rao, Saskia Rao De Haas, Zuheb Khan, ‘Q’, Sang Mei-Chuan.

The night concludes with nibbles and more entertainment in the foyer of the CSC Theatrette: a concert-ending party!

Bookings are essential and can be made online or, in person at the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre, on the corner of Todd Street Mall & Parsons Street.
Midday in the Mall- King Marong Drumming Circle
Date Tue 11th Sep 2018
New to Desert Song Festival and a first for the CBD, 'Midday in the Mall' brings the King Marong Drumming Circle, for one day only, on Tuesday 11 September.

Drumming in the CBD like you have never ever experienced! Join the Maestro and some special guests for today's sensational main course performance to accompany your lunch. The best hour of your day!

The 2018 Desert Song Festival- Midday in the Mall- will have a changing program available for community enjoyment everyday in Todd Street Mall, from Monday 10 September to Friday 14 September, between 12pm to 2pm- The best lunch breaks you'll have all year!
Midday in the Mall
Date Wed 12th Sep 2018 to Fri 14th Sep 2018
'Midday in the Mall' returns to the 2018 Desert Song Festival for three consecutive days from Wednesday 12 September until Friday 14 September.

This lunchtime musical bonanza presents school groups, pop-up choirs and musicians delivering main course performances to accompany your lunch in the heart of the CBD.

The 2018 Desert Song festival- Midday in the Mall- will have a changing program available for community enjoyment everyday in Todd Street Mall, from Monday 10 September to Friday 14 September, between 12pm to 2pm- The best lunch breaks you'll have all year!

- Monday 10 September: Midday in the Mall presents, community yoga with an accompanying performance by QVLN

- Tuesday 11 September: midday in the Mall presents, King Marong Drumming Circle
The Konzerthall- Hartley Street Schoolroom
Date Wed 12th Sep 2018 to Fri 14th Sep 2018
The Konzerthall Hartley Street Schoolroom is one of the quality, musical evenings of the 2018 Desert Song Festival.

Over two fantastic nights, the popular Konzerthall chamber concert series continues in this wonderful acoustic space- The Hartley St Schoolroom. Presented by a talented line-up of world-class local musicians displaying virtuosity across a wide range of instruments, these two concerts will impress!

Wednesday 12 September @ 7:30pm: A beautiful ‘concert in the round’ presented by ‘The Abernathy Quartet”. Four excellent young musicians from one family present an exquisite concert; Chopin, Bach, and much more.

Friday 14 September @ 7pm: Another evening of very fine music: Bach, Mozart, Haydn and more.

Bookings essential and can be made online or, in person at the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre, on the corner of Todd Street Mall & Parsons Street.

The Desert Song Festival is an annual showcase of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia . With the 2018 theme of “What a Wonderful World!– Celebrating Global Heritage”, the festival will unite singers, musicians and audiences from Alice Springs and visitors to the region, over 10 incredible days (September 7- 16).
Darwin International Film Festival
Date Thu 13th Sep 2018 to Mon 24th Sep 2018
The Darwin International Film Festival, or DIFF, brings the latest in international films to Darwin over 8 luscious Top End nights and 12 screenings.
DIFF is held at Deckchair Cinema, Darwin's premier outdoor cinema and a quintessential Territory experience. Waterfront views on Darwin Harbour tropical sunsets are the perfect beginning to a night of film under the stars, and the ideal place to soak up the selection of alternative films from all over the world.
DIFF also includes a series of workshops, screen culture talks and pop up screenings around Darwin city.
The Festival is operated by the Darwin Film Society (DFS) whose mission is to provide alternative film experiences not normally available to Darwin locals and visitors. DFS is a not-for-profit organisation that has been screening programs in the NT since 1974 and successfully operating Deckchair Cinema since 1994.



TETE-A-TETE at Flynn
Date Thu 13th Sep 2018
Join Desert Song Festival's Festival Director, Morris Stuart for- TÊTE-À-TÊTE at Flynn.

‘Sound Track for a Revolution’ – an intimate conversation with Morris Stuart .

The Desert Song Festival is an annual showcase of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia; "What a Wonderful World!– Celebrating Global Heritage".

The festival unites singers, musicians and audiences, from Alice Springs and visitors to the region, over 10 glorious days. Artists from this vibrant, multi-cultural community, in the heart of Australia, have come together to present a diverse program of events, that reveal incredible musical talent.

Using staged, iconic heritage venues across town and the majestic, ancient landscapes of Central Australia as a backdrop, the festival gives visitors and locals an unforgettable experience.

