Magic of Mataranka to come alive at Never Never Festival

RODEO TIME: Festival goers will be able to enjoy gymkhana, camp drafting and of course the Rodeo on Saturday night.

RODEO TIME: Festival goers will be able to enjoy gymkhana, camp drafting and of course the Rodeo on Saturday night.

The magic of the Never Never will be in full flow in Mataranka in late May. 

The tiny town, 100 km south-east of Katherine ,will be hosting its annual Never Never festival from May 19-21. 

A range of local groups are working together to make the festival a reality.

“It did not run last year, but this year we have great support from lots of different groups in town,” one of the festival organisers Leah Niehus said. 

“Everyone is in charge of their own part.”

The weekend will kickoff at 5.30 Friday night with a campfire featuring music, whip cracking and poetry reading. 

On Saturday festival goers can join in on cricket games or sit back and enjoy gymkhana, camp drafting and of course the Rodeo. 

On Sunday morning there will be an interdenominational church service followed by markets and family fun day. 

BUCKING BULL: If you aren't game enough to jump on a real bull, there will be a mechanical one for visitors to unleash their inner cowboy,

BUCKING BULL: If you aren't game enough to jump on a real bull, there will be a mechanical one for visitors to unleash their inner cowboy,

There will be a few extra activities throughout the weekend from mechanical bulls rides to Aboriginal art workshops. 

“I am really excited about the whole weekend, I couldn’t pick a favourite event,” Ms Niehus said. 

“It is looking set to be a really great weekend.

“We are hoping for about 2000 people, there has been a lot of interest online. 

“We are getting a lot of interest from people out on stations, Katherine and there are also a bunch of tourists in town at the moment as well,” she said. 

With just over a month until showtime, people should start to plan their trip. 

“Everyone should get in and start to look for accommodation,there will be camping available,” Ms Niehus said. 

“It is going to be setting the bar for other festivals in the region.”