Never Never festival returns to Mataranka

The Never Never Festival will be held over 10 days this year.
The Never Never Festival will be held over 10 days this year.

Mataranka will come alive on May 18-27 as the Never Never Festival returns to the region for 10 days of fun.

The Never Never Festival embraces and celebrates the diversity of the Never Never and is a tribute to Jeannie Gunn's famous 1908 novel "We of the Never Never".

The novel was responsible for putting Mataranka on the international map.

The town has united to showcase the magic of the Never Never extending the festival over two weekends this year.

The family friendly festival will be full of culture, music, food, art, dance and sport.

With a stellar cast including renowned Territorian Ted Egan, world record holder whip cracker and Mataranka local, Nathan Griggs and double Golden Guitar winner Tom Curtain – the festival is not to be missed.

Cricket and netball fun is followed by rodeo action on May 19.

A cracking good time is to be held the next morning at the Mataranka Markets on Sunday, May 20 – food, craft, produce, music, jumping castle, whip cracking and more. 

During the week stop and enjoy the countless attractions Mataranka has to offer before immersing yourself in a weekend of horse sports – campdrafting at its fineness.