Join Morris for this exclusive FREE event and get an insight into the Desert Song Festival vision.
Before the Heavens
Date Thu 13th Sep 2018
An iconic Central Australian experience, this Desert Song Festival evening- 'Before the Heavens'- is a night under the stars with mystical musical performance and poetic musing, presented by Tim Coghill and Amy Dwight.

Explore creation! Lie in the sand, nestle in your swag, pull the rug up to your chin, and keep your eyes upon the Milky Way. Surrender and allow yourself to be transported by the surrounding sounds of time and space.

The 2018 Desert Song Festival is a showcase of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia; "What a Wonderful World!– Celebrating Global Heritage".

The festival unites singers, musicians and audiences, from Alice Springs and visitors to the region, over 10 glorious days (7- 16 September). Artists from this vibrant, multi-cultural community, in the heart of Australia, have come together to present a diverse program of events, that reveal incredible musical talent.

Using staged, iconic heritage venues across town and the majestic, ancient landscapes of Central Australia as a backdrop, the festival gives visitors and locals an unforgettable experience.

'Before the Heavens' will have a limited capacity so, bookings online or, at the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre- corner of Todd Street Mall & Parsons Street.
Uluru Astronomy Weekend
Date Fri 14th Sep 2018 to Sun 16th Sep 2018
Astronomy enthusiasts of all ages can discover the spectacular Australian outback sky at this popular event. Now in its fifth year, the weekend is run in partnership with ASTRO3D and hosted by leading astronomers. The enlightening stargazing event includes fun family activities and demonstrations; engaging discussions on energetic cosmic events, the structure of the Universe, dark matter and more.

Not to mention evening activities making the most of a sensational night sky location, including an exclusive Astronomical Stellar Starlit Dinner under the stars, complete with some of Astronomy's own stellar stars.
Vibrato Bar
Date Fri 14th Sep 2018 to Sun 16th Sep 2018
The Totem Theatre is transformed into the 'Vibrato Bar' and becomes the venue for emerging local artists, for the 2018 Desert Song Festival. Over two fantastic nights, new talent will take risks with performance and the audience!

- Friday 14 September 7pm to 9pm
- Sunday 16 September 7:30pm to 9:30pm– The Last Hurrah!

The Desert Song Festival unites singers, musicians and audiences, from Alice Springs and visitors to the region, over 10 glorious days (September 7- 16). Artists from this vibrant, multi-cultural community, in the heart of Australia, come together to present a diverse program of events, that reveal incredible musical talent.

2018 is the Festival's sixth annual showcase of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia, with the theme “What a Wonderful World!– Celebrating Global Heritage”.

Come and support the local talent at 'Vibrato Bar'. $10 door entry.
Undoolya Stations Australian National Bronco Branding Championships
Date Fri 14th Sep 2018 to Sun 16th Sep 2018
In May,1984, RM Williams with Ted Hayes from Undoolya Station held the very first bronco branding competition at Blatherskite Park , Alice Springs, NT .



Bronco Branding is Australia’s traditional method of branding cattle in the outback. This unique method of branding cattle has been practiced on most of the cattle stations throughout Australia. It involves the stockmen mustering the mob and holding them, whilst the catcher, usually the head stockman or experienced ringer, ropes an unbranded beast (clean skin) from his horse. The catch is pulled to the bronco panel or a tree, leg ropes are applied and used to secure the beast to the ground.

This method is still used on large remote cattle stations today, but holding yards have been built to confine the mob. Using this method, cattle can be mustered and branded in one day without drafting. It eliminates the cost of building large drafting yards or driving cattle long distances . There are two divisions:
Singles, Doubles.
Novice, Ladies and kids events are also a part of the day .


A gymkhana will also be held the following day .

'Unbroken Land': Stories of Connection
Date Fri 14th Sep 2018 to Sun 16th Sep 2018
Incite Arts, Central Australia’s own community-led arts company, is proud to present ‘Unbroken Land’ 2018.

Following booked-out seasons in 2015 & 2016, this one of a kind community arts event is back! Incite invites you once again to take a magical moon-lit journey through the Alice Springs Desert Park.

Experience live and digital performance, music, dance, theatre and art installations.

Set in our unique landscape, this shared community arts experience sweeps art into the heart of participants and audiences alike; breaking down barriers, building connections and giving expression to powerful and passionate feelings of connection to nature, place and belonging.

Join us … and celebrate the uniqueness of our place in this ancient land.
Young Desert Voices
Date Fri 14th Sep 2018
A Desert Song Festival schools’ event- a parade of choirs and dance ensembles from Alice Springs Schools and youth clubs. Come and be entertained by the best young talent in town!

The 2018 Desert Song Festival is an annual showcase of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia; "What a Wonderful World!– Celebrating Global Heritage".

The festival unites singers, musicians and audiences, from Alice Springs and visitors to the region, over 10 incredible days. Artists from this vibrant, multi-cultural community, in the heart of Australia, have come together to present a diverse program of events, that reveal incredible musical talent.

Using staged, iconic heritage venues across town and the majestic, ancient landscapes of Central Australia as a backdrop, the festival gives visitors and locals an unforgettable experience.

Come and cheer the kids on at this fantastic free event!
Champagne Shopping
Date Fri 14th Sep 2018
An exclusive invitation to the launch of Encore Pilates and Wellness retail store. With a carefully selected collaboration of boutique, hand made, etho rich and sustainable concious brands, this event is sure to wow you.

Come and enjoy the vibe with a glass of bubbles and a chance to meet our team in person.. and get a sticky beak into this gorgeous studio.

We will offer an exciting giveaway on the night to one very lucky attendee so be sure to bring your friends.
The Public Lamentation for Peace
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018
Alice Springs' locals and visitors are invited to take part in 'The Public Lamentation for Peace'-a free musical event from the diverse and colourful 2018 Desert Song Festival program.

Join this gentle staging of a creative vigil for peace. Focusing on creating love, peace and a welcome for refugees from war-torn places, this simple gathering is a small contribution towards a more harmonious and humane society.

Choirs will perform peaceful soliloquies accompanied by readings of poetry and prose atop ANZAC Hill, with the dramatic MacDonnell Ranges as a back drop.

Be a part of this special community event and marvel at the beauty of the landscape, as the sun sets for another evening of Desert Song Festival passion- “What a Wonderful World!– Celebrating Global Heritage”.

The 2018 Desert Song Festival unites singers, musicians and audiences, from Alice Springs and visitors to the region. Over 10 glorious days (September 7- 16), watch artists from this vibrant, multi-cultural community, come together to present a diverse program of events, that reveal incredible musical talent.

Using staged, iconic heritage venues in town and the majestic, ancient landscapes of Central Australia as a backdrop, the festival gives visitors an unforgettable experience.
The Finale Concert
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018
The 2018 Desert Song Festival comes to an exciting climax with a Finalé Concert “Celebrating Global Musical Culture” featuring an impressive line-up of festival artists in a unique collaboration.

This final fanfare to our theme ‘ What a wonderful World’, will feature musicians from 4 continents together with Western Arrentte and Pitjantjatjara voices in a musical celebration of exquisite artistic quality. Presenting a new work showcasing their collaboration with the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, Shubhendra Rao, Saskia Rao De Haas, Zuheb Khan, Basidi and Khalifa Kone, ‘Q’ and a clutch of Alice-based musicians.

Singers, musicians and audiences unite for the 2018 Desert Song Festival in celebration of cultural diversity and a showcase of artistic brilliance in Central Australia.

Ancient landscapes and iconic heritage venues in town, provide the staging. Through music and song, audiences will feel the ‘connection to country’ that the custodians of this land have.

Marking the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, the 2018 festival honours this champion of justice and his contribution to our world and humanity. His story is deeply connected with the festival and its local choirs, ‘Asante Sana’ and the ‘Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir’.
MusicNT presents the Bush Bands Bash
Date Sun 16th Sep 2018
A drug and alcohol free, family-friendly event.

Bush Bands Bash is a foot stomping musical celebration under the starry desert sky.

Playing to an audience of thousands the concert is the biggest annual showcase of Aboriginal desert music in Australia.

Applications are now open for the 2018 Bush Bands Bash and can be completed here online via musicnt.com.au

The successful applicants will participate in MusicNT's intensive skills development camp, Bush Bands Business, and will then perform at the Bush Bands Bash alongside two Aboriginal acts from Country Arts WA's 'Sand Tracks' Tour.

For more info head to www.musicnt.com.au/BBB
Lottoland Mitchell Street Million Dollar Mile
Date Sun 16th Sep 2018
The Mitchell Street Mile aims to attract running enthusiasts, locals and visitors to a unique new sporting event. Runners will enjoy the thrill of having spectators cheer them on as they sprint up and down Mitchell Street in a bid for the title of the fastest Mitchell Miler – all in the heart of Darwin’s bustling CBD.

Online gaming company Lottoland is offering $1 million for any athlete who can break the male or female track mile world records during the now renamed Lottoland Mitchell Street Million Dollar Mile.

The course is a certified 1 mile (1.6km) event by Athletics Northern Territory.

In 2018 the runs will again be preceded by a Cycling Criterium using the same course. It’s a great opportunity to see riders tackle the course from 1.30pm.
A cappella in the Gorge
Date Sun 16th Sep 2018
'A cappella in the Gorge' is the season ending, annual outdoor concert of the Desert Song Festival.

It gives visitors and locals an unforgettable experience as Ormiston Gorge, in the Tjoritja (West MacDonnell) National Park, is ignited with melody, voice and song. Set against this iconic and majestic Central Australian backdrop, ‘A cappella in the Gorge’ is an event not to be missed!

Featuring; Asante Sana, the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, Basidi and Khalifa Koné, ‘Q’, Sang Mei-Chuan and more… this is one for the bucket list!

The Desert Song Festival is the annual showcase of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia. With the audacious 2018 theme... ‘What a Wonderful World!– celebrating global heritage’... over 10 glorious days (September 7- 16) a myriad of concerts, workshops and masterclasses will present choirs, musicians, small vocal ensembles and solo performers, in a celebration of; the singer, the song, the instrument, the land and its people.

Ancient landscapes and iconic heritage venues in town, provide the staging throughout the festival. Through music and song, audiences will feel the extraordinary ‘connection to country’ that the custodians of this land have.
Ranger to Ranger Documentary Premiere
Date Sun 16th Sep 2018
Ranger to Ranger is a heart-warming documentary film that follows the epic journey of nine Indigenous Australian Rangers, along with acclaimed Indigenous musician Dan Sultan, as they travel to Kenya, Africa, to share knowledge, culture and music with a tribe of Maasai Community Rangers. The Indigenous Ranger Exchange is a program of the global Ranger organisation, The Thin Green Line Foundation. Together with AFI Award winning writer and filmmaker Rhys Graham of Daybreak Films, The Thin Green Line Foundation is proud to tell this often-untold story of Rangers worldwide.
Ranger to Ranger Documentary
Date Mon 17th Sep 2018
Ranger to Ranger is a heart-warming documentary film that follows the epic journey of nine Indigenous Australian Rangers, along with acclaimed Indigenous musician Dan Sultan, as they travel to Kenya, Africa, to share knowledge, culture and music with a tribe of Maasai Community Rangers. The Indigenous Ranger Exchange is a program of the global Ranger organisation, The Thin Green Line Foundation. Together with AFI Award winning writer and filmmaker Rhys Graham of Daybreak Films, The Thin Green Line Foundation is proud to tell this often-untold story of Rangers worldwide.
Darwin International Hockey Open
Date Tue 18th Sep 2018 to Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Darwin International Hockey Open, Marrara Hockey Centre, Darwin (NT)
18 - 22 September 2018

World class international hockey returns to Darwin with #DarwinIHO 2018.

This fun-filled family event will see Australia’s home favourites, the world number one ranked Kookaburras, take on the world number two Argentina, as well as the talented sides of Japan and Malaysia.

Whether you’re a hockey fanatic or are simply looking for a great day out with a difference, the Darwin International Hockey Open is a must-do event this year.

Sit in the grandstand or bring some blankets and chairs and relax on the iconic grass hills of the Marrara Hockey Centre. This fantastic event is great way to spend time with the family and watch some awesome live sport.
Red Centre Bird Festival
Date Wed 19th Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Red Centre Bird Festival is one of Australia's leading nature festivals will come alive in the heart of Australia from 19-23 September 2018.

The Red Centre has a suite of birdlife unlike anything else on offer around the country, including amazing iconic species such as Budgies, Spinifex Pigeons and Crimson Chats.

These iconic species are rare and you would struggle to find them elsewhere, but in Central Australia they are a common sight and we want to share them with the world.

Highlights include Birds for Beginners, Breakfast with the Birds, a raptor experience, bird photography tour and Birds and Bats of Simpsons Gap.

We are encouraging locals and visitors to enjoy what the Red Centre has to offer with activities for experienced birdwatchers, nature lovers and those starting the journey.

Full program here https://alicespringsdesertpark.com.au/whats-on/upcoming-events or follow Red Centre Bird Festival on Facebook

The Bird Brunch
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Come and enjoy your favourite hobby at the beautiful Ooraminna Station Homestead, 600 acres of pristine land with diverse ecosystems now supporting a plethora of birdlife.

Camp the night (included in price) and catch the last rays of sunlight on the Billabong as the birds come in for an evening drink. Be lucky enough perhaps to see any night birds at play during the starry evening. Get up early (crucial) to explore the walking trails and enjoy waking morning birdlife.

Then be treated to a taste sensation at the homestead with fellow birdwatchers for a delicious brunch on the patio overlooking the spectacular hills of Ooraminna.
Parrtjima - A Festival in Light
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
Step into a spectacular world of light and sound where contemporary and traditional Indigenous stories and artwork are brought to life under the night sky on an unprecedented scale.

Illuminating the epic 300-million-year-old MacDonnell Ranges and spilling into Alice Springs Desert Park, Parrtjima will be a breathtaking outdoor gallery experience presenting local artwork, culture and stories, with interactive installations the whole family can enjoy.

The sheer scale of the lighting on the MacDonnell Ranges makes Parrtjima Australia’s longest-ever light show installation.

With ten nights to explore this free festival, make sure you don’t miss out!
Kakadu Bird Week
Date Sun 30th Sep 2018 to Sat 6th Oct 2018
Kakadu is home to more than a third of Australia’s bird species. There will be a range of activities to suit everyone.

The 2017 Kakadu Bird Week will be held from 1 to 7 October with the program designed to cater to both experienced and beginner bird-watchers.

For the keenest bird spotters, there will be experienced local birders vying to tick off the more elusive birds of Kakadu and for the beginners, there will be interactive groups helping to identify different birds species.

Kakadu is a birdwatcher's paradise, with the majestic landscape providing a perfect backdrop for the rich bird life. You will be able to view woodland birds in the tropical savannah, water birds gracing the region's famed billabongs, and hear the sounds of richly voiced birds ringing across majestic sandstone escarpments.
Bird week 2018
Date Sun 30th Sep 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
Kakadu is a bird lover’s paradise – home to more than a third of Australia’s bird species.

This October, join traditional owners, Parks Australia and local birding specialists to celebrate the Top End’s diverse birdlife during Kakadu Bird Week 30 September – 7 October 2018.

Kakadu was voted number one in bird watching destinations in Australia by Australian Geographic. Here’s your chance to engage in free bird activities, join expert-guided tours, cruises and special offers!

Join us in 2018 for an extraordinary bird-filled week of events.
U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year
Date Mon 1st Oct 2018 to Tue 13th Nov 2018
WHAT:U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year
WHERE:Hotels, clubs and hospitality venues
WHEN:1 October to 13 November 2018
WHY: Help beat blood cancer by throwing your support behind your local bartender for the Leukaemia Foundation’s fun U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year fundraising competition. (U.G.L.Y. stands for Understanding, Generous, Likeable, You)
Light the Night
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018
Let’s light up Australia for blood cancer!

Now in its 11th year, the Leukaemia Foundation’s Light the Night is an inspiring lantern ceremony and walk that brings together the blood cancer community in solidarity to support each other.

Families and friends will come together at sunset on Friday, 5th October to light up Australian skies with one of three coloured lanterns (gold, white and blue) relevant to their journey with blood cancer.

More than that, the event is an opportunity for the community to raise vital funds for breakthrough research in hopes of a future free of blood cancer.

Register for Light the Night now and reserve your lantern at www.lightthenight.org.au.
Barkly Muster Gold Rush Camp Draft
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
Tennant Creek is the Centre of a vast region that contains some of the best pastoral country in the world. This region is steeped in rich pastoral history and tradition. “The Barkly Muster” is a major Regional Event of the Northern Territory and promotes and celebrates our dynamic pastoral history. The historic significance of this event represents the age old tradition of practicing & competing in, the pastoral skills that provided the backbone of establishing the cattle industry and the pastoral stations that are one of the major economic factors in this region.

This event is held yearly on the 1st weekend in October at Jubilee Park, in Tennant Creek, and brings together the pastoralists from the region and those who love to celebrate and promote our wonderful outback pastoral history. It is truly a mixture of community characters, from the elite cattle station managers to the ringers, rough riders, aboriginal stockmen and the townspeople, the tourists – everyone celebrating a truly outback bush experience.
Alice Springs Masters Games
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018 to Sat 20th Oct 2018
In 2018 nearly 4000 athletes and officials and 500 volunteers will be involved in 36 sports over eight days in the Red Centre of Central Australia.

Many participants will experience their first Games with many more athletes returning to get another fix of the Friendly Games.

Boxing, Model Aircraft Flying and Functional Fitness have joined the schedule for 2018 as well as Squash which is making a return.

Most of all, the spirit of the Friendly Games will continue. Lots of old friends will catch up and the Games’ essence of genuine camaraderie will live on!

If you would like to be a part of Australia’s longest-running Masters Games register now!

https://www.alicespringsmastersgames.com.au/sports/

https://www.alicespringsmastersgames.com.au/volunteers-2/volunteers/
Arj Barker - We Need To Talk
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
Hey, you got a hour? Look, I've been doing a sh*t-ton of thinking about...us, and where we're headed. This isn't easy, but I need to be 100% honest with you, even if what I say makes you laugh, very, very hard.
You had better sit down for this....

Australia's adopted son of comedy returns with his brand new show We Need To Talk.
⋆⋆⋆⋆ "A must see for anyone who loves a laugh..." Adelaide Now
⋆⋆⋆⋆ "On-point delivery and irresistible charm, it's clear to see why he continues to sell out" Herald Sun
Darwin Trailer Boat Club Coopers Blue Water Classic
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
Enjoy a great weekend of fun and rivalry whilst participating in this saltwater fishing competition.

The Darwin Trailer Boat Club Coopers Blue Water Classic is a both a catch-and-release and weigh-in event for designated species. Some of the fish anglers are trying to land include Marlin, Threadfin salmon, Mangrove jack, Coral trout, Golden snapper, Trevally, Estuary cod and Black jewfish.

The competition is a family event, open to both Club members and the general public and is designed to cater for all levels of fishing skill and boat sizes using bait or lures.
Charles Darwin Film Festival Inc
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018
The Charles Darwin Film Festival aims to provide a platform for screening the works of all local film makers in the Northern Territory. Film makers are encouraged to view their films on the big screen along with cast, crew, friends, fellow film makers and a general audience.

The festival does not prejudge submitted films and welcomes everyone who aspires to tell their stories through the art of film-making, and providing a platform for encouragement and development by displaying the work.

International Earth Chakra Day
Date Sat 12th Jan 2019
International Earth Chakra Day is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness about Planetary Ascension and Cosmic Consciousness around the world by using the living energy of the Earth's chakras.
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Our beautiful Planet Earth is a conscious and vibrant living entity. As our body has chakras, so does the Earth. Energy flows through each of Earth’s main chakra and makes up the spiritual body that is our world. The chakras of the Earth are connected by energy circuits called ley lines.

Visiting these sites, especially to mediate and make ceremony, can result in strong connections with mother Earth, activate your energy system, advance your spiritual awakening so to thrive with a full spectrum life as a stronger conduit of universal energy.
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The day will be celebrated on 12 January 2019 at the Ayers Rock Resort, Uluru in central Australia.
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Activities planned include the Inaugural Cosmic Consciousness Conference, indigenous celebrations, sacred tours and various workshops and presentations.
Tiwi Islands Grand Final and Art Sale
Date Sun 17th Mar 2019
Come visit Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association at the Tiwi Islands event of the year the Tiwi Islands Grand Final and Art Sale. There will be a huge selection of artworks available such as paintings, prints, weaving and carvings at really great prices.
Jilamara will be showing its wares in the main hall at Murrupurtiyanuwu Catholic Primary School on Sunday 18 March from 9am - 1pm.
Come say hi, meet some of the Tiwi Islands' greatest artists, buy some great art and enjoy the footy.
2019 Ladbrokes Alice Springs Cup Carnival
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019 to Mon 6th May 2019
Join us for a month of racing at Ladbrokes Pioneer Park Racecourse from Saturday 13th April!

Saturday 13th April: The Mercure Alice Springs Resort Ladies Day features the Ladies Day Luncheon, Best Dressed competition and great prizes, plus the Champagne Bar, Blokes Drop Off Bar and all the racing action!

Saturday 20th April: Family Day brings great kids activities and fun for the whole family, plus more great racing. Children under 16 free with an adult.

Saturday 27th April: The Rock Bar Young Guns Day combines first class racing plus the Young Guns 18-35s Party Marquee with a live band after the last race.

Friday 3rd May: The Ladbrokes Alice Springs Cup Carnival weekend starts with the Cup Luncheon, followed by the Calcutta and Horse Sale.

Saturday 4th May: Holdfast Insurance Brokers Pioneer Sprint Day will be another day of great racing with the club’s premier sprint race, the Holdfast Insurance Brokers Pioneer Sprint.

Monday 6th May: Ladbrokes Alice Springs Cup Day is the biggest day of the Carnival, with the Cup Luncheon, Fashions on the Field, Beer Garden and the running of the $110,000 Ladbrokes Alice Springs Cup.

Visit www.alicespringsturfclub.org.au for all the details! #RedCentreRacing
Circle F Easter Fishing Competition
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
A great family fishing competition.

Every Easter long weekend, Timber Creek holds its very own Circle F Easter Fishing Competition. Fishing enthusiast and families are invited to join the locals of Timber Creek for a great weekend. Commencing 6am Friday 19 April 2019 and Closing at 4pm Sunday 21 April 2019. Finishing with a relaxed Presentation BBQ Dinner 7pm Sunday 21 April 2019.

If you're eager to wet your line then come and try your luck, with cash and prizes up for grabs.

Entry costs are AUD20.00 per child and AUD45.00 per adult which includes a free dinner on the Sunday night.

Held on the Victoria River, this is one of the most scenic places to catch a barramundi.
Lasseters Easter in the Alice MTB Muster
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
Mountain bike your heart out in Alice Springs, in Australia's Northern Territory, with the Central Australian Rough Riders this Easter.

During the Easter long weekend, when the rest of Australia is trying to pluck up the courage to ride though wind, rain and bracing cold temperatures, the mountain bikers in the Red Centre are enjoying warm sun and clear blue skies.

The Easter in the Alice MTB Muster is a three-day, four-stage mountain biking event, plus a kids ride.
The event is run by the Central Australian Rough Riders (CARR), and it is held in Alice Springs from the Saturday to the Monday of the Easter long weekend.
Desert Dreaming Yoga Retreat
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
Led by your host Denby Sheather you walk, dance, stretch, meditate, laugh, and sing, taking time to reflect as you create space for integration and alignment in unique desert locations. Tune into the sacred culture of this land and be nourished through the ancient practices of yoga, meditation, healing, and wholefood medicine.

Hear creation stories around the campfire, sample bush tucker, and understand the ways of our aboriginal ancestors, as you align with the oldest culture on earth.

Staying at Ayers Rock Resort you will indulge your tastebuds with a desert dining experience under the stars and pamper yourself with a massage and optional luxurious spa therapies at Red Ochre Spa.
BLACKEN Open Air
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
BLACKEN is Australia's first ever open-air heavy metal festival

It takes place in the Dead Centre of the country and inspires an annual pilgrimage into the heart of Australia!

In it's seventh year in 2019, BLACKEN will evolve to become a true camp-out heavy music experience. With dozens of bands from every corner of the country set to descend upon Alice Springs for a weekend of music and community-spirited heavy metal culture.
Date to be confirmed.
Arafura Games
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019 to Sat 4th May 2019
The Northern Territory Government has announced that the 2019 Arafura Games will be a biennial event held over eight days.
To ensure maximum inclusion in events, the Games will host a range of sporting competition tiers from amateur through to sub-elite.
The 2019 Arafura Games will also showcase the Northern Territory’s unique arts, culture, history, trade and investment opportunities. It is an event through which friendship, goodwill and understanding between competing nations and the Northern Territory is fostered.
Fifteen sports were chosen for the 2019 Games including, Athletics, Table Tennis, Boxing, Football (Soccer), Badminton, Swimming, Archery, Tennis, Muay Thai, Sailing, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Basketball, Hockey and Netball. Further discussions with Dragon Boating and Sepak Takraw will be undertaken regarding their inclusion as exhibition sports.
Wide Open Space Festival
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
Wide Open Space festival is an annual 3-day music, arts and desert culture festival that has attracted audiences to the desert since 2009. Held in the breath-taking East MacDonnell Ranges at Ross River Resort, the festival celebrates contemporary and traditional culture through the high calibre music, arts and culture that the region generates, alongside a selection of national/international performers and artists that the region would not normally attract.



The festival promises to feed your mind, tickle your fancy and get your body moving! It’s a chance to celebrate art, music and creativity amidst the stunning landscape. It’d be hard to find a broader range of music on offer across multiple stages. From folk to live hip hop to poolside disco to Indigenous reggae to late-night dancefloors.

Take in one of the many performances going on including a tapestry of cabaret and burlesque, circus and aerials and lots of dress-ups ! Or join a forum or workshops that spans dance, culture, sustainability to politics.

Held an hours' drive from Alice Springs at Ross River Resort, the main accommodation option is camping. There are a small number of private cabins at Ross River Resort, however book early to avoid disappointment.

Taste of Kakadu
Date Fri 10th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
A food festival 65,000 years in the making.

In 2019, TASTE OF KAKADU is back boasting a ten-day program of local-inspired food exploration and events. Pop-up degustation dinners, campfire stories, cooking demonstrations with Traditional Owners, guided bush tucker walks, traditional brunch, sunset tasting cruises and hunting and gathering talks – all set against the spectacular natural landscape with the local Indigenous Bininj/Mungguy people.

World-Heritage listed Kakadu National Park is a place of abundance, busting with fresh food. With bush tucker delicacies like barramundi to buffalo, there is something for everyone.

We take ancient traditions and give them a modern twist. Cook and eat with us. Learn and discover with us. We welcome you to our home—Kakadu—to experience flavours you’ll find nowhere else on Earth. We invite you to come and try them for yourself.

Visitors require a park pass to enter Kakadu National Park.

Once in the park, there will be a range of free and paid individual events for visitors to engage in, in addition to the park’s traditional highlights.

2019 Hamilton Downs Youth Camp Longest Desert Lunch
Date Sun 19th May 2019
Alice's Longest Desert Lunch is the premier luncheon held in Alice Springs annually and is the main fundraiser for the Hamilton Downs Youth Camp. Lunch is served by Alice's finest restaurants.
2019 Garrmalang Festival
Date Thu 23rd May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
The Garrmalang Festival is a celebration of Indigenous culture and will be returning to Darwin in 2019. Held over four days in May, the festival will be from Thursday, 23 May to Sunday, 26 May.
Uluru Camel Cup
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sat 25th May 2019
Uluru Camel Cup now in it's 8th year. It is two days of outback fun.
Friday night’s lively Calcutta gives you the chance to bid on your favorite camel.
Saturday, watch the dust fly at the Uluru Camel Cup, with five nail biting qualifying races followed by a Dash for Cash, Plate race and the big one – the Uluru Camel Cup. Off the track there’s plenty to see and do – helicopter flights, outback games, reptile show, whip cracking display and Fashions on the Field.
Saturday night hit the red dirt dance floor, party the night away under a star filled sky to a live band.
Tatts Finke Desert Race
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019 to Mon 10th Jun 2019
The iconic Finke Desert Race is an off-road, multi terrain two day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads through desert country from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) community. The race is held each year on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June.

The race is the main feature in the off road racing calendar and the King of the Desert Trophy is arguably the most sought after prize, although...just getting there and back is a victory.

The premier racing event attracts entrants from all over Australia and the world, including world-class Australian off-road and enduro motorcycle racer, Toby Price (first Australian to win the Dakar Rally) and who won the race six times.

This unique outback event is said to be one of the most difficult off-road races in the world through remote terrain of red dirt, sand and spinifex. For 3 days, 650 bikes & quads and 150 buggies & trophy trucks compete annually at this one of a kind race.

The Tatts Finke Desert Race is Australia's ultimate desert race.
Barunga Festival
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
The annual Barunga Festival celebrates Indigenous community life through music, sport and culture, with an outstanding music lineup.

Featuring the Barunga Art Prize, an international Didgeridoo competition, Story Telling Circle and outstanding displays of sporting prowess in AFL, softball and basketball, Barunga Festival is a unique blend of music, sport and culture, with a strong emphasis on cultural exchange and collaboration.

Barunga promises more unique and inspiring musical collaborations, top notch team and individual sporting feats, fantastic activities for kids, healthy, delicious food and some of the best Territory dry season camping around.
Brunette Races - ABC Amateur Race Club
Date Thu 20th Jun 2019 to Sun 23rd Jun 2019
One of Australia's best kept outback horse racing secrets.

The races are held in June every year, on Brunette Downs, situated on the Barkly Tablelands, 350 kilometres north-east of Tennant Creek. This is the biggest event on the Barkly Tablelands social calendar and attracts visitors from all around Australia.

You'll enjoy four days of country hospitality featuring amateur horse racing, campdrafting, rodeo, gymkhana, kids events and novelty races such as the 'Battle of the Barkly' event.

There are great onsite facilities - bar, catering and live entertainment, visitors can even fly in to the nearby airstrip. Accommodation is bring your own camping, and fuel is not available at this location.